Diriangen vs. Real Madriz Odds, Prediction, and Pick – Liga Primera de Nicaragua, April 18

By Dan Roberts in Soccer
| April 17, 2020 12:23 pm PDT
Diriangen vs. Real Madriz Liga Primera de Nicaragua

This is a real crunch game for both sides. Diriangen is trying to avoid the need for a quarterfinal tie in the playoffs, and Real Madriz still has a very slim chance of making the postseason, while at the same time trying to avoid relegation to the Segunda Division.

Diriangen is the much bigger and more successful club, but anything can happen on the last day of the season. Find out more in this Diriangen vs. Real Madriz betting preview.

Latest Odds for Diriangen vs. Real Madriz

Diriangen to Win-323
The Draw+380
Real Madriz to Win+440

Diriangen is expected to win this game fairly easily, and top bookmaker BetOnline has priced the game the way that most fans of Nicaraguan soccer would have expected. Real Madriz will have one eye on the teams below, though, with the possibility of a drop down to the second tier not completely extinguished.

So anyone who thinks that the visitors will put up a fight might be attracted by the odds for a draw, at least.

Match Preview

There was a point about two weeks ago when it seemed as if Diriangen and Real Esteli were trying everything they could not to qualify for the semifinal stage of the playoffs. That culminated in the goalless draw in the El Clasico between the two, and now both clubs find themselves on 32 points with just one game to play.

Although Diriangen has not lost a game in its last three, only one of those has ended in a victory, so that nine-game unbeaten run earlier in the campaign has almost gone to waste. The Diriamba side doesn’t tend to score a lot of goals compared to its main rivals at the top of the table, but it doesn’t concede many, either. So a narrow victory might be on the cards.

That might not be enough for Diriangen to finish in the top two, but it would help Real Madriz in terms of avoiding relegation. It is unlikely that the three sides below in the aggregate table will all win, so even just a close loss will probably be enough to stay up.

After a poor run of form, the win over Chinandega in the week was perfectly timed to give Real a little more breathing space. With its negative goal difference almost certainly ending any chance of playoff qualification, a defensive Real Madriz will probably be on show here. It just depends on how long it can keep the Diriangen attackers out.

Diriangen vs. Real Madriz Pick

Pick
  • Diriangen to Win
    -323

Diriangen may not lose many games, but it doesn’t win by large margins, either. The 3-0 win over Chinandega last week was by far the biggest of the season, and even the importance of this fixture will probably not alter the way the Caciques approach this game. It might not be filled with goals, but the home side should still win this convincingly.

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