England vs Panama Predictions
Both Teams to Score? England created plenty of chances against Tunisia but they also missed a number of opportunities. They should be able to find a way past the Panamanian defence but it could take a while to break them down. Panama and Tunisia are yet to pick up a point. England left it late to beat Tunisia in their opening game but, with Belgium comfortably beating Panama too, Group G is perhaps the only group at this World Cup to have stuck to the script so far.
Tunisia frustrated England by sitting deep and Panama will be even more committed to their defensive efforts. Since booking their place in Russia, Panama only have wins against Grenada and Trinidad and Tobago to their name. England have only scored 16 goals in their match unbeaten run, with four of those coming against minnows Malta during qualifying.
They have only scored twice in that time, though. The rest of the games will be played across England and Wales at the grounds which meet the ICCs size and capacity requirements. A list of these stadiums is below.
After winning the last World cup Australia are deserved favorites with India and South Africa not far behind. Somewhat surprisingly and disappointingly for the hosts, England is the only fourth favorite despite the host country historically having a massive advantage.
As you would expect all test playing nations are more heavily favored than the affiliate nations suggesting that the bookmakers believe that they will have no trouble qualifying via the qualification tournament. It should be noted that since the tournament is still over a year way that the above odds are likely to change. Understandably, the affiliate nations of the ICC have protested the decision to shrink the size of the tournament because it will mean that it will be much harder for smaller cricketing nations to qualify.
According to the affiliate nations, if the ICC wants to grow the game then they should be making the tournament bigger, not smaller. They further argue that upset wins by nations such as Ireland over England in the world cup show that they can be competitive and that anything is possible when they are given the chance.
In response, the ICC has defended its decision saying that the move was necessary to ensure the best quality product was being presented to fans in the stands and viewers around the world. They argue that having smaller nations involved was just leading to blowouts which were boring to watch and actually damaged the sport in those smaller countries. They believe that smaller nations are better served by playing each other in competitive matches until such a time comes when they will be able to legitimately compete with the larger cricket nations such as Australia or India.
They also claim the new format is fairer as it allows every competing nation to play every other competing nation. This means the table at the end will be a fairer representation of who the better teams.
Another point of controversy is over whether or not London Stadium, the stadium which hosted the London Olympics, should be used as a venue. One of the problems English cricket has faced over the last years is the size of its stadiums.
For the match — Belgium vs Tunisia. For the match — England vs Panama. Bet Now With 10Bet. They have faced both of these sides at previous tournaments and have put in a respectable performance on each occasion, drawing with the Red Devils and narrowly losing to the Three Lions. For the first time in a while, there is plenty of optimism surrounding England and their youthful-looking squad will be determined to put the disappointment of behind them. They have appeared at 14 World Cups and are regulars in this competition.
They will see this game as the perfect chance to collect three points and put themselves in pole position to reach the knock-out round. Tunisia remained unbeaten throughout their qualifying campaign and looked very assured in the majority of their fixtures. They could only draw with Libya during their final match, however, this proved to be sufficient enough to book their place at the tournament.
Since securing qualification, they have enjoyed success against Iran and Costa Rica in international friendlies.