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  1. Diriangen vs CD Walter Ferretti The second preview for these midweek games covers the top end of the table clash between Diriangen and CD Walter Ferretti in a 1am BST kick-off on Thursday morning at the Estadio Cacique Diriangen Diriamba. The outcome of this game could set the pathway for how well these two teams position themselves for a crack at the top two and a guaranteed place in the play-off semi-finals. Diriangen find themselves in 3rd place and just 2 points off the pace of the top two. Brazilian manager Flavio da Silva will feel his team have a great opportunity here to put the pressure on Managua and Real Esteli above them. However, a loss could potentially see them fall away. The club are unbeaten in their last 5 home league games and haven't conceded a single goal during that run. CD Walter Ferretti delivered the goods for us on the weekend with that excessive 7-0 win. Henry Urbina has guided his side to 4th in the table but there's still lots of hard work left to do if they're to reach the play-offs. The club is only 5 points inside the play-off positions and 8 points off the top two. Victory here could ease their worry of looking over their shoulder but with back-to-back defeats on the road it begs the question if their away day strife could derail their efforts? It's always hard when a team wins by so many goals in their previous game. You wonder what the impact on their psychology would be heading into their next game. Will they become complacent? Or will it give them a confidence boost they need? Diriangen are a formidable team at home right now so I do think they're sound value for the win but if CD Walter Ferretti turn out with the attitude they had last weekend then this could be a humdinger. Diriangen to Win to Nil @ 2.10 with Bet365 Diriangen HT/FT @ 2.30 with Bet365
  2. Chinandega FC vs Juventus Managua The fun and frolics in Nicaragua continue tonight with a round of midweek games. Our first preview focuses on the 10pm BST kick-off between Chinandega FC and Juventus Managua at the Estadio Efrain Tijerino Mazariego in Chinandega. Only 1 point separates these two sides so a win for either of them would give a huge boost to their hopes of reaching the play-offs. Chinandega FC come into this game off the back of a horrendous 7-0 hammering at the hands of CD Walter Ferretti on the weekend. It was a result we saw coming but it wasn't necessarily a score we saw coming. The sending off of Cristhian Medardo Izaguirre Lopez at the end of the first half at 2-0 down was a killing blow. How does Reyna Espinoza pick his side up after such a poor result? It's now 4 league games without a win and 3 of those has resulted in Chinandega FC failing to score. Yes, defence was a problem last game but the attack needs to start accepting responsibility too. Juventus Managua sit in 6th place and are just inside the play-off places on goal difference. Hector Medina's men are only 1 point ahead of their opponents heading into this match so the landscape could look a lot different if they suffer defeat. However, in Chinandega, they'll see a side that are vulnerable and will be keen to inflict a hammer blow early on. It's now 5 away league games in a row without a victory and that includes no goals scored in 4 of those matches. If ever there was a game being contested between two sides that will be lacking in self belief heading into a game then this will be it. Given the shambolic scoring statistics held by these two sides over recent weeks I'm not entirely convinced we'll see a lot of goal mouth action. I can see a turgid affair where one team sneaks a win if either has the courage to take the initiative. If I was ever going to back a 0-0 it would be this game but something tells me Chinandega's problems run deeper than Managua's! Juventus Managua to Win @ 1.65 with Bet365 Total Goals Scored Under 2.5 @ 2.00 with Bet365
  3. Yeah, I see what you're saying and agree it's not ideal but whatever scenario is chosen it won't be ideal. I just think there has to be some sort of closure on this campaign and acknowledgement of what teams have done. I appreciate it's not straight forward, especially further down the ladder. As you rightly reference in the original post. I just think it'd really be dangerous to just wipe the slate clean. Especially when it could happen again next year or the year after or for however long this virus will keep disrupting our lives. This is why I'm so adamant that FIFA and UEFA need to lead the way and leave the season calendar open-ended until this season is finished then deal with European competitions after that's done. Finish this season however long it takes.
  4. Interesting views and some very valid points there, @Darran. The obvious point to make is that there is non way of satisfying everyone. I have the feeling that some sort of conclusion to this season should happen. I am involved in a team in the amateur Welsh leagues and we'll be thoroughly disappointed if all our competitions are declared void. I know the logistics are very tricky but I feel that this season should be finished in some way or another. You quite rightly mention the point about coronavirus not going anywhere. What happens if this season is declared void and then we do another half-season next year only for coronavirus to come back into our lives and we're in the same situation next season? This is why FIFA and UEFA need to take more of a lead on things. It's a knock-on effect. The Premier League and Football League are feeling pressured to get this season done before the next one is due to start in order to align with European competitions. If FIFA and UEFA just basically say that this season's European competitions have until the start of June to restart (even behind closed doors) otherwise next season will see a shortened version of the competitions (straight knockout like the old days would be one solution) then it would allow domestic leagues to let their seasons continue into next season's calendar. I'm very much all for the integrity of football to be maintained as much as possible. I worry that if this season is just declared null and void then it would be a huge mark on the game. Especially for the likes of Liverpool, Leeds, and South Shields etc who have performed so well. It would be completely unacceptable to say "sorry, but it doesn't count!". I would rather see the season ended with teams in their current positions than the season declared void. Yes, teams could argue that they might have done better in the games left but if it's a choice of the two outcomes I feel finishing a season with some regard for performance levels is far more acceptable than just wiping the slate clean, especially when there's a risk we could just be wiping the slate clean again this time next year.
  5. After that message I sent you about the frequency of clean sheets occurring in this league I think this is a big bet but I do see your logic behind it. I'm going to try and cover a few previews for these games and see how we do. Should we be concerned that we're getting this into Nicaraguan domestic football?!
  6. Interesting survey and one that addresses an issue that is very important in this day and age mate. I've filled it in. Nothing happened when I clicked on the arrow to the right at the end of the survey but hopefully it's recorded my information. For my part, I'll say it's an issue I have strong views about. A couple of my friends quit football because of homophobic abuse. The use of the term "fag" and "queer c*nt" are frequently heard in our local leagues. Whenever our club has brought the issue up with referees, league officials etc it's been ignored or dismissed as "one of those things". This is in line with a range of gripes I have with football authorities in general. They're archaic, privileged, and ignorant. OK, that might be a generalisation but it's certainly the case from my extensive experience and the experience of others I know. Until the people at the very top change their attitudes then not a lot will change.
  7. Here are the next batch of fixtures for the Liga Primera de Nicaragua. A midweek treat in store. I'll get some previews up over the next couple of days. Doing well so far in this league. Let's hope it keeps on delivering!
  8. The next round of matches in the Belarus Premier League are up this coming weekend as the country's president Alexander Lukashenko claimed that vodka and saunas would save the nation from coronavirus. Surprised he didn't throw hookers and cocaine into the mix but there we go! Take a look at the odds and give us any bets you're looking to place.
  9. CD Walter Ferretti vs Chinandega FC The second preview in this section takes in the mid-table clash between CD Walter Ferretti and Chinandega FC in a midnight BST kick-off on Monday morning at the Estadio Olimpico del IND Managua in Managua. Only 3 points separate these two sides but the bookies are heavily backing a home win. Are they right to favour the one side or is there a sting in the away side's tail? CD Walter Ferretti might sound like a 5 a side team down your local 3G centre created by some egotistical teenager but they one of the teams that could potentially be considered as dark horses for the title this season. Manager Henry Urbina has led his team to 4th in the table. OK, so they may be 13 points behind league leaders Managua but right now they're heading for the play-offs and if you reach that phase of the season then you're in with a shout. Three league defeats on the bounce is a concern but two of those matches were away from home. Chinandega FC come into this game fighting against the odds. Reyna Espinoza's side are in 8th place and just 1 point outside the play-off positions. There is very little separating these two sides in the league and they are also without a win in their last three league games. The club is without a win on the round in the Clausura part of their season and scoring goals on their travels is a particular concern. I have to go with the bookies on this one and back the home side. They might not be in the best form but this is a Chinandega FC side that really can't buy a win on the road at the moment. CD Walter Ferretti will certainly see this as an opportunity to end their winless run and start to rebuild some momentum to give them a bit of hope heading into the play-offs. CD Walter Ferretti HT/FT @ 2.25 with Bet365 Correct Score: CD Walter Ferretti to Win 1-0 @ 7.00 with Bet365
  10. What?! My source has let me down! Still, doesn't affect the 100% record so all good!
  11. That's a great start. Got any thoughts on this afternoon's game that I previewed?
  12. Cheers for posting that! Best of luck with your bet and it seems like a fair shout. Interested to see how it comes out.
  13. @four-leaf, I see you liking that post! Are you keeping an eye on the Belarus Premier League at the moment? Bet on it before or just here for the coronavirus ride?
  14. I thought I'd get a simple question up in these quiet times asking how we all started supporting the clubs we do. It'll help us all to get to know each other a bit better and it's always interesting to hear the stories. My story? Cardiff is my hometown team so I have supported them since I started watching football. During the dark basement days of the old Division 4 and 5-0 defeats at home to Maidstone I used to have Sheffield Wednesday as my allocated Premier League side. Everyone else chose the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool, and (at the time) Blackburn. I wanted to be different. I still keep an eye out on the results of the Owls so always like to see @waynecoyne's view on things. I follow a number of teams around the world in a similar way. I just like to have a favoured team I can give my backing to in each league. Usually due to an affiliation built up through Football Manager or visiting them in real-life. These include Alloa in Scotland, Carrick Rangers in Northern Ireland, Cork City in Republic of Ireland, Nantes in France, Freiburg in Germany, Roda JC in Netherlands, FC Nordsjaelland in Denmark, CSKA Sofia in Bulgaria, Los Angeles FC in the US, Club America in Mexico, Club Brugge in Belgium, and Inter Milan in Italy. I wouldn't call myself a supporter as such of those clubs but I like to see them do well.
  15. Neman Grodno vs FC Vitebsk Our coverage of the Belarus Premier League continues today with the 4pm BST kick-off between Neman Grodno and FC Vitebsk that will take place at the Neman Stadium in Grodno. The home side will be looking to notch up a first league win of the season against an away team that could maintain a 100% winning start to their league campaign with a victory. Neman Grodno find themselves in 12th place after their opening round 1-0 loss away to Isloch. Igor Kovalevich's side had to play with 10 men after the 43rd minute sending off of Zoran Marusic. The team managed to hold out until the 88th minute before Momo Yansane's winner. The aim this season will be to improve on the club's 10th placed finish last season but a defeat here would leave their fans fearing the worst that a relegation battle could be on. FC Vitebsk began their season with a narrow 1-0 win at home to Gorodeya. Manager Sergey Yasinsky needed the opposition to score an own goal through Dmitry Ignatenko after 20 minutes but even going down to 10 men when Maksym Kalenchuk was sent off just before half-time couldn't stop them taking all 3 points. It was a brilliant show of resilience by the defence and bodes well for this campaign. As we said in the previous preview, it's hard to make judgement calls on an unfamiliar league so early on. The odds suggest even the bookies aren't sure which way this one will go. I'm tempted to back an away win but I think a draw could be the best option again. I was wrong in the Minsk derby. Away wins have been quite common so far but I think as solid as Vitebsk look at this early stage, Neman Grodno will be out to make a point in front of their home fans. Draw @ 3.00 with Bet365 Total Goals Scored Under 1.5 @ 2.80 with Unibet