Both Panama and Jamaica were unable to find the net in their respective Women’s World Cup openers, but one side may be feeling much happier about their winning prospects in Perth on Saturday 29 July.

While Panama were blown away 4-0 in their Group F curtain-raiser by Brazil, Jamaica dug deep and defended courageously to hold European giants France to a goalless draw, something which should install them with plenty of belief ahead of this crunch clash.

Panama vs Jamaica Prediction

  • Jamaica to win to nil @ 7/5
  • Atlanta Primus to score anytime @ 7/2

Team news

Jamaica must cope without their captain and star player, Khadija Shaw, after the Manchester City forward picked up a one-game suspension following a second yellow card in injury-time against France.

Cheyne Matthews is likely to move into the forward line and partner London City Lioness striker Atlanta Primus, who could be key in Shaw’s absence.

As for Panama, Wendy Netis is likely to come into the starting line-up after coming on for Hilary Jaen at half-time against Brazil. Ignacio Quintana is likely to deploy a back five.

Jamaica to win to nil @ 7/5

Panama opted to play friendly encounters against two strong opponents in Spain and Japan in preparation for the World Cup, a decision which now looks crazy from manager Quintana   rather than a masterstroke.

Panama suffered a 7-0 hiding against Spain before being thumped 5-0 by Japan, and their confidence was damaged further as Brazil inflicted a 4-0 beating on them in their World Cup opener.

Brazil racked up 33 goal attempts and had 13 corners and while Jamaica don’t carry the same attacking quality, they have enough in forward areas to capitalise on Panama’s lack of belief.

Jamaica must cope without star player Shaw but they should take great encouragement from their goalless draw with France, who were restricted to only five shots on target, and in Tottenham’s Rebecca Spencer they have a trusty ally in between the sticks.

That defensive discipline and organisation can help them shut out a toothless Panama, and one goal could be enough to land the spoils at HBF Park.

Atlanta Primus to score anytime @ 7/2

The suspension of Shaw, who netted 20 goals in 22 Women’s Super League appearances for Manchester City last season, is a big blow for Jamaica.

However, somebody has to step up in her absence and Primus could be that player.

The 26-year-old has yet to score for her country but she has only nine caps and she plays at a good level in England for London City Lionesses, who finished second in the WSL2 last season.

Primus netted eight goals in 22 appearances for the London club and is likely to be the focal point of the Reggae Girlz attack without superstar Shaw.

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