Panama V Trinidad & Tobago Tips: Draw or Trinidad Double Chance – 19 June 2019

Out of form Panama look vulnerable

International Football Tips

Panama V Trinidad & Tobago

Wednesday 19 June 2019 – 00:30 Kick-Off

International, CONCACAF Gold Cup

Pick: Draw or Trinidad & Tobago, Double Chance – 5/6 Bet365

 

This match brings two teams together with little in the way of form but both with genuine aspirations of at least finishing runners-up in Group D, as Panama take on Trinidad & Tobago inside Allianz Field stadium in Minnesota, USA.

 

Recent Trends

  • The head-to-head: Trinidad 8 wins – Panama 4 wins – 3 Draws. Panama won most recent encounter 1-0 in April 2018.
  • Panama are currently on a winless run of 14 matches (D3 L11 GF6 GA34).
  • Trinidad are currently winless in their last four games (D1 L3), failing to score in six of the last seven.

 

Panama Preview

Turn the clock back a whole twelve months and Panama were in Russia for their first ever appearance at the finals of a World Cup. A nation with the population of just over four million was struggling to contain its excitement and joy back home. The end result, however, was a chastening experience in which their team were soundly beaten in all three group games.

Head coach Hernan Dario Gomez resigned after the World Cup. Two separate interim managers have been installed since, with Julio Cesar Dely Valdes currently occupying the role in what is his third spell in charge of the national team. This uncertainty and instability has almost certainly affected the players, because since departing Russia the team hasn’t managed to register a single victory.

There have been a few creditable draws – namely versus Brazil (1-1) and South Korea (2-2) – however, losses to Colombia (3-0), Ecuador (2-1), Honduras (1-0), Japan (3-0), Uruguay (3-0), USA (3-0) and Venezuela (2-0) have all but seen the feel good factor of even reaching a World Cup well and truly dissipate. Their cause hasn’t been helped by their two all-time leading scorers retiring from international football last summer.

In truth, some of those games were difficult fixtures against strong opposition. Even so, both confidence and form are fragile commodities. Panama surrendered both in the space of twelve months.

 

 

 

Total Match Goals
Over 2.5 7/5
Under 2.5 8/15

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Trinidad & Tobago Preview

By contrast, it has been thirteen years since Trinidad were last seen competing at a World Cup. Times have been bleak ever since, failing to qualify for two of the subsequent four CONCACAF Gold Cups and were unsuccessful in making it beyond the group stage in the two they did. Therefore their odds of 33/1 for a maiden title lack much appeal.

They will at least arrive at this tournament with some solid foundations to build from, and by that I am referring to a mean defence which has limited almost all of their recent opponents. A 2-0 loss to Canada in their final warm up game prior to this competition was the first time a team has managed to score more than one goal past The Soca Warriors in almost two years.

Only a late goal in the dying minutes of the game denied Trinidad what would have been a very pleasing draw away in Wales, ultimately losing 1-0 in Cardiff in March. However, a 0-0 draw with Japan at the beginning of June, versus a side ranked almost 70 places higher in the latest FIFA Rankings, will have made them feel a little better about themselves.

It is clear the team are well organised by former player Dennis Lawrence, but goals are still proving very hard to come by – with none scored in their last four internationals – and it is something that will need to change soon if they are to seriously compete at this tournament.

 

Betting Conclusion

The form of these two sides would suggest we have a very low scoring game on our hands, and the odds reflect this. Odds of 1/2 on there being fewer than three goals is on the short side but is definitely an accurate assessment of where these two teams are at right now.

A better bet, at a healthier price, could be Trinidad to avoid defeat. Panama haven’t won a game of any kind in over a year and simply cannot be relied upon right now. Meanwhile Trinidad do at least have some reasonable defensive form in their favour and could well spring a small surprise here.


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