Panama will visit Costa Rica in a pivotal 2022 Concacaf World Cup Qualifier at the National Stadium of Costa Rica in San José on Thursday night. Panama enters Thursday's tilt full of confidence after winning its last two qualifying matches. Costa Rica, meanwhile, is coming off a 2-1 victory over Honduras in its last outing. You can stream all the action on Paramount+.
Kickoff is set for 9:05 p.m. ET. Caesars Sportsbook lists Costa Rica as the +111 favorite (risk $100 to win $111) on the 90-minute money line in its latest Costa Rica vs. Panama odds, while Panama is the +250 underdog. The over-under for total goals scored is 1.5. Thursday's match will be streamed live on Paramount+ with their must-have Premium plan.
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How to watch Costa Rica vs. Panama
- Costa Rica vs. Panama date: Thursday, January 27
- Costa Rica vs. Panama time: 9:05 p.m. ET
- Costa Rica vs. Panama live stream: Paramount+
Concacaf World Cup qualifying picks for Panama vs. Costa Rica
Before you tune in to Thursday's Concacaf World Cup qualifier, you need to see the Costa Rica vs. Panama picks from SportsLine's soccer insider Brandt Sutton. Sutton, a former collegiate soccer player, has been SportsLine's top soccer editor for nearly five years. He has followed soccer closely for much longer and factors in managerial tactics, projected lineups and past performances to make the most-informed decisions possible, keeping his finger on the pulse of the game all over the globe.
Sutton has also been on a roll with his best bets, going 17-10 and returning over $700 for $100 bettors who have followed his soccer picks.
For Costa Rica vs. Panama, Sutton is betting under 0.5 goals will be scored in the first half at +115 odds. These two teams are accustomed to low-scoring affairs when they meet. In September's World Cup Qualifier, these two sides combined for just two shots on target in a 0-0 draw. In addition, Panama and Costa Rica have combined for one goal or fewer in six of their last seven meetings across all competitions.
Panama knows a positive result on Thursday could go a long way in determining whether it makes the next World Cup, so a strong defensive game plan is likely to be implemented by manager Thomas Christiansen.
"I believe Panama will sit back and look to counter Costa Rica, which will be pressing forward often looking to snag all three points at home," Sutton told SportsLine. "The Panamanians held Costa Rica without a single shot on target in September and I believe they'll go with the same defensive game plan on the road, especially in the first half."
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