Four teams that have lost more than they have won in this spring split will face each other on Thursday. Here are some predictions and the reasons for them from Thursday’s LPL action.
LGD Gaming (3.35)
Just in terms of taking a punt on a team, this selection makes a lot of sense. Bilibili Gaming have won two of five matches so far in spring while LGD Gaming are yet to win one in three attempts. That lack of confidence in the LGD camp is probably why the odds are so high for a win. However, in the LPL, all it takes is one team fight to change the dynamics of a season. LGD Gaming will be desperate to open their account this season. Against a team that has been a bit inconsistent, I wouldn’t mind taking the high-risk, high-reward option.
Apart from Garvey (3.8 kills per match), no other LGD player has managed more than two kills per game. That lack of offensive production is an obvious concern for the team moving forward this season. Kui and Uniboy are both averaging 1.57 kills per game while Cult has managed 1.43 kills. These numbers will have to increase if LGD are to win a few more dragons and barons.
Map handicap: Suning -1.5 (1.63)
Suning finished 2020 with aplomb, taking the fight to Damwon Gaming in the final of the World Championships. The start to this year has been a bit more sober, with one win in four matches. However, there is a lot of depth and experience in that roster to stay below 0.500 for too much longer. Another reason for Suning to win without dropping a map on Thursday is OMG’s struggles this season. They have lost all four matches in spring so far. And their situation doesn’t have much light on the horizon either.
Huanfeng has been typically fluent in the lanes, racking up an average of 4.89 kills per game with 5.22 deaths. He also has a team-leading KDA of 5.35. Angel and Bin have also contributed in spirited fashion while also maintaining low death rates. In terms of producing kills before the spawning of neutral objectives, it will come down to these three players.