England v Panama Betting Tips
England were made to work very hard for their opening win of the 2018 World Cup.
Gareth Southgate’s team did the hard part by approaching their match against Tunisia with a high tempo right from kickoff and scoring just after 10 minutes. But they then let their opponents back into the game through a soft penalty and had to rely on a late, late Harry Kane header to pick up the three points.
Kane’s winner sparked wild celebrations in England but not everybody got carried away. Numerous critics pointed out that England must be much better if they are to have any chance of making it to the latter stages of the World Cup, even if they are the overwhelming favourites to beat Panama next up.
England Should Have Little Trouble Picking Up Win Number Two
While England had to show a fair amount of guts and patience to see of the challenge of Tunisia, Panama were comfortably beaten 3-0 by Belgium.
Panama manager, Hernan Dario Gomez, was happy enough with his team’s performance in the first half in which they largely kept Belgium at bay. Class told in the end though and Belgium scored three very good goals to leave themselves top of Group G.
That Panama have even qualified for their first World Cup is impressive enough. The Group G outsiders look well short of the necessary quality to be competitive in Russia and it’s no surprise that England are as short as $1.14 with some bookies.
You can’t get excited about betting on any team at that price but at aussiefreebet.com.au we agree that England are going to win this game. So, try for a bigger payout by betting on England winning to nil which is $1.50 with Centrebet.
Will England Try to Send Out a Message to Belgium?
Belgium were below par in the first half against Panama but they eventually made the most of their match against Group G’s weakest team by scoring three goals.
Gareth Southgate is a level-headed man who is primarily concerned with England picking up the three points but he’d love his players to put Panama to the sword and make other teams start to worry about England’s attacking strength.
If the performance against Belgium was anything to go by, Panama are going to resort to foul means to try and stop England but the extra quality of the Three Lions should make all the difference. Therefore, a bet on England winning with a two goal handicap is tempting at $2.60 with Unibet.
Another way on profiting from an attacking display from England is by betting on them to score over 2.5 goals which is available at $2.20 with Bet365.
Can Lingard Make Up for Fluffing His Lines Against Tunisia?
Gareth Southgate clearly knew that Tunisia were going to defend deep in numbers and do everything they could think of to stop England from creating chances.
It didn’t exactly go to plan for Tunisia, especially in the first half when England created a whole host of chances.
While Harry Kane showed why he is one of the world’s best out and out strikers, the rest of the England team fared rather worse in front of goal.
Jesse Lingard was particularly profligate. The Man Utd midfielder will be desperate to make amends for his poor finishing by scoring his first World Cup goal. He’ll get forwards from deep against Panama just as he did against Tunisia and we think he looks a good bet to score at $2.40 with bookmaker.com.au