Preview: Panama vs Granada – prediction, team news, rosters
Sports Mole provides an overview of Wednesday’s CONCACAF Gold Cup clash between Panama and Grenada, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
Panama need a big win and a lot of help in their last Gold Cup group game against Grenade Tuesday from Exploria stadium.
La Marea Roja lost 3-2 to Honduras on Saturday, while Granada were officially eliminated with a second straight 4-0 loss.
The Panamanians have been a model of consistency in the Gold Cup group stage, reaching at least the quarter-finals in each of their previous eight tournaments, but that streak is in serious jeopardy this time around.
Panama appeared to be in control against Honduras on Saturday leading 2-1 at halftime, but they got complacent in halftime number two and conceded two goals in four minutes, and they just have one point in two matches.
While very attractive to look at, the wide-open attacking style of football may not have been the most successful formula for Thomas christiansen and his team in their first two games against two teams with many attacking powers.
They have no choice but to be cautious and try to score often against Grenada in their last game as they need Qatar to lose their last game and they need to win by at least five. goals themselves if they are to keep their quarterfinal streak intact.
Since losing their last game of the 2018 World Cup group stage, 2-1 to Tunisia, the Panamanians have never lost a game by scoring the first goal, although they did not They haven’t won a match by conceding the first game since their last World Cup qualifier in 2017 against Costa Rica, who come back to win this game 2-1.
After allowing four goals in their first game of this tournament, Grenada followed with another poor performance against Qatar, losing by the same score.
Perhaps the best news for them as they approach their final group game is that it will be their last game of this competition, a tournament that has shown them how far they still have to go to be competitive in this region.
Grenada had just 36% possession in their second game at this tournament as they were dominated 21-5 and allowed nine shots on target, so the fact that they only allowed four goals could be a minor miracle. in itself.
Director Michael findlay backed his team after their 4-0 loss to Honduras, saying they were full of confidence and their future was bright, but after suffering an unbalanced second loss, one has to wonder if that confidence has been shaken.
If they can find a way to secure their very first Gold Cup victory on Tuesday it will be considered a successful tournament, but history is not on their side as they have lost all eight matches they have played. during this competition. and they were outscored 33-1.
Panama CONCACAF Gold Cup form:
Panama form (all competitions):
CONCACAF Gold Cup Grenade Shape:
Grenade form (all competitions):
Panamanian right-back Eric Davis scored from the penalty spot for a second consecutive game, while the 25-year-old Caesar Yanis scored his first international goal in a lost effort against Honduras.
Christiansen made a change to the last four on Saturday, with Roderick Miller replacement Richard Peralta at the start 11.
Their third highest scorer of all time, Gabriel Torres, has not yet seen the field in this competition.
Jamal Charles came on as a substitute against Qatar, with Grenada’s third-highest scorer in history now scoreless in his last six games.
Findlay went with the same four full-backs as in their first game, and it produced the same result, while Jason Belfon started in front of goal, but couldn’t do better than his predecessor Reice Charles-Cook.
Midfielder AJ Paterson was one of the only bright spots for this team in this tournament, playing the full 90 minutes of both games, while Dejon Noël-Williams started off as the lone striker against Honduras, but he couldn’t get the service he needed to have any quality chances.
Possible starting eleven in Panama:
Mejia; Palacios, Peralta, Cummings, Davis; Cooper, Yanis; Rodriguez, Machado; Blackburn, Fajardo
Possible starting line-up from Grenada:
Belfon; Sterling, Pierre, Paul, Etienne; Charles-Cook, Norburn, Paterson, McQueen; Lewis, Charles
We say: Panama 3-0 Grenada
Considering what the Panamanians need to do to have a chance to move forward, don’t expect them to show mercy to the Spice Boys in this game.
Grenada entered the tournament losing to a side ranked 20 places below them in the FIFA World Rankings at Montserrat, and they have only shot five shots on target in their two group matches in this Gold. Cup.