Panama vs Nicaragua
2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup
Date: Wednesday, 12th July 2017
Kick-off at 23:30 UK/ 0:30 CET
Venue: Raymond James Stadium (Tampa).
Panama look to build up on their positive start to the Gold Cup campaign when they come up against Nicaragua on match-day 2.
The Canal Men claw back to draw level with USA in their group opener giving a strong warning to the usual favourites in the tournament. This is not a one-off result, as Panama entered this tournament on some serious form. Before the group opener against USA, Panama drew three on the bounce, all coming against stronger teams in the zone – Honduras, Costa Rica and USA in the World Cup qualifiers. It is also worth to note that this is a team that made it into the semifinals of the Gold Cup in the last three editions.
While Nicaragua started their campaign on a losing note. They have every reason to be aggrieved as the opponents were a lowly Martinique. The Los Pinoleros are yet to register a win at this tournament, having managed 1 draw from previous 13 games, while losing 12 games since 1963.
Panama vs Nicaragua: Head-to-head
There are no draws in the 12 games between the two since calendar year 2000. Panama pulled off 10 wins, while the remaining two finished in favour of Nicaragua.
Their most recent duel was at the Copa Centroamericana earlier this January, Panama won the tie 2-1.
Their only meeting at the Gold Cup happened in 2009 with Panama winning the tie with ease on a 4-0 margin.
Panama vs Nicaragua: Prediction
It is hard is see Nicaragua mounting a serious challenge to Panama, with their confidence and morale at rock bottom following the poor historic record at this tournament. Moreover, Panama’s overall form is positive and they must win this with ease to put themselves in a strong position to clinch the quarter final berth.
Panama vs Nicaragua: Bet Tips
HT/FT – Panama/Panama for 1.91 by Betway.
Asian Handicap -1.5 for Panama at 2.05 by Bet365.