England v Panama 2018 World Cup betting preview


England have a wonderful chance to qualify for the World Cup last sixteen after overcoming Tunisia in their opening match.

Gareth Southgate’s team left it late to beat the Eagles of Carthage, with Harry Kane nodding home an injury-time winner after England had earlier missed a spate of chances.

Now they face a Panama side who were soundly beaten 3-0 in their Group H opener against Belgium and it’s unlikely that they’ll pose much of a threat to an England side who have a three-man central defensive system that is working a treat.

As you might expect, England’s odds to win this game are very short, with bet365 offering 1.20 about a victory for the European side, although there are other bets available which might offer a bigger return.

You can get odds of 1.61 that the Three Lions lead at half-time and full-time with bet365 and it was noticeable what a fast start they made against the Tunisians which saw them take the lead after eleven minutes.

It was also striking how few scoring chances the visitors had, with BetVictor offering odds of 1.62 about an England win to nil and there is everything to like about this outcome.

Harry Kane wants to get right in the mix to win the Golden Boot and the England captain is 13.00 with bet365 to fire in three goals against a Panama side who look extremely modest and will attempt a physical approach in this clash.

England to win 3-0 looks like a nice price at 6.50, while you might want to take it a stage further and grab the 11.00 that they triumph by a 4-0 scoreline, with Marcus Rashford potentially lining up from the start.

It appears that Ruben Loftus-Cheek starts in place of the semi-fit Dele Alli, with England ready to deliver again before playing a Group G decider against Belgium for what is sure to be a pulsating encounter.

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