The only two nations with wins in CONCACAF’s Third Round for the World Cup Qualifiers lock horns on Thursday when Panama welcome Mexico to the Estadio Rommel Fernandez in the capital (1.05am kick-off, UK time).
After the first two matchdays in North America’s Third Round qualification for Qatar 2022, Panama and Mexico sit second and first in the table respectively. The hosts have a win and a draw to show for their early efforts, while the current table-toppers are on a tear of back-to-back victories.
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Scoreline prediction: Panama 1-2 Mexico
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Panama vs Mexico build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
Having qualified for their first ever World Cup in Russia three years ago, Panama have made a near-perfect start to reaching back-to-bak tournaments. After two matches Thomas Christiansen (formerly of Leeds United) has overseen an unbeaten start, including a goalless stalemate with Costa Rica, before putting Jamaica to the sword in an emphatic 3-0 triumph.
Following their defeat in the Gold Cup final back in early August, Mexico have refused to feel sorry for themselves and have bounced back this month with consecutive wins to consolidate their position atop the Third Round table of CONCACAF’s Qualifiers. Mexico are expected to reach Qatar 2022, having been involved in each of the last seven World Cups, and under former Barcelona manager Gerardo Martino, they are currently on course to make that eight in a row.
- Panama (vs Jamaica): Mejia; Murillo, Escobar, Andrade, Davis; Godoy, Rodriguez, Carrasquilla, Barcenas, Quintero; Blackburn.
- Mexico (vs Costa Rica): Ochoa; Dominguez, Montes, Araujo, Gallardo; Alvarez, Corona, Rodriguez, Guardado, Vega; Funes.
Having switched allegiances from Argentina, whom Rogelio Funes Mori — brother of former Everton defender Ramiro — acquired one cap for, to Mexico, the Monterrey striker will likely continue leading the line here, despite not yet finding the back of the net. For Panama, Arminia Bielefeld defender Andres Andrade opened his international account against Jamaica so he will be feeling confident of getting another result here.
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Player to watch: Guillermo Ochoa (Mexico and Club America)
There is something very comforting about seeing Guillermo Ochoa guarding the Mexico net. The 36-year-old Tapatío has been a regular fixture between the sticks since making his international bow in 2005 and he continues to hold the No. 1 berth with distinction. Now back at Club America, whom he started his career with, Ochoa remains as agile and competent with the ball at his feet as ever. His ability to restart play quickly and the flexibility in which he operates will be key for Martino in these decisive matches as Mexico aim to make Qatar 2022 with few to no hiccups.
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