The Best of the Day preview heads to Nicaragua with soccer tips for struggling Real Madriz’s encounter with surging ART Municipal Jalapa.
12:00 (AEDT) @ Estadio Solidaridad Augusto Cesar Mendoza
Last meeting: February 3, 2020: ART Jalapa 1 d Real Madriz 0 at Estadio Roy Fernando Bermúdez
Final thoughts: The Best of the Day preview breaks down a clash from the Nicaragua Primera Division, one of a handful of football leagues still operating amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Clausura tournament’s 11th round sees Real Madriz host ART Municipal Jalapa.
Diriangén mantiene el liderato tras la fecha 10 del Torneo Clausura 2020. pic.twitter.com/joSMw2fPXx
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It’s been a tough 2019-20 campaign for Real Madriz. The club finished the Apertura tournament second-last after winning only three and drawing 10 of their 18 games; they occupy the same position in the Clausura with only two wins and a draw from their first 10 encounters.
The Somoto-based outfit have managed just one point from their last six games. They slumped to a 4-0 loss to Real Esteli on the weekend.
Ulises Rayo has been a shining light for Real Madriz, however, scoring 11 goals from 26 games – equal-second in the Nicaragua Primera Division.
ART Jalapa finished last in the Apertura tournament with two wins and six draws from 18 games. But they have been the big improvers of the Clausura, rising to fifth with a 4-3-3 record after 10 rounds.
They have won two and drawn two of their last five, including an impressive 2-0 victory over fourth-placed Walter Ferretti on the weekend. Edry Centeno and Gabriel August Coelho were the goal-scorers for ART Jalapa.
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ART Jalapa 1-0 CD Walter Ferretti pic.twitter.com/QGYkYwiJC4
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The teams squared off last month in the second round of the season.
A sixth-minute strike from Jarel Puerto was enough for ART Jalapa to secure a 1-0 win over Real Madriz, who had Bryan Steven Viveros Reina red-carded early in the second half.
ART Jalapa have it all over Real Madriz form-wise at present. Get down on the visitors’ Best of the Day value in this one.