Match: England vs Panama
Competition: World Cup 2018 Group G
Time / Date: 15:00h / 24 June 2018
Venue: Stadion Nizhny Novgorod.
After England late win, they must try here to put early pressure over Panama. Can they take the win here?
England vs Panama Match Preview
England wins the previous game with a very late goal in the last minutes of the match against Tunisia with the second goal from the star Harry Kane. In the first half, they finished 1: 1, but the Three Lions missed too many of their opportunities, and just before the end of the half-time Lingard hit the post. Most of the time their attacks were on the left flank through Young, with Southgate relying on the usual 3-1-4-2. In this game, we can expect the same approach from him with some changes in the starting eleven.
They kept that good form where still are unbeaten from 11 games, in that period England kept 7 clean sheets and no one has scored more than a goal in their net.
Panama managed to hold 0-0 at halftime against Belgium, but it did not last long, and immediately after the start of the second part they got a goal from Mertens. Most of the dangerous situations (which were not many) for “Canal Men“ were from set-pieces. Hernán Darío Gómez approach for the game was 4-1-4-1 with more defensive minded players. In this match against England surely we can expect more of the same.
Panama bad performance in warm-up games before World Cup continues, they are without a win in last three games (Plus that against Belgium) and didn’t score a goal in that span. If we look further they are with only one win in last 8 (2D,5L).
England vs Panama Head-to-head (H2H)
This will be first ever meeting between this two nations.
England vs Panama Stats and Streaks
- England are unbeaten in last 11 games in all competitions
- England have kept 7 clean sheets in last 11 games, in none of them, they concede more that one goal.
- England are unbeaten in last four against CONCACAF teams (2W,2D), while they drew last two against USA and Costa Rica.
- In their opening match against Belgium, Panama suffered the biggest defeat in a World Cup debut match (0-3) since Ukraine vs Spain in 2006 (0-4).
England vs Panama Team News
Tottenham star Delle Alli is expected to miss this game and Ruben Loftus-Cheek can change him. Some rotation we can expect for his older players, but that is all. Southgate surely will start in formation 3-1-4-1.
Pickford , Stones , Walker , Maguire , Tripier , Lingard , Henderson , Loftus-Cheek , Young , Rashford , Kane.
Hernán Darío Gómez is supposed to adopt a compact system to try and frustrate England.
4-1-4-1 or 4-5-1
Penedo , Davis , Escobar , Torres , Murillo , Rodriguez , Gomez , Godoy , Cooper , Barcenas , Perez.
England vs Panama Predictions
Both favourites in this Group England and Belgium recorded wins in their openers, if they win their second games will send them in elimination stages without even meet each other.
England have some problems in last game and they’ve taken a late victory, here I didn’t expect from them to wait that long and early pressure will be a good idea. That is why we surely can expect and goals in the first half, with taking in count what good defensive record have Three Lions win for them at HT/FT or Win to nil is a good option.