Today’s Predictions: Panama Vs Tunisia
Panama 1- 2 Tunisia
The 48th match of the FIFA World Cup 2018 will take place between two teams who have already been knocked out, and will be playing for pride.
- Date : 28th June 2018
- Time : 11:30 PM (IST)
- Venue : Saransk Stadium, Moscow
Panama and Tunisia both were thrashed in the previous round, by England and Belgium respectively, and this match will be a good platform to show the world what they can do.
FIFA World Cup Qualification
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.
Tunisia had a dramatic qualification campaign. Put in a favourable group, they expectedly dominated against Guinea and Libya, taking 10 points in 4 games against them, before clashing with Congo in an intense double header. They scrapped to a 2-1 win in the first leg, and then showed their infamous resolve and grit to score 2 second half goals to draw the second leg 2-2 and achieve qualification.
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.
Tunisia have drawn 3 and won 2 of their last 6 matches, but lost their last match to Spain. They earned a credible draw against Portugal after back-to-back wins against Iran and Costa Rica, to prove they can cut it with other World Cup teams. Their first game against England almost earned them a point, but they did not look out of place.
Panama and Tunisia in the World Cup So Far
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. Their second game was even worse, as England outplayed them all over the park and they lost 6-1.
Tunisia almost deservingly earned themselves a point against England, after they were awarded a penalty with which they had equalized. Only a last minute winner by Harry Kane proved to be their undoing. However, in their next game a rampant Belgian side put 5 goals past them, though they did manage to score 2 in return as a consolation.
Head To Head Record
These two nations have never met before.
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.
Tunisia have been ravaged by a set of unfortunate injuries, none bigger than their Marquee forward Youssef Msakni, who was their top scorer during the qualifier, including a memorable hattrick against Guinea. Some of their other key players are also not fully fit but have been included in the final squad.
Players To Watch Out For
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.
Tunisia are a team devoid of any specific stars, however the team’s work ethic, especially in midfield has made them a solid force. Thrir fixed midfield of Ferjani Sassi, Mohamed Amine Ben Amor and Ghaylen Chaaleli can dominate the proceedings against several top sides as well. Wahbi Khazri is their main attacking threat, with his set pieces adding another dimension to their gameplay.
Panama Vs Tunisia 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.
- Tunisia gave a great account of themselves by making things very difficult for England, almost holding them to a draw. They also managed to score 2 goals against Belgium , while Panama have scored just 1 goal in 2 matches.
- Tunisia are the favourites in this clash, and we recommend online betting on the both teams not to score market as well, considering Panama’s lack of goals.
Tunisia have scored 3 goals in 2 matches against the mighty duo of England and Belgium, and hence we expect them to overpower Panama, who scored just a single consolation goal in a 6-1 defeat.
Our Predicted Score line : Tunisia 2-0 Panama