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Real Esteli vs. Diriangen Predictions and Top Betting Picks

Real Esteli vs. Diriangen Predictions and Top Betting Picks
Players of Cacique Diriangen FC celebrate a goal. INTI OCON / AFP

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Real Esteli vs. Diriangen

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

With 2 rounds to go until the end of the regular season, Real Esteli and Diriangen are fighting for a top 2 finish which will earn them a place in the Clausura playoffs semi-finals. They are equal on points (31 points earned in 16 matches) so who will win this one will practically book their semifinal ticket. We expect an open game with both teams having the opportunity to play for the win, having absolutely nothing to lose.

Real Esteli

After 3 winless matches, the hosts bounced back beating Chinandega 3-1 on the road. They are the best attacking team in their domestic league with 27 goals scored and the joint best defensive side with just 10 goals conceded this term. They conceded just 3 goals on their turf all season long losing just 1 from 8 home matches. It has been a positive campaign so far for them and they are determined to win their 4th consecutive domestic title with the 1st stop being a place in the semis.

Real Esteli’s team players celebrate after scoring a goal. Inti OCON / AFP

Diriangen

The visitors missed a huge opportunity last weekend failing to climb to 2nd place after being kept to a goalless draw by Jalapa on the road. Their away record is not the best in the league but it’s not bad either. They won 3 from 8 losing just 2. This is a crucial game for both teams being the perfect scenario for a goal-fest between 2 top teams in the leagues.

Prediction

They played each other 9 times in the previews 12 months with Esteli winning 4, Diriangen 3 and 2 games ending in a draw. It’s true, we’ve seen both teams scoring in just 3 occasions, but they never been in this particular situation to fight for a top 2 finish and a place in the playoff-semis. Diriangen will have to significantly improve their away scoring record if they want to get something out of this. Last time they beat Esteli on the road was in 2015, 1-0 in the playoff-semis.

The host is a winning machine at home (6 wins in their previous 9 home games and 4 wins in their last 5 home head-to-heads against Diriangen), they are keen to confirm their great run of form and domestic domination so we expect them to win this clash.

  • Correct score: 2-1 priced at +900 (10.0) 3-1 priced at +1600 (17.0)

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