Brazil and Panama meet at Estádio Do Dragão, in a friendly match. This is Brazil’s first friendly of the year. In the case of Panama, this is his 2nd friendly of the year, after the previous friendly against the United States. There is only record of 1 recent direct match between these two teams, on 05-30-2016, which ended with the victory of Brazil by (0-2). In this match the home factor may be decisive, since both teams present considerable differences in the results obtained at home and as a visitor.
This will be the first friendly match of the year for the home team, which played 10 last year. In the previous 5 the following results were recorded: Brazil (1-0) Cameroon, Brazil (1-0) Uruguay, Argentina (0-1) Brazil, Saudi Arabia (0-2) Brazil and Brazil (5-0) El Salvador . This is a team that, oddly enough, has had better results in away matches than at home, since in the last 30 matches they register 12 wins and 3 draws as a visitor; against 12 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses at their stadium. In the last match they played, for the Friendlies, they won against Cameroon at home (1-0). In the last 10 home matches Brazil has 8 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss. Their defense has been very solid, since they only suffered goals in 1 of the last 10 games, and their attack has scored regularly, since they scored at least one goal in each of the last 10 matches. This is a team that usually scores many times first: opened the scoring in 14 of its last 15 games, of these 14 came to the break in advantage in 8 and managed to maintain the advantage until the end of the 90 ‘in 13. In the last 12 home matches for all competitions there is 1 period in highlight: he scored 10 of his 23 goals between the minutes (76’-90 ‘).
The Brazilian team comes to this match with a 1-0 victory against Cameroon, adding the sixth straight win, all in friendly matches: the only goal of the match was scored by Richarlison. In this match against Panama, the coach Tite must keep the team with a very offensive mentality, using the wings to create danger to the opponent. One of the most dangerous men in the Brazilian team is the creative midfielder Philippe Coutinho: this player is very fast and owns great technical quality. For this game the coach does not have Neymar, Daniel Alves and Felipe Luís, all injured.
This is the 2nd friendly of the year of the visiting team, after the friendly against the United States, which ended with the final result: United States (3-0) Panama. This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 2 wins, 2 draws and 11 losses in away matches; against 7 wins, 4 draws and 4 defeats in his stadium. In the last 10 away matches Panama has a record of 1 win, 1 draw and 8 losses. His defense has not been very solid, as he suffered at least one goal in each of the last 10 games. In their home matches there is a tendency for few goals, since 8 of the last 19 matches have ended with Under 1,5 goals. This is a team that usually scores a few times first: it only opened the scoring in 2 of its last 15 games, of these 2 it reached the halftime advantage in 1 and won at the end of the 90 ‘in 1. In 15 games, it suffered the first goal 11 times and never got the comeback.
Panama comes to this game with a snub, 3-0, against the United States team, thus recording the third consecutive loss, all in friendly games. In this game against the powerful Brazil, the new coach Julio Dely Valdés must play in 4-4-2, privileging the defensive organization and the passes in depth for the attack. Aníbal Godoy is the player who deserves prominence in this selection, since he is the owner of great technical quality and vision of the game. For this game the coach can count on the usual players.