England vs Panama Betting Tip
England vs Panama | Prediction, Betting Tips & Odds
England have a reputation as one of the leading footballing nations in the World. However, other than the 1990 World Cup, when they reached the final, the Three Lions have been disappointing since winning the trophy in 1966. There is greater optimism surrounding the England team at the 2018 World Cup and they will be hoping to reach the knockout stages. Panama are England’s opponents and in truth, they are just happy to be at the event. To pick up a point at the World Cup would be an achievement.
England will be considered the heavy favourites to win this game and they, along with Belgium, are tipped to progress from Group G. With England meeting Belgium in their final group match, Gareth Southgate will not want to leave anything to chance and taking maximum points from this match is the minimum requirement. Panama know they are massive underdogs in this game and would be delighted if they could come away with a point.
England started their opening 2018 World Cup match strongly against Tunisia and took the lead. However, a failure to take their chances when on top of the African team almost cost them dearly as Tunisia scored a penalty to level the game. A late Harry Kane goal took all 3 points for England but they will not want to leave it as late in this game to seal the win.
Panama were always going to be the outsiders in this group and so it proved as they lost their opening match 3-0 to Belgium. Only Saudi Arabia suffered a bigger defeat in the opening round of group games and Panama will adopt a defensive approach in this match. They held Belgium to 0-0 at half-time in their opening game but had no answer to their attacking quality in the second half.
England vs Panama Head to Head
This will be the first meeting of any kind between England and Panama. Panama have played European opposition recently and struggled against Belgium and Switzerland. England found Costa Rica a tough proposition at the 2014 World Cup and will be hoping Panama are easier to beat.
Odds and Predictions
Given the stature of the two teams in world football, it is little surprise to see England come into this match as the overwhelming favourites, priced at 1.22. Panama are huge underdogs for this game and can be backed at a massive 19.00 to cause an upset and win the game, with the draw on offer at 6.50. Given the way Panama struggled to score against Belgium, England are expected to win this game to nil and you can get 1.53 that to happen. In the goal scoring department, Harry Kane will be full of confidence following his goals against Tunisia and the Spurs striker is 3.00 to open the scoring. Panama’s best chance of a goal could come from a set-piece and defender Roman Torres is 17.00 to score at any time.
England vs Panama Top Betting Tip: England win (2-0)
England have the quality to win this match and will be feeling good about themselves following the late winner against Tunisia. However, England rarely defeat teams with ease and will be forced to work hard for the victory against a Panama team who will be set-up to frustrate the English attack.