The ESL Pro League, which will be an online event, is back with three games scheduled for Tuesday. We take a look at some outrights and prop bets to consider from each of those matches.
Total maps: Over 2.5 (2.07)
Complexity are overwhelming favourites to cruise through in this contest, but are these two teams that far apart? Complexity are ranked No. 16 in the world, with three wins in their last five matches. Forze are ranked No. 22 in the world, with two wins in their last five matches. Okay, fair enough that Complexity have the advantage. But that still doesn’t mean they will raze Forze, who have been a consistent team in the lead-up to the ESL Pro League.
Forze have been good in Inferno, winning eight of their last 10 attempts in the map. Although the sample size is smaller in Dust 2 (three maps) and Train (four maps), they have terrific records, currently at 100% and 75% respectively. The chances are Forze will win one map, taking this to three.
Natus Vincere (1.18)
Unlike the previous game, there is a massive mismatch between these two teams. Natus Vincere have been in tearaway form to the point they have now dethroned the might of Astralis as the best CS:GO team in the world. Natus Vincere’s recent form has been sensational, winning all five of their previous matches, including straight-maps wins against Astralis, G2, Liquid and Ninjas in Pyjamas.
That will fill them with so much confidence, fluency and momentum that it’s hard to see North even take a map off them. Na Vi’s resurgence has been ably led by S1mple’s destruction: he is averaging 0.81 kills and just 0.57 deaths per round in the last three months of CS:GO action.
If this was a best-of-one encounter, there might have been a case to consider BIG. However, the ESL Pro League is a big CS:GO event in the calendar. Fnatic will turn up refreshed, albeit in a virtual environment on account of the tragic spread of the coronavirus. Fnatic are ranked sixth in the world, while BIG are No. 20 in the CS:GO rankings.
Fnatic also own the head-to-head matchup, having won all four maps they have played against BIG, including relatively comfortable 16-11 wins in Inferno and Train at the ECS Season 8 Europe late last year. BIG might challenge Fnatic, but it’s unlikely they have enough depth to win two maps.