USA vs. Panama - Should we Expect Another Draw?

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Stuart Woodrow

Thursday, October 5, 2017 12:55 PM UTC

Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017 12:55 PM UTC

After four consecutive draws between the United States and Panama, it might just be time for one of these sides to break out of the rut and actually win this game.

USA vs Panama  

They only met 3 months ago in a CONCACAF Gold Cup match and, once again, the end result was a 1-1 draw with Dom Dwyer and Miguel Camargo scoring for their sides. Neither of those players have made their countries squads this time around so even if this is to be the fifth 1-1 draw in a row, we’ll have different goalscorers.

If you do like to follow the trend, then betting on the draw has some value at +295 with Bookmaker but it’s not enough for me.

First of all, I’m going for what I consider to be a “sure thing” (if there is such a thing in soccer betting). Under 2.5 goals is at -167 with Bet365 and although that’s low, there is value there. Neither side is going to be willing to open up and play the football needed to score a lot of goals. The US has been decidedly unimpressive recently after draws to 10 man Honduras and, say it quietly, Mexico. Even worse was the loss to Costa Rica on home turf. This is not a side that’s going to push the boat out. It’s been 5 games since they scored more than twice and I suspect they’ve been spending a lot of time working on defensive shape recently.

Panama have a lot of players working in the MLS so they will not be overawed by the surroundings or the players they come up against on Friday. They’re not a young team either with a number of players in the “veteran” stage of their careers. This is not a side that’s going to do a lot of running, they’ll concentrate on whipping balls into the box to unsettle an unsure USA defense or using the long throw with the same aim in mind.

My second and last bet is on the 1st Half Match Odds market. This is where I am playing the draw. I suspect there will be a few jitters in the USA side and they’ll take the time to calm down and get into it. At +110 with Bet365 this bet won’t make you rich either but hopefully, it will contribute to getting you there.

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