Our prediction for this match:
Cheonan Baekseok Stadium will host Tuesday’s football game between Korea Republic and Panama. Korea Republic have been playing with confidence ever since they shocked Germany at the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals and they want to keep on raising their form. The Koreans aim to prepare in the best way possible for the 2018 AFC Asian Cup and coach Paulo Bento is likely to use upcoming friendly games to test as many players as possible. Anyhow, seeing that he will count on Premier League ace Son Heung-Min for the Panama friendly, we believe that home win should be considered. Los Canaleros have been totally out of form in 2018 and that is yet another reason why we predict the hosts are going to emerge triumphant in Tuesday’s match. You should know that the two sides have never met before on the international stage.
Highlighted Player (Heung-min Son):
Over the years Son Heung-min has established himself as one of the best Asian footballers. Son is a Tottenham Hotspur first-team regular and he played a very important role in Mauro Pochettino’s team in the 2017/2018 Premier League campaign, scoring 12 goals, while making 37 appearances in the process. The South Korean footballer, who is well known for his speed and a very powerful shot, was born in Chuncheo on 8 July 1992 and he began his youth career at FC Seoul. In 2008 he moved to Hamburger SV, but he made his senior debut for the Bundesliga club two years later. In 2013 he signed a deal with fellow German side Bayer Leverkusen and he scored 21 goals in 62 appearances in the Bundesliga for the BayArena outfit. In 2015 he signed a five-year contract with Spurs for a fee of £22 million. Son Heung-min made his South Korea debut in a friendly against Syria in 2010.
Highlighted Team (Panama):
Established in 1937, the Panama national team is a member of CONCACAF confederation which has seen their reputation grow significantly over the past decade. Los Canaleros finished as runners-up in the 2005 and 2013 Gold Cup respectively, while they also reached the fourth round for the 2006 and 2014 World Cup CONCACAF qualifications in that order. Panama were denied their place in the play-offs in 2014 in the last 90 seconds of the ultimate match with USA as they conceded two late goals in stoppage time as they crashed out of the qualification. Los Canaleros are heading into the Copa America Centenario as the winners of the qualifying play-offs and under the guidance of former Colombia and Ecuador head coach Henan Dario Gomez they will try to build on their most recent momentum. Midfielder Gabriel Gomez is the most capped player for Panama with his 125 appearances since 2003, while Luis Tejada is the team’s top scorer with 42 goals in 94 appearances so far.