In the CONCACAF U-17 Championship, Panama will host Mexico at the Estadio Maracana in Panama this Wednesday, May 3, 2017 (4:00 PM Pacific). Both teams will be looking for the three points from the encounter to make a push towards reaching the final of the competition.
Panama should have a huge advantage playing at home in this game which could prove to be a deciding factor. The home-field advantage did not play a role for the host country in its last game as Panama fell 2-1 to Costa Rica. Before that, the Central American nation was undefeated with two wins and a draw and is a side that is capable of pulling off an upset in this game.
This will be Mexico’s first game in the second group stage of this U-17 Championship. The ‘tricolor’ has had success in the tournament with two wins and one loss. The two victories for Mexico game in grand fashion defeating El Salvador 6-0 and Jamaica 5-1, while the lone loss was a 4-3 defeat to the United States. The game should be a high-intensity encounter with a lot on the line and with the bad blood the two nations share. Mexico does have the better squad but Panama has the home-field advantage, which indicates that this will be a close duel.