Panama will make their World Cup Finals debut at the 2018 World Cup after finishing third in the final round of qualifying of the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF).
They didn’t exactly qualify in style though, winning just 3 and drawing 4 of their 10 matches, and scoring just 8 goals in the process.
As the bookies are offering odds as big as 2,000/1 to win the 2018 World Cup, a Panama victory looks highly unlikely, but there’s also the option of backing them be eliminated from the World Cup at varying stages.
2018 World Cup Panama Stage Of Elimination Betting
1/33 Group Stage, 6/1 Last-16, Quarter-Final 33/1, Semi-Final 125/1, Runner-up 500/1, Winner 2,000/1
Panama have been drawn in Group G at the 2018 World Cup Finals alongside Belgium, England and Tunisia. Bookies have priced them up at as big as 40/1 to win the Group and, though they could qualify for the knockout stages by finishing second, quotes of 1/33 for them to exit at the Group Stage look pretty damning.
The FIFA World Rankings are pretty damning too, as Belgium are ranked at 5, England at 16, and Tunisia at 23, which added up are still lower than Panama’s ranking of 53.
Belgium should prove especially tough opponents, as they have a quality squad of players who play for some of the top teams in Europe. Their World Cup Qualifying record was also extremely impressive in winning 9 and drawing 1 of their 10 games. They also scored 43 goals, and conceded just 6.
England where nowhere near as impressive as Belgium in World Cup Qualifying, having tried to base their team on a solid defence that conceded just 3 goals in qualification, but they also have Harry Kane up front who scored the lion’s share of England’s 18 goals in qualifying.
Meanwhile, Tunisia may have failed to make it to the knockout stages of the World Cup so far, but this will be their fifth appearance here. They were also solid in the final stages of CAF Qualifying, scoring 11 goals and conceding just 4 in 6 matches.
There’s usually one team who bely their odds at the World Cup Finals, just as Costa Roca did in reaching the quarter-finals in Rio in 2014. However, Panama did finish behind Costa Rica in Qualifying. They also lack a proven goal-scorer so, though the odds are terrible, 1/33 about Panama exiting at the Group Stage looks about right.
However, if you want a better value-bet on Panama at the 2018 World Cup Finals, check out our 2018 Panama Top Scorer Tip.