Chinandega vs. Deportivo Ocotal Odds, Prediction, and Pick – Liga Primera de Nicaragua, April 18
Deportivo Ocotal may be out of the running for the end-of-season playoffs, but it can still ruin Chinandega’s chances of making it to the postseason.
Chinandega needs to win and hope that other results go its way. So there is a lot of pressure on the home team to put on a good performance — something that has not been the case in recent weeks.
Read on through this Chinandega vs. Deportivo Ocotal betting preview for more.
Latest Odds for Chinandega vs. Deportivo Ocotal
These odds look quite tempting considering it is Chinandega who needs to win this game. But that is before the three straight defeats from the home side are taken into account. Deportivo Ocotal has the better form recently, but only just. So a home win or a draw bet does still look good here initially.
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It had looked like Chinandega had turned things around just at the right time. After that thrashing at the hands of Walter Ferretti, back-to-back wins against Juventus Managua and Jalapa put it right back in the mix for a playoff place. But three defeats since then have made that task much harder.
The midweek loss to Real Madriz was particularly disappointing, as it allowed the northern club a chance of participating in the postseason but also gave Juventus Managua the upper hand in the race for sixth position. Now Chinandega must win and hope that Juventus loses against bottom-of-the-table Las Sabanas.
Ocotal actually gave Chinandega a chance with its win over Juventus Managua in the week. But now it could end the playoff dreams of a team that has been far too inconsistent during the Clausura to expect anything more at the moment.
Although Ocotal knows that its chances of a quarterfinal place have gone, the players will be only too aware that a bad result here could condemn them to second-tier soccer next year. The aggregate points over the Apertura and Clausura seasons determines who goes down, and the race to escape relegation is just as tight as the one for the playoffs.
Chinandega vs. Deportivo Ocotal Pick
Deportivo Ocotal to Win-123
Although Chinandega needs to win this game, I’m not sure that the recent displays warrant much support for a home win. At times, it has been difficult to predict how its games will go this season, as you never know which Chinandega team will turn up. Deportivo Ocotal seems to have more desire to pick up the points here, and I think that will be enough to record the win.