After looking like it was in the mood to follow up its Apertura title with the Clausura crown, Real Esteli has begun to falter, and the self-assurance is not as evident thanks to a draw and a loss. Now it needs to concentrate once again to beat Juventus Managua at home.
The visitors need points fast if it is going to make a top-six finish, but there are some easier fixtures coming up after this one, so all is not lost.
My Real Esteli vs. Juventus Managua betting preview breaks this match and its odds down.
Real Esteli vs. Juventus Managua Odds
Real Esteli to Win-244
Juventus Managua to Win+380
Even with the poor results in the last two games, BetOnline still likes Real Esteli to take the points here. But Juventus Managua is in dire need of points, so that might have an effect on the outcome of this game. I’m not sure the odds are big enough to attract much interest, though.
Four wins in eleven days had made Real Esteli one of the favorites to finish in the top two, but the two most recent results have allowed Diriangen to dream that it could usurp its old rival right at the last. That wouldn’t stop a playoff place, of course, but winning the Clausura is much harder for a team that needs to navigate a quarterfinal tie first.
It will be slightly worrying for Esteli that the last two opponents have been two of the better sides in the league. This is not the time of the season to start getting nervous about playing the big games. Three points against Juventus would be expected normally, but it will be interesting to see if nerves play their part.
Juventus Managua is just two points behind Chinandega in sixth and has a better goal difference at the moment. With Real Madriz, Ocotal, and Las Sabanas left to play after this one, there is an argument that the Esteli game can be lost and the playoffs still achieved.
If even just a point can be won in Esteli, then that would suggest that Juventus can finish in the top six, and it does tend to score more goals than the majority of its closest rivals. It just depends on whether it gets the chances it needs here.
Real Esteli vs. Juventus Managua Pick
Real Esteli to Win
If anything, Real Esteli is just following the trend of a number of the top clubs by experiencing a slight wobble as the regular season draws to a close. Until about a week ago, it was probably the best team in the country. Now it faces a Juventus side that really does need the points.
It might be closer than some would have thought, but I feel that Real Esteli will just about come through and win this one.
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