Deportivo Las Sabanas vs. Juventus Managua Betting Preview – Liga Primera de Nicaragua, April 18
There is a lot going on with this fixture, which I detail in this Deportivo Las Sabanas vs. Juventus Managua betting preview. Las Sabanas may be out of the race for the Clausura playoffs, but its top-tier status is at stake, whereas Juventus Managua needs a win to ensure at least one game in the postseason.
The visitors have had the best of things in the last few weeks, but this is a real pressure fixture, and it will be a case of which players can deal with that the best as to who comes out on top.
With so much at stake, BetOnline has decided that this game is almost too difficult to call. The draw is the bet that immediately stands out as a possible source of value, given the needs of the two clubs. But with both teams desperate for a win, this should go the way of the better team, and that’s Juventus Managua at the moment.
Las Sabanas only came up to the top flight last year but qualified for the Apertura playoffs at the first attempt. But it has been a difficult Clausura, and just two wins in 17 games sees the club at the bottom of the table and in need of more points to escape relegation to the Segunda Division.
Since the draw with fellow strugglers Deportivo Ocotal, Las Sabanas has faced some of the better teams in the league, so there was perhaps little hope for a healthy points haul. But more worrying in terms of Las Sabanas staying up is the lack of goals in the last three games.
Juventus Managua, on the other hand, has swung from prolific to goal-shy and back again. A shock defeat to Ocotal in the week followed the abandoned game against Real Madriz. Juventus has been awarded the points after the opponents stormed off the pitch and will look to the impressive 3-0 win over Diriangen recently as an inspiration here.
Juventus has relied on its attacking midfielders to come up with the goals this season, though, with Junior Arteaga and Alexis Somarriba pitching in with strikes that have kept the team in contention. Expect Las Sabanas to be on the back foot for the majority of this game.
Prediction and Betting Pick
Juventus Managua to Win+131
Although Juventus Managua is currently in a playoff spot, the capital city club will know that a poor result here could mean the end of its season. Las Sabanas has beaten a few of the best sides in the league this year but has looked nothing like the team that raced into the postseason during the Apertura. Juventus Managua needs the security of a win, and I think it will get it.
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