FIFA World Cup – Group G – Matchday 1 of 3 – Belgium v Panama – Preview & Betting Tips

The following is a match centre with betting tips for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Group G fixture between Belgium and Panama. The game kicks off on the 19th of June at 1:00 AM AEST. As part of a revised broadcast agreement, this fixture will be broadcast live on SBS.

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Belgium

Belgium

  • FIFA World Rank: 3
  • Elo Rating: 8
  • Qualifying: Won Group H with a 9-1-0 record in the UEFA Confederation qualification.

Squad:

  • Coach: Roberto Martínez (Spain)
  • Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea), Simon Mignolet (Liverpool), Koen Casteels (VfL Wolfsburg)
  • Defenders: Toby Alderweireld Tottenham), Dedryck Boyata (Celtic), Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City), Thomas Vermaelen (Barcelona), Thomas Meunier (PSG)
  • Midfielders: Youri Tielemans (AS Monaco), Axel Witsel (Tianjin Quanjian), Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City), Mousa Dembele (Tottenham), Leander Dendoncker (Anderlecht), Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United), Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Monchengladbach), Dries Mertens (Na
  • Forwards: Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea), Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Adnan Januzaj (Real Sociedad), Yannick Carrasco (Atletico Madrid)

Recent results:

  • Belgium 4 – 1 Costa Rica
    11/06/2018
    Friendly, played in Belgium
  • Belgium 3 – 0 Egypt
    06/06/2018
    Friendly, played in Belgium
  • Belgium 0 – 0 Portugal
    02/06/2018
    Friendly, played in Belgium
  • Belgium 4 – 0 Saudi Arabia
    27/03/2018
    Friendly, played in Belgium
  • Belgium 1 – 0 Japan
    14/11/2017
    Friendly, played in Belgium
  • Belgium 3 – 3 Mexico
    10/11/2017
    Friendly, played in Belgium
  • Belgium 4 – 0 Cyprus
    10/10/2017
    WC qualifiers, played in Belgium
  • Bosnia-Herzegovina 3 – 4 Belgium
    07/10/2017
    WC qualifiers, played in Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • Greece 1 – 2 Belgium
    03/09/2017
    WC qualifiers, played in Greece
  • Belgium 9 – 0 Gibraltar
    31/08/2017
    WC qualifiers, played in Belgium
  • Estonia 0 – 2 Belgium
    09/06/2017
    WC qualifiers, played in Estonia
  • Belgium 2 – 1 Czech Republic
    05/06/2017
    Friendly, played in Belgium

Statistics: (last five years):

  • H2H Record: 39-11-8
  • O/U record
    • O/U 0.5 record: 55-3
    • O/U 1.5 record: 46-12
    • O/U 2.5 record: 34-24
    • O/U 3.5 record: 24-34
    • O/U 4.5 record: 14-44
    • O/U 5.5 record: 9-49
  • Wins
    • Total wins: 39
    • Won by 1 goal: 16
    • Won by 2 goals: 8
    • Won by 3 goals: 5
    • Won by 4 goals: 5
    • Won by 5 goals: 1
    • Won by 5+ goals: 4
    • Won to nil 22
  • Losses
    • Total losses: 8
    • Lost by 1 goal: 4
    • Lost by 2 goals: 4
    • Lost by 3 goals: 0
    • Lost by 4 goals: 0
    • Lost by 5 goals: 0
    • Lost by 5+ goals: 0
    • Lost to nil 5
  • Clean Sheets and BTTS
    • Total Games: 58
    • Clean Sheets: 25
    • Held Scoreless: 8
    • Both Teams Scored: 28
Panama

Panama

  • FIFA World Rank: 55
  • Elo Rating: 48
  • Qualifying: Third place in the CONCACAF Fifth Round with a 3-4-3 record.

Squad:

  • Coach: Hernán Darío Gómez (Colombia)
  • Goalkeepers: Jamie Penedo (Diname Bucharest), Jose Calderon (Chorrillo FC), Alex Rodriguez (San Francisco FC)
  • Defenders: Harold Cummings (San Jose Earthquakes), Fidel Escobar (New York Red Bulls), Eric Davis (DAC Dunajska Streda), Felipe Baloy (CSD Munbicipal), Adolfo Machado (Houston Dynamo), Michael Murillo (New York Red Bulls), Luis Ovalle (Olimpia), Roman Torres (Seattl
  • Midfielders: Edgar Barcenas (Cafetaleros de Tapachula), Armando Cooper (Universidad de Chile), Anibal Godoy (San Jose Earthquakes), Gabriel Gomez (Atletico Bucaramanga), Valentin Pimentel (Plaza Amador), Alberto Quintero (Universitario), Jose Luis Rodriguez (Ghent)
  • Forwards: Abdiel Arroyo (Alajuelense), Ismael Diaz (Deportivo La Coruna), Blas Pérez (Municipal), Luis Tejada (Sport Boys), Gabriel Torres (Huachipato)

Recent results:

  • Norway 1 – 0 Panama
    06/06/2018
    Friendly, played in Norway
  • Panama 0 – 0 Northern Ireland
    29/05/2018
    Friendly, played in Panama
  • Trinidad and Tobago 0 – 1 Panama
    18/04/2018
    Friendly, played in Trinidad and Tobago
  • Switzerland 6 – 0 Panama
    27/03/2018
    Friendly, played in Switzerland
  • Denmark 1 – 0 Panama
    22/03/2018
    Friendly, played in Denmark
  • Wales 1 – 1 Panama
    14/11/2017
    Friendly, played in Wales
  • Iran 2 – 1 Panama
    09/11/2017
    Friendly, played in Austria
  • Grenada 0 – 5 Panama
    24/10/2017
    Friendly, played in Grenada
  • Panama 2 – 1 Costa Rica
    10/10/2017
    WC qualifiers, played in Panama
  • USA 4 – 0 Panama
    06/10/2017
    WC qualifiers, played in USA
  • Panama 3 – 0 Trinidad and Tobago
    05/09/2017
    WC qualifiers, played in Panama
  • Mexico 1 – 0 Panama
    01/09/2017
    WC qualifiers, played in Mexico

Statistics: (last five years):

  • H2H Record: 19-20-20
  • O/U record
    • O/U 0.5 record: 52-7
    • O/U 1.5 record: 38-21
    • O/U 2.5 record: 25-34
    • O/U 3.5 record: 14-45
    • O/U 4.5 record: 6-53
    • O/U 5.5 record: 3-56
  • Wins
    • Total wins: 19
    • Won by 1 goal: 12
    • Won by 2 goals: 2
    • Won by 3 goals: 2
    • Won by 4 goals: 1
    • Won by 5 goals: 2
    • Won by 5+ goals: 0
    • Won to nil 12
  • Losses
    • Total losses: 20
    • Lost by 1 goal: 12
    • Lost by 2 goals: 3
    • Lost by 3 goals: 0
    • Lost by 4 goals: 3
    • Lost by 5 goals: 1
    • Lost by 5+ goals: 1
    • Lost to nil 14
  • Clean Sheets and BTTS
    • Total Games: 59
    • Clean Sheets: 19
    • Held Scoreless: 21
    • Both Teams Scored: 26


Commentary

Belgium boasts one of the strongest squads in the tournament, but they have failed to meet expectations at the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016, which has raised questions of whether the side has the mental ability to win a major tournament. With many of their stars in the peak of their careers, this is probably the best chance for their golden generation to shine. Belgium dominated their qualifying group, going 9-1-0 and scoring a whopping 43 goals. They are on an 14-game unbeaten streak coming into the tournament and only conceded 1 goal in four warm-up games – while scoring 11 times themselves. The caveat to those figures is the only world-class side that Belgium faced during that stretch was Portugal, who they drew 0-0. With results such as 3-0 against Egypt, 4-1 against Costa Rica and 4-0 against Saudi Arabia, Belgium certainly know how to take care of the minnows. The real test will come against the top-10 sides. Belgium will be without star centre back Vincent Kompany until possibly the final group stage game, but the draw has been fortuitous, with Belgium not facing England until the 3rd game. While Belgium boasts an enviable squad, coach Roberto Martinez doesn’t boast as strong a CV as some of the other head coaches in the tournament, so there is uncertainty over how well Belgium will do under his guidance.

Panama makes its debut in the World Cup this year, so just making it to this stage is a success. While they are the clear underdogs in the group, and unburdened by expectation, Panama actually boast a highly experienced squad, with eleven players having over 50 caps and six players boasting over 100 caps. Hopefully that experience will help them to punch above their weight. Panama will have to hope they do what Russia did and defy their pre-tournament form. Panama had poor results in their 2018 friendlies, during which they scored just 1 goal in 5 games. Four of their five friendlies resulted in 0-0 or 1-0 scorelines, but Panama will be wary that the fixture against their toughest opponent, Switzerland, resulted in a 6-0 thrashing.

Betting

bet365 odds (subject to change):

Compare the latest bookmaker odds for Belgium vs. Panama

This fixture has the potential to be a blowout. Given Belgium have such a strong record against weaker sides, logic says they’ll win by a scoreline like 3-0 or 4-1, but given the uncertain nature of the World Cup and Panama’s decent defensive record, a 1-0 result wouldn’t surprise me either.

Betting tip: back Belgium -2.5 at 2.68 (Mad Bookie) and have a small bet on Belgium to win 1-0 at 7.40 (Betfair)

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