Today’s Predictions: England Vs Panama
England 6 – 1 Panama
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The 30th match of the FIFA World Cup 2018 will take place between surprise package Panama and the 1966 Champions England.
- Date : 24th June 2018
- Time : 5:30 PM (IST)
- Venue : Nizhny Novgorod Stadium
England have long been the media’s darlings at every international tournament, with extensive scrutiny at the players’ every move, from training ground tiffs to their wives and girlfriends shopping around. This time its no different as the 3 lions scraped through an important win in their first match yet the focus was on their off field actions. Panama would be looking to improve on their dismal display in the first game.
FIFA World Cup Qualification
England had a near perfect qualification campaign, with 8 wins and two away draws against Slovakia and Scotland. They scored 18 and conceded just 3 goals in a favourable group with just Slovakia as their nearest challengers. They won the group with an 8-point margin, with Harry Kane leading the way with 5 goals.
Panama had a dramatic qualification phase, with a double over Honduras and a well earned away draw against the USA some of their significant results. However their biggest result was a dramatic win over Costa Rica in their last match which helped them to finish 3rd and finally achieve qualification after 10 failed attempts.
England have been unbeaten in their last 6 matches, with 3 draws and 3 wins. Credible draws against Brazil, Germany and Italy and a big win over The Netherlands helped Gareth Southgate’s young squad to gain some much needed confidence. Their most recent match against Costa Rica ended in a dominant 2-0 win.
Panama have lost 3 and drawn 1 of their last 5 games, with their only win coming in a narrow 1-0 victory over Trinidad And Tobago. A 6-0 defeat to Switzerland in March has caused fans to believe that they will struggle in the World Cup.
England vs Panama World Cup So Far
England earned 3 crucial points in their opening game against Tunisia, with Harry Kane scoring an important brace, including a dramatic stoppage time winner. The 3 lions played attractive football but found it hard to break down an average defence, something they’ll have to work on.
Panama stood tall against a much fancied Belgian side for the first half of the match, but eventually crumbled and conceded 3 goals as the Belgians completely dominated them in the second half.
Head To Head Record
These two nations have never met before.
Gareth Southgate had some tough decisions to make when it came to finalizing the 23 man World Cup squad. The biggest exclusion was Ryan Bertrand, dropped in favour of Danny Rose and Ashley Young. Chris Smalling couldn’t find a place either, while Adam Lallana and Jack Wilshere were deemed not fit enough to board the plane to Russia.
The biggest news coming out of Panama’s camp before the world cup was the tragic murder of one of their most experienced players Amilcar Henriquez, 33, who was killed in an attempted robbery last year. The team pays a minute’s tribute to him before every game they play.
Players To Watch Out For
Harry Kane is England’s best hope in recent years to fire them to World Cup glory, with the prolific marksman one of the favourites for the golden boot. His Spurs’ teammate Dele Alli along with Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling will aid him in attack. Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford and Chelsea hotshot Ruben Loftus Cheek have been impressive of late and could lock down a permanent spot in the starting lineup.
Panama’s talismanic captain Roman Torres is the main marquee player, who was also the scorer of the all-important goal, which sealed their qualification. He is the epitome of Panama’s playing style, which is based more on determination and physicality than technique and skill. Mainstays Gabriel Gomez in midfield and goalkeeper Jaime Penedo continue their duties as they have done over the years.
England Vs Panama Betting Odds And Key Statistics
- Panama are making their debut after 10 failed qualifying campaigns in the past. They are currently ranked 56th as per the latest FIFA rankings.
- England failed to qualify from the group stages for the first time since 1958, when they were knocked out in 2014.
- England are the heavy favourites going into this clash.
- Harry Kane has successfully carried his club form to this tournament. And is one of the favourites to win the golden boot. We strongly recommend betting on Kane to open the scoring in this game, and also to bet on him to score 2 or more, at attractive odds.
- England would be looking to match Belgium’s 3-0 win against Panama, however, their attack is not as potent as that of the Red Devils, and we feel they may struggle to score so many goals. Hence, we advise betting on the under 2.5 goals market for this game.
We believe England will be too strong for this inexperienced Panama side, however the newcomers will try their hardest to contain the 3 lions. We do not expect a lot of goals, but England should see this through comfortably.
Our Predicted Score line : England 2-0 Panama