Group A CONCACAF Gold Cup action continues at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts on Friday, July 10 when Panama takes on Honduras in the second game for each team. Panama surrendered a late goal against Haiti in their opening match and has to settle for a 1-1 draw while Honduras played well, but fell to the USA by a score of 2-1. Both matches took place at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas on Tuesday, July 7.
Panama vs Honduras – 2015 Gold Cup Soccer Betting Preview
- bet365 currently lists Panama as the favorites to win this match at 13/8 with Honduras 17/10 and a 90-minute draw at 11/5
Honduras gave it all they had against the U.S., but fell just short in an exciting, end-to-end match. The Americans managed to take all three points thanks to a pair of goals by former skipper Clint Dempsey. The Seattle Sounders forward opened the scoring in the 25th minute when he nodded in the rebound of a Jozy Altidore shot. Honduran keeper Donis Escobar had made a save on Toronto FC striker Altidore, but Dempsey was in perfect position to head in the rebound from six yards out.
Dempsey doubled the lead in the 64th minute when he scored his 43rd career international goal. Skipper Michael Bradley of Toronto FC sent in a high free kick from the left wing and Dempsey met it with his head to beat Escobar for the second time. Honduras didn’t fold up the tent though as they fought back valiantly. They got on the scoreboard just five minutes later when Carlos Discua beat American goalkeeper Brad Guzan of English Premier League side Aston Villa. Discua rifled in a high shot from the right side of the box after being set up by Wilmer Crisanto. Honduras then had several glorious chances to tie the game after that, but fell just short.
Earlier on in the opening game of the 2015 Gold Cup, Panama gave up a couple of points when underdog Haiti scored a late goal to level the match. Haiti substitute Duckens Nazon beat Panamanian goaltender Jaime Penedo of the Los Angeles Galaxy in the 85th minute to spoil the party for Panama. The Panamanian squad had taken the lead in the 56th minute when Alberto Quintero fired the ball into the net following a bad clearance by the Haiti defenders. He drilled a shot from the left corner of the 18-yard box past goaltender Johny Placide.
With no points in the bank, Honduras will be desperate to come out of this contest with at least one point. If they play the same way they did against the Americans they should have a good chance of achieving that goal. Panama finished the 2013 Gold Cup tournament as runners up after losing to the U.S. in the Final and are a tough team to beat. This should be another close encounter and there’s a good chance it may end in a draw.
The two nations have met 42 times in the past with Panama winning 11 times, Honduras taking 23 games and the other eight ending in draws. Honduras has won just one of their last six meetings though with Panama winning three times to go along with a pair of draws.
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