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Gold Cup Betting: USA vs. Panama

The U.S. will be without Jurgen Klinsmann on the sidelines as he is suspended for the final but the hosts have looked very strong and should hoist the trophy this evening.

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Instead of the usual Mexico vs. USA final that fans of CONCACAF have come to expect, the Americans will instead face a formidable Panamanian side that ousted El Tri in the semifinal.

Bookmakers heavily favour the U.S. as they come into today's game with odds of 1.44 currently available at William Hill. The reason is simply that the Americans have come on very strong having set a team record of ten straight victories, including all five Gold Cup matches so far.

The Stars and Stripes have looked very impressive up front where they've produced an astounding 19 goals in their five games so far, eight of which have come in their last two matches.

Though a very competitive game is expected, the hosts in the halftime/fulltime at 2.05 certainly offers value as does the -1 handicap at 2.20. The Americans are 9-1-2 all time against Panama and have progressively played better with each game.

Also consider the London bookmaker's special that sees Landon Donovan scoring combined with the U.S. win at 3.00. The Los Angeles Galaxy forward scored a pair in the semifinal against Honduras and is tied for the competition lead with five goals.

The draw is listed at 4.40, and like all selections in the 1x2 offerings ends at the end of the second half.

Panama is slated at a chunky 7.00 to win outright and has surprised a lot of pundits with its solid performances in the tournament. The Central Americans are undefeated as well with four wins and a draw, and defeated Mexico twice in the competition en route to their second Gold Cup Final appearance.

Don't expect the Panama win, but look at the both teams to score pick at 2.00 given that Panama has 11 goals in its five matches and the U.S. has conceded in four of its five matches.

Lastly, take a look at the U.S. to score in both halves at 2.20. The Americans have hit this in all but one game in the competition.