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Iraq vs Costa Rica betting tips: International Friendly preview, predictions and odds

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Match preview

Costa Rica find themselves in an extremely tough World Cup group, with this their final opportunity to tune-up before the big kick off.

Los Ticos have now qualified for five of the last six World Cups, beating New Zealand 1-0 in June’s inter-confederation play-off.

So, on Wednesday, Luis Fernando Suárez’s team begin their campaign against Spain, before meeting Japan and Germany.

That is a ridiculously tough group, with many concerned Costa Rica will exit the competition with zero points.

Given that, this friendly in Basra will be taken with full senserity.

Iraq meanwhile have featured at the World Cup before, specifically 1986, but haven’t come close to qualifying since.

So, Jesús Casas’ side will be no push-overs, but Costa Rica are still favourites to prevail at Basra International Stadium.

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