Panama host Venezuela in a friendly match at the Estadio Rommel Fernández Gutiérrez in Ciudad de Panama on early hours of Wednesday, UK time.
The Hernan Darío Gomez tutored Panama football team are coming on the back of a 1-0 home win over Haiti in the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying group stage fixture on 30th March 2016. They are currently second in their group behind Costa Rica and the head-coach will be looking for some firepower upfront when they come up against an opposition, who is stronger that those they normally meet.
Venezuela are going through a rough patch at the moment and haven’t won any of their six matches in World Cup qualifying stages. Moreover, they have won just once in the last 12 matches, against Costa Rica at home on February 2016. With the COPA America Centenario set to start on June 3rd, head-coach Rafael Dudamel will be keen to find the right combination to avoid another embarrassment at the big stage.
- Panama’s form in the last 5 matches in all venues read W-D-L-W-W and their last four matches have seen under 1.5 goals.
- Panama are on a 2 match winning run at home, but lost in the previous three.
- Panama have won their last two home matches by a 1-0 margin and scored one goal each in their last four.
- Venezuela have just one win in their last 12, but they managed to avoid defeats in 3 of their last 4 matches, with a win and 2 draws.
- Venezuela are without a win in the last 6 away games, the last two being draws.
- Venezuela have scored at least a goal in each of their last 5 away games.
Panama vs Venezuela: Head-to-Head Stats
- Panama haven’t lost in 8 matches played against Venezuela so far, with 4 wins and 4 draws.
- Panama can boast of a 100% win record against Venezuela, after winning in 2 matches they hosted.
- Both teams have scored in all of the 8 matches played between the sides so far.
- Venezuela’s last visit to Panama resulted in a 3-1 defeat; on 2010.
Panama vs Venezuela: Prediction
Venezuela haven’t done well in their recent outings and newly appointed coach Rafael Dudamel will be looking for quick solutions before the team head to USA for the Copa America Centenario in June. Panama on the other hand have never lost a match to Venezuela and will be hoping to maintain the record.
On form, Panama are a better side at the moment, but Venezuela is a team with individual quality. So goals are expected to fall at both ends and the teams could play out a 1-1 stalemate.