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Prediction: England v Panama

Posted on June 22, 2018 by David Nugent

Verdict: England win

Best Odds: 1/4

Bookmaker: Ladbrokes

This game in Group G could decide these two teams’ fates, as a win for the Three Lions could see them qualify for the knockout stages, while a defeat for Panama would see Hernan Gomez’s side exit the competition.

England

England managed to snatch a 2-1 win against Tunisia, courtesy of a stoppage-time goal from Tottenham striker Harry Kane. The effort was his second of the game after opening the scoring in the first half. The England captain has now scored ten times in his last eight international appearances. The striker is no doubt eying up the World Cup Golden Boot.

The win means that Gareth Southgate’s team are unbeaten in their 11 games, having won eight times in the process. The Three Lions recent games have been relatively low scoring, as seven of their last nine internationals have produced under 2.5 goals.

At the other end of the pitch, they have scored two goals in each of their last three international outings. They have also kept clean sheets in six of their last nine outings.

Team News

Chelsea youngster Ruben Loftus-Cheek looks set to start in place of the injured Dele Alli. Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford could also come into the starting line-up and replace Manchester City star Raheem Sterling.

Panama

Panama suffered a 3-0 defeat against Belgium in their first ever World Cup appearance. Hernan Gomez’s team frustrated the Red Devils, but in the second half, a goal from Dries Martens and a brace from Romelu Lukaku saw Roberto Martinez’s team cruise to victory.

The Central American team heads into this clash in terrible form, as they have now lost five of their last ten games in international football, winning just once in the process. Scoring goals have been a major problem in recent games, as they have failed to score in five of their last six international outings.

Team News

Panama has no reported injury worries. Boss Hernan Gomez is likely to name a similar side to the one that started against Belgium last time out in an effort to frustrate England.

Conclusion

In terms of quality, England have the far superior players. However, Panama showed in the first half against Belgium they can frustrate a team. The Three Lions are likely to find a way through and win the game, especially with captain Kane in such good form.

Verdict: England win

Best odds: 1/4

Bookmakers: Ladbrokes

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