Tuesday night will see Round 5 of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying take place, and things in the Hexagonal sure look different after the events of Round 4, with those games played last Friday night. Mexico extended their lead atop the group with a win over Costa Rica, which just happened to be a victory that actually helped the chasing pack, as it pulled the Costa Rican back into the fight. Panama went down 1-0 to Trinidad & Tobago in a surprising loss, and the Americans proved that they were not done by whipping Honduras 6-0 on home soil. The Hex has tightened up considerably, and could well change again on Tuesday night. One of the biggest games on the schedule sees the US head to Panama for a game that sees both teams needing to pick up points to better their cause. Panama are going to need to find a way to bounce back from a tough loss, especially against a US team that is sure to be on a high after their big win on Friday night. Find the latest soccer betting odds here.
Here’s A Closer Look At The USA Vs Panama Soccer Odds, Betting Pick & TV Info
When: Tuesday, March 28 at 10:05 PM EST Where: Estadio Rommel Fernandez, Panama City TV: beIN Sports CONCACAF Odds: TBA
Why bet on the USA
The Americans looked like a different team than the one that had lost the opening two games in the Hex, and Coach Bruce Arena must be given some of the credit for that. He made some bold choices in his team selection, and every one of them paid off. Clint Dempsey returned after a lengthy absence due to illness, and bagged a hat-trick in the 6-0 win. As good as Dempsey was, it was 18-year old Christian Pulisic who pulled all the strings for the US. The future looks very bright for the Borussia Dortmund star. Arena said that 4 points from these two games would be the goal, but I don’t see him playing for a tie in this one, especially when you consider that the US are 11-1-4 all-time versus Panama.
Why bet on Panama
Panama are currently in third-place in the Hex, having picked up 4 points from their opening 3 games. While that position would be enough to grant them automatic passage to the World Cup Finals next year, there are doubts whether they have the ability to maintain that spot after going down to Trinidad & Tobago. Panama look as though they may be without influential striker Blas Perez on Tuesday night, and will field a team largely comprised of current and former MLS players, which means that Bruce Arena should have little difficulty scouting this group given his MLS experience. You almost feel that while Panama are at home for this one, they would be happy with a point.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
The Americans must be oozing confidence after their big win against Honduras, which might just be enough to give them the edge over a Panama team that is still licking its wounds after an unexpected loss. I like the US to get the win on the road.