A look at some of the teams to back in the first round of this weekend’s League of Legends European Championship Series.
Misfits Gaming (1.32)
One of the major reasons for backing Misfits is the appalling lack of form of their opponents Schalke. A run of four straight losses was followed by a streak-snapping win against SK Gaming in the previous weekend. That was Schalke’s third win of the season, which isn’t great by any standards. Misfits, on the other hand, have won nine games out of 14 this season, quite respectable considering the competition for the top of the pile. Form and confidence should take Misfits through in this one.
Fnatic have been one of the best teams in the European Championship for a while now. These odds are representative of that dominance, even though it might be a bit too low. Excel have won seven matches so far, while Fnatic have won 10. Yet, Fnatic are overwhelming favourites to cruise to their 11th win of the season. Perhaps, it might be an opportunity to add Fnatic and another team – maybe Misfits or Origen – to your bet slip for a double.
G2 Esports (1.26)
G2 Esports have climbed to the top of the LEC table, with a total of 11 wins this season. They have been in tearaway form, winning their previous four games en route to the top spot. In terms of dominance, G2 have the edge. In terms of confidence and momentum, G2 have the edge. In terms of personnel, G2 have the edge. Overall, G2 should be the team to back.
SK Gaming (4.20)
This is merely a punt based on a hunch and the law of averages. Firstly, Mad Lions started the season in solid form, but have fallen off a touch as this LEC split has progressed. They are currently in sixth spot with eight wins. Secondly, SK Gaming will be absolutely desperate to end this despondent losing streak that has now reached five losses in five games. Yes, SK are definite underdogs and deserve to be in this fixture. But that doesn’t mean they don’t have a chance. In my opinion, they could be worth the risk.