The Three Lions can book their place in the round of 16 with three points against Panama
England play their second group game at the 2018 FIFA World Cup this coming Sunday (23 June) looking to secure safe passage into the second round of the competition. Panama meanwhile lost their first group game 3-0 against Belgium, and it now very much looks like the two European sides will be progressing in the tournament.
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As mentioned above, England and Belgium are both on three points and look like the clear favourites to make it into the knock-out stages of the tournament. While Belgium are at 1.020 to qualify and 1.57 to top the group, the English are right behind them, priced at just 1.025 to make it through the group and at 2.57 to finish in first place in Group G, according to Oddsshark.
Meanwhile, it looks like Tunisia and Panama need a minor miracle not to fall at the first hurdle. Tunisia are at 13.00 to qualify but you can get just 1.040 to be eliminated while the situation is even more precarious for Panama – they are at a huge price of 29.00 to progress and just 1.006 to fall.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, England come into this game as the overwhelming favourites to pick up another three points. Gareth Southgate’s men are priced at just 1.22 to walk away victorious, while Panama are all the way out at 19.00 to pull off a shock win.
England overcame Tunisia 2-1 thanks to a brace from Tottenham forward Harry Kane and the 24-year-old looks like he will be key to his side’s hopes once again. Kane is at just 1.57 to score at any time during the match and is at 3.00 to get either the first or last goal of the game.
This looks like it will be a fairly comfortable afternoon’s work for England, and you can back them to win to nil (without Panama scoring) at just 1.53. You can, however, more than double your money by backing Southgate’s side to win both halves at 2.37.
England were denied two clear penalties against Tunisia, and with Kane creating problems in the box it is feasible he could win a spot kick. You can back England to score from a penalty at 4.33, while Panama are at 21.00 to find the back of the net from the spot.
Admittedly, England have found goals hard to come by in tournaments recently. In England’s last five tournament matches their only goal from open play came against Wales at Euro 2016, and in this one you can back England to score from a header at a price of 5.00.
However, the Three Lions have now won their last three games in a row and there is no denying that confidence is high in the camp. With goal difference potentially being the key to separating England and Belgium at the top of the group, a large victory may well be the order of the day.
Of course, it is always a tricky business trying to predict the exact score of a game, but you can back England to win this match 4-0 at a price of 12.00 That would also mean there would be more than 2.5 goals in the match, an outcome you can back at 1.95, while under 2.5 goals is priced slightly lower at 1.85.
This will be the first ever meeting between the two sides, giving us no history to go on. Therefore, you may wish to hedge your bets and go for the “Double Chance” option, allowing you to select two possible outcomes for the match rather than just one.
You can back an England win or a draw at 1.020, or if you think Panama can take all three points, or at least one, then that price rises to 4.33. For either side to win the price is 1.12.
In short, this match looks like Panama will be trying to avoid disaster from the very off. Harry Kane, who scored two against Tunisia, will surely be among the goals once again, and he is priced at just 3.40 to score two goals or more.
Odds: England (1.22), Panama (19.00), draw (6.50)
2018 FIFA WORLD CUP SECOND ROUND GROUP GAMES
Tuesday, 19 June
7.00pm – (2.15) Russia 3×1 Egypt (4.00)
Wednesday, 20 June
1.00pm – (1.61) Portugal 1 x 0 Morocco (7.00)
4.00pm – (1.16) Uruguay 1x 0 Saudi Arabia (21.00)
7.00pm – (19.00) Iran 0 x 1 Spain (1.20)
Thursday, 21 June
1.00pm – (1.90) Denmark 1 x 1 Australia (4.60)
4.00pm – (1.55) France 1x 0 Peru (7.00)
7.00pm – (2.05) Argentina 0 x 3 Croatia (4.10)
Friday, 22 June
1.00pm – (1.20) Brazil x Costa Rica (19.00)
4.00pm – (2.90) Nigeria x Iceland (2.70)
7.00pm – (3.10) Serbia x Switzerland (2.62)
Saturday, 23 June
1.00pm – (1.28) Belgium x Tunisia (13.00)
4.00pm – (6.50) South Korea x Mexico (1.61)
7.00pm – (1.40) Germany x Sweden (9.00)
Sunday, 24 June
1.00pm – (1.18) England x Panama (26.00)
4.00pm – (4.00) Japan x Senegal (2.10)
7.00pm – (3.70) Poland x Colombia (2.10)