CONCACAF Gold Cup betting: Panama to cook-up victory in Tampa heat

Updated: July 12, 2017

Yesterday’s CONCACAF Gold Cup games were both heavily influenced by the weather conditions in Houston with the game pace notably slower due to the hot and humid conditions. But players face a much tougher time in Tampa tonight with humidity of more than 90 per cent and temperatures around the 30ºC – don’t expect to see much in the way of end-to-end football as Panama face Nicaragua before the USA take on Martinique; overall record: 2-3, -2.65 units


CONCACAF Gold Cup Group B: Panama (0-1-0, 1pt) v Nicaragua (0-0-1, 0pts)
Where: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL, USA
When: Thursday, July 13, 8.30am (AET)
Prices: Panama $1.25, Nicaragua $13.00, DRAW $5.50

Confirmed bet: -2.5/total (two units @ $1.75)

TIW says: Panama have a terrific chance to take command of Group B when they face Central American rivals Nicaragua. Los Canaleros picked up a well-deserved point against the United States in their tournament opener. They went down to Dom Dwyer’s strike but really raised their tempo after that, peppering Brad Guzan’s goal with shots. Miguel Camargo (pictured below) equalised, and were it not for Guzan’s heroics and a costly miss from Ismael Diaz, Panama would have won it. New York City FC midfielder Camargo, on loan for the season from Chorillo FC, was named CONCACAF’s Man of the Match. Nicaragua may not have much hope of advancing out of the group after a 2-0 loss to Martinique.


Across the four Gold Cup games they’ve played all-time, Nicaragua have yet to find the back of the net or earn a point. Even a goal against Panama would mean everything to their developing program. Those hopes will be boosted by the return of captain Juan Barrera, who was suspended for the tournament opener. He received a late red card in Nicaragua’s remarkable comeback victory to qualify for the Gold Cup, in which he scored a hat-trick in the final 10 minutes. Los Pinoleros will also welcome back their only current player in Europe, Iceland-based midfielder Daniel Cadena, who missed the opener due to yellow-card accumulation.


CONCACAF Gold Cup Group B: USA (0-1-0, 1pt) v Martinique (1-0-0, 3pts)
Where: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL, USA
When: Thursday, July 13, 11am (AET)
Prices: USA $1.20, Martinique $13.00, DRAW $6.50

Confirmed bet: Martinique +2/hcp (one unit @ $2.30)

TIW says: Entering the tournament on a high after a defeat of Ghana in a friendly last week, the USA were brought crashing down to earth by Panama’s rugged display in Nashville. The favoured tournament hosts were outplayed for several stretches of the match. Despite the Dwyer goal that gave them a second-half lead, goalkeeper Guzan saved them from an embarrassing loss in front of a loud and dominantly pro-US crowd. The promise shown by the Kellyn Acosta-Dax McCarty-Joe Corona central midfield trio against Ghana all but evaporated under the hot Tennessee sun, while a backline boasting no shortage of experience was repeatedly beaten.

Martinique, meanwhile, showed some talent in their 2-0 defeat of Nicaragua in the second half of the Nashville doubleheader. Goals from Kevin Parsemain and Steeven Langil earned the French overseas department the result that has them– for the moment – atop the group, and on course for a spot in the knockout stage. Like Panama, they’d be more than happy to hold the mighty Yanks to a deadlock. Les Matinino players have ample experience in big European leagues and thus far have shown little fear in the Gold Cup spotlight. The squad’s current general manager is David Regis, the former US international who was born on Martinique, so he’ll have some insight into breaking down the regional giants.


Most recent results: 0-2, -5.0 units

Costa Rica WIN v Canada (three units @ $1.70) LOSE (1-1)
Honduras -1/hcp v French Guiana (two units @ $2.00) LOSE (0-0)



• Selections are listed in three categories – 1) Suggested (likely bet but yet to be finalised); 2) Confirmed (locked in at the price listed); and 3) Leans (tips, but not recommended bets); all times quoted are Australian Eastern Time (AET); prices with thanks to Bet365 (except where markets are not available), correct at time of publication. Results/comments on today’s games/races will follow in the next post.

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