Los Canaleros will be making their first appearance on football’s biggest stage this summer and that is reflected in the Panama World Cup 2018 odds.
A dramatic 2-1 win over Costa Rica in the final round of qualifiers allowed Panama to advance at the expense of Honduras and the USA.
Hernan Dario Gomez’s side had trailed at half-time, but Blas Perez equalised and Roman Torres snatched a crucial winner two minutes from time.
That triumph helped to make it three victories and four draws from 10 games, as The Canal Men made amends for a 4-0 loss to the USA four days earlier.
Panama were CONCACAF Gold Cup runners-up in 2005 and 2013 but it will be a surprise if they can compete at this level.
They are available at big odds to start out by beating Belgium in Sochi and then must take on England in Nizhny Novgorod.
It may not be until a closing clash with Tunisia that we see some positive Panama World Cup 2018 betting tips and predictions.
Odds correct on date of publication: 21/05/2018
Powerful centre-half Torres is the pick of Panama’s players and he is no stranger to scoring crucial goals.
As well as that late strike versus Costa Rica, the 32-year-old netted the decisive penalty that helped Seattle Sounders beat Toronto in the 2016 MLS Cup final shoot-out.
Felipe Baloy adds more valuable experience at the back, while veteran striker Perez is another golden oldie currently playing alongside his captain for Municipal in Guatemala.
Well-travelled goalkeeper Jaime Penedo is with Romanian outfit Dinamo Bucharest and front man Luis Tejada plies his trade in Peru with Sport Boys.
Head coach Gomez brings yet more nous and know-how to the party, having previously led his native Colombia and Ecuador to World Cup tournaments.
Rank (world): 56
WC appearances: 0
Best effort: N/A
Road to Russia
PAN 2-1 Costa Rica
USA 4-0 PAN
PAN 3-0 Trinidad & T
Mexico 1-0 PAN
PAN 2-2 Honduras
Costa Rica 0-0 PAN
PAN 1-1 USA
Trinidad & T 1-0 PAN
Jaime Penedo (GK)
Roman Torres (D)
Felipe Baloy (D)
Blas Perez (F)
Hernan Dario Gomez – COL