Real Madriz is unable to finish in the top two with just four games to go until the end of the regular season, but a quarterfinal berth is still possible if results go its way. But with four points to make up just to get level with sixth-placed Chinandega, every point is vital.
The trip to Managua to take on Walter Ferretti is going to be a tough one. The home side has picked up recently after a disappointing run of results and now looks as if it should take one of the playoff spots. There is a lot riding on this game. I break it all down for you in my Walter Ferretti vs. Real Madriz betting preview.
Walter Ferretti to Win-180
Real Madriz to Win+278
Sportsbook BetOnline doesn’t see Walter Ferretti having too much trouble picking up all three points here, and the recent run of form probably backs that up. But it is not too long ago that it lost three in a row, so there might be some interest in a draw or even a Madriz victory.
Walter Ferretti vs. Real Madriz Preview
Walter Ferretti announced that it was back in the race for the Clausura crown with that 7-0 win over Chinandega. Stopping Real Esteli in its tracks in the last game only backed up that belief. Esteli had looked like the form team until the weekend, but the narrow victory changed the top of the table all over again.
It was a Dshon Forbes goal that gave Walter Ferretti the three points in the game between these two at the start of March, and he should be the main focus of the attack once again here.
If Real Madriz can stop Forbes, then it might have a chance. Walter Ferretti may be the league’s joint top goal scorers, but seven of those came in that one game. The defense is a little more porous than most of its closest rivals. But Real Madriz has found it difficult to beat any of the better sides this season.
There have been just four games won during the Clausura, and a negative goal difference doesn’t help with so many points to make up if the playoffs are to be reached. A loss here will probably spell the end of Real Madriz’s hopes of extending its season further than the middle of April.
Pick for Walter Ferretti vs. Real Madriz
Walter Ferretti to Win
Walter Ferretti has not been the most convincing side in the league this season, but there have been a number of highlights that suggest that it could do well if the players focus on the job in hand. A win here would definitely put the pressure on Chinandega and Juventus Managua in the race for a top-six finish.
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