Panama vs Martinique
2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup
Date: Saturday, 15th July 2017
Kick-off at 21:30 UK/ 22:30 CET
Venue: FirstEnergy Stadium (Cleveland).
With points in their bag, Panama and Martinique look for safe passage to the quarter finals when they lock horns in the final Group B game on Saturday evening.
Panama made an encouraging start to the tournament by holding the host nation USA to a 1-1 draw. They lift their game one step ahead on matchday two and bagged the first win of the competition by a 2-1 margin.
This might not come as a surprise as Panama have a strong record at the Gold Cups, despite their tiny stature. They have one foot in the quarter finals, and all they need to do now is avoid a defeat against Martinique. If they do so, the Canal men will enter the quarter finals of the competition for the seventh time on the bounce.
Martinique showed they are no pushovers from their two games in the competitions. Starting off with the 2-0 win against Nicaragua, the Les Matinino produced a solid display against USA, before falling short on a 3-2 margin. A point against Panama will strengthen their bid for quarter finals. By the signs of things, they might have already done enough to guarantee a place in the last 8 of the tournament.
Panama vs Martinique: Head-to-head
The lone official meeting between the teams happened in the 2013 Gold Cup edition. Panama edged a narrow 1-0 win, aided by a late penalty goal from Gabriel Torres.
Panama vs Martinique: Prediction
On paper, this look like an easy one for Panama. Also, they are strong favourites to make it into this edition’s semifinals. But they must win here and finish inside top two of the table to avoid the heavy weights Mexico and Costa Rica.
But one shouldn’t write off Martinique from this contest. Their prime objective here will be to avoid a defeat by big margin, which could help them stay inside the two best third placed teams.
Panama vs Martinique: Bet Tips
Under 2.5 goals at 1.80 odds by Betfair.
FT Asian Handicap – Martinique +1.5 for 1.45 odds with Bet365.