World Cup 2018 - PANAMA I Betting Tips, Odds* and Prognosis
At the 2018 World Cup, Panama will clearly be at the head of the list of underdogs. This Central American country, with just 4 million inhabitants, will be making its World Cup debut in Russia. On October 17, 2017, “Los Canaleros” locked up their first World Cup appearance, with the entire country now feverishly anticipating what they will do. In fact, it is virtually guaranteed that the Panamanian fans will fire up an amazing atmosphere in the stands during the 2018 World Cup. That said, whether or not the team will create a furor on – not just next to – the pitch is questionable. Success will likely be difficult to find against tough group opponents England and Belgium. The third competitor in Group G is Tunisia, against whom they will attempt to earn some points. Below we wish to present to you some of the best betting tips involving Panama at this World Cup. In addition, we will take a look at the qualifying path Panama took in reaching the 2018 World Cup and analyze the roster of this Central American lightweight.
Content on this page
- World Cup tips and prognosis
- Our Top 3 Betting Tips for Panama
- Roster analysis
- Qualification and form check
- Previous final round participations
- 18.06.2018 | 16:00 | Panama - Belgium
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- 24.06.2018 | 13:00 | Panama - England
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- 28.06.2018 | 19:00 | Panama - Tunisia
- ODDS COMPARISON
What betting tips can we recommend to you with respect to Panama’s performance in the 2018 World Cup?
The bookmakers have made Panama extreme longshots in the 2018 World Cup. With respect to them actually taking home the World Cup title, which is practically impossible, you can reckon with odds between 751 and 1001 depending on the betting provider. It is likewise not expected that Panama will garner any points out of their fixtures against the two European representatives, England and Belgium. So, a wager on the success of “Los Canaleros” in the first two matches would be wasted money. In both instances, other betting tips are much more appealing – for example, handicap wagers, in which Panama is given a hypothetical 0:2 lead going into the match, or over/under bets for 2.5 or 3.5 goals. In the third – and presumably meaningless – group match against Tunisia, winning points actually seems do-able. A victory of the Central Americans here is evaluated with odds of approximately 3.20.
Especially with regards to weaker teams, Interwetten offers an excellent betting opportunity: Here, you can make an over/under wager on the total number of points by each respective team in the group phase. For Panama in the 2018 World Cup, they are given odds of 1.95 for accumulating 1.5 points, while the odds for less than 1.5 points are 1.75. We are of the opinion that the best Panama can do is get a draw against Tunisia, which is why we prefer the latter of the two wagers. A likewise very useful World Cup wager with respect to Panama would be a bet on them finishing last in the group. At William Hill, this is given respectable odds of 1.70. All of the betting providers are in agreement that the tournament will be over for Panama after three matches – the chances of them failing to make it out of the preliminary round are given meager odds of approximately 1.05.
Should “Los Canaleros” pull off a miracle and actually make it to the round-of-16, wagers to that end are offered through Bethard and Bwin at good odds between 9.00 and 10.00. But that is not something that can be counted on. It is far more likely that Panama will end up taking on Tunisia at the 2018 World Cup in a meaningless match for third place in their group. If the team were to achieve more than that, that would be an absolute sensation in this year’s World Cup.
Our Top 3 Betting Tips for Panama
- To gain under 1.5 points in the group stage
- To finish Group G at the bottom
- In the matches against Belgium and England: Over 2.5 goals overall
What squad will Panama bring to the 2018 World Cup?
Without a single star on their team, Panama accomplished an amazing feat by qualifying for the 2018 World Cup. This underscores the remarkable performance of the Central Americans. The total player market value of the “Los Canaleros” squad is just €6 million, which is equivalent to the lowest tier of European teams. The highest-value player is the 36-year-old central defender Felipe Baloy, at a meager €700,000. This one-man defensive wall, who earns his money in the Guatemalan league, will likely surpass the magical 100-cap mark for his country at the 2018 World Cup. Keeper Jaime Penedo has already passed this milestone, with 116 international caps for Panama. This keeper is very much a cult figure in his home country and is currently under contract with Dinamo Bucharest. Important for Panama and their World Cup hopes: Penedo is the regular goalie for his club. Likewise in Europe, attackers Gabriel Torres for Swiss team Lausanne-Sport as well as defender Erick Davis, who plays for Dnajksa Streda in Slovakia, are both first-team players. A number of Panamanian performers earn their living in the MLS, including defensive duo Fidel Escobar and Manuel Murillo. Both of these players are under contract with the New York Red Bulls. However, the majority of footballers for Panama play for clubs in their domestic league, known as Liga Panameña de Fútbol.
The trainer who will be leading the Panamanian national team to the 2018 World Cup is Hernan Gomez. This experienced coach, who has been celebrated as a national hero since the team’s sensational success last autumn, comes from Colombia. He has been in charge of “Los Canaleros” since 2014. However, Panama was not his first job as a national trainer, having previously coached the teams of Colombia, Guatemala and Ecuador. At the 2018 World Cup, Hernan Gomez’s men will try to be competitive in their matches through their strength and toughness in one-on-one situations. We can certainly expect total commitment and passion from Panama, likely the only way the Central Americans will be able to offset their technical limitations, especially in comparison to top teams like England and Belgium. With regards to their offense, Panama lacks a real goal-getter. Which means, the coach’s top priority in his match planning has to be defensive stability. When it comes to scoring goals, their main likelihood of success is in standard situations.
How did Panama manage to qualify for the World Cup for the very first time?
On October 10, 2017, the “Los Canaleros” punched their ticket for the 2018 World Cup. Getting to that point was a very rocky path. Panama entered the process in the fourth CONCACAF qualifying round, where it ended up in Group B behind Costa Rica, but ahead of Haiti and Jamaica in second place, which entitled them to move forward. They actually recorded three victories, one draw and two defeats. In the fifth and final round, in which the six remaining qualifiers went head-to-head, Panama finished third barely ahead of Honduras and the USA. On the final day of play, they managed a 2:1 success against Costa Rica, which had already qualified for the 2018 World Cup – securing “Los Canaleros” participation in the World Cup in Russia. Interesting fact: During the 16 matches they played during qualifying, that was also the number of goals the Gomez squad were able to score. All said and done, they actually finished with a negative goal differential of 9:10. Panama’s highest victory was a 3:0 success over Trinidad and Tobago.
What were Panama’s most notable successes prior to the 2018 World Cup?
Panama, as is widely known, had never previously participated in the World Cup finals. In fact, they haven’t even really come close to qualifying. They will be making their highly anticipated debut at the 2018 World Cup. Also with regards to other tournaments, the history of the Panamanian football Association is less than rosy, though this should be no surprise for a country as small as this. Up to this point, Panama has only been able to qualify nine times for the Gold Cup – the North & Central American equivalent of the European Championships. The greatest successes of “Los Canaleros” were two appearances in the finals of this competition, in 2005 and 2013, in which, in both instances, they barely lost against the USA. In 2005, they only lost in a penalty shoot-off.
*All odds: status 09.02.2018