Panama hosts Jamaica in round 10 of the third stage of the World Cup qualification. The match will be played on Monday, January 31st at Estadio Rommel Fernandez (Panama City)
Panama is 63rd in the FIFA rankings. At the World Cup in Russia, the Canal Men made their debut at such big tournaments, but the performance of the team from Central America couldn’t be called particularly successful. Panamanians can still get to the tournament in Qatar. Thomas Christiansen’s team is in fourth place with 14 points after nine matches, and the coveted top three is three points ahead. Panama is in quite good form. In five previous games, the team gained three victories and suffered two defeats. The Red Tide is preparing for the next round after losing to Costa Rica (1-0.). The Canal Men score 1.4 goals and concede 1.6 goals per game on average.
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The Jamaican national team is 57th in the FIFA ranking. And it is ranked only sixth in the qualification standings, having seven points after nine rounds. It will be hard to fight even for the playoffs, as the gap to the fourth position is seven points. Still, some chances of success remain: a victory over a direct competitor, Panama, can confuse a lot in the North American qualification. However, Reggae Boys cannot boast of good condition. They won only one match out of the last five, although they lost only once. After a streak of draws, the Jamaicans lost to Mexico (1-2). On average, Reggae Boys score one goal and concede 0.8 goals per game.
In the previous five head-to-head confrontations, Panama won three times, and Jamaica gained one victory. Curiously, there wasn’t a single goal exchange in all those matches. In September, the Canal Men defeated the Jamaicans away with a score of 0-3. Now Panama has a higher chance of winning, but anything can happen. Statistics show a low probability of a productive match. Most likely, we shouldn’t wait for goals from both teams. We offer to consider the bet “Both teams to score — no.”