The resurgent Furia Esports are back in another round of ESL Pro League games on Thursday. We delve into some teams to back from these matches.
Virtus.pro threatened to upset Mousesports for a while in their first map, but things quickly unravelled as they slumped to a straight-map loss, their fifth straight defeat. There is plenty to worry about for Virtus.pro. However, they do have the roster and the personnel to turn that form around, led by Jame, who has had a sub-par year so far. They are ranked 20 in the world. Their desperation to end their losing streak will be growing with every passing match. OG have been in decent rhythm, which is why they start this encounter as favourites. However, the odds are compelling enough to back Virtus.pro.
Furia Esports (1.35)
There is quite a disparity in rankings between these two teams. Furia are ranked 11 in the world, with some strong form at the ESL Pro League. They have won their last four matches, including victories against Liquid and MIBR. Swole Patrol are ranked 39 in the world, and even though they have the confidence to compete, they don’t quite have too much else going for them.
Kscerato and Yuurih, in particular, have been in terrific form for Furia. Both players well average over 0.70 kills per round in 2020. Furia have also won 12 of the 19 maps they’ve played against Swole Patrol. You could even consider Furia to win without dropping a map.
Evil Geniuses (1.30)
I’d advise against backing Evil Geniuses to win in straight maps because MIBR certainly have the depth and aggression to put out their best in one map. However, over a longer duration of three maps, it seems like Evil Geniuses, ranked No. 7 in the world, have the ingenuity and skill to eventually prevail.
EG have won seven of their nine maps against MIBR. Brehze has been in strong offensive form and he has been ably assisted by the consistency and experience of Tarik and Cerq. Despite EG’s middling form, they should still have enough to cruise to a win here.