Belgium vs Panama Preview

Belgium vs Panama

Competition – FIFA World Cup

Stadium – Fisht Olympic Stadium

Date: 18th June 2018

Kick-off time – 16:00 GMT

This is the time for Belgium’s golden generation to bring glory to their nation, and with many of their players currently heading towards the twilight of their career, they might not get another chance to win the World Cup.

The Belgians come into this competition as heavy favourites to top group G ahead of England and they have both the talent and form to achieve that.

They are unbeaten in almost two years, and Roberto Martinez has lost just one game as their manager.

They come into this World Cup with a record of 14 wins from their last 19 games and they should make it 15 in 20 after 90 minutes here.

Panama are debutants at the World Cup and their dream came true after a shock win over Costa Rica last year.

However, they have neither the talent nor the form that suggests they can finish in any position other than the bottom of the group.

They have no single player playing in Europe’s top leagues, and they come into the World Cup with four losses, one win and two draws from their last seven games.

Their 6-0 battering at the hands of Switzerland a few weeks back suggest they can be ran over, and Belgium are heavy scorers on their day.

Belgium are strong odds-on favourites to come out on top in this tie.

Possible starting lineups:

Belgium

Courtois
Alderweireld
Ciman
Vertonghen
Meunier
Carrasco
Witsel
De Bruyne
Mertens
Hazard
Lukaku

Panama

Penedo
R Torres
Escobar
Machado
Ovalle
Murillo
Gomez
Avila
Godoy
Barcenas
G Torres

Results of each team’s last 5 matches across all leagues and competitions

Belgium

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
W Belgium 3-0 Egypt 6 Jun, 2018 International Friendly
D Belgium 0-0 Portugal 2 Jun, 2018 International Friendly
W Belgium 4-0 Saudi Arabia 27 Mar, 2018 International Friendly
W Belgium 1-0 Japan 14 Nov, 2017 International Friendly
D Belgium 3-3 Mexico 10 Nov, 2017 International Friendly

Panama

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
L Norway 1-0 Panama 6 Jun, 2018 International Friendly
D Panama 0-0 Northern Ireland 30 May, 2018 International Friendly
W Trinidad and Tobago 0-1 Panama 18 Apr, 2018 International Friendly
L Switzerland 6-0 Panama 27 Mar, 2018 International Friendly
L Denmark 1-0 Panama 22 Mar, 2018 International Friendly

H2H

No previous meetings between these two sides.

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