ART Municipal Jalapa vs. Chinandega Odds, Prediction, and Pick – Nicaragua Primera Division, April 5

By Dan Roberts in Soccer
| April 3, 2020 5:33 am PDT
ART Municipal Jalapa vs. Chinandega Liga Primera de Nicaragua

Neither of these clubs has enjoyed playoff soccer for a while, but it is looking increasingly likely that one or both teams will finish in the top six this season. A win for either Jalapa or Chinandega here would go a long way in making that more of a possibility.

Jalapa looks like the one with more chance of making it and will look to home advantage here to lay further claims for inclusion in the postseason. But Chinandega’s result in the week shows that it has not given up hope quite yet either.

You can learn more in my ART Municipal Jalapa vs. Chinandega betting preview with free pick.

ART Municipal Jalapa vs. Chinandega Odds

ART Municipal Jalapa to Win-254
The Draw+298
Chinandega to Win+365

Only two places separate these two clubs, but Jalapa is definitely nearer the quality of the top clubs in the division than Chinandega, and the odds from BetOnline accurately represent that. A win for the away team here would seem to be unlikely.

Match Preview and Analysis

Jalapa’s midweek win over Ocotal made it two in a row for the club from close to the Honduran border. That’s also three wins in the last four — a run of positive results that started off with a surprise win at home to Walter Ferretti. With the way both these sides are playing this season, another three points could be coming its way.

Jalapa has relied on low-scoring wins and draws to boost its points tally during the Clausura, so a goal extravaganza should not be expected. The defense is tight as well, and that could be the key for another win for the home side.

Chinandega had been following a similar path goals-wise this season, until the last two games that have featured an incredible 11 strikes. Last weekend saw Walter Ferretti go against the usual Nicaraguan way of doing things and put seven past Chinandega.

But if that was supposed to completely demoralize today’s visitors, the 4-0 home win over Juventus Managua in the week was the perfect riposte.

Top scorer Marlon Barrios didn’t manage to get on the scoresheet at all in that game and has not scored since the draw with Las Sabanas two weeks ago, but he may fancy a go at the miserly Jalapa defense. If he is successful, then Chinandega might have a chance of pushing on for a playoff spot.

ART Jalapa vs. Chinandega Pick

Pick
  • ART Municipal Jalapa to Win
    -254

Jalapa’s defense doesn’t give up too much, and although Chinandega managed to score four goals in its last game, I don’t think there will be many goals to celebrate for the away team this weekend. It may not be a repeat of the 7-0 humiliation at the hands of Walter Ferretti, but I expect Chinandega to return home without any points once again.

There are five games in total being played in the Nicaragua Primera Division this weekend. I’ve written betting previews for the others, too.

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