Costa Rica vs Panama
2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup Quarter Final
Date: Wednesday, 19th July 2017
Kick-off at 23:30 UK
Venue: Lincoln Financial Field (Philadelphia).
The quarter finals of the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup with a top clash with Costa Rica taking on Panama.
A 3-0 win against French Guinea on matchday three confirmed Costa Rica as Group A leaders. They team haven’t opened up in the previous games managing just a 1-1 draw against Canada and a 1-0 narrow win against Honduras.
With a strong squad at their disposal, the head-coach Oscar Ramirez will be expecting more intent from his players. The Costa Ricans came to the tournament on a lackluster run of form with 2 wins earned from 9 games since the start of January 2017.
On the other hand, Panama were much more determined in their approach. They finished second in the group behind USA, only due to an inferior goal-difference.
The team was expected to finish as second from a group that includes Martinique and Nicaragua. But the discipline to hold USA to a 1-1 draw was the top moment from the group phase. Moreover, Panama had shown good fighting spirit while coming up against top teams in the zone. It is not long ago that they held Mexico and Costa Rica to stalemates in World Cup qualification fixtures.
Costa Rica vs Panama: Head-to-head
This is the first meeting between Costa Rica and Panama at the Gold Cup.
Panama will walk into the match on the back of a 2 match unbeaten run against Costa Rica. It was a goal-less stalemate when they met in the qualification fixture last month, while the previous duel end in a 1-0 win for Panama.
To summarize, it is hard to separate the teams on head-to-head as they share 3 wins and 3 draws from the last 9 meetings in all competitions.
Costa Rica vs Panama: Prediction
This will be a test of character for Costa Rica and they have a point to prove after a series of dismal performances in the calender year 2017. Panama are building a reputation as one of the toughest teams in the continent and they won’t be backing down a bit in this crucial tie.
Therefore, punters must expect a cagey affair from the quarter final tie. Goals will be far and few and we might well see teams separated in the lucky lotto of penalties.
Costa Rica vs Panama: Bet Tips
The top pick for this fixture is under 2.5 goals priced at 1.48 by Bet365.
The best alternative is an Asian Handicap 0, +0.5 for Panama at 2.05 odds.