BELGIUM VS PANAMA PREVIEW & PREDICTION
Start the group G and then we will talk about the Belgium vs Panama forecast. A priori, the European team starts as a big favorite to win the match, since the difference in level between one team and another is remarkable. For this reason and knowing that those led by Roberto Martinez know what they play, we believe they have what it takes to win the game by two or three goals difference. It all depends on the intensity that they have, since the Central Americans do not stand out for being good or for being solid between the lines. In the end, the Belgian goals can fall for elaborate plays, for stopped balls or even for specific plays caused by the pressure at the start.
The Belgians come relatively calm to this duel after winning a pair of friendlies against inferior opponents and equal 0-0 against Portugal. The victories were 3-0 against Egypt and 4-1 against Costa Rica, managing to overcome a partial 0-1 in a quick way. Apparently it is a skinny and explosive eleven that knows what it plays thanks to the work of coach Roberto Martinez. It is a forceful set when it is proposed, being possible for De Bruyne to manage the threads of the team from his midfielder position. Yes, the ideal is that also appear fast and dynamic Hazard and Mertens, who can do a lot of damage to the Panamanian defense (advantage in one on one and when to overflow the bands).
Continuing with the analysis of the Belgians, you should know that the system used by coach Martinez is a 3-4-3 quite interesting from the offensive aspect. In this tactical stop, Carrasco and Meunier are flyers for bands that will have to associate with Witsel and DeBruyne when the team advances their lines. In the attack Lukaku will be the center forward, being vital to take advantage of the chances generated by his teammates. As pieces of change we find Batshuayi, Chadli, Fellaini and Januzaj.
The Panamanians have played only two friendlies prior to their debut in the World Cup, missing perhaps more soccer to make a good presentation. First they equalized without goals against the rough Northern Ireland, to then fall 1-0 against Norway. Before the “Nordics” lost an injury to an interesting midfield player forward (Alberto Quintero end). For this duel it is expected that coach “Bolillo” Gómez put forward two lines of 4 well marked to be able to stop the potential of his rival.
It is not ruled out that the Central Americans retract their lines too much and that they look for counterattacks to breathe in defense. Of course, his goal will be not to make silly mistakes in defense or suffer humiliating defeats such as the one against Switzerland last March (6-0). On that European tour, the team also lost 1-0 to Denmark. As an extra data, we tell you that the main offensive references of the team are Armando Cooper, Blas Pérez and the experienced Luis Tejada. It depends on them that Panama can score a goal at least in this game and in the whole group stage.
There are no previous clashes between Belgians and Panamanians, this being the first official match they will play.
PREDICTION: Over 2.5 goals @ 1.70