Astralis, the world No. 2 CS:GO team, are back in action at the ESL Pro League in Friday’s schedule of three games. We take a look at some bets to consider, which doesn’t include any upsets.
Ninjas in Pyjamas (1.48)
NiP are in sensational form. That’s the primary reason for backing them because other that factor, there isn’t a lot that separates these two teams. NiP are coming into this game on the back of four straight wins, including straight-maps victories against Spirit, Astralis and BIG. In that same period, Godsent have lost three of their previous four matches.
NiP have been in the circuit for just that much longer, which has led to their climb up to No. 12 in the world. Led by Plopski, they are looking set for an entry into the top 10, which will transform the team’s confidence against teams lower in the pecking order, such as Godsent.
Team Vitality (1.43)
Spirit can be commended for their hunger and determination in their run to this stage of the ESL Pro League, one of the biggest stages in professional CS:GO. However, they might find the step-up against the better teams a task too challenging. Vitality, ranked 10 in the world, have won their last two games, against ENCE and Godsent.
Vitality have owned the head-to-head matchup too. In eight maps against each other, Vitality have won seven of them. In five of those wins, Spirit weren’t able to win 10 rounds. This might be closer than those results, but it still appears that Vitality have too much depth and experience to flounder on such a big stage.
Map handicap: Astralis -1.5 (1.50)
Astralis would have been hurt badly by their campaign-opening defeat to NiP. They bounced back in strong and typical fashion, putting away Godsent in straight maps. Astralis are ranked No. 2 in the world, with Device, Dupreeh and Magisk leading their charge.
ENCE, on the other hand, are ranked No. 22 in the world. They have a solid roster, but won’t have enough offensive weapons to stay abreast with Astralis’ powerful trio. They might challenge Astralis in one map, but it’s hard to see this game going past two maps.