Panama’s national soccer players warm up during a training session ahead of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualifying soccer match at the Rommel Fernandez stadium in Panama City, Monday, Nov., 8, 2021. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)
Honduras look for their first win in seven CONCACAF octagon outings as they play host to Panama as betting favorites
Panama is coming off a 4-1 loss to Canada that has left them below the line on the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying table
Read on for all the odds and trends ahead of Friday night’s matchup at Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano
Panama will be eyeing a spot among the top three on the CONCACAF octagon table on Friday when they continue their bid to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup with a visit to Honduras as +215 roads underdogs.
The Canaleros enter Matchday 7 lagging two points back of Canada in the race for third place after dropping a decisive 4-1 decision to the Canadians last month. Honduras has nowhere to go but up after going winless in their first six matches of the third round of World Cup qualifying, but look to Friday’s contest as +130 favorites.
Here’s a look at all the odds, trends, and best bets ahead of this 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier in this CONCACAF Third Round matchup, set for 8:00 pm ET on Friday at Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano.
Honduras vs Panama Odds
Honduras vs Panama
HON -0.5 (+125) | PAN +0.5 (-170) (
HON +130 | Draw +215 | PAN +215
Ov 2.5 (+135) | Un 2.5 (-175)
Odds from Nov 12 at DraftKings
It has proven to be a massively disappointing round of World Cup qualifying for Honduras. Participants in two of the past three editions of the World Cup, the Catrachos look destined to fall short of returning to the big stage after opening the CONCACAF octagon on a dismal 0-3-3 win-draw-loss run.
🛑 #Octagonal Table after Matchday 6:
1️⃣🇲🇽 Mexico (14 pts)
2️⃣🇺🇲 USA (11 pts)
3️⃣🇨🇦 Canada (10 pts)
4️⃣🇵🇦 Panama (8 pts)
5️⃣🇨🇷 Costa Rica (6 pts)
6️⃣🇯🇲 Jamaica (5 pts, -4 GD)
7️⃣🇸🇻 El Salvador (5 pts, -5 GD)
8️⃣🇭🇳 Honduras (3 pts)#CONCACAF #OctagonalFinal #WCQ pic.twitter.com/nKhWgzgW8o
— Octagonal 🛑⚽ (@TheOctagonal) November 9, 2021
The squad has been held off the scoresheet in each of their past three octagon matchups, capped by last month’s 2-0 loss to Jamaica, and have been outscored by a 9-2 overall margin through their first six matches. Home cooking has proved no relief for the Catrachos, who are also winless in their past four matches across all competitions played on Honduran soil while scoring just two total goals over that stretch.
2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup
Group D Result
Panama 2-3 Honduras
Éric Davis 32′
Romell Quioto 22′, 65′
César Yanis 45’+1
Alexander López 61′ #ConcacafGoldCup https://t.co/G1RmrDNvDE pic.twitter.com/zayJPETNeC
— Soccer Facts (@Soccer_Stats) July 18, 2021
Honduras will be hoping to get an offensive spark from Romell Quioto this time around. The 30-year-old forward played a crucial role in the Catrachos’ march to the quarterfinal of the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup, potting three goals, including a pair of markers in a 3-2 victory over Panama that ultimately bumped the Canaleros from that tournament. Quioto was also a steady performer this season with CF Montreal, scoring seven goals in 10 appearances during that club’s failed bid for a berth in the MLS Cup playoffs.
Honduras vs Panama Head-to-Head Stats
Panama finds itself squarely perched on the bubble in the wake of last month’s loss to Canada. After avoiding defeat in their first three octagon matches, the Canaleros have now lost two of three. And while they remain within striking distance of the Canadians, they lag well behind the leaders on the table with a zero goal differential.
2022 FIFA World Cup Odds Tracker
Another challenge facing Panama is overcoming their recent disappointing results when facing Honduras. Panama has produced just a single point over their past four overall meetings with the Catrachos, but have enjoyed more success in recent non-friendly contests played in Honduras, going 3-1-0 in their past four.
WHAT. A. GOAL! 😱
Alphonso Davies is just too good. He scores the game winner to lead Canada 🇨🇦 to a huge 4-1 victory over Panama in #WorldCupQualifiers ⚽️ pic.twitter.com/l0RhTR1oGf
— For Future Considerations (@PodcastFFC) October 14, 2021
While last month’s loss to Canada marks the team’s worst defeat in non-friendly play in two years, Panama has managed to otherwise play steady defense in recent action. The Canaleros surrendered just two total goals in their previous five CONCACAF octagon matches, including a 3-0 rout of Jamaica on the road, back in September.
Rolando Blackburn has played a huge role on the Panama offense so far in the third round of World Cup qualifying. The veteran striker leads the team with three goals through the first six qualifying contests and opened the scoring in two of Panama’s past four octagon outings.
Panama are beating Mexico thanks to this goal from Rolando Blackburn 🤭
— B/R Football (@brfootball) September 9, 2021
With so much on the line, and with a desperate need for goals, look for Panama to open things on an aggressive note as they seek to flip the script on their recent woes in Honduras, and return to World Cup contention.
The Picks: Panama +215; Over 2.5 (+135)