Walter Ferretti will play host to Read Madriz in Nicaragua on Wednesday. Wednesday is the day of Nicaragua Liga Primera play, with all teams in action like is typically the case. With the lack of sports on offer right now, they could spread things out and put more Nicaraguan matches on more days, but seem content with staying put with the Wednesday matches. They typically run throughout the afternoon and then night, so there is all-day football on offer. The Belarusian Premier League takes the spotlight over the weekend, while Nicaragua is the league to watch during the week.
Other than esport football, that’s about all we have right now. We were doing well in the Australia A-League, but that was halted just when we were heating up. Belarus and Nicaragua are the only leagues that are really operating at the moment. Nicaragua is playing their matches behind closed doors now, while Belarus continues to allow fans to access stadiums.
Both leagues have found record viewership numbers, and betting handle because of the absence of major sports around the world. The league doesn’t get any money from the handle. It’s not like the Liga Primera has a relationship with any betting sites. However, viewership and attention is way up in Nicaraguan football. Foreign television networks have approached the Liga Primera with hopes of broadcasting their matches. That’s where a lot of money could be made for them.
The players are competing despite the threat of the coronavirus. Some have noted their concern regarding the spread of the virus and the impact on the competition level. For instance, Las Sabanas’ goalkeeper, Carlos Mosquera, has indicated that he isn’t going full bore in defending his net.
50-50 scrambles tend to result in him giving the opposing player more room. Overall across the league, players are trying to avoid touching and playing too closely. There are five regular season matches remaining for each team before the playoffs. It’s a big week for Walter Ferretti and Real Madriz. Head below for our free Walter Ferretti vs. Real Madriz pick for April 8, 2020.
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Real Madriz is in a critical match this week as they try and keep hope alive for a playoff spot. There isn’t much time left to fool around with only five weeks remaining in the season. They’re a bubble team at the moment who are sitting on the outside looking in. Real Madriz sport a record of 4-2-8 and 14 points which has them 4 points behind Chinandega for the final playoff spot in the Liga Primera. The league is likely a three-team race between Diriangen, Real Esteli, and Managua. Managua is on top with 30 points, while Real Esteli and Managua are tied in 2nd with 27 points.
Walter Ferretti are the next team up in 4th, as they trail Diriangen by 6 points with a record of 6-3-5 and 21 points. They’ve been ahead of the curve with a goal differential of +7 on the season. Walter Ferretti has netted 1.5 goals per match while conceding 1.03 goals. At home their offence gets a lift, as they improve to 1.82 goals per match.
Defensively they drop slightly to 1.06 goals against per match, but that’s nothing significant statistically. They’ve seen enough of an improvement offensively to be a dangerous threat at home. During the Copa Nicaragua in 2020, Walter Ferretti has scored 1.5 goals a match and allowed 0.5 at home.
They welcome an opponent who have struggled offensively in 2019-20. The goal scoring has been an issue for them, as they’ve scored less than 1 goal per match at 0.91 goals. That’s not going to work at all when you’re a team conceding 1.34 per match. Overall on the season, Real Madriz has a goal differential of -6.
And on the road, their numbers take an additional dive, with 0.67 goals scored a match and 1.8 conceded. Walter Ferretti is coming off a 2-1 win over Real Madriz on February 29. Their most recent match was a monster 1-0 win over Real Esteli. I see a similar result on Wednesday. Real Madriz will compete and make it interesting for a while, but look for Walter Ferretti to pull away for a 1-goal victory.