Can Jordan or New Zealand Win?

In the two intercontinental World Cup qualifying ties both Jordan and New Zealand are major underdogs to advance. The Kiwis played in the World Cup in 2010 and will have to beat Mexico to play this summer and Jordan will have to defeat Uruguay.

Mexico vs. New Zealand

Midweek Bodog has Mexico at -550 with New Zeland at +1200 and a draw line of +600.

Mexico hosts New Zealand in the first leg at the daunting Azteca Stadium, which holds 105,000 people. El Tri looked far from solid in their WC qualifying campaign, as they barely qualified for this tie. They really struggled on offense in their qualifying matches and Manchester United’s Javier Hernandez has not scored in his last 10 qualifiers.

New Zealand is a squad known for their defense and they have to have some confidence facing a struggling Mexican squad. They do not have a dynamic offensive attack so to win it will have to be a low scoring encounter. A draw will be fine by them heading into the second leg at home.

Jordan vs. Uruguay

Bodog has Uruguay as the big away favorite at -450 with Jordan at +1200 and a draw line of +500.

Uruguay has won the World Cup two times and they head to Jordan in the first leg of this tie to try to qualify for Brazil.

The Asian qualifying is obviously not as good as it is in South America, but Jordan had some solid home wins over Japan and Australia in Amman, where this match will take place.

Ahmad Ibrahim and Hassan Abdel Fattah combined for seven goals in qualifying for Jordan and they will have to provide the offensive punch for the home squad.

Uruguay struggled in the middle part of qualifying, but they won four of their last five matches. They have no lack of talent with the likes of Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani, and Christian Rodriguez and if they play their match they should win easily facing an overmatched Jordan side.