Belgium vs Panama Prediction, Betting Tips and Preview
Another exciting match awaits the football fanatics as Belgium and Panama meet this Monday at the Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi. The Belgians are the best team in the group G and are expected to top it.
Belgium is ranked third in the FIFA World Ranking and is filled with some of the best young players that Europe has to offer. Their players are members of some of the biggest clubs in the world and have lots of important and difficult matches in their feet. Coach Roberto Martinez will be under a massive pressure in Russia as he leads what is believed to be the golden generation of Belgian football. In the month of June, the Red Devils have played three friendly matches. They drew the first one against Portugal with the score of 0-0 and went on to win the next two. First, they dominated against Egypt with 3-0 and in the last clash managed to beat Costa Rica by the score of 4-1. In that outing, Lukaku scored a hat-trick and Mertens added a goal of his own. The fact which shows just how good the Belgian squad is, are the goals that they scored. Out of the previous ten qualifying games, they have forty-three goals scored. Lukaku scored eleven of those forty-three and Eden Hazard added six of his own alongside with five assists.
Panama is playing their first World Cup, ever. They are the only debutants in this edition of the tournament having shockingly secured their tickets for Russia on the expense of United States who only came fifth at the end of the final round in the CONCACAF qualifying zone. Panama managed a huge comeback to secure the 2-1 victory over Costa Rica thanks to the 87th-minute match winner. The United States lost their away fixture to Trinidad & Tobago with the same result even though their counterparts had already lost all hopes of qualifying. Their current form is not the greatest, as one might expect. From the previous five friendly matches, they have three losses, a draw, and a win. Their most recent game was against Norway when they suffered a 1-0 defeat. In that game, they demonstrated once against the area of the field where they are the weakest, their attack. Unlike their rivals, Panama’s situation regarding the physical condition of the players is not the best one. The main problem for the coach is the condition of his crucial center back, Roman Torres. Despite that, he is likely to start as there is no adequate replacement. Anything but a loss would be acceptable by the Los Canaleros.
The two teams have never played before. It will be interesting to see how the games progress as Panama are expected to try and resist mighty Belgium in order to win any points. The Red Devils are the favorites in this one and it would take a miracle for it to change. In this game, the heart has little chance against the pure strength that is Belgium.
Belgium vs Panama Stats
Stats are based on the last 10 games (including friendly matches)
|SHOTS ON TARGET||98||38|
|SHOTS OFF TARGET||68||29|
|OVER 1.5 GOALS||8||6|
|OVER 2.5 GOALS||8||5|
|OVER 3.5 GOALS||6||3|
|UNDER 1.5 GOALS||2||4|
|UNDER 2.5 GOALS||2||5|
|BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE||4||3|
Belgium have several missing players for their game with Panama. Vincent Kompany and Thomas Vermaelen were ruled out and they will not be in starting XI against Panama. All other players are available to play and they are eager to collect all three points from the opening game.
On the other side Panama don’t have big injury concerns before this big match against Belgium. Roman Torres is not fully fit and he is doubtful for the match. All other players are fully fit and they are ready for the opening game in Group G.
Possible starting lineups
Belgium: Courtois; Alderweireld, Ciman, Vertonghen; Meunier, Carrasco, Witsel, De Bruyne; Mertens, Eden Hazard; Lukaku
Panama: Penedo; R. Torres, Escobar, Machado, Ovalle, Murillo; Gomez, Avila, Barcenas, Godoy; G. Torres
Belgium vs Panama Prediction
Belgium take on Panama on Monday 18th June and this match will be a true ticket booster game. Panama will be an unknown threat to Belgium as they've never faced each other, but the Red Devils are absolute favourites to win their opening game in Group G. Belgium like to play offensive and attractive football and they are in brilliant run. Belgium are unbeaten in their last 18 games. Panama will play their first ever World Cup match and for sure all players are highly motivated for this clash. They like to play strong and aggressive football, but on Mondays match they must be underdogs. They have won just one of their last seven matches.
Belgium like to play aggressive football in attack, but they also play very well in defending. Belgium have kept a clean sheet in four of the last five games. Belgium thrashed Costa Rica (a team who qualified ahead of Panama for the World Cup) in their last friendly game before World Cup. Belgium have scored at least two goals in eight of the last nine games. On the other side Panama are not in a good run. Switzerland’s 6-0 thrashing of Panama in their friendly showed they are the weakness team on the tournament.
Our prediction and betting tips for the match Belgium vs Panama Prediction: Belgium to win. We expect from them to keep a clean sheet and our second betting pick for this game is Belgium to win to nil. On this match we expect from Red Devils to hammer Panama and to score at least four goals. So, you can try to win more money with bet on Over 4.5 goals.
Maybe correct score will be 5-0 and Lukaku will score at least two goals. Romelu Lukaku has scored 13 goals in his last ten appearances for Belgium. Have a nice betting day and good luck in earning money with our football prediction and betting tips.