Chile and Panama face-off in their final match of Copa America Centenario Group D fixture, which is virtually a knockout clash to make it into the quarter finals.
The 2-1 win against Bolivia in their second group match put Chile on 3 points at second in the standings virtue of a better goal difference against their Tuesday’s opponents Panama, who suffered a heavy 5-0 battering from Argentina. Chile just need a draw here and this will see them through to the quarter finals, while Panama need to win to progress.
Chile bounced back from a 2-1 defeat to Argentina in the second match against Bolivia, but needed a goal from Arturo Vidal in the final minutes of added extra time to break the deadlock. This is their first win after suffering three consecutive defeats and also the second in last 8 matches in all formats, including 1 draw and 5 defeats. Chile had managed to score a goal in 5 of their last 6 fixtures.
Panama also defeated Bolivia in their opening group fixture and are left with 1 win from their last 4 matches. They won 3 of their last 8 fixtures, with 2 draws and 3 defeats. Panama failed to score in 3 of their last 4 games, with their only match they scored during the period is the opening fixture against Bolivia.
Chile vs Panama: Predicted Line-ups
Chile (4-2-3-1): Bravo – Mena, Jara, Medel, Isla – Vidal, Diaz – Beausejour, Sanchez, Aranguiz – Vargas.
Panama (4-4-2): Penedo – Miller, Henriquez, Cummings, Machado – Quintero, Pimentel, Gomez, Arroyo – Torres, Tejada.
Chile vs Panama: Head-to-Head Stats
The teams met in two friendlies in the past years, with Chile winning in one and drawing the other.
The latest meeting between the sides was on January 2010, where Chile won 2-1, before playing a 0-0 draw on June 2008.
Chile vs Panama: Prediction
Chile are in front foot here to progress to the quarter finals with a superior goal difference and they are supposed to do better than their last two games against a team of Panama’s stature. Moreover the La Roja has the quality to turn things around, despite their poor performances in the opening games.
Panama are coming with plenty of on field disciplinary issues after accumulating 10 yellow cards and a red in their two matches. And four players who started in the previous matches will miss out on suspension, including their goal scorer Blas Perez, midfielders Armando Cooper and Anibal Godoy and defender Felipe Baloy. A further weakened Panama side is not expected to trouble Chile by any means.
Full Time Score Prediction: Chile 3-0 Panama.
- Best bet: Chile to win (odds 1.38)
- Risky Bet: Handicap – Chile[-2] (odds 3.39)
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*All Odds are from bet-at-home at the time of composing this article.