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Costa Rica vs Panama Prediction

Costa Rica

October 14

04:00

0 : 1
Panama

Costa Rica

Panama

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After conceding a stoppage-time winner during their 1-0 friendly defeat in the early hours on Sunday, Costa Rica host Panama on Wednesday with an opportunity for immediate revenge.

Abdiel Ayarza's strike would have been an unwelcome dagger in their hearts to end a historically close-fought encounter between the two sides. In 18 H2H meetings, Costa Rica narrowly lead (seven wins, five draws, six defeats) but Panama have gradually closed the gap over time.

Despite being 35 places below their hosts in FIFA's world rankings, Panama are embracing their role as underdogs and proving troublesome. Can they complete a quick-fire double here? Read my match preview, for the correct score predictions and best betting tips ahead of this fixture.

Costa Rica vs Panama Betting Tips

Of all players, it wasn't surprising to see Ayarza break the deadlock in stoppage-time. After all, the 28-year-old midfielder has largely excelled during his loan spell at Peruvian side Cienciano – albeit in more of a defensive sense.

During his last league game before the international break, he made a whopping ten tackles and was an ever-present nuisance in midfield against Universidad Cesar Vallejo.

Even despite his monstrous defensive efforts, they lost 1-0. So it feels fitting his late winner last weekend ensured he was on the winning side for only the second time since August 26.

The fulcrum of a nation now managed by former Leeds head coach Thomas Christiansen, his strike saw the Spaniard win his first game in charge. He'll be hoping for a repeat performance, albeit with less late drama, against a Costa Rica side that have struggled for consistency recently.

Since ending their World Cup campaign with a 2-2 draw against Switzerland in June 2018, they've won just six of 21 matches (all competitions, including friendlies).

It doesn't help they've had to rebuild without many influential players – like former Arsenal man Joel Campbell and long-serving captain Bryan Ruiz. Nonetheless, they can't dwell on defeats.

Costa Rica vs Panama Correct Score Predictions

With all of that in mind, I'd be surprised to see a repeat result and Costa Rica will hope to justify their standing in FIFA's top 50 with a better display here. I'm expecting BTTS.

Last matches

Costa Rica

14-10-2020

0 - 1 Panama

L
11-10-2020

0 - 1 Panama

L
01-02-2020

1 - 0 United States

L
01-02-2020

1 - 0 United States

L
17-11-2019

1 - 1 Haiti

D
14-11-2019

1 - 2 Curacao

L
14-10-2019

0 - 0 Curacao

D
11-10-2019

1 - 1 Haiti

D
07-09-2019

1 - 2 Uruguay

L
25-06-2019

2 - 1 Haiti

L

Panama

W

- Costa Rica

14-10-2020
W

- Costa Rica

11-10-2020
L

- Mexico

16-11-2019
L

- Mexico

16-10-2019
L

- Bermuda

09-09-2019
W

- Bermuda

05-09-2019
L

- Jamaica

30-06-2019
L

- United States

27-06-2019
W

- Guyana

22-06-2019
W

- Trinidad and Tobago

18-06-2019
Costa Rica vs Panama Head-to-Head (H2H)
14-10-2020

Costa Rica

0
1

Panama

11-10-2020

Costa Rica

0
1

Panama

11-10-2017

Panama

2
1

Costa Rica

19-07-2017

Costa Rica

1
0

Panama

09-06-2017

Costa Rica

0
0

Panama

22-01-2017

Panama

1
0

Costa Rica

07-09-2016

Costa Rica

3
1

Panama

18-11-2015

Panama

1
2

Costa Rica

01-04-2015

Panama

2
1

Costa Rica

07-09-2014

Costa Rica

2
2

Panama

Costa Rica
vs
Panama
Predicted Lineup
Costa Rica vs Panama Predicted Lineup

Alvarez

Blanco

Soto

Duarte

Salinas

Brenes

C. Nunez

Tejeda

Ruiz

Wright

Daly

Calderon

Peralta

Cummings

Ramos

Palacios

Murillo

Ayarza

Gonzalez

Yearwood

Waterman

Camargo

Latest results
Total
Home
Away

0-1 vs Panama (H)

L

0-1 vs Panama (H)

L

0-1 vs United States (A)

L

0-1 vs United States (A)

L

1-1 vs Haiti (H)

D

2-1 vs Curacao (A)

W

0-0 vs Curacao (H)

D

1-1 vs Haiti (A)

D

1-2 vs Uruguay (H)

L

1-2 vs Haiti (A)

L
W

1-0 vs Costa Rica (A)

W

1-0 vs Costa Rica (A)

L

0-3 vs Mexico (H)

L

1-3 vs Mexico (A)

L

0-2 vs Bermuda (H)

W

4-1 vs Bermuda (A)

L

0-1 vs Jamaica (A)

L

0-1 vs United States (H)

W

4-2 vs Guyana (A)

W

2-0 vs Trinidad and Tobago (H)

6

Goals Scored

13

3

Over 2.5 Goals

4

6/9 (67%)

Both Teams Scored

1/3 (33%)

0-1 vs Panama (H)

L

0-1 vs Panama (H)

L

1-1 vs Haiti (H)

D

0-0 vs Curacao (H)

D

1-2 vs Uruguay (H)

L
L

0-3 vs Mexico (H)

L

0-2 vs Bermuda (H)

L

0-1 vs United States (H)

W

2-0 vs Trinidad and Tobago (H)

2

Goals Scored

2

1

Over 2.5 Goals

1

6/9 (67%)

Both Teams Scored

1/3 (33%)

0-1 vs United States (A)

L

0-1 vs United States (A)

L

2-1 vs Curacao (A)

W

1-1 vs Haiti (A)

D

1-2 vs Haiti (A)

L
W

1-0 vs Costa Rica (A)

W

1-0 vs Costa Rica (A)

L

1-3 vs Mexico (A)

W

4-1 vs Bermuda (A)

L

0-1 vs Jamaica (A)

W

4-2 vs Guyana (A)

4

Goals Scored

11

2

Over 2.5 Goals

3

6/9 (67%)

Both Teams Scored

1/3 (33%)

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