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Panama vs. United States Men: Picks, Predictions, Odds and Player Props

After dispatching Bolivia in their opening game of the tournament, Copa America hosts USA will be eager to maintain their winning start when they face Panama in Atlanta, Georgia on Thursday.

Panama scored a late consolation goal in their 3-1 defeat at the hands of Marcelo Bielsa’s Uruguay in their opening game and will know they will have to improve if they are to cause an upset against the USNMT at Mercedes-Benz Stadium this week.

Panama vs. United States betting picks and predictions

USA to win and both teams to score (+260)

This should be an entertaining fixture at Mercedes-Benz Stadium as the USA look to take a huge step towards securing a quarter-final spot at this year’s Copa America.

Head coach Gregg Berhalter, who is in his second spell with the national side after a brief hiatus, will have been delighted by his side’s 2-0 win over Bolivia in their opening game.

While playing at home has its advantages, being the tournament hosts also comes with pressure and goals from Christian Pulisic and Folarin Balogun will have certainly settled some nerves in the USA camp.

Now the team can look forward to facing a Panama side who have only beaten the USA twice in their 26 previous meetings.

Panama stunned the Stars and Stripes 1-0 back in October 2021, while they did manage a 1-1 draw against the USA in the last meeting between the teams in July last year.

Those results will certainly help focus minds in the USA camp and shows that Thursday’s game will be no walk in the park.

With that in mind, it would be no surprise to see Panama get on the scoresheet, with seven of the last 11 games between these sides seeing both teams find the back of the net.

However, on the back of their performance against Bolivia and with home advantage, the USA should come out on top in what might well be a high-scoring affair in Atlanta.

Over 3.5 total goals (+240)

Given some of the previous scorelines between these nations, over 3.5 total goals on Thursday certainly looks achievable and is worth considering.

While the last meeting ended in a draw, the previous encounter in 2022 finished with the USA winning 5-1, while an encounter in 2020 on neutral soil ended in a 6-2 victory for the Stars and Stripes.

This fixture has tended to throw up plenty of goals in the past and the +240 on offer here for over 3.5 total goals in the game catches the eye at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Christian Pulisic anytime goalscorer (+150)

Scoring the opening goals for the USA in their 2024 Copa America campaign, skipper Pulisic continues to lead from the front.

The AC Milan star has now scored 29 goals in 68 appearances for his country and he’s certainly a player worth thinking about in the anytime goalscorer market against Panama.

Pulisic bagged himself 15 goals in all competitions for the Rossoneri last season and came into this tournament in a rich vein of form.

Able to cut in from the left flank as part of a USA front-three, Pulisic has the ability to strike from range or even nip in at the back post to cause defenses problems.

The former Chelsea winger has started the Copa America positively with a goal and an assist against Bolivia and is +150 to find the back of the net anytime against Panama.

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Panama vs. United States odds

Panama

+700

Tie

+375

USA

-250

Panama vs. United States player props

Anytime Goalscorer

Christian Pulisic (USA)

+150

Ricardo Pepi (USA)

+150

Timothy Weah (USA)

+250

Jose Fajardo (Panama)

+500

Yoel Barcenas (Panama)

+750

Jose Luis Rodriguez (Panama)

+900

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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