Competition: Nicaraguan Premier League
Market: Under 2.5 goals
Odds: 17/20 @ Bet 365
Turning our attention to the final round of Nicaraguan Premier League fixtures this weekend, Real Estelí will be hoping to secure their spot in the top-two when they make the trip to Jalapa in what could be another low-scoring encounter late on Saturday night.
Starting with the hosts, while Jalapa may have managed to secure their spot in the play-offs with plenty of time to spare, the Yellow and Greens have endured a very worrying end to the campaign. Watching his side’s morale take a huge dent thanks to a 6-1 hammering away at league leaders Managua in midweek, Head Coach Leónidas Rodríguez has seen his squad fail to win any of their last four Premier League appearances. Hit with a 2-0 defeat when they last faced off against Real Estelí last month, Jalapa also have a growing reputation for their struggles in the final third. Recording just a single top-flight strike on their four-match winless run, it should also be noted that Saturday’s hosts have failed to find the net in back-to-back matches on home soil for the first time since September 2019.
As for the visitors, despite playing out a 0-0 draw against top-two contenders Diriangén earlier in the week, Real Estelí still find themselves sat in pole position to secure a spot in the semi-final of this year’s play-offs. However, while a sole defeat against high-flyers Walter Ferretti might be their sole Premier League defeat since the middle of March, Head Coach Sergio Rodríguez will have some concerns over his side’s continued inconsistencies in the final third. This weekend’s guests have drawn a blank in three of their last four top-flight appearances, including that 1-0 loss away at Ferretti earlier in the month. With each of the last four meetings between the two sides ending with under 2.5 goals at full-time, we’re backing a similar outcome late on Saturday night.
Bet: Under 2.5 goals at Jalapa vs Real Estelí 17/20 for Saturday’s Nicaraguan Premier League contest @ Bet 365
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