Managua FC vs. Real Esteli Pick – Nicaragua Primera Division, April 1, 2020

By Dan Roberts in Soccer
| April 1, 2020 2:35 am PDT
Managua FC vs. Real Esteli Liga Primera de Nicaragua

The Liga Primera de Nicaragua has left the best until last on matchday 13 as the top two go head to head in the capital. Managua and Rea Esteli are both on a fine run of form and looking like they may even make the Clausura final a repeat of the Apertura.

These are definitely the best two teams in the league at the current time, and whoever walks away with the points from this fixture will become the red-hot favorites to win the whole thing this season.

You can check out my perspective on this match in this betting preview that includes my Managua FC vs. Real Esteli pick.

Odds for Managua FC vs. Real Esteli

Managua FC to Win+103
The Draw+220
Real Esteli to Win+184

It is slightly surprising that bookmaker BetOnline doesn’t have Managua as the odds-on favorite to win this game at home, considering the fact the team has a 100% record at the Estadio Olimpico del IND Managua. But Real Esteli is the reigning Apertura champions for a reason and can beat anyone in this league, anywhere, on its day.

Match Preview

Compared to Real Esteli, Managua is a newcomer to the Nicaraguan top flight and only picked up its first-ever title in 2018. But after the disappointment of falling to today’s opponents in the Apertura final earlier in the season, there will be a renewed determination to pick up more honors this year.

The current form is very promising. There have now been four consecutive wins in a six-game unbeaten run, with the most recent victory coming thanks to an injury time winner against challengers Diriangen. Confidence will be very high in the Managua camp.

But Real Esteli needs only to look to how the Apertura season finished for some morale-boosting of its own. This is a team that knows it can beat its opponents here, but it will need to put on a good performance if that is to be the case. Esteli lost the reverse fixture earlier in the season and was unable to beat Managua on its home turf in that Apertura final.

But four successive victories of its own shows that this is another team on top form, and it does look like these two clubs are perfectly matched at this stage of the season.

Managua FC vs. Real Esteli Pick

Pick
  • Managua to Win
    +103

This should be a fascinating encounter between the best two sides in the country at the moment. If Real Esteli can manage to break the home side’s unbeaten record at home during the Clausura, it could have a massive effect on how the rest of the season goes.

But the odds for a home win for the league leaders seem too good to pass up.

Take a look at the following pages for more soccer previews from the Nicaraua Primera Division this week.

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