England vs Panama will be held at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod, Sunday (24/06/2018)
After defeating Tunisia 2-1, England can qualify for the last 16 if win over Panama. Conversely, the defeat will ensure Panama eliminated from the World Cup, because previously digebuk Belgium 0-3.
For both teams, this is the first meeting of England vs. Panama. Understandably, Panama is the first time to qualify for the World Cup.
Facing Panama, England will definitely appear insistent. But one thing that needs to be fixed is the problem of final settlement, where two goals in the inaugural match is scored via dead ball scheme. The front row filled with Jese Lingard and Raheem Sterling wasted many chances.
In addition, the back line is also often keteteran. Although digawangi classmates John Stones and Kyle Walker, mistakes are often done. Tunisia’s penalty goal in the inaugural match is the proof.
Even so, England have a good trend with not lost in the last 11 games. In addition, Panama’s record is quite bad when facing the European team, which has not won in the last 10 meetings.
Southgate himself is reluctant to underestimate Panama. He claimed to have learned the style of the opponent in the last few months.
“We’ve been studying Panama for the last few months, all of their qualifying matches, all their matches since they qualified, so we’re not surprised at how they play and how they approach the game,” he explained.
Even so, Panama promised to give resistance. In a press conference session, Edgar Barcenas insisted his team would be better, judging Belgium’s defeat by being nervous about having debuted at the World Cup.
“The incredible stage of our history debut and being there [at the World Cup] made us nervous [against Belgium] .Obviously we have to enjoy it, because there are more chances to win than defeat,” he said.
In the game later, England may not be able to lose Dele Alli. The last condition of the 22-year-old midfielder had reportedly suffered a thigh injury. But England can rely heavily on Harry Kane, who in the inaugural match bought up two goals. Total Kane has scored 15 goals from 25 appearances with England.
Panama itself has an unimpressive record of conceding. In qualifying, they conceded 10 times out of 10 matches. Well, Kane’s potential to tear the Panama goalkeeper to get England open wide.
England itself many favored. The Whoscored site predicts the Three Lion team to win 3-0, as well as Squawka who believes Harry Kane et al can win three goals or more.