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Nicaragua Primera Division Odds & Picks: Clausura Matchday 17

Managua are undefeated at home in Nicaragua's Primera Liga Clausura
Top-level league soccer is continuing in Nicaragua with action here from last Saturday’s 1-0 win for Primera Liga Clausura leaders Managua (right) against Deportivo Las Sabanas . Photo from @Managua FC (Twitter)
  • Five Round 17 fixtures on Wednesday in Nicaragua Primera Liga
  • Real Madriz have not won in four games ahead of clash with Chinandega
  • See all odds and best bets for Nicaragua Primera Liga Clausura

Nicaragua is continuing to stage league soccer matches behind closed doors despite the shut-down of the game in most of the rest of the world because of the coronavirus pandemic.

There are five Round 17 matches on Wednesday. The 10-team competition is enjoying a surge in global popularity even though players are fearful and have admitted they are changing the way they play to avoid some contact during matches.

Nicaragua Clausura Odds

Team Spread Moneyline Total
Walter Ferretti -1 (-159) -303 Ov 2½,3 (-102)
Las Sabanas +1 (+139) +420 Un 2½,3 (-118)
Draw (N/A) +370 (N/A)
Team Spread Moneyline Total
Real Madriz -½,-1 (-123) -189 Ov 2½ (-110)
Chinandega +½ (+103) +265 Un 2½ (-110)
Draw N/A +330 N/A
Team Spread Moneyline Total
Juventus Managua -1,-1½ (-104) -256 Ov 2½,3 (-101)
Deportivo Ocotal +1,+1½ (-116) +390 Un 2½,3 (-119)
Draw N/A +320 N/A
Team Spread Moneyline Total
Managua -1,-1+½ (+106) -248 Ov 2½,3 (+101)
Jalapa +1,+1½ (-126) +365 Un 2½,3 (-121)
Draw N/A +298 N/A
Team Spread Moneyline Total
Real Esteli pk, -½ (-148) -127 Ov 2,2½ (-106)
Diriangen pk, +½ (+128) +230 Un 2, 2½ (-114)
Draw N/A +240 N/A

Odds taken Apr. 14

Pick 1: Real Madriz vs Chinandega

Chinandega have slipped to seventh place after two straight defeats but remains one spot above Real Madriz.

The oddsmakers price Madriz as -189 favorites for a win at home against Chinandega on Wednesday, April 15, at Stadio Augusto Cesar Mendoza, Somoto at 6:30 pm EST.

Chinandega are priced at +265 with the draw at +330.

The price for a Madriz victory appears to take little account of the fact that they haven’t won in four games – and have lost three during that run.

That makes the draw the best value on offer here for the meeting between the two lowly-placed and struggling sides.

Last Sunday, Madriz were beaten 2-0 away at Juventus Managua.

Madriz  earned their sole point during April with a 0-0 draw at home against leaders Managua.

That came after a 4-0 thrashing away against in-form Walter Ferretti.

Prior to that, Madriz had earned their sole point during April with a 0-0 draw at home against leaders Managua.

Chinandega have conceded six goals during their current spell of two straight defeats.

They were beaten 3-1 at home against Real Esteli last weekend following a 3-0 home defeat by Diriangen.

Real Madriz have the eighth-worst home record in the competition with three wins, two draws and three defeats.

The away record for Chinandega is the sixth-best at only one win, two draws and five defeats.

Pick: Draw +330

Pick 2: Real Esteli vs Diriangen

Second-placed Real Esteli meet third-placed Diriangen on Wednesday, April 15, at Estadio Indpendencia, Esteli, at 9:00 pm EST.

Esteli regained form with a 3-1 victory against Chinandega last Sunday after three games without a win.

Diriangen drew 0-0 away at Municipal Jalapa last Saturday following a 3-0 win at home against Chinandega.

The oddsmakers price Esteli as -127 favorites for a win. But in the search for value, Diriangen’s rating of +230 for a victory is interesting.

The draw is priced at +240, which again offers value.

Esteli have stumbled a little since a four-game winning streak in March.

Esteli have stumbled a little since a four-game winning streak in March.

They subsequently drew 1-1 on the road against Managua before a 1-0 defeat at Walter Ferretti.

Then came a goalless draw at home against Juventus Managua before last weekend’s return to winning form against Chinandega.

Diriangen were 2-0 winners when they met Real Esteli at home on March 15.

They have the third-best road trip record in the competition which is why it’s worth fancying them to secure a result against the odds at Esteli.

That record stands at three wins, three draws and only two defeats away from home for Diriangen.

Esteli’s home form is, however, impressive with five wins, two draws and only one defeat.

Pick: Diriangen  +230

Pick 3: Managua vs Jalapa

In fifth place, Jalapa have lost only once in five games and have drawn their most recent two fixtures.

That makes them good value at +298 to secure another draw away against leaders Managua – even though the home team have recovered form lately.

Managua are -248 for a win with Jalapa at +365 on April 15, Estadio Nacional, Managua at 9:00 pm EST.

Managua have won their last two games following a slip when they drew twice in succession.

Jalapa have drawn three of their eight road trip games.

This is why it is worth taking an outside chance on them securing a point on Wednesday even though they are facing the leaders.

Managua have won their last two games following a slip when they drew twice in succession.

But they are finding goals hard to come by and have scored only four times during that spell.

They won away by 1-0 at struggling Las Sabanas last weekend.

The leaders’ home record of six wins, one draw and no defeats explains why they are wide favorites for a win.

But there is a need to find value in these mid-week fixtures and Jalapa’s 0-0 draw against Diriangen last weekend – which followed a 0-0 draw against Las Sabanas –  suggests they could be stubborn enough to gain a point at Managua.

Pick: Draw +298

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