USA vs Panama
Date: Monday, 16 November 2020
Kick-off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Stadion Wiener Neustadt, Austria.
The US men’s national football team locks horns with Panama for a friendly on Monday and our analysts predict a close battle with goals at a premium.
The Stars and Stripes got their first taste for football in 9 months last week against Wales at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea. The Europeans were without their main players, yet Gregg Berhalter’s men failed to make the advantage count after flattering in the creative department.
They will have another chance on Monday, against Panama, a team that knocked them out of the 2018 World Cup under controversial circumstances.
The Los Canaleros already have a couple of games under their belt amidst the pandemic and they played and won against Costa Rica twice in October and lost 1-0 to Japan last week.
Panama will start this game as underdogs priced at 5.00 odd, but the head-coach Thomas Christiansen has an experienced and stable eleven at his disposal. To name a few, Armando Cooper (112 caps), Aníbal Godoy (100 caps) and Gabriel Torres (86 caps).
At the same time, USMNT are coming with a highly inexperienced squad with most of their players with less than 10 caps for the national team. Yet the likes of Sergino Dest (Barcelona), Weston McKennie (Juventus) and Giovanni Reyna (Dortmund) have a chance to claim their stake in national colors.
USA vs Panama Head-to-head
The teams last met in the 2019 Gold Cup and USA managed a narrow 1-0 win to stretch their unbeaten streak over Panama to 5 games (3 wins & 2 draws).
The streaks apart, it will be important to keep in mind that Panama have beaten USA on only one occasion in the last 27 years and that was via penalty shoot out in the 2015 edition of the Gold Cup.
USA vs Panama Prediction
The bookies clearly see the USA as favourites to win here and we can understand this since they have a few players playing in elite European leagues. But punters must not underestimate Panama in this contest as they are far more experienced and have some games in the past month.
This is why we are expecting an upset on Monday and we recommend to back the visitors not to lose by more than 1 goal, which is a +1.5 Asian Handicap.
Meantime, brave punters can go with the draw no bet for Panama priced at sky high 3.75 odd.
We also mentioned earlier that goals will be at a premium. If you look at USA’s record over the past few years, the majority of the games against similar or strong teams from the zone has ended with under 2.5 goals. Panama on the other hand saw under 2.5 goals in each of their last 5 games across all competitions.
USA vs Panama Betting Tips
Under 2.5 goals @ 1.88 odd.
Panama + 1.5 AH @ 1.47
Draw no bet Panama @ 3.75 odd.