With only two slots remaining for the Quarter Finals, teams in Group D will be battling each other for those slots. SK Gaming, Astralis, Team Liquid and Heroic will be engaging each other today. These are going to be close-fought matches, so our analysts have some well-thought-out CSGO betting tips to help you decide whom to place your money on.
The Group D matches are scheduled for September 29, 2017.
The format for this decider is pretty simple. There will be a total of 5 matches. The winners of Match 1 and 2 will face each other in Match 3. The losers of Match 1 and 2 will face each other in Match 4.
Finally, the winners of Matches 3 and 4 will face each other in Match 5, to qualify for the Quarter Finals.
All other teams in Group D will have been eliminated.
CSGO Betting Tips –
Astralis vs Team Liquid
These teams faced each other just three times this year. They first encountered each other in the ELEAGUE Major. There, Astralis defeated Team Liquid 16:3 in Mirage.
This isn’t completely indicative of performance, though, since Team Liquid’s roster has seen some significant changes since then. Peter ‘stanislaw’ Jarguz was added to the active squad on the 3rd of February this year, and Twistzz transferred from Misfits to Team Liquid on the 14th of April.
After the changes these teams met again in the Finals of the Esports Championship Series Season 3. Astralis first defeated Team Liquid in an Upper Class match 16:11, and then later in the Lower Class Finals 2-1.
Astralis and Team Liquid then fought it out in ESL One: New York. Team Liquid again lost in an Upper Class match against Astralis. The two teams then faced each other once again in the Lower Class Finals.
But this time Team Liquid fought brilliantly and beat Astralis 2-3. However, it was a barely-won series. Astralis wasn’t defeated by much, and the two teams may now be said to be equal. Which is always the worst-case scenario for the betting fraternity.
Avoid betting on this match, or if you want to risk a trifle, put it on Astralis, who have a slightly better chance of a victory. That’s because it’s a BO1 match, and Team Liquid often takes a match or two to ‘get set’. A BO1 match may put them off their stride.
The odds are 8/11 on Astralis!
CSGO Betting Tips –
SK Gaming vs Heroic
SK Gaming and Heroic have only fought each other once this year. That was in the Intel Extreme Masters Season XI World Championship, where SK Gaming won against Heroic 16:5. Heroic has changed their coach and made alterations to their roster since then.
SK Gaming currently stands 3rd in the global rankings, and first in North America. In comparison Heroic stands 18th in the global rankings, and 13th in Europe. SK Gaming has a 67% win-ratio since August, with 14 wins and 7 losses.
On the other hand Heroic has played a total of 30 matches since August with a win-rate of only 53%. Out of 30 matches played, they won just 16, with 3 draws and 11 losses.
Since it will be a BO1 match, Heroic may have no chance against SK Gaming. And it’s an online match, in which SK Gaming tend to excel. Everything here favors SK Gaming.
The odds are 8/13 on SK Gaming!
Stay tuned for more match-by-match betting analyses for this event.