Panama vs Costa Rica
2023-06-26 20:30:00 EDT
The Line: Betting Odds: Panama +155 / Costa Rica +210 -- Over/Under: 2.5
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Costa Rica and Panama face off on Monday in the opening round of the CONCACAF Gold Cup at DRV PNK Stadium. These two teams faced off twice in the Nations League tournament and Costa Rica failed to win either of the games.
Costa Rica vs Panama Odds
Panama is the favorite sitting at +155 while Costa Rica is the underdog sitting at +210. The total goals sits at 2.5 goals with the over paying out at +145.
Costa Rica Betting Preview
Costa Rica has really had some struggles heading into this game. On June 15th Costa Rica faced off against Guatemala and they were defeated 1-0. Last Tuesday they faced off against Ecuador and they were defeated 3-1. Joel Cambell scored in the 66th minute and it was a little too late, and that led to the defeat. They finished with 44 percent of the possession and three shots on target. Celso Borges has had 158 international caps with the team so far and it’s expected that he’s going to get the start in this game. He scored two goals in the last Gold Cup.
Panama Betting Preview
On June 15th, Panama faced off against Canada and they were defeated 2-0. Against Mexico, Panama really struggled and they were defeated 1-0. Panama had 57 percent of the possession and three shots on target, but it wasn’t enough. Alberto Quintero is one of the most experienced Gold Cup players ever, and he’s going to be a key player again in this game. Ismael Diaz and Cecilio Waterman are both on the roster, and both are expected to play a key player in this game. In this game if the defense is good, Panama is going to find success. If the defense struggles, it’s going to allow Costa Rica to stay in the game.
Shane’s Free Pick
Both offenses are going to have some major issues getting anything going in this game. Panama’s defense actually looked decent in the last game against Mexico, and they are going to lockdown in this game. I don’t expect their offense is going to find a whole lot of success here, and that will be the difference here. Back the under 1.5 goals to cash here.