Real Esteli FC look to close out Diriangen FC with a strong performance after taking care of business on the road. Real Esteli handled their business on the road against Diriangen in the first-leg of the semifinals and will be looking for the killshot at home on Wednesday. Real Esteli scored a 74 minute goal and then played keepaway to get the win 1-0 heading into the second-leg of competition.
It’s kind of tough to score a goal when you don’t put a shot on target. Real Esteli’s lockdown defensive capabilities were on full display, as Diriangen registered no shots on net. They did put 7 shots wide, but that’s good for absolutely nothing.
It’s imperative not to get into a defensive game with Real Esteli. They’ll just grind out a win like they did in the first-leg of the semifinal. And now that Real Esteli are back home with a 1-0 lead, Diriangen are being put in a very difficult spot.
Not impossible by any means, but their backs are up against a very big wall right now. They will have to take chances and play more uptempo to get in position to get to the championship game. The downside to that is going to be the counterattack possibilities for Real Esteli. In any event, Diriagen must play a much better game than they did at home.
Putting some balls on target would be a good start for Diriangen. Cracking the Real Esteli defence is going to be a difficult chore, though. It’d be quite the accomplishment if Diriangen were able to find a way to the championship and then win it all. That would be the most unlikely scenario playing out in the Liga Primera de Nicaragua playoffs.
Diriangen got to the semifinals thanks to a 1-0 win over Juventus Managua. Real Esteli had the first-round off as a result of finishing No. 2 in the regular season ladder. The top two teams get automatic byes to the semifinal. Tough spot for Diriangen right now, but we’ll see how they handle it Wednesday. Head below for our free Real Esteli vs. Diriangen pick.
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Real Esteli will do what they do best on Wednesday. They’ll look to suffocate Diriangen with a stingy defence that doesn’t give up much room. Real Esteli was able to do that in two recent meetings against Diriangen, as they weren’t able to score a goal. Expect to see some desperation from Dirigian on Wednesday, though.
They’re going to press the issue, as they can’t afford to sit back after losing the first-leg by a score of 1-0. That sounds great on paper, but what I see happening is Real Esteli just trapping Diriangen and playing the keep-away game. Real Esteli doesn’t have to take any risks in this match after getting up in the first-leg.
Diriangen have struggled on the road in 2019-20, especially when it comes to scoring goals. They’ve managed to net just 0.89 goals per match on the road. If they don’t score anything in this one, don’t be too surprised. They have been able to play solid defence, though. It’s been their calling card, with only 0.7 goals conceded per match. That includes less than a goal per match on the road. Defence has fortunately travelled for them.
It’s going to have to be on point in this one. However, scoring a goal might be like pulling teeth against Real Esteli. Real Esteli have conceded just 0.64 goals per match in 2019-20. And at home, they’ve been even more impossible to penetrate with 0.43 goals conceded per match. Diriangen likely find a shot on target in this match, but that’s not going to be enough. Look for Real Esteli to get ahead and sit on another 1-0 win.