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Belgium vs Panama Prediction & Betting tips
The World Cup has been in full swing for a few days now. On Monday finally the group G denies their first games. Belgium – a co-favorite for the title – denies their first group match against World Cup debutant Panama at 16:00. The game will be kicked off at the Olympic Stadium in Sochi. For the Central Americans, the whole world championship hype is something completely new. Never before has the dwarf state been among the best 32 nations in the world. Accordingly, Panama rises in Group D as a clear outsider in the race. The starting game against Belgium will be a duel between David versus Goliath.
The bookmakers also like the scenario of the match between Belgium and Panama – in case of a sensation in Panama betting odds up to 26 can be achieved! Most recently, the Red Devils tested against Costa Rica – a comparable opponent as Panama. The team around star striker Romelu Lukaku convinced in the match in Brussels and won a well deserved 4: 1. The bitter taste of this victory was that goalkeeper Courtois was defeated for the first time in the World Cup year in the jersey of the national team. For Panama, the starting position looks significantly different. The Central Americans scored only against Trinidad and Tobago so far this year!
The preparation in the World Cup year could hardly have been better for the Red Devils. Against Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Costa Rica Belgium won each earned and with several goals distance. Only against the reigning European champions Portugal, the Belgians remained without a victory! Already in the qualification for the final round convinced the Europeans. In group H, Belgium earned a lot of money before Greece claimed the group victory.
In the ten games, the Belgians shared points only in the home game against the Greeks. In the nine victorious qualifying matches of Belgium, they secured 27 points with the unbelievable number of 42 goals scored! Around a quarter of all gates were contributed by Romelu Lukaku. The giant in the service of Manchester United completed an excellent season and will therefore come up with a great shape in Russia. After all, he scored recently against Costa Rica and Egypt goals. Besides him, Belgium has many other top players in their ranks. Above all the representatives from the English teams provided for the good performances of the Red Devils. In addition to the offensive also convinced the defense – only one hit collected Thibaut Courtois this year in the service of the national team. Coach Roberto Martinez has been testing his defensive players in recent friendlies. In addition to the goalkeeper of Chelsea and Toby Alderweireld of Tottenham will probably be set in the triple chain. The 29-year-old played as the only defender at least all three preparatory games. Vincent Kompany, on the other hand, was injured in the game against Portugal, although the 32-year-old recently expressed his positive opinion about his injury, the World Cup participation is not yet fixed for him. Only shortly before the game against Panama will decide whether the defender of Manchester City can accumulate.
For Panama it will be the first World Cup final round in its history. In the North and Central American qualifying group, La Maera Roja surprisingly secured third place, booking the ticket for Russia. On the final day, Panama, Honduras and the USA fought to take part in the finals. Panama fulfilled their duty and defeated Costa Rica at home. Captain Roland Torres scored in the 88th minute probably the most important goal of his career and thus secured his country three points. With the US losing surprisingly in their last game against Trinidad and Tobago, Panama slipped to third place. Since then, the anticipation in the state is rising with just under four million inhabitants. The significance of the first World Cup participation for one of the richest Latin American countries was shown in the act of Juan Carlos Varela – the President of Panama announced that the 11th of October, the day of qualifying, is now considered as National Day of Panama.
Apart from the friendly against Trinidad and Tobago, preparing for the finals for Panama was not very pleasing. Against Denmark, Switzerland, Northern Ireland and Norway, the Central Americans did not score a single goal and the class difference was palpable. For the newcomer, a goal in the three group matches would be a huge success. After all, strong group opponents are present with Tunisia, England and Belgium. For Los Canaleros, the finals in Russia will still be unforgettable and maybe national hero and captain Roman Torres can make even in the history of the World Cup with a gate for the newcomer immortal. Shortly before the start of the tournament coach Hernan Dario Gomez had to replace midfielder Alberto Quintero. The player from the Peruvian club Universitario Lima will not be ready for the World Cup because of an injury. For him, the 21-year-old Ricardo Avila slips into the squad.