Honduras will try to maintain its momentum on Saturday when it takes on Panama in a highly-anticipated 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup Group D matchup in Houston. Honduras finished third at last month's Nations League behind the USA and Mexico and comes in off an emphatic 4-0 win against Grenada in Tuesday's Gold Cup 2021 opener. The Catrachos won this event in 1981 but have not advanced past the quarterfinals in their past three Gold Cup appearances. Panama fought to a 3-3 draw with invited guest Qatar on Tuesday, so Honduras has its eyes on winning the group.
Kickoff from BBVA Stadium is set for 9:30 p.m ET. Honduras is the +105 favorite (risk $100 to win $105) on the 90-minute money line in William Hill Sportsbook's latest Panama vs. Honduras odds, while Panama is the +275 underdog. The over-under for total goals scored is 2.5. Before making any Honduras vs. Panama picks or Concacaf Gold Cup 2021 predictions, you have to see what consummate soccer insider Martin Green has to say.
After working in the sports betting industry for several years, Green became a professional sports writer and handicapper and has covered the game worldwide. Since then, his European soccer picks have been spot-on. Green has generated nearly $19,000 for $100 bettors since the 2017-18 season, and he has his finger on the pulse of the game all over the globe.
Now, Green has taken a close look at the Honduras vs. Panama matchup and established his expert Gold Cup 2021 picks. You can head to SportsLine now to see the picks. Here are the Gold Cup odds and betting trends for Panama vs. Honduras:
- Panama vs. Honduras odds: Honduras -0.5
- Panama vs. Honduras odds over-under: 2.5 goals (over +130, under -160)
- Panama vs. Honduras odds money line: Honduras +105, Panama +275, Draw +200
- HON: Jerry Bengtson and Alberth Elis have combined for 33 international goals
- PAN: Gabriel Torres is No. 3 on the nation's all-time goal list with 22 in 95 matches
Why you should back Honduras
The Catrachos proved at the Nations League to be among Concacaf's top teams, falling 1-0 to the USA before beating Costa Rica in a shootout. They also played to a 0-0 draw with Mexico in their final tuneup for this tournament. They face a Panama team that has struggled on defense, yielding three goals in consecutive games. Qatar had 15 shots on goal against Panama, including six on target, and the Canaleros were lucky to get out of that match with the draw. The Honduras attack gained steam against Grenada, scoring three goals in the second half.
Jerry Bengtson and Romell Quioto, among the many veterans on the squad, both scored Tuesday. Other stalwarts like midfielder Bryan Acosta and forward Alberth Elis started on the bench against an inferior Grenada squad but sparked the attack after coming on after halftime. Honduras has six players with at least 45 caps, with defender Maynor Garcia the nation's all-time leader with 169 and midfielder Boniek Garcia boasting 129. Honduras is 25-11-12 all-time against Panama and has two victories and a 2-2 draw in the past three meetings.
Why you should back Panama
The Canaleros match up well with Honduras, and it should be a tight match. Honduras is 67th in the FIFA rankings, with Panama not too far behind at No. 78. Both are determined teams to face in Concacaf competitions. Panama is 5-3-1 since the start of 2021, with the only loss a 3-0 setback to Mexico in a June 30 friendly. It crushed the competition in 2022 World Cup qualifying, winning all four games in its group while outscoring its foes 19-1. That included a 13-0 win against Anguilla, led by four goals from veteran striker Gabriel Torres.
The star of the show in Tuesday's draw was Rolando Blackburn, who scored twice as all six goals came in the second half. Manager Thomas Christiensen has to be pleased with the way his team fought back to tie the match each time it conceded. Qatar ranks higher than both of these teams at No. 58 in the world and is the reigning Asian champion, so the match was a good test for the Panamanians. Toronto FC midfielder Armando Cooper brings creativity alongside veteran Alberto Quintero, who is one of four Panama players with more than 90 caps.
How to make Panama vs. Honduras picks
Green has taken a close look at the Panama vs. Honduras matchup from all sides, and he is leaning over on the goal total (2.5). He also is offering two strong Honduras vs. Panama best bets with plus-money payouts and a complete breakdown of this Gold Cup 2021 match. He's only sharing those picks at SportsLine.
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