CR vs RE Dream11: Real Esteli will hot the road this week as they seek an immediate return to winning ways having lost the last game when they face Carazo Basketball Club in the 2020 regular season of Nicaragua Basketball League on early Wednesday morning (IST).
Esteli must still be smarting over the last result. Not only they lost by the barest of margin 71-72 against Brumas Jinotega, but what was even more painful was that it came in front of the home fans, and against a team that is also fighting for the top place, a direct rival. That negative result left them with a three-match deficit at the top of the table. That gap may look bridgeable, which is, by the way, but it’s hard even for a team with a profile as big as Esteli. And the reason is league leader Costa Caribe’s incredible form at the moment, while the likes of Jinotega, San Isidro and Matagalpa are also in better form. So to assume that Esteli will out-win all these teams by three games in the next couple of weeks looks a bit outstretched at the moment. But you never know. Right now, Esteli are the fourth-best team in the league with a 10-5 record on the season.
For Carazo Basketball Club, the wins are like a Goldust at the moment. They have fallen too far behind in the title race at the moment. In fact, in the current context, even qualifying for playoffs looks very difficult for them, as they are reeling in the bottom half of the table, sitting at 14th in a league of 20 teams with a negative return on the season. They have won only six times in the 13 games heading into this home encounter against Esteli. But Carazo are fresh off snapping a four-game losing run with an improbable 70-73 away win against Chinandega Basketball Club.
Teams: Carazo and Real Esteli
Match Timing: April 30, @ 05:30 AM
Carazo vs Real Esteli team news:
Carazo: As of now, the hosts have reported no injury concerns while no player is expected to miss this game with suspension either.
Real Esteli: A few players missed the last match for Esteli for different reasons. Jonathan Jimenez sat out the match and remains a doubt for this game as well. While the likes of Jeydon Hulse Forbes and Andy Hodgson Williams remain on the fringes and may not play this game.
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Carazo vs Real Esteli starting five:
Carazo: Orlington Bodden Gordon, Marcos Jimenez, Jose Toledo Espinoza, Luis Jarquin, Norlan Araya
Real Esteli: Farrell Pauth, Yassir Cruz, Jensen Campbell, Dalton Cacho, Sharlon Hodgson
Grand League tips:
Carazo: Fausto Porras, Ashley Cruz Valerio, Norlan Araya, Luis Jarquin, Marco Jimenez, Roger Icavalceta, Jeffren Brown, Alex Lope, Noel Narvaez Chavez, Orlington Bodden Gordan, Kevin Mercado Garcia, Francis Gutierrez Blandino, Hanssell Chamorro Guadamuz, Jose Toledo Espinoza, Franciso Cruz Ruiz
Real Esteli: Sharlon Hodgson, Andy Hodgson Williams, Adonis Garcia, Jonathan Jimenez, Dalton Cacho, Jose Reyes, Jensen Campbell, Argels Salazar, Jeybon Hulse Forbes, Gabriel Guerrero Navarrete, Yassir Cruz, Jilmer Castillo, Milton Hernandez, Andy Perez, Farrell Pauth
CR vs RE Dream11 teams:
PG: D Cacho (SP), J Reyes
SG: L Jarquin
SF: M Hernandez
PF: F Pauth
C: J Campbell, J T Espinoza, F Porras
PG: J Reyes
SG: L Jarquin (SP), S Hodgson
SF: M Jimenez
PF: F Pauth, J Castillo
C: J T Espinoza, A Salazar
Carazo’s win in the last match should give them confidence going into this match, but the real question is can thy bull on that win and get their season back on track. Real Esteli are also hard-pressed for a win having lost the last match and know their title charge will take another back seat if the result go South in this game. We can see the visitors giving a perfect response to their negative result in the last match and win this game.