- Central American side meets World Cup host nation in Arlington, Texas at 7:00pm ET on Saturday
- Panama won its group to while Qatar claimed second place with a surprise defeat of Mexico
- See our Panama vs Qatar prediction, odds and best bets for CONCACAF Gold Cup Quarterfinals
The quarterfinal stage of the CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament kicks off with Panama vs Qatar in Arlington, Texas on Saturday.
The Panamanian side has reached the last eight as the winner of its group – compiling a record of two wins and a draw.
Meanwhile, Qatar was second behind Mexico as it won once, drew once and lost once in its opening section.
Qatar – a Middle Eastern invitee in this competition based in the Americas – was a semi-finalist in 2021.
Moreover, Panama has been the runner-up in 2005 and 2013.
Panama vs Qatar Odds
Qatar defeated mighty Mexico in its final group game. But Panama is a wide favorite with DraftKings for this clash at the AT&T Stadium at -160.
Meanwhile, Qatar is rated at +500 with the draw after 90 minutes at +285. The game kicks off at 7:00 pm ET.
Mexico is the favorite to win the tournament at +125 with USA second at +275.
The Panama team is the fourth favorite to win the competition at +900. Furthermore, Qatar is the seventh favorite at +2200.
Odds at Draftkings Sportsbook as of July 8. Be sure to check out the top sports betting promo codes this week to get the best bonus for your Gold Cup 2023 picks.
Panama vs Qatar Over/Under & Spread
In the group stage, Panama scored six times while conceding four goals as it compiled seven points.
Meanwhile, Qatar had an even record of three goals scored ad three conceded while claiming four points.
This suggests there may not be much of a goalscoring margin between these sides on Saturday. Moreover, it could be a low-scoring affair.
— Major League Soccer (@MLS) July 5, 2023
Therefore, there is a decent price of +130 for there to be three goals or more (Total Ov 2.5.)
Subsequently, there is an attractive offer of +205 for there to be only one goal (Total Un 1.5.)
Among the spread prices, Panama is priced at +170 to win by two goals or more (Spread -1.5.)
For Qatar, there is a price of +130 for a one-goal win (Spread +0.5.)
Panama vs Qatar Preview
Panama was unbeaten in the group stage. After it opened with an impressive 2-1 defeat of Costa Rica, there was a following 2-1 success against Martinique.
Then came a 2-2 draw with El Salvador to clinch the top spot in Group C.
It was the first time Panama has finished top of its group since 2013.
It has been a concern that it has conceded a goal in added time at the end of each of its three Gold Cup fixtures s far.
This is the first time it has reached the last eight since 2109. It was last in the semifinals in 2015.
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But it is expected to have too much firepower for Qatar – which suffered a major disappointment when it lost all three group games while hosting the World Cup last Autumn.
Qatar has fared better in this subsequent tournament and has shown some defensive resilience..
This was shown when it took a 27th-minute lead against Mexico and then survived a ceaseless barrage of attacks to secure the win which booked its place in the last eight.
There was just 23 percent possession for Qatar against Mexico and it may be able to pull off a similar smash-and-grab against the Panamanians.
However, it had opened the Gold Cup with a 2-1 defeat by Haiti.
Then came a 1-1 draw with Honduras before the surprise 1-0 defeat of Mexico on Matchday Three.
This, though, was its only win in its last six outings.
Panama vs Qatar Statistics
*Statistics from Gold Cup 2023.
Jose Fajardo To Score Odds
Panamanian striker Jose Fajardo, 29, has six goals in 32 international appearances. He is the favorite to score in this tie at +115 – or +320 to find the net first or last.
This is because he was on target twice already in this competition against Costa Rica and Martinique.
Meanwhile, Mohammed Muntari has not been among Qatar’s three goalscorers at the tournament.
However, he is the Qatari player most favored to score this time out at +450.
This is because he has scored 13 times in 49 appearances for the Qatari side.
Panama vs Qatar History
Qatar was a 2-1 winner against Panam in a pre-World Cup friendly last November.
Previously, there was a 3-3 draw between these sides at the Gold Cup in 2021 in Houston.
Panama vs Qatar Line-Ups & Injuries
Panama projected line-up: Mosquera; Escobar, Cummings, Andrade; Murillo, Carrasquilla, Godoy, Davis; Barcenas, Diaz; Fajardo
Qatar projected line-up: Barsham; Kheder, Suhail, Salman, Ahmed; Marafee, Waad, Meshaal, Madibo; Al-Abdullah, Muntari
Panama vs Qatar Prediction
This could be a tight win in favor of Panama. With two goals so far, Jose Fajardo is in a hungry mood in this competition and is likely to get on the scoresheet again.
Pick: Jose Fajardo +115 (To Score)