Here’s a detailed look at some predictions from Friday’s matches in our daily CS:GO round-up.
Gambit Youngsters (1.54)
Just looking at the matchup, there isn’t a lot that separates these two teams. Looking further at each factor individually, subtle differences start to show. Let’s take a look at some of those factors. One, form. Gambit Youngsters have some decent recent form to show, with two wins in their last four games. Both those wins came against opponents ranked higher than them (Endpoint and Virtus.pro). Copenhagen Flames have lost their last four matches.
Personnel wise, Gambit Youngsters have relied upon Sh1ro, Ax1le and Nafany. Sh1ro and Ax1le, in particular, have been terrific with K/D ratios of well over 1.15 this year. Gambit Youngsters also own the map matchup in six of seven maps. In the only other map (Nuke), Gambit Youngsters haven’t played enough to record a considerable sample size.
Just the manner in which Skade were hammered by Winstrike could be an influential factor to decide this game. Yes, Skade would want to put that behind them and start afresh but how will their confidence hold up in clutch situations?
Endpoint have won three of their last five matches, which should keep them sprightly ahead of this encounter. They even hold a slim advantage in the head-to-head. In the 13 maps they’ve played against each other, Endpoint have won seven of them.
Total maps: Over 2.5 (2.11)
On the face of it, there should be several reasons for backing Pain, the clear favourites in this contest. There are no distinct advantages though. Pain are ranked 111 in the world while Imperial are currently 94th in the world.
In terms of recent form, Pain have lost four of their last five matches while Imperial have won all five games in that period. Imperial have been solid in most maps as well. Considering these factors, it might be prudent to back both these teams to win a map. It’s possible that Pain wins 2-0, but with odds of 2.11, the odds for a third map are compelling enough.