Managua FC vs. Walter Ferretti Odds, Prediction, and Pick – Liga Primera de Nicaragua, April 29
Managua is just one game away from repeating its Apertura form and making the final of the Clausura playoffs. It could end up meeting the same opponent if it makes it that far. But first, it will need to get past a spirited Walter Ferretti side that held the regular-season winners to a goalless draw in the first leg.
Walter Ferretti has been the highlight of the playoffs so far but will need to be on top of its game to knock out Managua at this stage. Check out the odds and my prediction below in this Managua FC vs. Walter Ferretti betting preview.
Managua FC vs. Walter Ferretti Odds
Considering the fact that this is essentially a winner takes all game, it is slightly surprising how long the odds are for a Walter Ferretti victory with MyBookie. The visitors are undoubtedly the underdog here, but this is likely to be a very close game, and just one simple mistake could be the difference between making the final and ending the season prematurely.
Managua took its Apertura final defeat to Real Esteli on the chin and regrouped to storm the Clausura regular season, finishing seven points clear of the next-best team in the end. The capital city side won all but one of its home games during that time — a 1-1 draw against Esteli — and is now poised to reach the final once again.
Before the first-leg draw, Managua had won four consecutive games at the end of the season, including a narrow 1-0 victory over Wednesday’s visitors. Luis Gutierrez scored that day, but Managua has a number of options up front, including Spaniard Pablo Gallego, Carlos Felix, as well as the Brazilian midfielder, Christiano.
Walter Ferretti has goal scorers of its own, of course. Fernando Villalpando topped the regular-season goal list, but Dshon Forbes scored a hat-trick in the quarterfinal demolition of Jalapa and will be a huge threat here as well. Other sides in the Liga Primera have tighter defenses than Managua, so there may be a chance for the visitors.
Walter Ferretti will need to grab any chances it does get, though. Both games in the regular season ended in narrow 1-0 victories for Managua, and it is the home side here that is deadly in finishing opposing teams off. Losing four of its last five away games is not a great statistic for Walter Ferretti to take into this crucial second-leg game.
Managua FC vs. Walter Ferretti Prediction and Pick
Managua FC to Win-156
With no goals scored in the first leg, we are almost guaranteed more of a show here, and with Managua such a dominant force at home, it would seem as though everything is going its way. The Blue Lions finished a massive 12 points clear of Walter Ferretti in the regular season and should be able to pick up the win it needs here to progress to the final.
Who will they meet there? Check out my Real Esteli vs. Diriangen betting preview to find out my thoughts.