Managua FC vs. Real Esteli FC Pick – Nicaragua Liga Primera April 1, 2020

The football action heats up in Nicaragua on Wednesday with five matches throughout the country. All ten clubs in the league will be playing with some big fixtures on the docket. None bigger is the last match of the day at 9:00 p.m. EST. The top teams in the Liga Primera will meet in Managua at Nicaragua National Football Stadium for a thrilling showdown between Managua and Real Esteli. Fortunately, this match will be played at a reasonable time, so it gives way to a larger audience. The Belarusian Premier League has some early morning starts, but Nicaragua is in Central America, thus the time zone is better for North American bettors.

This is Matchday 13 of 18, so we’re approaching the homestretch in the regular season of the Nicaragua Liga Primera. Managua and Real Esteli are both in prime position at the top of the table in the league. Both clubs have a good argument as to who the best club in Nicaragua is.

As it is at the moment, that honour belongs to Managua who heads into Wednesday with a terrific record of 9-1-2 and 28 points. A win for Real Esteli and they’re going to take the lead over Managua. Real Esteli currently have a record of 8-2-2 and 26 points. 3 points are awarded to the winner, so their positions would flip if Real Esteli can get the win on the road Wednesday.

Both clubs are on four-match winning streaks going into this pivotal contest. Real Esteli is coming off a textbook win over Las Sabanas by a score of 1-0. They got the lead and didn’t have to do anything too exotic given how strong their defence has been this season. Real Esteli has done a good job of getting leads and then just suffocating their opponent with a strong defensive effort.

Jorge Betancur scored at the 68 minute mark and that’s all they needed to acquire 3 points on March 28. Las Sabanas have been trash this season, so all things considered, it was a good performance by them to tie Real Esteli for 67 minutes and lose by a goal. Some people were expecting a lot worse than that.

Managua are on the heels of a 2-1 win over Diriangen on March 28. Diriangen are 3rd in the Liga Primera with a record of 7-3-2, so that was a good win for Managua. They also have wins against Chinandega, Juventus, and Walter Ferretti in their last four matches. Real Esteli has a difficult task against Managua on the road Wednesday. Head below for our free Managua vs. Real Esteli pick on April 1, 2020 in the Nicaragua Liga Primera.

Managua FC vs. Real Esteli FC Betting Odds:

Spread:

  • Managua -0.5 (+110)
  • Real Esteli +0.5 (-155)
Moneyline:

  • Managua (+105)
  • Real Esteli (+205)
  • Draw (+230)
Total Points:

  • Over 2.5 (+105)
  • Under 2.5 (-145)

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Managua vs. Real Esteli Prediction:

Managua and Real Esteli are good bets to appear in the league finals in Nicaragua. Diriangen is knocking on the door with 24 points, which puts them 2 points behind Real Esteli for 2nd in the Liga Primera. However, I think the two most deserving teams are where they should be. Managua have been untouchable at home in 2020, including Concacaf League play against Metrostar and Brumas de Jinotega. They torched their opponents for a 10-0 and 5-0 win. In their last six matches at home, Managua has a goal differential margin of +23! That’s staggering homefield dominance by Managua over their visitors.

Overall in Liga Primera play in 2019-20, Managua has scored an average of 1.77 goals per match, while conceding 1.23 goals. When they’re the host at home, Managua are a mega force, having scored 2.35 goals per match and allowing just 1 goal. They’ve been rather ordinary away, but Managua will have the privilege of hosting Real Esteli on Wednesday. Real Esteli must have their tremendous defence clicking to have a good go at a win against Managua. Preventing goals has been their forte, with only 0.66 goals conceded in the Liga Primera in 2019-20. That regresses to 0.88 goals a match on the road, but still incredibly impressive.

Against an opponent like Managua, they can only depend on their defence for so long, though. Real Esteli have netted just 1 goal per match on the road. While the defence is there, they can’t depend on holding Managua scoreless on Wednesday. In their most recent appearance against Managua on the road, they were edged out for a 1-0 loss. Dating back to September, Real Esteli has not scored a goal on the road versus Managua with losses of 1-0 and 3-0. No, getting a lead and sitting on it like they do against most clubs doesn’t work versus Managua. I’d give the edge to Managua, as they preserve their lead in the Liga Primera with a win on Wednesday.

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