USA vs. Panama – FIFA World Cup Qualifying, Sunday, March 27, 2022

| March 25, 2022 6:47 am PDT

The USMNT can all but secure qualification for the 2022 FIFA World Cup with a victory over Panama on Sunday, March 28. The two sides meet at Orlando City’s Exploria Stadium in the penultimate round of the campaign.

It is worth noting, however, that Panama is one of five CONCACAF nations that can still qualify for Qatar 2022. With two matches remaining, Los Canaleros find themselves fifth in the standings – four points behind second-place USA.

Given the magnitude of the match, I decided to put together a USA vs. Panama betting preview for those who plan to wager on Sunday’s showdown. Below, you will find odds, analysis, my prediction, and a free pick.

USA vs. Panama Betting Odds

Here are the latest odds for USA vs. Panama. The prices above are courtesy of Betway’s sportsbook.

USA to Win1.30
The Draw5.00
Panama to Win9.50

With the home-field advantage on their side, Gregg Berhalter’s boys are the bookmakers’ clear favorites to secure the win on Sunday. On the flip side, Panama heads to Florida as the rank outsider.

Still, we shouldn’t forget that Panama claimed a shock 1-0 win over the USMNT in the reverse fixture back in October. Bettors are bound to be attracted to the high odds for both the away win and draw after what happened in Panama City.

USA vs. Panama Head-to-Head

  • USA Wins: 17
  • Draws: 4
  • Panama Wins: 3

The United States and Panama have faced each other 24 times across all competitions over the years. You only need to take a quick glance at the H2H record to understand the USMNT’s dominance in this fixture.

The Yanks have beaten Panama on 17 occasions,
meaning they have a win rate of 71%. By contrast, La Marea Roja has managed to win only 13% of the meetings between the teams.

Between 2017 and 2020, the US clinched four straight victories over Panama – scoring 14 goals while conceding just once. However, Panama shocked the CONCACAF region with a rare 1-0 win against the States back in October.

Thomas Christiansen’s men couldn’t upset the odds again, could they?

USA Team News and Analysis

The USMNT heads into Sunday’s showdown on the back of a goalless draw against Mexico. Despite seeing just 37% possession, the Stars and Stripes managed to keep a clean sheet.

That draw means Berhalter’s boys sit second in the CONCACAF group – level with the Mexicans on 22 points. Although Costa Rica (19 points) and Panama (18 points) are hot on their heels, they should qualify for Qatar 2022 without any real problems.

The Yanks have lost only two of their 12 qualifiers, picking up six wins and four draws along the way. On top of that, they boast the second-best offensive record AND the second-best defensive record in the group.

When you look at the bigger picture, Berhalter’s boys have lost just two of their previous 22 outings across all competitions. Pretty impressive, huh?

On Thursday, Christian Pulisic, Ricardo Pepi, and Timothy Weah led a dangerous forward line, with Kellyn Acosta, Tyler Adams, and Yunus Musah in midfield. That line-up should be too hot for Panama to handle.

Panama Team News and Analysis

I wouldn’t be surprised if fans of the Panama national team are still celebrating last year’s win over the US. As we learned by studying the head-to-head stats, triumphs like that don’t come around very often.

Los Canaleros enjoyed an excellent end to 2021, winning three of their final four games last year. However, they have only managed to register one victory in five outings in 2022.

On Thursday, Panama was held to a 1-1 draw by lowly Honduras. Since the Hondurans have failed to win any of their 12 World Cup qualifiers, Christiansen’s men will be kicking themselves after missing an opportunity to move into the top four.

As it stands, La Marea Roja sits fifth in the standings – one point shy of the play-off spot and four points outside the automatic qualification places. Unfortunately for them, their remaining games are against the US and Canada.

It is also worth noting that only the bottom two teams have conceded more goals than Panama. The USA’s talented attackers look set to enjoy plenty of success against Panama’s leaky backline.

USA vs. Panama Prediction

I can’t see Panama pulling off another shock win over the States. Sure, Los Canaleros maximized the home-field advantage when they welcomed the US to Panama City in October. But they will find life more difficult in Orlando.

Not only are the Yanks the second-highest scorers in the group, but Christiansen’s men have one of the worst defensive records. All the signs point towards a high-scoring home victory here.

Best Bet for USA vs. Panama

  • USA to Win

I’m backing the USMNT to gain revenge on Panama. Although Los Canaleros showed great spirit to beat the Stars and Stripes on home soil, they will likely struggle to avoid defeat in Floria.

Remember – there is another crucial CONCACAF World Cup qualifier taking place on Sunday, as the Canadians aim to punch their ticket to Qatar 2022 at the expense of Jamaica. You can find my betting preview for that clash below.

Ben Morris

Ben is a sportswriter and tipster who specializes in soccer. Currently based in the UK, he has traveled all around the world watching – and betting on – his beloved sport.

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