Tuesday at the Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica, Costa Rica and Panama play for a spot in the CONCACAF Nations League semifinals (March 28).
Los Canaleros enter the midweek matchup needing at least a draw, as they trail their Group B opponents by one point. Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Martinique maintained Costa Rica’s hopes of qualifying for the CONCACAF Nations League quarterfinals (March 25).
The Ticos have already won two consecutive matches after beginning their season with a 2-0 setback to Panama in June. Costa Rica will be confident of carrying up where they left off last weekend, as they have won eight consecutive games.
Panama, meanwhile, needs a tie to advance to the final round after a good season. The men of Thomas Christiansen have earned seven of a possible nine points and now lead Group B. Since September, Panama has gone without a win in six consecutive games. They will attempt to end this skid on Saturday.
Costa Rica versus Panama Head-to-Head and Important Numbers
With 31 victories in the past 58 contests, Costa Rica has a stronger record in this matchup.
Throughout that time frame, Panama has earned 15 victories, while the prizes have been split 12 times.
Since July 2017, Panama is undefeated in five of its past six games against Costa Rica, winning four.
After drawing 1-1 with Jamaica in September 2021, the hosts have won their past eight home games.
Since November, Panama is winless in six games across all competitions, including two losses.
Costa Rica versus Panama Prediction
Considering the history of competition between the two squads, expect another nail-biter. With their excellent home form, Costa Rica should win their third consecutive group match and advance to the knockout round.
Prediction: Costa Rica wins 1-0
Costa Rica vs. Panama Betting Tips: Prediction: Costa Rica to win
Over 2.5 goals – No Bet (In their past five encounters, fewer than three goals have been scored.)
Fewer than 4.5 cards – OK (There have been fewer than five bookings in their last seven clashes.)