Yesterday’s ELEAGUE CSGO action saw NiP cover the handicap against OpTic, before they were swept aside by a G2 side that were firing on all cylinders. Somewhat surprisingly, Shox, ScreaM and particularly SmithZz had been very sluggish against Selfless just before. Whist they took the victory, it wasn’t convincing, but their play against the Ninjas was sublime.
Today, we’ll focus on the European vs American clashes. For the last game of the day, we suggest seeing if Selfless are able to display the same level of play as yesterday. If they are, they’ll quickly become a bet to beat OpTic 2-0 at the available 7-1, otherwise, it’s a game we’d avoid.
It’s worth noting that the bans do not appear that they have to remain the same across the game week.
G2 (4/9 Ladbrokes) vs OpTic (20/1 Pinnacle), Draw (5/2)
G2 banned Mirage and Overpass against Selfless, before switching out their Overpass ban for Cache against NiP. As OpTic banned Cache and Dust2 vs NiP, it’s likely that G2 will ban Mirage and Overpass again, particularly considering that Overpass is one of OpTic’s strongest maps. There’s a chance OpTic remove Cobblestone instead, where they’ve had crushing defeats against top tier opposition, including G2, rather than Cache, but the French side should have no issues on either map. They’d also be heavily favoured on their favourite map, Train, which is also liked by the North Americans.
The spanner in the works would be Nuke. OpTic beat Tempo Storm on the map at the MLG Minor, whilst G2 are yet to play it. Given that G2 didn’t really turn up yesterday against Selfless, the -6.5 round line looks a little high, so is one we’d pass over, though we’d rather side with G2 on it than with OpTic, unless they play Cobble, in which case it is a bet.
G2 to win the series 2-0 with Ladbrokes at 4/9 (1.44)
G2 to win Cobblestone or Cache (if played) -6.5 rounds with Betway at 17/20 (1.85)
OpTic to win Nuke (if played) +6.5 rounds with Betway at 17/20 (1.85)
Ninjas in Pyjamas (1/8 Ladbrokes) vs Selfless (66/1 Ladbrokes), Draw (6/1)
NiP banned Nuke and Overpass yesterday, whilst Selfless removed Nuke and Dust 2. That gives us a rather large map pool that can be played, though there’s a slight chance that Selfless might leave Nuke in the mix and remove Cache.
Whilst Selfless performed well against G2 yesterday, that was likely somewhat of a fluke and normal service is expected to be resumed here. NiP match up well across all the possible maps and as such, back them on the handicap in today’s ELEAGUE CSGO fixture.