ART Municipal Jalapa vs. Real Esteli Odds, Prediction, and Pick – Liga Primera de Nicaragua, April 18
It’s the final day of the regular season in the Clausura, and there are still some questions to be answered concerning final placements. Jalapa’s berth in the quarterfinals is assured, but Esteli can still take a top-two spot.
That could mean that only one of these sides really turns up for this fixture. But there are also various scenarios relating to who plays who in the playoffs. While it’s difficult to know just how each side will prepare for this one, you can use this ART Municipal Jalapa vs. Real Esteli betting preview to help shape your wagers.
ART Municipal Jalapa vs. Real Esteli Odds
BetOnline is looking at Real Esteli to finish the Clausura regular season strongly and possibly receive a bye for the quarterfinal stage. I tend to agree that Jalapa is not worth backing for the win here given that its final position in the league won’t be altered, no matter the result.
It is now four games since Jalapa won a game, and the result in midweek was the worst defeat of the year for the club from near the Honduran border. Managua might have streaked ahead at the top of the table, but the 6-1 loss could have a huge effect on the team’s confidence ahead of the playoffs.
Facing Real Esteli on the final day of the season is not the easiest game in the world, but with little more to play for until the quarterfinal game, Jalapa may well ease off even further. The Real Esteli players will welcome that, even if those at Diriangen don’t see things quite the same way.
That’s because Esteli and Diriangen are tied on 32 points going into this last game. Even without the pressure of the playoffs on the line, Esteli would be the favorite here, but now the away win would seem to be even more likely.
The big “El Clasico” between the two in the week ended in a 0-0 draw. That did nothing but set up the final-day fixtures to be a “winner takes all” situation. Esteli’s goal difference is far better, so it has the upper hand.
ART Municipal Jalapa vs. Real Esteli Pick
Real Esteli to Win-172
Real Esteli knows that it just needs to win this game to be sure of a semifinal place, and I think that is exactly what will happen. The goalless draw in the week will have suited the visitors down to the ground, and this fixture against a Jalapa side with the playoffs on its mind should only really go the way of Real Esteli.