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CS:GO (ESL Cologne) Daily Betting Tips - August 26th

NiKo's FaZe will take on ZywOo's Vitality in a match to decide who will claim the last spot in the playoffs. We break down that match and more in today's betting tips.

Valentin Gustafsson
Freelance Esports Writer
26th Aug, 2020·☕️ 2 min read
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ESL One Cologne 2020: MAD Lions vs. OG

OG (1.58)

A spot in the playoffs will be on the line as OG are set to take on MAD Lions in the lower-bracket semi-finals. OG are the favorites, and rightfully so, in my opinion. MAD Lions did well to eliminate mousesports from the tournament, but they will have to punch above their weight once more if they want to advance. OG will likely pick Dust2 or Inferno, whichever one MAD Lions doesn’t ban, and they will be the fairly sizeable favorite on their map choice. MAD Lions picked Train against OG last time around, and I would expect them to do the same here, as OG are currently on four-game losing streak on this map. It is possible that MAD Lions will pick Mirage instead, as this isn’t the best map for OG statistically. However, most of OG’s losses on Mirage have come against pretty formidable opposition, so it may be a bit of trap. MAD Lions are certainly a live dog on their map choice, but OG have the stronger map pool overall and with this being a BO3, a victory for OG is the most probable outcome.

ESL One Cologne 2020: FaZe vs. Vitality

Over 26.5 Rounds Map 1 (1.88)

Both of these have a win apiece in the last two meetings, and interestingly both of these games were 2–0 sweeps. The maps were also the same in both series, with FaZe picking Dust2 and Vitality picking Nuke. FaZe haven’t had a ton of time to practice with Kjaerbye, who has been slotted straight into olofmeister and Bymas’ old positions. This is far from ideal, so for that reason I think it is fair to say that Vitality should be the favorite in this spot. However, FaZe definitely have the edge in terms of firepower and it would not be surprising to see them make this a competitive affair, especially on their map choice. 

ESL One Cologne 2020: Liquid vs. Cloud9

Cloud9 Map 1 Winner (2.80)

Liquid are big-time favorites in this matchup against Cloud9. These two teams have faced off three times this year, with Liquid coming out on top in the last two. Cloud9 opted for Overpass in both of these games and they were able to beat them on it the last time around. Overpass was always nitr0’s strongest map in the pool, so Liquid may still need some time to adjust with their new lineup. Cloud9 have proven that they are capable of beating Liquid on this map, so the handicap lines are definitely appealing at these odds as well as the map win odds.

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