The United States football team will start their campaign in this year’s Gold Cup against Panama this Saturday evening. The hosts have high hopes in this competition, and they are aiming the title.
Yankees are in an excellent shape, and when we add the fact that they will have massive support from the standings, it is evident that they are the number one favorites for winning this competition. After being in 5 straight finals, the 4th place in 2015 came as a huge disappointment. However, this is their chance to make up.
Meanwhile, Panama’s goal is to reach the second phase. In the last several appearances in Gold Cup they had very good performances, and if they repeat similar results, it will be a huge success.
The kick-off is in Nashville, Tennessee and we are sure that the spectators will enjoy.
That is why we chose this game to be our preview.
United States Preview
The Americans are coming into this match in a great mood as they have 8 straight games without a defeat. Since Jurgen Klinsmann left, and Bruce Arena replaced him, the Yankees are an entirely different team. He decided to change the tactics and change several players, and now we have a young and talented American team. Also, Arena started developing a new system.
Previous 5 games they have played, ended with a moderate number of goals between 2 and 3. When they appear in front of their crowd, the Americans have three victories and only one draw in the past 4 games. The interesting thing is that they kept clean sheets in the last 3 competitive games in America.
Herman Dario Gomez’s team is very inconsistent. After several good plays at Copa Centro Americana, Panama has 4 games without a win. After losing against Trinidad and Tobago, they had draws with United States, Costa Rica, and Honduras. Still, there is a chance to reach the World Cup because they are holding the 4th place in the CONCACAF qualifications zone. What worries the fans the fact that they look pale on the pitch and that in most occasions Panama did not have the proper game. In the last 10 matches, 8 of them finished with under 2.5 goals.
The Red Tide prefers tactical games with a defensive approach. It is why we haven’t seen some high efficient the encounters when they play.
Head to head matches
Previous 3 meetings between the two nations ended with the same result, 1-1. It is interesting that in 2015 Gold Cup edition Panama and the United States met two times. During the group stage we saw a draw and in the game for the third place. Panama won this one after the penalties.
But when we look the bigger picture we see that the United States are dominant as they have only one loss against Panama in the last 9 encounters.
US vs Panama Prediction
Our first suggestion is to play under 2.5 goals in this match. This is the first game for both sides in this tournament, and we believe that they will enter cautiously. Besides this fact, we see that both teams do not play attractive and open matches with a lot of goals.
Regarding the outcome and the winner of this fixture, we think that the hosts have more quality and that Bruce Arena’s boys will win.