Platense Marathon Prediction and Preview – 15.01.18

Marathon have taken just one point from their last three Honduras. Liga Nacional matches, following last weekend’s 3-1 defeat away to their opponent. Marathon are still seventh overall in the table, but the distance between them and the Continental qualification positions is slowly getting bigger. Saturday’s match at home to reigning champions Platense should prove no easy feat either – Marathon haven’t won against any Honduras. Liga Nacional leader since September 2008 and, notably, are without a win against any side currently within the top eight so far this season.

Platense have turned around their “unconvincing” run in style over the past 7 days. Platense dominated and humiliated their opponent with a 8-0 win at home last weekend, which also saw their striker net his first hat-trick of 2017, to become the Honduras. Liga Nacional’s joint top scorer (19 goals) in the process, before easing their way through to the semi-finals of the national cup at home to opponent during the week (3-0 win).

Platense are clear favourites here at 4/9 with bet365, but we feel that backing “both teams to score” at 21/20 has some decent potential for the following reasons:

Most people know about Platense and their striker, and for good reason too. He is a world class striker and currently in top form, with seven goals from his last four competitive outings. He’s also scored three goals in Platense’s last four on the road so you’d fancy him to continue this run as an anytime goalscorer at 4/7 with bet365. However, Marathon are not without a weapon of their own in French striker.Not to mention that he scored against the visitors earlier this season when Marathon took a point away from Platense (1-1 draw).

Notably, Platense’s recent domination has in fact come from matches at home. Platense have failed to keep a clean sheet in three of their last four Honduras. Liga Nacional away matches, including against some much weaker teams than Marathon, and the added strain following their mid-week national cup match, where the league leaders fielded a full strength squad, should add even more value to Marathon getting one against them.

Regarding a correct score bet, though Marathon are unbeaten at home this season (W5 D5), Platense hold the best away record in the Honduras. Liga Nacional (W8 D2 L1). Marathon’s poor track record against much stronger sides, combined with Platense’s return to goal-scoring form, means we feel the Platensens could sneak another win here. As such, we feel there’s decent value to be had backing a 2-1 Platense win at 15/2 with bet365.

Platense Marathon Prediction and Preview – 15.01.18

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