In a fashion that is almost completely alien to their long-suffering band of fans, England could secure the most comfortable of passages into a World Cup last 16 with victory over Panama on Sunday. Surely even the Three Lions couldn’t mess this one up! Let’s take a look with our England vs Panama betting tips.
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The English media are making a big deal of the ‘leaked’ England starting eleven; coach Steve Holland was photographed holding a piece of paper which allegedly shows how the Three Lions will set up on Sunday, with Ruben Loftus-Cheek in for the injured Dele Alli and Marcus Rashford getting the nod over Raheem Sterling.
The point is that, realistically, Holland could have handed the Panama head coach a list of the starting eleven and how they intend to play, and England should still be winning the game.
The Panamanians were game against Belgium in their opener, but they offered very little going forward and it seemed only a matter of time before the Belgians found the net; as they did, three times.
It wouldn’t be a surprise if a similar pattern played out in the Russian heat on Sunday, so how can punters make the most of things? Let’s take a look in our England vs Panama betting tips.
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England vs Panama Betting Tips
The mercury is expected to tickle a red hot 32° in Nizhny Novgorod on Sunday, and that will surely take the sting out of England’s attacks as legs get weary.
But on the flipside, it’s not an easy afternoon’s work chasing a football in such heat, and we can expect Panama to be feeling the burn as the game progresses.
Like a few matches at this World Cup, you expect Panama to line up in two solid walls and say to England ‘come on, break us down‘.
That is a challenge that the Three Lions typically fare well against in qualifying, and this side under Gareth Southgate has pace, guile and attacking options from all over the park.
The wing backs Ashley Young and Kieran Trippier will look to get round the outside, while Jesse Lingard and Rashford will pick up little pockets of space in-between the lines.
Add into the mix the dynamism of Loftus-Cheek, who made an impressive cameo against Tunisia, and England should have no problems breaking the Central Americans down.
It will be an afternoon where patience is required from England, but like Belgium showed in the opening game against Panama, eventually your class should tell if you keep doing the basics right.
Our first bet is a straightforward England -1 Handicap, available at 7/10 with William Hill.
England vs Panama Betting Tips: Side Markets
It’s going to be a hot afternoon in this part of the world tomorrow, and that should prevent England rattling up a cricket score against their over-matched opponents.
But that also presents opportunities as the Panama players tire, and so this match appears to have rudimentary England win writ large all over it.
And so we’re going to dutch the 2-0 and 3-0 scorelines in England’s favour at 4/1 and 6/1 respectively with NetBet.