Deportivo Ocotal vs. ART Municipal Jalapa Betting Preview – Nicaragua Primera Division, April 1, 2020

By Dan Roberts in Soccer
| March 31, 2020 4:06 am PDT
Deportivo Ocotal ART Municipal Jalapa Liga Primera de Nicaragua

Jalapa boosted its chances of finishing in the top six with the win over Juventus Managua on matchday 12 of the Nicaragua Primera Division. The team will now feel as though another three points is possible as it makes the short journey to Ocotal in midweek.

Deportivo Ocotal has experienced a badly timed dip in form over the last few weeks and will be desperately trying to reverse that trend and give itself a chance of making the Clausura playoffs. In this Deportivo Ocotal vs. ART Municipal Jalapa betting preview, I break down the odds and provide a prediction and free pick.

Odds for Deportivo Ocotal vs. ART Municipal Jalapa

Deportivo Ocotal to Win+133
The Draw+200
ART Municipal Jalapa to Win+151

Ocotal’s home advantage makes it the favorite according to BetOnline, but the form of the team recently definitely makes this likely to be a close game. Jalapa’s away from is nothing to write home about, even if it does look far more likely to make the postseason. There may not be many goals between these two, so a wager on the draw is looking tempting.

Match Preview

Along with Las Sabanas, Deportivo Ocotal has the most shot-shy forward line in Nicaragua, so expecting a change of tactics here might be a little bit hopeful. That lack of goals has certainly not helped in the last three games — all lost — and the season looks like it may be spiraling towards an unremarkable finish.

Ocotal lost the game between these two earlier in the season and has only managed two victories in the entire Clausura so far, so putting your money behind a home win would seem a little hopeful.

Jalapa’s recent victory over Walter Ferretti and then the win this weekend at home to Juventus Managua has changed the look of the league entirely. This is another team that does not score many goals, but the main danger up front is Coelho Gabriel, who tends to be the one to find the net when Jalapa does trouble those keeping the score.

With a bigger gap between Jalapa and sixth place now, things are looking much brighter for the club from the north. Even a draw here would not be such a bad result.

Deportivo Ocotal vs. ART Municipal Jalapa Pick

Pick
  • The Draw
    +200

Every game is vital for Deportivo Ocotal now as it slips further and further away from the top six positions that would extend its season — at least for one more game. Jalapa should be fine for the postseason and may take its foot off the pedal slightly after some recent good results.

This game does come quickly after the win over Juventus Managua, so a potentially tired team should be happy with a share of the spoils. I like the odds of +200 but it’s worth shopping around at other top betting sites to see if you can get better.

For more Nicaragua Primera Division betting picks, check out the following pages.

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