Mexico vs Panama World Cup Qualifying Betting Preview October 11th, 2013

Published on October 10th, 2013 2:36 pm EST

Mexico will play host to Panama in World Cup 2014 qualifying action on Friday evening.

This is a very important game for both teams tonight, as both Panama and Mexico currently have 8 points in the fourth round of CONCACAF qualifying for the World Cup. Here are the current standings:

United States, 16 points
Costa Rica, 15 points
Honduras, 11 points
Panama, 8 points
Mexico, 8 points
Jamaica, 4 points

The top three teams automatically qualify for a World Cup spot, while the fourth place team will square off in an inter-continental playoff against New Zealand for the fourth and final spot. Mexico and Panama both have a chance of finishing in third place - at worst, they are both in great shape to finish in the fourth spot so that they can square off against New Zealand.

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Here are the current odds for the important clash between Panama and Mexico:

Mexico, 1.33
Draw, 4.75
Panama, 10.00

As you can see, Panama is the big underdog in Friday's match due to Mexico's strong home field advantage. A successful $100 wager on Mexico would return a total profit of $33, while a successful $100 bet on Panama would yield a total profit of $900.

Here are the five likeliest outcomes of Friday's match according to the bookmakers:

Mexico Wins 1-0, 5.00
Mexico Wins 2-0, 5.00
Mexico Wins 3-0, 7.50
Mexico Wins 2-1, 9.50
Draw 1-1, 9.50

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Finally, the over/under for this game is currently set at 2.5 goals:

Over 2.5 Goals, 2.05
Under 2.5 Goals, 1.75

Who will win this all important game on Friday night?

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