Introduction – Saprissa vs Esteli Prediction 2023
In the clash between Saprissa and Esteli, which will take place on Wednesday, the 4th, at the Ricardo Saprissa Aymá Stadium in San José, Costa Rica, the teams face off in the return leg of the CONCACAF Central American Cup quarter-finals. After taking advantage of their home field in the first leg, the Nicaraguan team aims to confirm the lead they hold.
Following the first leg, in which Esteli defeated Saprissa 1-0, the Nicaraguan team has an advantage in the matchup. They can now play for a draw to advance in the tournament, while Saprissa needs a victory to move forward (to qualify directly, they would need to win by a margin of two goals or more).
Saprissa has displayed an impressive performance this season, leading the Apertura of Costa Rica’s Primera División. The team has excelled not only in domestic competitions but also in this Central American Cup. In the group stage, they secured first place in Group A with 10 points from four games.
Saprissa’s Recent Matches
In their most recent Primera División match in Costa Rica, Saprissa convincingly defeated Guanacasteca with a score of 4-0. In the CONCACAF Central American Cup, the team suffered a 1-0 defeat to Esteli. However, the club had also won a triumph against Sporting San Jose with a score of 2-1 in the Primera División.
The standout players for Saprissa this season are Ariel Rodriguez and Javon East. Ariel, a forward, has scored an impressive 12 goals throughout the season, with three of them coming from the Central American Cup. Javon East, the Jamaican forward, has also shone with 10 goals this season, including three in the same tournament.
In the current season, Esteli stands out as the leader in the Apertura of Nicaragua’s Liga Primera, demonstrating a remarkable performance in their domestic league. Additionally, in the group stage of this CONCACAF Central American Cup, the team secured the second position in Group B, accumulating nine points from four games.
Esteli’s Recent Matches
In Esteli’s recent matches, they have had varied results. In their most recent game, they faced Jalapa in the Liga Primera of Nicaragua and lost 2-0. However, they also displayed strength in the CONCACAF Central American Cup, defeating Saprissa 1-0, and in the domestic league, they defeated UNAN-Managua 2-1.
Two of Esteli’s individual standouts this season are Juan Barrera and Bancy Hernandez. Barrera, a midfielder, has already scored five goals so far, including two in this Central American Cup. Meanwhile, Hernandez, a forward for the team, has contributed with four goals this season, one of which came in the first leg against Saprissa.
Saprissa vs Esteli Prediction 2023
Saprissa’s home performance this season has been impressive, with 9 wins, 2 draws (both won on penalties), and only 1 loss. In this Central American Cup, the team secured victories in both of their home games. In their last home match, Saprissa defeated Guanacasteca 4-0.
On the other hand, Esteli has had a solid away performance this season with 4 wins, 1 draw, and 2 losses. In the Central American Cup, the team had ups and downs as visitors, winning one game and suffering one defeat. In their last away game, Esteli faced Jalapa and lost 2-0.
Betting Suggestions for Saprissa vs Esteli 2023:
- Asian Handicap: Saprissa -1.5 (the team is the clear favorite in the match)
- Both Teams to Score: No (Costa Ricans know they cannot afford to concede goals)
FAQ – Saprissa vs Esteli Prediction 2023
The game will be played on Octubre, 4th, 2023.
Following the first leg, in which Esteli defeated Saprissa 1-0, the Nicaraguan team has an advantage in the matchup.
Asian Handicap: Saprissa -1.5 (the team is the clear favorite in the match); Both Teams to Score: No (Costa Ricans know they cannot afford to concede goals)