Panama vs Tunisia Preview, Tips and Betting Predictions
Tunisia’s build-up to the 2018 World Cup was far from ideal and the loss of Youssef Msakni was a significant and seismic blow for the North African side. They have a decent squad, with many of their first team plying their trade in Ligue 1, but they’ve been drawn in a tough group. By the time they face Panama on June 27th, they are likely to know their fate. If they come into this game pointless from their two previous Group G games, they will find it tough to qualify for the knock-out round. Nabil Malooul will want his side to leave Russia with a victory and this looks like the perfect opportunity to pick up three points. Panama are likely to struggle at the tournament and their experienced-but-limited squad is likely to come up short in Russia. Tunisia haven’t been victorious in a World Cup game since 1978, but this looks like an ideal opportunity to break that winless run.
Group G Winner
Head to Head
These two sides have never previously faced one another.
Roman Torres – The Seattle Sounders defender helped secure qualification for his side and he will once again be pivotal to their chances in Group G. He will lead by example and ensure the CONCACAF outfit are well drilled at the back. He netted twice in nine qualifiers and his return of ten goals from 110 caps isn’t a bad return for a central defender. If Panama find the back of the net, it is likely to be from a set-piece.
Wahbi Khazri – He may have failed to make the grade at Sunderland but the winger has enjoyed a profitable season at Rennes. In the absence of Msakni, Khazri is tasked with creating opportunities and fashioning chances. Tunisia’s defence is secure and robust but their attack is powderpuff by comparison and they’ll need Khazri to be at his best throughout the tournament.
19:00 – Saransk Stadium