Real Esteli vs Diriangen
Nicaraguan Liga Primera Clausura – Semifinal Second Leg
Date: 30th April 2020, Thursday
Kick-off at 2:00 UK/ 3:00 CET
Venue: Estadio Independencia (Esteli).
A late second half goal from Oscar Acevedo gave Esteli a much needed 1-0 lead to take to the second leg.
This is the Nicaraguan El Clasico and make no mistake, even with the home advantage and slender lead, this affair is far from over.
Real Esteli are looking for a third consecutive title after the success in Apertura this season and corresponding Clausura win of 2019.
Interestingly, Diriangen were their semifinal opponent on both occasions. In Apertura of the current campaign, the progress to the final was decided on away goal rule after a pair of stalemates.
Meantime, Diriangen carried a 1-0 lead to the only to the Estadio Independencia, only to dismantle by a 3-0 Esteli win.
The scenario is completely different this time and one must believe that Diriangen have their work after as they start from a losing position at a ground where their record is poor over the years.
Real Esteli vs Diriangen Head-to-head (h2h)
At home, Esteli are unbeaten in 14 h2h clashes with Diriangen, 8 wins and 6 draws.
Their last two clashes at this ground are 0-0 stalemates.
Diriangen have managed to score just one goal in their last six visits to Estadio Independencia.
Only 2 of their last 9 meetings at this stadium saw 3 or more goals.
Real Esteli vs Diriangen Prediction
A closely fought battle is on the cards, but Esteli are slight favorites as they were one of the most consistent sides during the regular season.
On top of that, they are the best home defense in the league after letting in just 3 goals from 9 games and we can confirm that they have a clear advantage while coming against a side that struggled for goals on the road this season.
Diriangen managed just 6 goals from 9 away games this season and are without a win in their last 5 road trips.
The analysis suggest that we have to give it to Esteli. But this is a derby and therefore draw no bet for the hosts is the safe option.
Now, under 2.5 goals is my second choice considering the frequency of low scoring matches in their h2h table.
Real Esteli vs Diriangen Betting Tips
Draw no bet – Esteli @ 1.57
Under 2.5 goals @ 1.42 odd.
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