Place: Fisht Olympic Stadium. Sochi.
Date: on the 18th of June, 2018 (Monday)
Match start: 16:00 (GMT+1)
Tournament: FIFA World Cup, group stage, 1st round
One of the most talented and promising modern football generations can be left without trophies at the international level. It concerns football players of the national team of Belgium, the squad of this team impresses. Lukaku, Hazard, Vertongen, Courtois, Kompany, Alderweireld, De Bruyne, Fellaini, Mertens – all this stars of modern national team from Belgium which won’t reach final rounds at large international tournaments in any way.
Under the leadership of Roberto Martinez, Belgium without problems has won qualification group, having lost points only in one match. Belgium’s factors in frames of the qualification stage really impress, but at World championships, to everyone’s surprise, this European national team hasn’t achieved significant results yet. In 1986 Belgium finished the tournament on the 4th place – it is the highest achievement of the national team. In 2014 Belgium reached a quarterfinal stage, and so far it is a maximum for current star and talented generation of football players of this country.
One of the most mysterious for the European fans of the national teams which has surely passed North American qualification stage. Panama is the debutant of the World championships. The national team has outrun Honduras and the USA in qualification cycle, having taken the third place in final standings. This national team differed by its pragmatic game. The football players rely on reliable defense and that has delivered benefits during qualification stage for the World Cup 2018.
Colombian Hernan Gómez is the head coach of this team and he has the weakest squad of the World Cup according to the version of numerous analytical editions. In test matches Panama didn’t shine with results, having lost to Iran (1:2), Denmark (0:1) and Switzerland (0:6), having tied with Wales (1:1) and having won over shy Trinidad and Tobago (1:0). As you can see, Panama can hardly win a role of the main sensation at the World Cup but this team isn’t going to give in without a fight to anyone.
Bookmaker coefficients on the match Belgium vs Panama
For Panama everything is sad, as on a victory of the team of Hernan Gómez the coefficient is 23.0, on a draw – 8.20 and on a victory of Belgium – 1.18. Such variant is absolutely fair, considering a ratio of forces in this pair of rivals.
Totals from bookmakers are estimated in this game as follows: total under 2.5 for 2.22 and total over 2.5 for 1.77. This is one of the few matches from which bookmakers expect productive football in the first round.
Having looked at the results of these national teams in matches of the qualification cycle and in tests games, any doubts concerning the favorite disappear. Belgium has to start in the World Cup 2018 with a confident victory over Panama with advantage in several goals.
Our tips: Belgium to win with the asian handicap (-2) – odds 1.9 Asianodds
Also we wait for productive football from Belgium. The best choice for the bettors will be classical total over 3 which promises quite good profit.
Our tips: total over 3 – odds 2.28 Asianodds