Gold Cup Semi-Finals: Panama vs. Mexico Soccer Odds & Free Picks

Steven Suarez

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 1:35 PM GMT

A spot in the final is up for grabs when Mexico and Panama meet up inside the Georgia Dome tonight. Our soccer odds breakdown of the match can be found inside.

Odds Overview
Though Mexico isn't the biggest favorite of the day (that title belongs to the USA, who will take on Jamaica in the other semi-final), they're still firm favorites on the soccer odds board versus Panama.

At time of writing, the Mexicans were available for backing at approximately -150, with Panama available in a wide range starting at +400 and going all the way up to +600. If you have a strong feeling that the underdogs are going to put up a major fight, it may be worth a small wager considering how huge the soccer odds are.

 

Mexico
Well, it sure has been an interesting Gold Cup for Mexico so far. This team has taken part in some crazy matches already in the competition, and it all started in the group stages. There the Mexicans thumped Cuba 6-0 in the opener before having to settle for draws with both Guatemala (0-0) and Trinidad & Tobago (4-4).

Despite some shaky play, Mexico was still able to advance to the knockout round, and in the quarterfinals they outlasted Costa Rica 1-0 thanks to a questionable penalty decision in extra time. Andres Guardardo dispatched the penalty in the 124th minute to the delight of the Mexico faithful, who will now compete in the semis against Panama.

Guardado, along with Oribe Peralta and Carlos Vela, have been the most dangerous players going forward for this team so far in the Gold Cup. Everyone has had to chip in a little extra since star striker Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez is out with a bum shoulder. Another attacker to watch out for is Giovani Dos Santos, who recently announced a deal to join the LA Galaxy; he's scored once in three appearances in the competition so far.

 

Panama
The Panamanians have played four Gold Cup matches and each match as finished with a 1-1 scoreline. Crazy, right? In the group stages, Panama finished at a deadlock with Haiti, Honduras and the USA, and that was enough to advance to the bracket stages, where they were matched up with Trinidad and Tobago in the quarters.

It was another hard-fought encounter throughout, with Luis Tejada putting Panama up 1-0 before an equalizer from Kenwyne Jones. Neither team was able to find the back of the net for the remainder of regular time and in the extra 30 minutes, meaning a penalty shootout was needed to decide the winner. The Panamanians, after a crazy ride in the shootout, finally emerged victorious 6-5.

Tejada leads Panama with two goals in the Gold Cup so far, but this is a side that's relied on its passion and determination to get to this point. They have nothing to lose when they meet up with the favored Mexicans, and that's typically a positive position to be in.

 

Gold Cup Pick
As impressed as we've been with the quality and intensity shown by the Panamanians, it's hard to envision them getting the better of this very talented and motivated Mexico outfit.

Perhaps it's true that the Mexicans haven't reached their highest level yet in this competition, but we know what they're capable of when on good form, and they know they have to be at their best if they want to earn the right to compete for the trophy against the winner of USA/Jamaica. They've got some true match-winners like Vela, Guardado and Dos Santos, and that's going to be hard for Panama to stop.

All the stars are aligned for a USA/Mexico final and we're inclined to follow that line of thinking with our soccer picks. We're taking the favorites to scoot past the pesky Panamanians and book their spot in the title match.

Soccer Pick: Mexico 2 Panama 1

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