This game looks intriguing, thanks mostly to the recent form of the two sides. Diriangen is the most successful club in the country and looks like making the playoffs without too much trouble once again. But there have been two losses in the last three games, and nerves are beginning to show.
Chinandega, on the other hand, lies in sixth and was thrashed 7-0 by Walter Ferretti just over a week ago. But two good wins since then have suddenly turned this into a potentially fascinating encounter.
This Diriangen vs. Chinandega betting preview provides you with the odds, my match prediction, and my betting pick.
Diriangen vs. Chinandega Odds
Diriangen to Win-337
Chinandega to Win+422
Diriangen should win this one — especially at home — but those last three fixtures have changed the outlook. BetOnline obviously still feels as though the Diriamba club will collect the three points without too much difficulty. But the odds for a draw or a Chinandega victory look interesting if you’re looking for a bigger payout.
Before the loss to Managua on matchday 12, Diriangen had not lost since the second game of the season, when it surprisingly fell to Las Sabanas. A top-two finish looked like a distinct possibility. Even the win against Walter Ferretti in the very next game did not completely convince, and the loss last time out to Juventus Managua has really changed things at the top of the table.
The 3-0 scoreline in that Juventus game is probably the biggest shock. Until then, Diriangen had only conceded six goals in 13 games. The recent form might only be a blip, but this could be the best time for Chinandega to meet the 2018 Clausura champions.
Chinandega’s season had looked as if it was only going one way recently, and the 7-0 humiliation seemed to be a particularly bad example of how its campaign had imploded. But against all the odds, it bounced back with a 4-0 win against Juventus Managua and then followed that up with a narrow victory over Jalapa.
If Chinandega can keep those kinds of results coming, then there is a really good chance of playoff soccer. But Esteli comes up after this one, and depending on other results, that could stop those dreams immediately. A lot is hinging on this game for Chinandega.
My Pick for Diriangen vs. Chinandega
Diriangen to Win
Diriangen has not been playing well recently, but I don’t think the team is about to throw the season away right at the end. A home game against Chinandega would be a good time to get things back on track and put some more pressure on Real Esteli and Managua above.
For more picks and predictions for Nicaragua Primera Division games this week, check out the following posts.