Stadium: Mordovia Arena
Panama and Tunisia are only playing for pride in Saransk but we reckon the Eagles of Carthage are still one of the best bets seen so far at this World Cup.
The African outfit have produced far superior form in their losses to England and Belgium than that managed by Los Canaleros.
As long as Nabil Maaloul’s side remain focused, we are firmly behind them at 17/20 for our first Panama vs Tunisia prediction.
A Look At Panama’s Betting Odds
It was a pleasure to see the way Panama celebrated Felipe Baloy’s well-taken consolation goal in the 6-1 rout by England.
However, the Central American outfit had looked in danger of being on the wrong end of an embarrassing scoreline before Gareth Southgate’s side eased off after the break.
Head coach Hernan Gomez admitted even he “felt very moved” by scoring at this level, but added: “I think the difference in goals could have been even more.”
Los Canaleros are playing on football’s biggest stage for the first time and have look tactically naive in their opening two matches.
A Look At Tunisia’s Betting Odds
Tunisia pushed England close in the first round of Group G fixtures and also played their part in an entertaining tussle with Belgium, despite going down 5-2.
Dylan Bronn gave his side hope with an 18th-minute header that made it 2-1 and they weren’t out of it until Romelu Lukaku struck for the second time on the stroke of half-time.
To be fair, the Eagles of Carthage were then torn apart on the break as they chased the game and could easily have conceded another three goals.
However, they ended the match on a high note when Wahbi Khazri’s stoppage-time strike finished off a neat move.
“As expected, it was a very difficult match,” said manager Maaloul. “We would like to apologise to the Tunisian fans, who were numerous in the stadium.
“However, we did our best and we will try to improve our performance in the future.”
On the evidence seen at this tournament, Tunisia are light years ahead of their final opponents in terms of overall quality and professionalism.
Also, don’t forget that in warm-up matches they drew 2-2 with Portugal and only went down 1-0 to Spain via a late goal.
This should be an open encounter, so 13/1 for the favourites to win 3-1 completes our Panama vs Tunisia betting tips.
England 6-1 PANAMA – Baloy
Belgium 5-2 TUNISIA – Bronn, Khazri
Group G Standings