Mexico vs. Panama: Concacaf World Cup qualifying live stream, TV channel, how to watch online, news, odds


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For Mexico, there’s work left to be done if they are to qualify for the 2022 World Cup, and that battle continues with a huge qualifier on Wednesday night against Panama. El Tri are coming off a poor draw at home to Costa Rica and they must avoid defeat in this one to stay in the top three spots, which all come with direction qualification. A point for the Panamanians would feel like a win, as it would give them at least a two-point cushion in fourth place and a strong chance at finishing in the intercontinental playoff spot. 

Here’s are storylines, how you can watch the match and more:

How to watch and odds

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 2 | Time: 10 p.m. ET
Location: Estadio Azteca — Mexico City, Mexico
TV and live stream: Paramount+
Odds: Mexico -340; Draw +340; Panama +900 (via Caesars Sportsbook) 

Storylines

Mexico: The pressure is on now. They were lucky to beat Jamaica late, and they were out of sync in the scoreless home draw to Costa Rica. The time is now to turn this around and build momentum. After two cup final losses to the United States last year, the pressure is on Tata Martino. If they slip up here, there could be some serious ramifications. Expect this Mexico side to be full of energy and to be on the front foot. Anything but a win would be disastrous and unacceptable, with potentially putting Martino’s status as coach at risk. 

Panama: They’ve won three of their last four games, they already beat the United States and they are more than capable. It’s going to be a match where they won’t see a whole lot of the ball. They’ll need something on the counter or a set piece because chances are Mexico won’t struggle in front of goal like they did against Costa Rica. Composure will be key. Expect them to emphasize defense early.

Prediction

Joe Corona and Hirving Lozano score to give El Tri a big boost in their qualification efforts, putting them on the brink of punching their ticket to Qatar. Pick: Mexico 2, Panama 0





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