Belgium vs Panama Predictions, Odds and Betting Tips
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Final score: Belgium 3-0 Panama
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18th June 2018 – 16:00 UK Time
Stadium: Fisht Olympic Stadium
Once again, Belgium arrive at the World Cup with plenty of expectation on their shoulders. Their squad is packed full of talent with a number of players regularly competing across the top leagues in Europe. The Red Devils have underwhelmed in recent years and they’ll be determined to get off to a good start. Radja Nainggolan was left out of the squad and swiftly announced his International retirement but many familiar names are all included. It is a team with great depth, particularly in the final third but questions remain about their back-line and that could be their downfall in Russia. They netted a record 43 goals during qualifying and, despite being drawn in a relatively simple group, they were dominant throughout.
Panama are debutants at the World Cup and they secured qualification against-the-odds. The country declared a bank holiday to celebrate this achievement and much of the population will be following their side’s fortunes in Group G. They are considered outsiders in this group but they are used to being written off and will relish the underdog tag. Their dramatic victory over Costa Rica helped secure their place at the tournament after a number of near misses. Their squad has been playing together for a long time and there is plenty of unity on show.
Belgium put four past Saudi Arabia in an International Friendly at the end of March and fans will be hoping their side can progress to the latter stages of the competition. Kevin de Bruyne comes off the back of a wonderful season for Manchester City in the Premier League and all eyes will be on the midfielder in Russia. Martinez is fairly tactically versatile with a number of systems at his disposal, although his defensive tactics have been questioned by some pundits.
Panama were easily beaten during their two International Friendlies at the end of March and failed to net in either of them. Coach Hernan Dario Gomez specialises in getting sides to tournaments but his teams often fall short in the major events. Captain Roman Torres is known for his exploits in the MLS and his goal secured qualification and the defender will be hoping to lead by example in Russia.
Belgium vs Panama Predictions
Belgium start this game as odds-on favourites and many will be backing them at 1/6 with Bet365.
Punters will be keen to unearth value in this game and 4/6 is available with 10Bet for Belgium to be winning at both half time and full time. The handicaps could be a great way of getting involved, especially as the Red Devils should dominate this game. They scored a number of goals throughout qualifying and regularly put sides to the sword. Belgium -2 is available at 8/9 with 10Bet and gives punters a little more for their money.
Questions remain about Belgium’s defence but their creaky back-line should stay strong against Panama.
Ladbrokes are 8/15 for Belgium to Win to Nil in this encounter and it’s one of many short-priced selections which should be backed in this Group G opener.
Michy Batshuayi is carrying an injury but was still named in the squad and may not start this match. Dries Mertens comes off the back of a hugely productive season in Serie A and he is 24/5 to score the first goal of the game with 888Sport. With doubts over the fitness of the aforementioned Batshuayi and Romelu Lukaku, Mertens could get the nod here.
Royal Panda are offering 4/5 for Over 2.5 Goals in this game. Belgium could rack up a cricket score in this one if they can get into their usual rhythm.
- 2018 will be Belgium’s 13th World Cup appearance.
- They finished fourth at the 1986 World Cup and this was their best performance to date.
- Belgium to be eliminated in the quarter-finals (2/1 with Bet365)
- They failed to qualify for the 2006 and 2010 tournament.
- Belgium won four of their five matches at the 2014 World Cup but only netted six times.
- The Red Devils failed to win a single match at the 1998 World Cup.
- This will be Panama’s first ever World Cup appearance.
- Panama have endured ten failed qualifying campaigns prior to 2018.
Belgium: Eden Hazard (captain), Thibaut Courtois, Toby Alderweireld, Thomas Vermaelen, Vincent Kompany, Jan Vertonghen, Axel Witsel, Kevin De Bruyne, Marouane Fellaini, Romelu Lukaku, Yannick Carrasco, Simon Mignolet, Koen Casteels, Dries Mertens, Thomas Meunier, Thorgan Hazard, Youri Tielemans, Adnan Januzaj, Mousa Dembélé, Dedryck Boyata, Michy Batshuayi, Nacer Chadli, Leander Dendoncker.
Panama: Jaime Penedo, Michael Amir Murillo, Harold Cummings, Fidel Escobar, Román Torres, Gabriel Gómez, Blas Pérez, Édgar Bárcenas, Gabriel Torres, Ismael Díaz, Armando Cooper, José Calderón, Adolfo Machado, Valentín Pimentel, Erick Davis, Abdiel Arroyo, Luis Ovalle, Luis Tejada, Alberto Quintero, Aníbal Godoy, José Luis Rodríguez, Álex Rodríguez, Felipe Baloy (captain).
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