Costa Rica vs Panama 2017 Gold Cup Free Picks and Game Info

Costa Rica vs Panama 2017 Gold Cup Free Picks and Game Info

Written by on July 18, 2017

As far as major soccer tournaments go, the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup is one of the more forgiving. After all, only 4 of the 12 starting teams get eliminated in the group stage, and with a couple of punching bag teams in this tournament, the odds of moving on were pretty good for most teams entering this tournament.The group stage is now over, which means it’s on to the quarter-finals, which is where things start to get a little more serious. The benefit of doing well in the group stage was a more manageable draw in the next round, and it’s fair to say that Costa Rica have a tough match-up ahead of them despite winning their group, as they will have to face a very talented young Panama side on Wednesday night in Philadelphia.While some nations used this tournament as a way to try out some fringe players, Costa Rica came to the US with a full squad and a real willingness to win it all. They have not been at their best in this tournament, but did enough to top Group A, although they were pushed to the limit by a surprisingly good Canada squad.Panama breezed through the group stage, and were perhaps a little unfortunate not to win their group, which went to the US on goal difference. This game looks as though it may well be the best game of the quarter-finals, and while Costa Rica are the soccer betting favorites, you can bet that Panama are not going to go down without a fight.

Costa Rica vs Panama 2017 Gold Cup Free Picks and Game Info

When: Wednesday, July 19 at 6 PM ESTWhere: Lincoln Financial Field, PhiladelphiaTV: FS1Live Stream: FOX Sports GOFIFA Odds: Costa Rica -½ (+122)

Why Bet on Costa Rica?

Despite bringing a very strong squad to the 2017 Gold Cup, Los Ticos have tried to play some of their younger players as well. They got things rolling with a 1-0 win over Honduras, although they were a little lucky to come away with the win in that one.They followed that game up with a 1-1 tie against Canada, which was a result that suited both teams, before closing out the group stage with a comfortable 3-0 win over French Guinea. One thing that Costa Rica have in their favor heading into this game is that they have a lot of players who can stick the ball in the back of the net.The 5 goals that they managed during the group stage were scored by 5 different players, and the addition of Rodney Wallace to the squad has proven to be a real stroke of genius. On the downside, Los Ticos have lost 4 very good players to injury, and while they have all been replaced, their squad has been considerably weakened.

Costa Rica CONCACAF Gold Cup Record

El Salvador 1963Champions1st6510142
Guatemala 1965Third Place3rd5221114
Honduras 1967
Costa Rica 1969Champions1st5410132
Trinidad and Tobago 1971Third Place3rd521265
Haiti 1973
Mexico 1977
Honduras 1981
1985Third Place3rd8251108
United States 1991Fourth Place4th510459
United States Mexico 1993Third Place3rd513165
United States 1996
United States 1998Group Stage5th210184
United States 2000Quarter-Finals6th302156
United States 2002Runners-up2nd531185
United States Mexico 2003Fourth Place4th520397
United States 2005Quarter-Finals6th421164
United States 20077th411234
United States 2009Semi Final3rd5221106
United States 2011Quarter-Finals5th412186
United States 20135th420242
United States Canada 20157th403134
United States 2017
Total3 Titles18/238736262513991

Panama got their 2017 Gold Cup off to an excellent start with a 1-1 tie against a makeshift USA team.

Why bet on Panama?

Panama got their 2017 Gold Cup off to an excellent start with a 1-1 tie against a makeshift USA team, and were probably a little unlucky not to get the win. Next up was a gritty 2-1 win over Nicaragua, which Panama followed up with a 3-0 win over Martinique.The Panamanians have done a nice job of spreading out the scoring, but it has been midfielder Miguel Camargo who has been pulling all the strings, scoring once and adding a pair of assists through the 3 games in the group stages.It has been the MLS players on this squad who have done the majority of the damage in attack, and Panama will be looking to those guys to deliver more of the same as an underdog in the quarter-finals.

Panama CONCACAF Gold Cup Record

United States Mexico 1993Group Stage301238
United States 2005Runners-up631276
United States 2007Quarter-Finals411267
United States 2009Quarter-Finals411275
United States 2011Semi-Finals531176
United States 2013Runners-up6411114
United StatesCanada 2015Third Place605167
United States 2017
Total3 Titles281211114743

Expert Pick and 2017 Gold Cup Final Score Prediction

While these two teams appear to be evenly matched, it is Costa Rica who have the slight edge in talent, even though they have lost some of their better players to injury. I expect this to be a close one, but I think it will be Costa Rica who will eventually find a way to win.

Costa Rica 2 Panama 1