Sunday’s World Cup action kicks off from Group G as England faces first-time Cup participant Panama. England will advance if they win and Tunisia draws or lose on Saturday. Panama is out if they lose and Belgium draws or win on Saturday. The English are heavy favorites on the latest 2018 World Cup Lines.
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England v Panama 2018 World Cup Lines & Expert Pick
— England (@England) 21 de junio de 2018
- When: Sunday, 8 AM ET
- Where: Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
- TV / Stream: Fox Sports 1 / Fox Sports Go
- 2018 World Cup Lines: England -455 / Panama +1250 / Draw +480 (Total at 2.5 goals)
Why Bet on England?
- Confederation: UEFA
- Head coach: Gareth Southgate
- Captain: Harry Kane
- FIFA Ranking: 12
- World Cup Appearances: 15
It took some heroics from superstar Harry Kane, but the Three Lions won their opener 2-1 over Tunisia, a match that really shouldn’t have been that challenging. Gareth Southgate’s side missed a host of easy chances in the first half and was then frustrated by a resolute Tunisian side, who appeared to have claimed a vital point.
A controversial penalty looked to have denied England the win when Kyle Walker was harshly penalized for an elbow on Fakhreddine Ben Youssef 10 minutes before halftime, and Ferjani Sassi coolly slotted home. But Kane popped up in the 91st minute to head England to victory from a corner. Kane also had the first English goal in the 11th minute. Tunisia goalkeeper Mouez Hassen swatted away John Stones’ header from Ashley Young’s corner, but Kane was alert to smash home from close range.
Kane became the first England player to score twice in a World Cup match since Gary Lineker against Cameroon in 1990. England had six shots on target in the first half, their most in the opening 45 minutes of a World Cup match since the 1966 semi-final against Portugal. England scored more than once for the first time in 10 World Cup matches since a 2-2 draw against Sweden in 2006.
England’s victory on Monday attracted a higher television audience in the country than last month’s Royal Wedding. England lined up as expected with Jordan Pickford in goal, Young over Danny Rose and Jordan Henderson ahead of Eric Dier in midfield. Nine World Cup debutants were in Southgate’s starting XI.
Southgate, incidentally, dislocated his right shoulder while out running during England’s scheduled day off from training and was taken to the hospital.
“It is better this is me than one of the players,” Southgate said. “I might not be celebrating any goals as athletically in future. The doc has made it clear that punching the air is not an option.”
Southgate is expected to make at two changes for this match. Raheem Sterling is likely to be benched with Marcus Rashford in his place. Southgate had been considering rotating his team to bring in Rashford for the Panama match, even before the victory over Tunisia, but there have been concerns over how dropping Sterling might affect his confidence. He didn’t play well vs. Tunisia. In addition, Ruben Loftus-Cheek should sub in for injured Dele Alli, who did not train because of his thigh strain.
- 1-J. Pickford
- 18-A. Young
- 2-K. Walker
- 12-K. Trippier
- 6-H. Maguire
- 5-J. Stones
- 8-J. Henderson
- 20-D. Alli
- 7-J. Lingard
- 9-H. Kane
- 10-R. Sterling
Why Bet on Panama?
- Confederation: CONCACAF
- Head coach: Hernán Darío Gómez
- Captain: Román Torres
- FIFA Ranking: 55
- World Cup Appearances: 1
Really, this side is just happy to be here and has nothing at all to lose. Panama was no match for Belgium in a 3-0 first-round loss. All three goals came in the second half.
Panama’s best chance of the game came in the 55th minute, with Thibaut Courtois forced into a smothered save as Michael Amir Murillo latched onto a fine pass over the top but could not get a shot away with Courtois pouncing on the ball. Roman Torres, whose goal against Costa Rica in qualifying secured Panama a place in Russia, captained the side from central defense.
Overall, there were eight yellow cards — the most of any game at the 2018 World Cup so far and also more than in any single game at the 2014 tournament. Most of the bookings Panama racked up – five, the most by a team in a single game at a World Cup since Holland vs. Spain in 2010 final — were a consequence of clumsiness and difficulties dealing with the speed of their opponents. Belgium only committed one tackle fewer than Panama’s 18.
Gabriel Gomez, who didn’t misplace a single pass against Belgium, added that England combines something that other teams don’t: a mixture of speed and accuracy with the ball, quick interplay, the ability to limit space, their ball recovery and how they use their attacking assets. He feels that Panama needs to be careful, cautious and to protect the ball while they have possession.
“Against England, the tactical preparation leads to the mental part,” Gomez said. “If we are mentally strong, we will have chances to play a great match, and that great match can make us reach the final group game with an opportunity to reach the knockout stage.”
Panama manager Hernan Dario Gomez was Colombia coach when Gareth Southgate was on the bench — during his playing days — for England’s 2-0 World Cup win against Los Cafeteros at France 1998.
- 1-J. Penedo
- 5-R. Torres
- 15-E. Davis
- 4-F. Escobar
- 2-M. Murillo
- 6-G. Gómez
- 11-A. Cooper
- 20-A. Godoy
- 8-E. Bárcenas
- 21-José Rodríguez
- 7-B. Pérez
Expert Score Prediction
England 2 – Panama 0
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