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Qatar vs Panama Predictions & Tips - Qatar to start Gold Cup with a win

  • Qatar vs Panama preview, predictions & tips
  • The Gold Cup match is being played on Wednesday (12am BST)
  • Qatar have won 3 of their last 4 matches
  • I am backing Qatar to win in Texas
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Almoez Ali has scored 30 goals in 62 internationals (Getty Images)
Eddy Tora 12 Jul 2021
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Qatar vs Panama Predictions


Qatar often fly under the radar which could be the case at the Gold Cup. I am backing Almoez Ali to instigate a win against Panama in their opening match.

  • Qatar have won 7 of their last 8 matches (all competitions).
  • Qatar have won to nil in 3 of their last 4 matches (all competitions).
  • Panama have lost 1-0 in their last 2 matches (Gold Cup).
  • Panama have lost to nil in 3 of in their last 5 matches (Gold Cup).

Head to Head


This will be the first match between Qatar and Panama.

Qatar Form


Qatar did it easy in the second round of the World Cup qualifiers. They ended the campaign with 1-0 wins against India and Oman.

Félix Sánchez’s side beat Croatia B in a friendly before a 1-0 win against El Salvador. Abdulaziz Hatem was sent off early on but Qatar were too good with 10 men, Almoez Ali scoring the winner in the 69th minute.

Qatar Injuries & Team News


Midfielder Abdulaziz Hatem is suspended.

Hassan Al-Haydos has scored 31 goals in 141 internationals.  He could be on the bench with Akram Afif partnering Almoez Ali up front.

Ali has scored 30 in 62 internationals including nine at the 2019 AFC Asian Cup where he helped Qatar win the title.

Panama Form


Panama went on a five match winning run in the World Cup qualifiers. They beat Barbados 1-0, Dominica 2-1, Anguilla 13-0 and Dominican Republic 3-0 to close out the group stage.

Thomas Christiansen’s side beat Curacao 2-1 before a 0-0 draw in the second leg to reach the final round.

Panama played a recent friendly that ended in a 3-0 defeat against Mexico.

Panama Injuries & Team News


Gabriel Torres, José Fajardo, Cecilio Waterman and Jorman Aguilar compete for starting spots up front.

Experience comes from defender Adolfo Machado alongside midfielders Alberto Quintero and Aníbal Godoy.

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Verdict

Qatar tend to be undervalued despite winning the 2019 Asian Cup. Almoez Ali is a weapon up front and if he fires, Qatar can beat Panama in Texas.

Best Bet: Qatar Win Full Time Result @130.00 at BetMGM - 3 Units

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