Jamaica Predicted Starting Lineup vs Panama in CONCACAF Nations League Third-Place Play-Off

Spirited Jamaicans Face a Tough Challenge Against Dominant Panama – After a commendable performance against the United States in the semi-final, the Jamaican national football team, fondly known as the Reggae Boyz, is set to clash with Panama in the CONCACAF Nations League third-place play-off.

The match, scheduled for Sunday, March 24, at the AT&T Stadium, is anticipated to be a fiercely contested encounter, with the kick-off slated for 5 PM.

The Underdog Spirit

Despite the absence of several key players, the Jamaican team’s spirit remains unbroken. Their resilience was on full display against the USA, and fans are hopeful for a repeat of such determination and fight. Jamaica‘s returnees, Damarai Gray and Shamar Nicholson, who were sidelined due to suspension, will boost the squad’s morale and performance.

A Look at the Stats

However, statistics tilt the scale in favour of Panama. The head-to-head record shows a challenging path for the Jamaicans, who have managed only two wins against six losses in their last 12 encounters with Panama.

Recent Form and Historical Context

Both teams are marking their third appearance in the CONCACAF Nations League. While Panama has shown impressive form with seven wins in their last ten games across various competitions, Jamaica has also been on a positive trajectory, securing four victories and suffering only one loss in their recent five outings.

Form Guide:

  • Jamaica: L-W-W-W-W
  • Panama: L-D-W-W-L

These statistics illustrate a mixed bag of performances, with Jamaica showing a resurgence in form, contrary to Panama’s slight inconsistency. This scenario sets the stage for an intriguing battle where past records and current form will collide.

Copa America on the Horizon

Adding to the significance of this encounter is the upcoming Copa America tournament, where both teams will feature, having reached the quarter-finals of the Nations League. This match, therefore, serves as a crucial preparatory step for both sides, testing their readiness and resilience.

The predicted starting lineup for the Reggae Boyz vs Panama

It’s expected that the coach either play a counter-attacking lineup in 4-2-3-1 or 4-4-2 or a more defensive 5-3-2(or 5-4-1), an attacking 4-3-3 formation is unlikely, based on recent history.

The following players are expected to start for Jamaica against Panama:

Defensive 11: Blake; Lembikisa, Lowe, Bernard, Hector, Leigh; Lautibeaudiere, Palmer, Gray, Decordova-Reid; Nicholson.

Counter-attacking 11: Blake; Lembikisa, Lowe, Bernard, Leigh; Lautibeaudiere, Palmer; Cephas, Gray, Decordova-Reid; Nicholson.

See the full squad for Jamaica below

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