After their late show against Tunisia in their World Cup opener, England take on an unfancied Panama side in their second match. They were made to work for their win on Monday, but this should be a more comfortable game for the Three Lions.
Where and when: Nizhny Novgorod Stadium – 24 June, kick-off 13:00
Where you can see England vs. Panama: BBC
Last time: England and Panama are meeting for the first time on Sunday, which is hardly a surprise considering this is the Central American nation’s first World Cup.
|Kane to score first||19/10||Offer|
|England to win to nil||13/20||Offer|
|England to win 4-0||9/1||Offer|
England v Panama Predictions and Preview
Anything other than a win for England would be seen as a massive shock in this game. Panama are a tiny footballing country with little expectation for even getting a point in Russia, so the Three Lions should brush them aside with ease.
Things don’t always turn out like that though, especially when it comes to England teams at major tournaments. This World Cup has a different feel to it though, and Harry Kane’s injury-time winner against Tunisia helped to keep the optimistic atmosphere going.
No one expects England to win the tournament, but reaching the quarter-finals should be the minimum requirement. If they’re going to do that, then the Three Lions need to beat teams of Panama’s ilk, and Gareth Southgate’s side are 2/9 to do just that.
With the odds on England in an outright selection so unattractive, you’ll need to add some different permutations to your bet to get some decent value. The Three Lions are 13/20 to win to nil, which is better but still not great. You might need to predict the exact score to get some good odds, with England 6/1 to win 3-0.
Panama are priced at 20/1 for a famous win, but it’s best to avoid that for this game. Even the draw, which is priced at 6/1, feels like you’ll be wasting your money.
There are question marks over Dele Alli after he picked up a thigh injury on Monday, with Marcus Rashford or Ruben Loftus-Cheek expected to come into the starting line-up if the Tottenham man doesn’t make it. Both players impressed as substitutes against Tunisia, and would fancy their chances of doing well against Panama.
One to watch for England: Harry Kane is gunning for the Golden Boot this summer, and he needs to score twice to catch early pacesetter Cristiano Ronaldo. He is 19/10 to score first, and 6/1 to bag two or more.
One to watch for Panama: In Panama, there is the president, then there’s Roman Torres. The defender scored the goal that secured his country’s place in Russia, and there would be countrywide celebrations if he opened the scoring, at 80/1.
Long shot: John Stones to score first at 35/1. The Manchester City defender almost broke the deadlock against Tunisia, with Kane turning in the rebound from his strong header. Panama will defend deep, which could mean England make a breakthrough from a set-piece again.