Winners: PAN vs. USA

It’s been about a week since the last picks were made. In case you missed out, Lazio and AC Milan both won their Europa League games last week so we moved to 29-2 in the last 31 games picked. It’s been a decent run. We’ll try to keep it going today.

Let’s move to today.

Today, Panama plays the United States in the final break for group World Cup 2018 qualifiers. Panama comes into tonight’s game sitting in third place in the group, while the US sits in fourth place. The two are separated by one point in the group standings for the crucial third place spot, which guarantees an automatic spot in the World Cup. The United States hasn’t won a game since beating Trinidad and Tobago in June 2-0, but there have only been three games since. Panama, on the other hand, just played Trinidad and Tobago last month and beat the team 3-0. The first match-up between the US and Panama ended in a 1-1 tie in Panama in March. A lot has changed since then but here’s how we’ll bet it.

  • Pick 1: USA -200 (Bet $100 to win $50)
  • Pick 2: Draw +285 (Bet $40 to win $114)

With there being just two games left to automatically qualify for the World Cup next year in Russia, the United States cannot lose this game. If it loses, Panama gets the automatic birth and the US will have one more game to try to get into a playoff. I can’t see it losing this game with so much at stake. I’m not saying it will win, but I don’t expect the team to lose.

Fingers crossed.