Real Esteli vs. Diriangen Odds, Prediction, and Pick – Liga Primera de Nicaragua, April 29

By Dan Roberts in Soccer
| April 28, 2020 1:59 am PDT
Real Esteli vs. Diriangen Nicaraguan Liga Primera Clausura semifinal

It is the final El Clasico of the Clausura as Real Esteli faces Diriangen at home with a place in the final at stake. The home side holds all the cards with a 1-0 lead from the first leg.

Revenge will be on Diriangen’s mind, however. It was at this stage that Esteli triumphed during the Apertura on its way to eventual glory. But Esteli failed to win in both regular-season fixtures between the two, so this one is almost too close to call.

Still, I have some thoughts on how this one could go, and I’ve provided them further down in this Real Esteli vs. Diriangen betting preview.

Real Esteli vs. Diriangen Odds

Real Esteli to Win+129
The Draw+184
Diriangen to Win+239

The intense pressure of this game is shown in the pricing from MyBookie. It has Esteli the slight favorites, but with the odds for a draw or even a Diriangen victory not that much different. There is no doubt that this will be a close game, but the one-goal advantage that Esteli takes into the second leg is absolutely crucial.

Match Preview

Real Esteli’s away goal in the Apertura semifinal tie proved decisive, and that could well turn out to be the case in the Clausura, too. Oscar Acevedo’s 74th minute goal in the first leg came after his team had been reduced to ten men after Richard Rodriguez was sent off. The defender will now miss this second-leg game, but Esteli has been formidable at home this season.

Esteli lost just once during the regular season, and that was against runaway league leaders Managua. More importantly, only three goals were conceded in the nine games as Esteli turned the Estadio Independencia into a fortress.

If Diriangen is to progress to the Clausura final, it will need to find a way to get past a strong defensive unit. But it did manage to do just that earlier in the regular season in its home fixture. That kind of result turned out to be the exception rather than the rule as far as Esteli goes, however.

A stuttering end to the season forced Diriangen to navigate a quarterfinal tie before this one, but there was a goalless draw with Esteli to take inspiration from. That result won’t be enough on Wednesday, though, as at least two goals will be needed from a strike force that has not been exactly prolific this year.

Real Esteli vs. Diriangen Prediction and Pick

Pick
  • Real Esteli to Win
    +129

Real Esteli does not need to win this game to make the Clausura final, but I have a feeling that this team will want to put one over its old rival and confirm its superiority during the 2019/20 season. An early goal could well kill off the tie entirely thanks to that valuable away goal, so all the pressure will be on the visitors here.

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