Prediction and odds for the game: Chinandega (5/1) v Real Esteli (11/20)
We are taking a punt on under 2.5 goals scored at odds of 9/10
When: Sunday 12th April 2020, Kick-off 10 PM
Where: The Estadio La Veranera
On Sunday night, Chinandega host Real Esteli at the Estadio La Veranera, as the visitors look to close in on the top two spots in the Nicaraguan Primera Division.
The home side are currently clinging on to a top-six spot in the Nicaraguan top-flight. They are just a point ahead of seventh-place Juventus Managua.
Their recent form has not helped their chances of nailing down a play-off spot for the next round of the competition. A 3-0 defeat against Diriangen last time out means that they have won just three of their last ten matches in the Primera Division. Their recent league games have been fairly high-scoring affairs, with over 2.5 goals scored in three of their last four Primera Division matches.
Chinandega’s recent home form has been wildly inconsistent, as they have claimed victory in just three of her last six matches on home soil. Their recent home games have been relatively low-scoring, with under 2.5 goals scored in four of their last six league matches.
Incredibly, Chinandega have failed to defeat the visitors in 33 meetings in all competitions, picking up just six draws in the process. At the moment, it does not bode well for that record to change on Sunday.
The visitors are third in the table two points off the automatic qualification spots for the next round of the competition. A recent three-game winless streak, comprising of two draws and a defeat, has not helped their chances of landing a spot in those all-important top-two positions.
In their last league match, the visitors drew 0-0 with Juventus Managua. The game produced a fourth straight league game that had produced under 2.5 goals for Real Esteli.
Despite their relatively lofty position in the Nicaraguan Primera Division, Real Esteli have a poor recent record when it comes to away games. They have won just once on their travels in five matches, picking up two draws and suffering two defeats in the process. Their recent away matches in the top-flight have been low-scoring, with under 2.5 goals scored in ten of their last 12 matches, including four of their last five matches in the league.
Real Esteli have been prolific in recent meetings with the home side, scoring at least three times in seven of the last eight meetings between the pair.
It is hard to predict anything but an away win, even if the visitors recent league form has not been the best. Therefore, we are backing the away win. Our other recommendation is the under 2.5 goals, as both teams’ recent matches have been relatively low-scoring.
Verdict: We are backing the under 2.5 goals scored at odds of 9/10 and the home win at odds of 11/20. (All odds are taken from Bet365)[geosnippet id=3620]
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