New Zealand v Solomon Islands match preview and betting tips

New Zealand face the Solomon Islands in the Oceania play-offs first-leg on Friday as the sides battle it out for a place in the Intercontinental play-off.

New Zealand v Solomon Islands match preview and betting tips

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Both of these sides have made it into the play-offs for the Oceania World Cup qualifiers and the first of this two-legged affair takes place in Auckland's QBE Stadium on Friday evening. The winner of this two-legged tie will face the side placed fifth in the CONMEBOL group over two legs with the prize a place in the World Cup finals next year.

New Zealand are the dominant force in the Oceania group and were expected to feature in the play-offs from the very start, however the Solomon Islands have sprung a surprise by making it to the third stage of the qualifiers for the first time in twelve years.

New Zealand were the heavyweights in Group A with Anthony Hudson's men enjoying two victories over Fiji as well as a draw with New Caledonia. The reigning Oceania champions will now be confident of making it into the World Cup finals for the third time in their history.

The All-Whites appeared in Espana 82 but only managed three points courts of three draws and their most recent appearances in the finals was in South Africa in 2010. The Solomon Islands have never been in the finals of the competition but remain in with a decent chance having qualified ahead of the likes of Papua New Guinea and Tahiti.

The last meeting between these sides was in 2016 when New Zealand won 1-0 in the group stages of the OFC Nations Cup and another win for the All-Whites is our choice of outcome for this meeting on Friday evening.

Our tip:Back New Zealand to win-to-nil at 4/6 with Boylesports