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Panama vs USA – Match Preview

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The Mercedes-Benz Stadium is buzzing with anticipation as Panama prepares to take on the United States. This critical Copa America Grp. C match is scheduled for Tuesday, June 27th, at 22:00 GMT. Both teams are eager to dominate on this neutral ground in their second tournament match. Panama, currently in third place, aims to recover from their initial loss. They have scored once but let in three goals. The USA, in second place, seeks to maintain their lead with a victory. They have not conceded any goals yet. Panama is looking for an upset, while the USA wants to confirm their status as favorites and move closer to the knockout stages.

Panama – Form

Panama’s performance has been inconsistent recently. Their last game on June 24, 2024, ended in a 3:1 defeat to Uruguay in the Copa America. Despite a late goal from Michael Murillo, they couldn’t keep up with Uruguay’s pace. Before this, Panama experienced a close 0:1 loss to Paraguay in a friendly match. This result ended Paraguay’s 7-game winless streak on the road. However, Panama managed a 3:1 win against Montserrat, showing their resilience. These outcomes were in line with bookmakers’ predictions, indicating a pattern in Panama’s recent games.

USA – Form

The USA’s recent performances have also been mixed. Their last match on June 23, 2024, resulted in a 2:0 win against Bolivia in the Copa America, aligning with expectations. Christian Pulisic and Folarin Balogun scored, highlighting the team’s offensive strength. Before this, the USA secured a 1:1 draw with Brazil in a friendly, breaking an 11-match losing streak against them. However, they faced a 1:5 defeat to Colombia in another friendly, where they were not the favorites. The outcomes of their last three matches have mostly matched bookmakers’ forecasts.

Panama – USA – Head to Head

The last game between Panama and the USA was on July 12, 2023. It ended in a 1:1 draw during the CONCACAF Gold Cup. In their past 10 meetings, Panama won 3 times, and the USA won 5. This gives the USA a slight advantage. In 3 of the last 5 games, both teams scored. Also, 3 of these games had more than 5.5 goals in total. Recently, Panama has found it challenging against the USA, with 7 losses in their last 9 matches. They have also conceded in almost all of their last 25 games against the Americans.

Panama – USA – Standings

As Round 2 of Copa America Grp. C approaches, the standings show early successes and challenges. Panama is in 3rd place, still looking for their first points with a -2 goal difference. They hope to use the neutral venue of Mercedes-Benz Stadium to their advantage. The USA is in a comfortable 2nd place with 3 points and a +2 goal difference from their first game. With each team having played once, Panama aims to narrow the gap. The USA, meanwhile, looks to strengthen their position and aim for the top of the group.

Panama vs USA – Top scorers

Jose Luis Rodriguez and Jose Fajardo lead Panama’s attack, each scoring three times in the Copa America. Defender Michael Murillo has also contributed two goals. Christian Martinez and Edgar Barcenas have each added a goal, enhancing the team’s offensive options. For the USA, Christian Pulisic has scored five goals, playing a crucial role. Giovanni Reyna, with four goals, has been a key playmaker. Folarin Balogun and Ricardo Pepi, each with three goals, have formed a successful striking duo. Timothy Weah’s two goals further strengthen their attack.

Panama vs USA – Full-Time Betting

Bookmakers favor a USA win, with odds at 1.38. A Panama victory is less likely, at 8.00, and a draw is at 4.75. Despite the neutral venue, the USA’s form and Copa America ranking make them the favorites. The head-to-head record also supports the USA. With Michael Murillo’s absence, Panama faces an even greater challenge. The “draw-no-bet” option for the USA offers less risk at 1.125. The “halftime-fulltime” bet for a USA lead at halftime and win at fulltime is at 1.909, appealing to those willing to take a risk.

Panama vs USA – Over/Under Betting

The odds for “Over 2.5” and “Under 2.5” goals are both at 1.909. The last 10 games between these teams have often been high-scoring, with over 5.5 goals in 3 of the last 4 matches. Panama’s defense has been weak, conceding 3 goals in their first Copa America game. The USA started strong, scoring 2 goals without conceding. This sets the stage for a potentially high-scoring game. However, Panama’s recent scoring challenges against the USA might make “Under 2.5” a safer bet. The “Over 3.5” option at 3.4 could be a good value bet, given the history of this fixture.

Panama vs USA – BTTS Betting

The odds are 2.20 for ‘Yes’ and 1.615 for ‘No’ in the “Both Teams To Score” market. In their last 10 meetings, both teams scored in 3 matches. Panama has scored in 5 of their last 7 home games. The USA kept a clean sheet in their first Copa America match. These facts make ‘No’ for BTTS slightly more likely at 1.615. However, considering both teams’ scoring abilities, ‘Yes’ at 2.20 could offer good value for optimistic bettors.

Panama vs USA – Prediction