Panama vs Honduras
World Cup Qualifiers – North & Central America
Date: Wednesday, 14th June 2017
Kick-off at 2:35 UK/ 3:35 CET
Venue: Estadio Rommel Fernandez (Panama City).
Reason For Panama vs Honduras Betting Tips
Panama welcome Honduras in Wednesday’s crunch World Cup qualifier. Neither side hold the best of positions within the group, as the hosts look to make the tournament for the first time ever, whilst the visitors look to make it three appearances in a row.
Whilst Panama do hold the stronger position of the two thus far, they still face daunting trips to the US and Mexico, making this encounter all the more important. Los Canaleros have collected 6 points from their 5 games, seeing them currently sit in the play-off spot for Russia but they could potentially move up into a direct spot with a win here.
Hernán Darío Gómez’s men do hold a psychological advantage coming into the clash having already defeated Los Hondureños in this group away from home. Nonetheless that remains their only win, having drawn three of the other four encounters, with a blunt attack that has produced just two group goals holding them back.
Honduras also only have one win so far, with performances far from the standard of those in years gone by, that have seen them become something of a tournament regular.
With just five games to go including this one, performances are certainly going to have to improve on the road if they are to be in Russia this time next year. The midweek 3-0 defeat at Mexico made it 6 losses in the last 11 away qualifiers, and was also the eighth time along that run that a blank was fired.
It’s sure to be a tight, nervy affair. The sides have both scored an average of under a goal a game so far in the group and have not looked much of a threat going forward. With just one win apiece, confidence is not the highest coming into the clash and given what’s at stake, it’s hard to envisage either side deploying an expansive game plan.
We really like the looking of backing under 2.5 goal in combination with the draw. The two sides are very evenly matched, reflected in the fact that two of the last four between them have ended all square, whilst the other two have had just a goal in it. 7 of the last 8 of their last clashes have also featured under 2.5 goals and this time around we don’t even see a goal being registered as two poor attacks culminate in a 0-0 draw.
Panama vs Honduras: Head-to-head
Honduras just ended a 7 match barren run against Panama when the teams met at the Copa Centroamericana in January this year. Panama won 3 and drew 4 of the previous 7 duels.
With the 1-0 away win in the first leg of the corresponding fixture, Panama extended their unbeaten run over Honduras in the World Cup qualification matches to 5 games. In the 2014 edition, Panama bagged a 2-0 home win before settling for a 2-2 draw in the away leg.
Panama vs Honduras: Prediction
There is a huge bay in confidence between the two teams. Panama are coming after earning points against strongest teams in the squad, both home and away. While Honduras were miserably beaten in those duels. Moreover, the strong h2h record in World Cup qualifiers back the home side to come up with a win here. Another reason for our suggestion is the poor defense of Honduras, conceding 12 goals in 5 matches.
Panama vs Honduras Predictions
Draw & Under 2.5 Match Goals at 5/2 with bet365
Correct Score Prediction
Draw 0-0 at 11/2 with bet365