There’s plenty to look forward to from Thursday’s professional CS:GO offering from around the world, including the world No. 2 team. Here are some teams to consider for your bet slip.
If this was a best-of-one encounter, Hard Legion’s chances would have been significantly higher. Over a sustained period of pressure, the team that has more skill eventually comes out on top. In this particular game, on paper, Godsent is the more skilled team. They are ranked 21 in the world, a testament to their CS:GO consistency in recent months. Maden, Zehn and Styko average 0.74 kills per round between them, which might be too hard to match for Hard Legion.
Total maps: Over 2.5 (1.83)
Not much separates these two teams. Virtus.pro are ranked 25 in the world, Illuminar are ranked 27. Illuminar are in great form, having won their last five matches without much trouble. Virtus.pro own the head-to-head matchup, considering they’ve won seven of 11 maps against Illuminar. Both rosters are brimming with talent and experience. This game is anyone’s for the taking. In such situations, the safest prediction is a tight game, decided late, which is the reason for backing each team to win a map.
Team Spirit (2.03)
Again, these two teams are hard to separate in more ways than one. However, the payout for one team is very attractive. Spirit are the underdogs here, but they’re not a bad team at all. They are ranked 29 in the world. Spirit have also won their last three games, all best-of-three victories. Spirit have a strong map match-up too (an 81% win rate in their last 21 maps against a 73% win rate in their last 30 maps in Dust2 and a 60% win rate in their last 10 maps against a 29% win rate in their last 17 maps in Inferno).
Evil Geniuses (1.76)
The most high-profile CS:GO game of the day sees the world’s second-best team Evil Geniuses in action against Natus Vincere. Na Vi have lost a bit of their lustre in the last few months, primarily because they’ve had to rely heavily on the brilliance of S1mple. EG, on the other hand, have found their form, fluency and momentum with plain, simple consistency. Brehze and Cerq have been in sensational form in the last few months, leading EG to several massive upsets.