England v Panama Betting Tips, Predictions and Previews
June 20, 2018
Nizhy Novgorod Stadium - World Cup Group G
England take on Panama in their second game in the World Cup, with Gareth Southgate's side looking to seal a second win in Russia.
England have never faced Panama in competitive action before, and they drew 0-0 the last time they faced Central American opposition at a World Cup, with Costa Rica in 2014.
England will check on Dele Alli, after the Tottenham midfielder picked up a thigh injury in the win over Tunisia. If he is unfit, he is likely to be replaced by club mate Eric Dier, or Crystal Palace's Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
Panama have no injury worries, but they may look to shuffle their pack after a disappointing 3-0 defeat to Belgium. Veteran striker Blas Perez is unlikely to play two games in such close succession, and Gabriel Torres may come in for him in attack.
England v Panama Preview and Predictions
England will be buoyed by their late win over Tunisia, despite finding it tough going in the second half. Harry Kane's two goals were enough to seal three valuable points, which keeps the pressure on Belgium.
Southgate will be keen that his side do not let their momentum drop against Panama, but his young side will have to be patient against a Panama side that made Belgium wait almost a hour for a breakthrough.
England have been solid and pragmatic in recent friendlies, with flashes of promise against Tunisia, and that will need to be the case on Sunday.
The late rally against Tunisia suggests that England should have enough to win this game, priced at 2/11 - but they could find themselves in a battle.
England have not scored more than two goals in their last ten games, with no games finishing with a total of over 2.5 goals in that run either, and with that in mind, under 2.5 is at 19/20 this time around.
England to win 2-0 at 9/2
England's Three Lions will be boosted by the Tunisia result, but Southgate will need to keep their feet on the ground, and they will need a professional performance against Panama. They will come up against an organised defence, but Panama showed in the Belgium game that they are vulnerable.
Harry Kane to score first at 15/8
Kane was the hero of the night against Tunisia, and he looks hungry for more. He has spoken with confidence about chasing Cristiano Ronaldo for the Golden Boot, and he can boost his chances here.