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Uruguay v Panama: Prediction, Tips and Odds

Uruguay have not won Copa America since 2011 but Darwin Nunez should inspire them to make a winning start to this year's tournament against Panama.

La Celeste have won this competition on 15 separate occasions - the joint most of any nation alongside reigning champions Argentina - and they are the third favourites at 5/1 for outright glory in the United States.

Panama have only ever participated in the finals of the Copa America once before - in the 2016 centenary edition.

They managed just one win in the group stages that year and could therefore struggle in their Group C opener against one of South America’s elite sides.

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Uruguay v Panama betting tips and predictions

Uruguay to win to nil - 5/6

Marcelo Bielsa’s Uruguay side will be expected to be more than strong enough to see off a Panama side who lost their captain Anibal Godoy to injury recently.

Uruguay have lost just one of their last eight in all competitions, winning four, and they have also managed to keep clean sheets in five matches during that run - including in each of their victories.

The manner of the wins have been particularly impressive considering the quality of the opposition they have faced.

La Celeste produced back-to-back 2-0 victories over Brazil and Argentina last year, while they also managed to put four past Mexico last time out.

This will be of concern for Panama, who, despite losing just three of their last 14 fixtures, have seen each of these losses occur in their last five outings.

Los Canaleros lost their sole Copa America warm-up match 1-0 to Paraguay, while they also fell to defeats against Mexico and Jamaica in March.

Panama have never scored against Uruguay and, with La Celeste looking strong heading into the tournament, this could be a difficult day for Thomas Christiansen's side.

Over 2.5 goals - 3/4

The quality of the goal threat in this Uruguayan side cannot be understated and so they could get plenty of joy in the final third.

Three of their last five matches have featured over 2.5 goals, while Uruguay have also won by at least three goals in their last two meetings with Panama - recording 3-0 and 5-0 successes over Monday's opponents.

Panama have been involved in their fair share of goal fests recently, with four of their last seven games also featuring over 2.5 goals.

Darwin Nunez to score 2 or more goals - 10/3

After netting 11 goals and registering eight assists in the Premier League last season - his best return since signing for Liverpool from Benfica in 2022 - Darwin Nunez will likely be the focal point of Marcelo Bielsa’s attack in the US.

The 24-year-old has 11 goals from 23 appearances for Uruguay and finds himself in a hugely impressive purple patch of form for La Celeste with eight goals across his last five international appearances - netting at least one in each.

Nunez bagged himself a hat-trick against Mexico in Uruguay’s last warm-up match for the tournament and he's fancied to grab at least a brace against Panama in Florida.

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Uruguay v Panama odds

Uruguay - 1/3
Draw -
Panama -

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This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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