England vs Panama: Predictions, Odds and Betting Tips
This match is over.
Final score: England 6-1 Panama
For the match – England vs Belgium.
For the match – Panama vs Tunisia.
24th June 2018 – 13:00 GMT
Group G – Nizhny Novgorod Stadium
Panama are making their debut at the World Cup and they’ve been handed a tough-looking draw in Group G.
England vs Panama Predictions
This is deemed to be England’s easiest game of the group stage and they have been priced up at 1/6 with William Hill. They will be fancied to make it six points from six and many punters will be keen to include them in accumulators. England -2 offers far more value and is available at 29/20 with William Hill and that looks like a decent option. Gareth Southgate’s side looked dangerous in the final third and Panama are unlikely to be as well-organised as Tunisia. Panama only netted nine times during qualifying and although they produced a few half-chances against Belgium, they are unlikely to trouble the England defence.
England vs Panama Preview
England left it late against Tunisia but the Three Lions picked up a vital victory against the North Africans. Harry Kane’s brace puts them joint-top of the group and they can go into this fixture with plenty of confidence. They played superbly in the first half and although their tempo dropped after the break, they always looked the likeliest side to find a winner. With a tough-looking fixture against Belgium on the horizon, they will know the importance of picking up three points against Panama.
Panama put up a decent fight in their first-ever World Cup game but they were undone by a superb Dries Mertens strike. Belgium scored three terrific goals, all of which were superbly executed. The CONCACAF side showed some nice touches in the final third and created a few half-chances in the second half. They will look to deploy similar tactics once again by restricting England’s opportunities in the final third.
England vs Panama Both Teams to Score Prediction
Panama netted very few goals during qualifying and failed to score against Norway and Switzerland in recent friendlies. They have some lively players but 37-year old striker Blas Perez doesn’t carry much of a threat. Apart from Kyle Walker’s blemish, England’s defence looked relatively untroubled against Tunisia and they are unlikely to concede in this game. Both Teams to Score? No is available at 2/5 with Betfair.
England vs Panama Correct Score Prediction
England created plenty of chances against Tunisia but they also missed a number of opportunities. They should be able to find a way past the Panamanian defence but it could take a while to break them down. A straightforward 2-0 success is priced at 7/2 with bwin and looks like a realistic outcome in this fixture.
England vs Panama Odds
Group G Standings
- England had 17 shots against Tunisia
- England have not lost a match in any competition for 12 months
- Panama picked up five yellow cards against Belgium
- They had just 40% possession in their first Group G match
- Harry Kane has now scored 15 goals for England in all competitions. He is 4/6 with William Hill to score anytime in this game
Head to Head
Unsurprisingly, these two sides have never faced one another previously.
Why Should I Bet On England Against Panama?
England left it late to beat Tunisia in their opening game but, with Belgium comfortably beating Panama too, Group G is perhaps the only group at this World Cup to have stuck to the script so far. If the Three Lions and the Red Devils pick up three points from their next fixtures, they’ll both be safely through to the round of 16.
The win over the North Africans made it four victories out of the last five for Gareth Southgate’s men, who haven’t lost since a friendly defeat to France over a year ago. Tunisia frustrated England by sitting deep and Panama will be even more committed to their defensive efforts.
Since booking their place in Russia, Panama only have wins against Grenada and Trinidad and Tobago to their name. England to win is at 1/6 with Ladbrokes.
John Stones to score first
Panama looked uneasy when dealing with Belgian corner kicks in their opening game, with Roberto Martinez’s men creating several chances to open the scoring in the first half in particular.
Meanwhile, England’s two goals came from set pieces with Harry Kane getting both. The Tottenham Hotspur striker’s scoring odds are really short for Sunday’s match, so it’s worth looking elsewhere.
England’s centre-backs were strong aerially against Tunisia and the likes of John Stones and Harry Maguire could offer great value as an outside punt. Stones is 33/1 with William Hill to break the deadlock.
England have only scored 16 goals in their 11-match unbeaten run, with four of those coming against minnows Malta during qualifying. Six of England’s last seven victories have also been by a one-goal margin too, so supporters expecting to thrash Panama should perhaps think again.
Hernan Gomez’s men held out until half time against the Belgians and the eventual three-goal loss was only the second time they’ve conceded more than once in their last seven fixtures. They have only scored twice in that time, though.
The English showed great spirit in stealing all three points in their first match and they’ll need that steely determination again. England to win 2-0 is at 4/1 with Betfair.
World Cup Qualifiers
England were drawn in UEFA Group F and they enjoyed a trouble-free passage to Russia. They remained unbeaten throughout and picked up an impressive 26 points from a possible 30. They scored 18 times and conceded just three. Two of those goals against came from Scotland’s Leigh Griffiths, who netted almost identical free-kicks at Hampden Park within the space of two minutes.
- Harry Kane – 5 Goals – 16/1 with 10Bet to finish as top goalscorer at the 2018 World Cup
After 11 failed qualification bids, Panama finally secured their place at the World Cup. After progressing to the fifth round of the CONCACAF Qualifying, they finished third behind Mexico and Costa Rica. They booked their place at the tournament courtesy of a 2-1 victory over Costa Rica. They declared a bank holiday in Panama in order to toast their success.
- Roman Torres – 2 Goals
- Gabriel Torres – 2 Goals – 750/1 with 888Sport to finish as top goalscorer at the 2018 World Cup
- Goalkeepers: Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland, Nick Pope.
- Defenders: Gary Cahill, Kyle Walker, John Stones, Phil Jones, Harry Maguire, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Kieran Trippier, Ashley Young, Fabian Delph, Danny Rose.
- Midfielders: Eric Dier, Dele Alli, Jordan Henderson, Jesse Lingard, Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
- Forwards: Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Jamie Vardy, Raheem Sterling, Danny Welbeck.
- Goalkeepers: Jose Calderon, Jaime Penedo, Alex Rodriguez.
- Defenders: Roman Torres, Luis Ovalle, Harold Cummings, Erick Davis, Michael Murillo, Fidel Escobar, Felipe Baloy.
- Midfielders: Jose Luis Rodriguez, Edgar Barencas, Armando Cooper, Anibal Godoy, Gabriel Gomez, Valentin Pimentel, Alberto Quintero.
- Forwards: Gabriel Torres, Blas Perez, Ismael Diaz, Luis Tejada, Abdiel Arroyo.
13:00 – Nizhny Novgorod Stadium