By Thomas Reynolds
Last Updated: 28th June 2018
Panama vs Tunisia, World Cup Group G
Thursday 28th June
Stadium: Mordovia Arena, Saransk
Live on ITV4
Panama vs Tunisia odds
The Panama vs Tunisia odds have the Eagles of Carthage as 4/5 favourites to bow out of the tournament with a victory at the expense of their Central American adversaries, who are 16/5 for victory, with the draw quoted at 12/5.
Over 2.5 total match goals is the favourite in the under/over betting at 8/11, with both sides’ previously porous defences promising something of a goodbye goal glut.
Panama vs Tunisia team news
Aymen Mathlouthi will start in the Tunisian net against Los Canaleros after Faarouk Ben Mustapha (who started against Belgium) injured his knee in training, becoming the third goalkeeper Nabil Maaloul has called upon in Russia
The north African side will be also be missing defender Dylan Bronn, who was injured in the 5-2 defeat to the Belgians. Hamdi Nagguez replaced Bronn in that match and looks the most likely man to step in.
For Panama, Hernan Dario Gomez will be without Michael Murillo and Armando Cooper, both of whom have picked up a brace of yellow cards and are therefore suspended.
Panama vs Tunisia predicted line-ups
Panama XI 4-1-4-1: Penedo, Machado, Roman Torres, Escobar, Davis, Barcenas, Arroyo, Gomez, Godoy, Jose Luis Rodriguez, Perez
Tunisia XI 4-1-4-1: Mathlouthi, Benalouane, Haddadi, Meriah, Maaloul, Khaoui, Skhiri, Sassi, Fakhreddine Ben Youssef, Khazri, Badri
Panama vs Tunisia match stats
Tunisia are without a victory in their last 13 World Cup matches (W0 D4 L9) since winning their first ever World Cup match in 1978 against Mexico, offering a hopeful hue to odds of 10/11 about the Panamanians in the double chance betting.
Panama have conceded nine goals from 13 shots on target faced so far at the World Cup, while Tunisia were peppered by 12 attempts on their goal against Belgium last time out.
With the sides apparently unable, so far, to stem the flow of opposition efforts at their goalkeepers, both teams to score odds of 4/6 are understandable.
Panama vs Tunisia key players to watch
No Tunisian has ever been involved in more World Cup finals goals than Wahbi Khazri, who scored one and assisted the other in their 5-2 defeat against the Belgians.
He’s also managed more attempts on goal (six) than any of his teammates, so the former Sunderland man must enter Tunisia vs Panama first goalscorer odds calculations at 4/1.
In their last game against England, Los Canaleros’ Felipe Baloy scored his nation’s first ever World Cup goal, at the age of 37, but Edgar Barcenas, 14 years his junior, ranks as a more likely scorer for Hernan Dario Gomez’s charges.
Barcenas, who plies his trade in the Mexican second tier, has been one of Panama’s more lively attackers so far, averaging two shots and as many key passes per game in Russia. His anytime scorer odds are 14/5.