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USA host Panama in vital WC qualifier match


United States look to improve their chance to qualify for the 2018 Russia World Cup when they host Panama at Orlando City Stadium.

Bruce Arena’s side are in fourth place in the WC qualifiers Concacaf with only nine points from eight games. Only the top three teams are given outright tickets to the coveted quadrennial event, while the fourth-place team will play in the intercontinental playoff.

US, who won only one of their last five qualifying games, but are still favoured to beat Panama in this crucial match.

Nextbet offers 1.57 for a home win in Florida, while an away win for Panama is priced at 6.47.

But the pair’s last four meetings haven’t seen a winning side, as their last four games ended in 1-1 draws, including their first meeting in these qualifiers last March. Another draw is backed at 3.73, while another 1-1 draw is offered 7.23 in Nextbet.

With only two games remaining and the hosts just a point below Panama in the table, this meeting is highly crucial for both teams.

United States’ last match in this qualifier is against bottom-dwelling Trinidad & Tobago while Panama’s last scheduled game is against Costa Rica, the second-placed side in Concacaf.