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Panama - Costa Rica   (half-won)

Last date of the CONCACAF qualifiers.

Not seeing how USA will lose against the total outsider Trinidad and Tobago so it is left for Panama and Honduras who will go to the intercontinental playoff against Australia or Syria. 

Panama are in better situation after Costa Rica did them a huge favor to get last minute draw against Honduras. Win guarantees the 4th place thanks to better goal difference even if Honduras beat Mexico at home (unless they do it by 6-7 goals). Of course Panama can still move on with any result depending on what Mexico will do but should do their own job. It is a historical moment, Panama have never played on the World Cup which is kind of strange if we see  even teams like Haiti, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, El Salvador and Canada have been there.  Last chance for most of the current generation which is not bad at all for the CONCACAF standard although many players are old but with huge experience and background - Román Torres, Felipe Baloy, Gabriel Gómez, Blas Pérez, Luis Tejada etc.

Costa Rica are already qualified for Russia and didn't offer much at home against Honduras but still managed to equalize in the injury time to even formally qualify. 3 regulars accumulated yellow cards (Kendall Waston, Bryan Oviedo and Cristian Gamboa) and all will miss this game for suspensions to get cleared for Russia while the big star goalie Keylor Navas was released and returned to Real (quoting "muscular problems" but I doubt, simply not risking to get injured in a meaningless for los ticos game).

The reverse game in the Hexagonal stage in Costa Rica finished 0-0. 

Normally such odds wouldn't be good as both teams are on similar level but there is a huge difference in importance and motivation so los canaleros should get this so anticipated win. Just hoping the big pressure and expectations won't fail them.


Taking also under 2.25 as kind of insurance as Panama struggled to score in many of their games and here will also will be cautios and paying attention what happens in Honduras. Of course home win by 1-0 or 2-0 will be perfect.

Published Oct-10-2017, 10:55 CET

Category: . International
Betting option: Asian Handicap
Pick: Panama -0.75
Odds: 1.93
Stake: 3
Bookmaker: Pinnacle
Date: Oct-10-2017

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