Copa America 2016: Chile vs Panama: Preview, Where To Watch Live, Betting Odds And Possible XI
Chile lock heads against Panama in the Centenario Copa America 2016 Group D encounter at Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia on Tuesday
Both Chile and Panama have a chance to qualify fotr the knock-out stage and have three points to their name as they only managed to beat Bolivia in their last two fixtures. Chile sits on the second place in the Group table on a better goal difference followed by Panama on the third spot.
Defending Champions Chile had a disappointing start to their campaign as they lost 2-1 against World No.1 Argentina. However they came back strong as Arturo Vidal played an anchoring role in a 2-1 victory against Bolivia to keep the hopes alive for a place in the last eight.
Chile are desperate to secure a victory against Panama, however they will still progress from Group D if they avoid defeat in Philadelphia on Tuesday.
Talking to Radio Cooperativa, Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal pointed towards a much needed improvement in gameplay before taking on Panama in Tuesday’s Group D clash.
“Panama are physically very strong. We are going to better prepare for the game and hopefully will be able to show all the quality we have,” said Vidal.
“These matches are very difficult, you have to keep improving – starting now,” he added.
Panama started their campaign with a 2-1 win against Bolivia but were humiliated in their next fixture as they lost to Argentina 5-0. A win for Panama in Tuesday’s clash against Chile will see them through to the quarter-finals but a draw will seal their exit as Chile has a better goal difference.
However Chile are thought to be the favourites in Tuesday’s match as Panama will be missing their key players due to suspension picked in their last match against Argentina. Felipe Baloy, Armando Cooper and Blas Perez received their second yellow of the tournament and Anibal Godoy was sent off in their 5-0 defeat against Argentina.
“Chile is our final. The Copa America that Chile won is in the past, this is a new Copa and Panama have the chance to qualify and we’re going to fight for it,” said Panama defender Harold Cummings”.
Possible XI: Bravo; Mena, Jara, Medel, Isla; Vidal, Diaz; Beausejour, Sanchez, Aranguiz; Vargas
Possible XI: Quinonez; Bejarano, Eguino, Zenteno, Gutierrez; Melean; Campos, Smedberg-Dalence, Saucedo, Veizaga; Perez.
Chile to win
Betting Odds (betfair)
Chile to win: 4/11
Panama to win: 15/2
Where To Watch Live?
Kick-off is at 1am BST (on Wednesday). Premier Sports will provide live coverage in the United Kingdom.