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CONCACAF World Cup qualifying matchday 14 betting tips: Previews, predictions and odds

This is the final matchday in the octagonal round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying.

Canada are the only side guaranteed to be in Qatar but the United States and Mexico are also almost certain to join them.

Costa Rica look likely to be in the inter-confederation play-offs where they’ll face New Zealand or the Solomon Islands.

All four games will all kick off simultaneously at 17:05 (PT), 20:05 (ET) and 2:05 (UK+1).

Costa Rica vs United States

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The United States have, almost, banished the ghosts of Couva and qualified for the World Cup, the optimum word being almost.

On Sunday night, the U.S. put in, without doubt, their best performance under Gregg Berhalter, hammering Panama 5-1 at Exploria Stadium.

Elsewhere, Paul Arriola’s header and Jesús Ferreira’s close-range finish had the U.S. 3-0 up after 27 minutes and, at that point, it was game over.

This means the Stars and Stripes have only lost one of their last eight qualifiers, also holding Mexico to a goalless draw last Thursday.

The only side who can mathematically deny USA a top three finish is Costa Rica after they kept their automatic qualification hopes alive on Sunday.

Anthony Contreras and Joel Campbell were both on target for los Ticos in a hard-fought 2-0 victory over El Salvador at Estadio Cuscatlán.

Luis Fernando Suárez’s side looked out of contention in November but have since accumulated 13 points from a possible 15.

However, the only way Costa Rica can leapfrog the U.S. is with a win of six clear goals. which would be USA’s biggest competitive defeat for 65 years.

This is, obviously, unlikely but Costa Rica are at least guaranteed fourth place and an inter-confederation play-off place.

There, they’ll face Solomon Islands or New Zealand on 13/14 June and will be favourites to get into the World Cup that way.

Before then, this will be a huge test for the U.S. who’ve never won in Costa Rica in 11 attempts, losing ten, including their last nine visits on the bounce.

Will this be the night the United States rubber stamp their place in Qatar?

Under 2.5 goals is 19/40. Draw and both teams to score is 15/4.

Mexico vs El Salvador

Can Mexico make their World Cup qualification official with a result at Estadio Azteca?

On Sunday, el Tri all but booked their place in Qatar thanks to a 1-0 victory over bottom of the table Honduras.

Edson Álvarez getting the only goal mid-way through the second half at Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano.

So now, Tata Martino’s side are unbeaten in five qualifiers and need just a draw to ensure they’ll be going to the World Cup in November.

Given that Mexico haven’t failed to qualify for a World Cup since 1982, this was the minimum expectations.

El Salvador meanwhile have only won two of 13 games in the octagonal round so can finish no higher than their current position of sixth.

At the weekend, la Selecta were beaten 2-1 by Costa Rica with Cristian Gil’s equaliser, just seconds after they’d gone behind, in vain.

Mexico have won their last nine meetings with El Salvador, dating back 13 years, scoring 25 times and conceding just four.

Thus, this’ll surely be a night of celebration for the home fans.

Mexico to win and both teams to score NO is 4/7. Mexico to win and over 2.5 goals is 4/6.

Panama vs Canada

Canada have done it; after 36 years, the Canucks are going to the WorldCcup and didn’t they book their ticket in style?

On Sunday night, John Herdman’s side only needed a point but hammered Jamaica 4-0 on a night of celebration at BMO Field.

Cyle Larin opened the scoring, his 13th goal of this campaign, before Tajon Buchanan, Junior Hoilett and a comical own goal secured the win.

This means Canada have won 14 of 19 matches in World Cup qualifying and will finish the campaign top of the Octagonal table.

The Reds have certainly done it emphatically, beating both the U.S. and Mexico at home, drawing on the road with both heavyweights as well.

Not many would’ve predicted that Canada would be travelling to Panama City with qualification in the bag but that is the situation.

Like their visitors, Panama also started back in the first round, despite making their World Cup debut in Russia four years ago.

Los Canaleros started positivity but have only won one of their five qualifiers in 2022 and this has seen their hopes of a top four finish fade.

Thomas Christiansen’s side were mathematically eliminated from contention on Sunday when they were demolished 5-1 by USA in Orlando.

This result means Panama will finish no higher or lower than fifth, currently four points below the inter-confederation play-off place.

Canada are unbeaten in four meetings with Panama, including a 4-1 win in the reverse fixture back in October.

Despite having nothing to play for, this streak could continue at Estadio Olímpico Rommel Fernández Gutiérrez.

Under 2.5 goals is 1/2. Canada to win and both teams to score NO is 7/4.

Jamaica vs Honduras

These two began CONCACAF World Cup qualifying with high hopes but come into this final matchday as the bottom two in the table.

Jamaica haven’t qualified for the World Cup since France ’98 but, after reaching the Gold Cup Finals of 2015 and 2017, believed this could their time.

However, the Reggae Boyz have only won one of 13 matches in this group and that was a 2-0 victory on Honduras back in October.

On Sunday, Paul Hall’s side were demolished 4-0 in Toronto by Canada, meaning they’ve lost four of five qualifiers in 2022.

Despite this, Honduras actually have four points less than their hosts and are yet to win a match in the octagonal.

Los Catrachos lost 1-0 to Mexico on Sunday so have just four draws to show for their efforts so far.

Hernán Darío Gómez still hasn’t won any of his eight games in charge, with Honduras only winning two of their last 19 competitive games.

This is a major surprise given that la H qualified for the World Cups of 2010 and 2014, only missing out on Russia via a play-off defeat to Australia.

Jamaica have won their last three meetings with Honduras and will be confident of making that four in Kingston.

Under 2.5 goals and both teams to score NO is 5/6. Jamaica to win and both teams to score NO is 15/8.

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