Uruguay vs Panama: Charrúas Start Their Copa America Campaign Against The Red Tide

Dumitru Palanchuk
Dumitru Palanchuk
15 June 2024, 11:25

Uruguay vs Panama

The Copa America match between Uruguay and Panama is set to take place at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. Uruguay, traditionally a strong contender in South American football, is the favourite of the upcoming game as per Uruguay vs Panama odds. The team will look to assert their dominance, while Panama will aim to prove their mettle against a formidable opponent. Uruguay enters the tournament as one of the favourites to advance from Group C, which also includes the United States and Bolivia. Panama, on the other hand, is considered an underdog but has shown in past tournaments that they can challenge stronger teams.

Uruguay Team News

Uruguay, under the guidance of coach Marcelo Bielsa, has named a strong 26-man squad for the tournament. The team features a mix of experienced veterans and rising stars. Notable inclusions are Inter Miami striker Luis Suárez, who is Uruguay's all-time leading scorer with 68 goals in 138 international appearances, and Liverpool's Darwin Núñez. Suárez, at 37, remains a key figure for the team, having scored 12 goals and provided five assists in 16 games for Inter Miami this season. The Uruguayan squad also boasts a solid defence with players like Barcelona's Ronald Araújo and Atletico Madrid's José María Giménez. In midfield, Real Madrid's Federico Valverde and Paris Saint-Germain's Manuel Ugarte will be pivotal in controlling the game. Uruguay's recent form and attacking capabilities has been impressive, including a 4-0 win over Mexico in a friendly, where Núñez scored a hat trick, highlighting their attacking prowess and defensive solidity. 

Panama Team News

Panama, coached by Thomas Christiansen, will rely on their experienced midfield trio of Yoel Bárcenas, Aníbal Godoy, and Adalberto Carrasquilla to challenge Uruguay. Despite being tagged as underdogs, Panama has shown resilience in past tournaments, such as their narrow defeat to the USA in the CONCACAF Gold Cup semi-finals last summer. However, the team have never won against Uruguay in the history of their personal meetings, which will be taken into account at Uruguay vs Panama prediction. Three games, though it was international friendlies, ended with a total score of 9-0.

Uruguay vs Panama Prediction

Uruguay Handicap -1.5

With the momentum of Panama reaching the semifinal of the Gold Cup, these results should not be exaggerated, given the status of the opponents. When the Red Tides are faced with a serious team, that knows how to use space and move the ball quickly between the lines, the weaknesses become quite evident, as it was in the lost matches against Jamaica (1-0) and Mexico (3-0). Uruguay, having world-class players in all areas of the field, is considered as one of the strongest teams on the continent, with the last three official matches won with such a handicap (including wins over Argentina and Brazil). This Uruguay vs Panama tip comes at 1.93 at MrPlay.

Panama To Score - No

Again, the class of the two is incomparable and there will be quite a few options for Panama to move through the likes of Araújo and Giménez, who have become one of the best defenders in La Liga through the last couple of seasons. It will be extremely difficult for the Red Tide to navigate this match, with the only may come from counterattacks, but even in the case, Charruas have Valverde, whose interceptions of counterattacks are well-known. Given these considerations, it is unlikely that Panama will score and this outcome comes at 1.75 at MrPlay.

First Half Total Goals Over 1

Uruguay has a clear tendency towards goals in the first half of the team’s matches. This became evidently clear after coming of Bielsa, and since his arrival in May 2023, only one game out of 12 did not see a goal in the first 45 minutes. With Argentinan’s accent on total football from the very beginning of the match, Uruguay is expected to start actively in his first match of this tournament and it is highly likely that we will see at least one goal in the first 45 minutes once again. This outcome can be picked at 1.70 at MrPlay.

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