Panama and Tunisia are both eliminated from the 2018 World Cup with zero points on the account out of the first two matches against Belgium and England. However, Los Canaleros are debutants, so they will be determined to earn their very first points at the FIFA World Cup, while Tunisia will try to end up a 40-year winless streak at the biggest stage, so the bettors can expect plenty of excitements in this clash set for Thursday, June 28th, 2018, at Mordovia Arena in Saransk.
Panama vs. Tunisia
3-Way: 1: Panama +350; X: +275 Draw; 2: Tunisia -120 at BetDSI Sportsbook
Spread +0.5: Panama +105; Tunisia -120
Total +2.5: Over -125; Under +105
Recent Form and Team News
Panama was the biggest out-of-towner to win the title prior to the 2018 World Cup with the odds at +100000, so the goalless first half in the opening game against mighty Belgium was a huge surprise. Los Canaleros looked well-organized at the back without any intention to push forward in numbers, but in the second half, Belgium switched the gear to bag three goals into Panama’s net. Hernan Dario Gomez’s boys had a couple of excellent opportunities to cut the lead, missing the chance to score their first World Cup goal. The second game against England was a disaster, as Los Canaleros conceded five in the first 45 minutes. At least, they’ve scored in the second half to make it 6-1 in the end, and they’ve lost Armando Cooper due to a second yellow card.
Tunisia blew the chance to make some noise in the Group G in the Matchday 1 against England where the Eagles of Carthage had a 1-1 draw until the stoppage time of the second half but leaving Harry Kane all alone in the six-yard box set their path at the 2018 World Cup. In the second match, they were trashed by Belgium 5-2 to record the ninth loss in 14 World Cup games. Tunisia is certainly a decent team, but the competition was pretty stiff this time, although the Eagles of Carthage showed some nice attacking movements. They possess some pacey guys at the front who should get some space in their ultimate match at the 2018 World Cup.
Players to Watch
The experienced forward Blas Perez is a real poacher who could make some serious troubles at Tunisia’s defensive line, while we could see another veteran Luis Tejada in the starting eleven. These two guys tie Panama’s goalscoring record with 43 goals each, so this game is their swan song.
On the other side, the captain Wahbi Khazri will be the biggest threat to Panama’s defenders, as he’s certainly quicker than anyone at Los Canaleros back. The midfielder Naim Sliti should provide some creativity, as he’s one of a few skillful players in this Tunisia team.
Betting Trends and Latest Odds
- Panama has a 1-1-3 record with a 2:10 goal difference in the last five tilts
- Panama kept the net intact in three out of the previous ten games
- Panama is at -500 to finish bottom of the group
- Tunisia has a 0-2-3 record with a 7:12 goal difference in the previous five affairs
- Tunisia also recorded the clean sheet in three out of the last ten matches
- Tunisia is at +350 to finish bottom of the group
According to BetDSI Sportsbook, Tunisia is a clear -120 favorite to beat Panama here, and I cannot argue with that. The bettors can expect an attacking approach from the Eagles of Carthage, while Los Canaleros should show some pride and at least manage to score once more at the 2018 World Cup. Panama will probably take it patiently, but this is the last game for both sides, so betting on the totals sounds like a reasonable choice.
The Pick: Both Teams to Score YES (-140)
Additional Pick: Over 2.5 Goals (-125)