Panama vs Costa Rica
World Cup Qualifiers – CONCACAF
Date: Wednesday, 11th October 2017
Kick-off at 1:00 UK/ 2:00 CET
Venue: Estadio Rommel Fernandez (Panama City).
Panama’s chances for qualifying for the World Cup is hanging in a balance after the 4-0 humbling defeat away at USA. They are now dropped down to 4th in the standings and must win against Costa Rica to get into the play-offs. Meantime, a draw could still do it for them, but Honduras must fail to defeat Mexico.
The home form has been good for the Canal men this term. They are unbeaten in the four games here, however only 1 win came in the process. Yet, this is a considerable achievement for the team whose resources in football are quite scarce.
Costa Rica on the other hand have once again failed to live up to the expectations and were held to a 1-1 draw by Honduras on Saturday. They would have lost the game if not for an injury time equalizer. However, the draw was enough for them to confirm the second spot in the competition and the pressure is off their back.
Panama vs Costa Rica: Head-to-head
Panama’s home record against Costa Rica in qualifying fixtures is dodgy as they are win-less in last three with a draw and two defeats.
The recent meetings between the two sides have been tight and competitive. But Costa Rica are slightly ahead with 3 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses from last 6.
Panama vs Costa Rica: Prediction
Panama have a strong home record in the competition and had made it hard for teams to leave with full quota of points. While, Costa Rica not entirely convincing in both home and away matches since the start of this year.
Yet, the recent history between the teams must not be overlooked and therefore, there is a high probability for this game to end in a draw.
Correct Score Prediction: 0-0 for 9.00 odds with 888Sport.