Our prediction for this Gold Cup 2017 match:
Raymond James Stadium will host Saturday’s football match between Nicaragua and Panama. Los Canaleros did well to play out a 1-1 draw with hosts USA in their opener, with Miguel Camargo scoring the equalizer 15 minutes into the second half. Panama proved their worth in their first group game and they are definitely capable of picking up all three points from Thursday’s football match against Nicaragua. Los Canaleros recorded a 2-1 win over La Azul y Blanco at Copa Centroamericana earlier this year and that is giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of Thursday’s football match. Nicaragua failed to impress in a 2-0 loss to Martinique in the opening match of their 2017 Gold Cup campaign and, taking everything into account, we believe that there is a big value in betting on Henry Duarte’s charges, who showed character in the 1-1 draw with USA on Saturday evening.
Highlighted Player (Armando Cooper):
Armando Cooper is an attacking midfielder who plays for both Toronto FC and Panama national football team. After spending his youth career at Arabe Unido, Cooper began playing for Arabe Unido at senior level. The Panama footballer scored 26 goals in 141 appearances in the league for los Arabes and during the 2010/2011 season he was on Godoy Cruz’s radar.
In the summer of 2011 he signed a contract with the Argentine club, but he was playing below expectations in the Argentine Primera Division, scoring only three goals in 26 appearances for the Tomba. Armando Cooper moved to Europe in 2015 and he played seven games for St. Pauli in 2. Bundesliga, but he quickly returned to Panama. The midfielder returned to Arabe Unido for the 2015/2016 season, but he was soon loaned to MLS club Toronto.
Armando Cooper signed a permanent deal with the Reds after the 2016 MLS Cup playoffs and he has been playing for the club ever since. Cooper made his Panama debut on October 7, 2006 against El Salvador.
Highlighted Team (Nicaragua):
Nicaragua national football team played their first ever international friendly on May 1, 1929, with the team suffering a heavy loss to El Salvador away from home. Twelve years later los Pinoleros participated in the CCCF Championship qualifiers, but they failed to make it to the finals of the tournament. Nicaragua suffered a loss in each of their four qualifying games and, as a result, they finished bottom of the group.
The Nicaragua national football team have yet to qualify for the World Cup finals, but they did well to win silver medal at the 1973 Central American games. Los Pinoleros finished the campaign in second place in the standings, two points behind champions Panama. Nicaragua suffered their biggest defeat on October 17, 1975 when they were outclassed by Brazil (0-14) in Mexico City.
In 2015 the Nicaraguans recorded their biggest victory, with the team rolling over Anguilla (5-0) in front of home fans in Nicaragua. Nicaragua usually welcome their rivals at Nicaragua National Football Stadium.