ESL One Los Angeles 2020 - Online: Europe & CIS playday 11 is on the way. We will watch the 6th round in Group B, as Team Secret is firmly holding their 1st place without a match lost. Let’s analyse all upcoming Wednesday matches.
Unique +1.5 @ 1.51
I would say that this will be a real underdog fight here. Unique and Chicken Fighters are underdogs in this group and both teams are playing better and better each time. They have really surprised me, especially Unique - a CIS team with really young players and with VANSKOR at the helm. We all know how hard it is to achieve something in the CIS scene when you have Virtus.Pro, NaVi and Empire next to you. Unique will be a real contender team for the future in all qualifiers. In the last round Unique has won vs favoured NiP, and Chicken Fighters returned from 0-1 deficit vs Team Liquid and won the match 2-1. Really impressive performances by both teams in the last round. However, I do think in this match, Unique has a chance for sure. Chicken Fighters are slight favourites, but this match can go either way. Unique handicap is a pretty good bet in this situation.
Team Spirit @ 2.42
This will be a really interesting match. CIS clash between two up and coming squads. NaVi disappointed me with their performance in this tournament. Seems like they’ve come to a certain point and they are not progressing as a team. Maybe a new update and patch will help them explore new options and improve their gameplay. They are currently holding 7th place with 2 wins and 3 losses.
On the other side, Team Spirit is playing surprisingly well and they are holding 4th place in the group B with 3 wins and only 2 losses. For now, nobody has crushed them heavily in this league. They’ve managed to take at least a map in all matches, even vs the best team in the world, Team Secret. They’ve really impressed me in the matches vs Secret and Alliance. NaVi is a heavy favourite here on most sportsbooks, but I do think this match is more even then the odds are pointing out. It’s a nice opportunity to exploit odds here and to go with Team Spirit win. Very risky bets, but I do think Spirit has a 50% chance to win this.
Alliance +1.5 @ 2.55
The match of the day for sure. Probably the 2 best teams in group B facing each other. Alliance are currently ranked as the 2nd team in group B with 3 wins and 2 losses. They won 8 maps, and lost 6. However, Team Secret are much better with a 5-0 win-loss ratio and 1st place in the group. They’ve only lost 2 maps out of 12 in total. They’ve lost maps to Chicken Fighters and Team Spirit.
I don’t see a reason why Alliance wouldn’t be able to take a map off Team Secret. Team Secret are massive favourites here, odds on their win are so low that betting on them is just not worth it. Alliance showed some good games, and even though they are playing with a standing on position 5, they are showing a strong performance. Those odds are so tempting. Nikobaby must carry it again for it to come off, hopefully we will watch 3 maps. There is a small chance for that, but we’ve seen a lot of surprises in this league already.
Ninjas In Pyjamas @ 1.76
Team Liquid are in shambles. They have lost all matches that they’ve played in this league. They are facing bottom of the league with 5 losses and disastrous 4 maps won out of 14. 2 days before the group stage ends, they already have no chance to advance on. They will finish last in their group and they won’t play in the playoffs. In their last 3 matches vs Unique, Team Spirit and Chicken Fighters, they’ve managed to get 1-0 lead but eventually failed to win a match, by losing 2 maps in a row after that. NiP have 2 wins out of 5 matches, but they still have a chance to advance on. They must take this match seriously and win it if they want to have the chance for the next stage. Liquid are in bad form, and now without the motivation to play for too. NiP should take this match.