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Primera Clausura picks: ART Municipal Jalapa vs Real Esteli, Diriangen FC vs Real Madriz, Managua FC vs Deportivo Walter Ferreti, and more

Nicaraguan Primera Clausura comes to an end Saturday, with playoff seeding still up for grabs

Sean Miller

Sean Miller

If you are not familiar with the Nicaraguan Primera Division, as most people that watch soccer would have been until this COVID-19 disaster, the league is split into two seasons.

The Apertura was won by Real Esteli, which finished the first half of the regular season in third place, but advanced through three rounds to knock off Managua FC 2-1 over two legs to win its 15th title.

Saturday, the second half of the regular season, the Clausura, will come to an end with five simultaneous matches. Managua FC has the top seed, and a bye to the semifinals, locked up with 39 points, but the second bye, and the final playoff spot, are still up for grabs.

Real Esteli is in pole position for that second place spot, and is favored on the road at ART Municipal Jalapa. But Diriangen FC is even on points (32) with Real Esteli, and is a huge favorite at home to win and take that bye, if Esteli falters.

At the other end of the playoffs, Juventus Managua can lock up sixth place (and the final spot) with a win on the road at Deportivo Las Sabanas CF. But Las Sabanas needs a win to ensure it will not be relegated.

There is a lot to play for Saturday, and the matches should be interesting.

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NICARAGUA PRIMERA DIVISION: CLAUSURA — All games 5 p.m EDT

ART Municipal Jalapa (+400) vs. Real Esteli (-167), draw (+260)

THE PICKS:

Real Esteli ML (-167)

Over 2.5 goals (-118)

Deportivo Las Sabanas CF (+138) vs. Juventus Managua (+170), draw (+220)

THE PICKS:

Juventus Managua ML (+170)

Juventus Managua win to nil

Managua FC (-111) vs. Deportivo Walter Ferreti (+270), draw (+230)

THE PICK: Managua FC ML (-111)

Chinandega FC (+290) vs. Deportivo Ocotal (-125), draw (+245)

THE PICK:

Deportivo Ocotal ML (-125)

Diriangen FC (-275) vs. Real Madriz (+650), draw (-275)

THE PICK:

Diriangen FC -1 Asian handicap (-135)

PARLAY

Diriangen FC ML (-275), Managua FC U20 ML (-400), Juventus Managua U20 ML (-333), pays +122

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