England – Panama
The teams of England and Panama face each other in a game from Group G of the FIFA World Cup in Russia. Let’s examine this clash in our vip soccer bets for today.
The Three Lions are pretty close to qualification for the 1/8-finals. Gareth Southgate’s boys need a win against Panama, which would ensure them a place in the knockout phase of the competition. Of course, the biggest event in this group will be the game between Belgium and England, which would be a direct clash for the first place. But before this, The Brits have to do their job against the underdog in the group Panama.
Surprisingly for many people, England had a tough start of the World Cup against Tunisia. Most of us expected that the English side will just walk through the Tunisian team, but it didn’t happen like this. Until the last minutes of the match the result was even – 1-1. It was Harry Kane’s second goal in the match which made England victorious. In this way Kane proved how important he’s for the squad. It’s not a coincedence that he’s the current captain of the Three Lions.
Yesterday Belgium already secured their second win in the group, scoring five times against Tunisia. If England beats Panama, the Brits will have the same amount of points as the Belgian side – 6. This will make the last game in the group between these two teams a direct battle for the first place in the standings. It shall be spectacular to watch.
For Panama we can’t say a lot of things, because this team is relatively unknown to the masses. For Panama this is a first participation at the World Cup. In their first game they suffered a 0-3 defeat against Belgium. For Panama even winning a single point in Russia would be a historical achievement. But can they do it against England?
There are some problems for England’s manager Gareth Southgate before the game. Tottenham’s midfielder Dele Alli is recovering from an injury, so most likely he’s not going to play in this match. According to the media in England, Alli is going to be replaced in the starting eleven by the youngster Ruben Loftus-Cheek. Meanwhile it won’t be surprise if Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford replace Raheem Sterling in the starting line-up. Rashford is very good in opening the space, so he would be very important for England against the deffensive team of Panama. The Panamians usually defend with a lot of people behind the ball, so for the English players it won’t be easy to find empty spaces. Because of this, Marcus Rashford’s pace would be very useful for England today.
Just remember how difficult it was for Belgium to open the score against Panama. The result after the first half was 0-0 and the Red Devils needed a moment of magic from Dries Mertens to open the score. You can be sure that Panama will defend in the same way against England as well – with a lot of people in defense and behind the ball.
These are our vip soccer bets for today for the World Cup game from Group G between England and Panama. For Panama it’s just a second match at the World Cup in this nation’s history, while for England this is a chance to qualify for the knockout phase and prepare for the very important match against Belgium. We don’t think that Panama have the ability to trouble England, especially during the second half, when we are going to witness the difference between these two sides in a physical aspect as well.