USA and Panama are set to go head to head in the CONCACAF Gold Cup when group C action continues this week. The match is set to get underway on Saturday 11 June at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa Florida.
USA opened their bid with a convincing 2-0 victory over Canada while Panama beat a 10-man Guadeloupe 3-2. As a result, USA and Panama are level on points, 3 apiece but USA has top spot owing to goal differential. It follows: a victory in this match will decide top spot in Group C, at least for the time being.
As far as the overarching outlook, USA tipped at +150, is one of two hot faves to win the competition; only Mexico, the defending champions are listed shorter at +120. Panama, by contrast, is tipped at a significant large +1800 to win outright.
Taking stock of the futures market is noteworthy as far as this match is concerned because it further emphasizes the value of betting on USA to win this match. It is hard to see anything other than a comfortable victory for the USA against Panama because of home advantage and past success in this competition and against Panama itself – during the last Gold Cup, the pair met in the quarterfinals and USA won, en route to a runner-up finish.
USA the Faves to win
The pressure is entirely on the Americans to win as the faves. Expectations are high following their runner-up finish in both the CONCACAF Gold Cup and Confederations Cup and after a memorable account in FIFA World Cup action last summer. A solid start was important for USA and didn’t they deliver on expectations, proving they could handle the pressure. And now that that hurdle is out of the way, they should steamroll through group action.
Panama long shot bet
Panama are huge underdogs in this match but they are after a respectable quarterfinal finish in the last Gold Cup, which suggests that perhaps they shouldn’t be underestimated. Moreover, they started the group stage positively with a victory and thus, they are in the running for a spot in the knockout stages. Still, it is hard to imagine Panama beating the USA on home ground.
Soccer Betting Verdict:
While the market corner this match completely in the USA camp, even suggesting a beat down, I believe this match will be a lot closer than most expect it to be. Keep in mind, the pressure is still on the USA and despite a solid start in the competition, it is a long way to the final and they need to maintain form until the finish line. Let’s be honest, anything other than a USA Gold Cup victory this year would be a huge disappointment considering the strides they made on the international arena. Panama has nothing to lose and everything to gain. I expect they will rise to the occasion and try to make a match of it. That said, the Americans should be too strong for them and the best Panama can do is to lose respectably.
Soccer Free Picks: USA 2-1 over Panama