Saturday’s Match Predictions for the ESL Pro League

An intense week of brutal CS:GO combat winds to a close with some interesting final matches. Old enemies meet again, to win or lose as the cards fall – or as brilliant tactics and fast trigger-fingers decide. Here are the important match predictions for this Saturday.


Match Predictions –

Natus Vincere vs. Fnatic

The first round will take place at 18:00 British Summer Time, which is 10:00 Pacific Daylight Time. The second round follows shortly afterwards at 19:10 BST, which is 11:10 PDT.

Fnatic and Natus Vincere are two of the oldest Counter Strike Teams. They also have the largest fan followings. Tens of thousands of fans will be watching this match, as they do any pairing between these two teams.

Since the release of CS:GO, these teams have clashed in 60 matches in 32 events in all. That means they face each other on an average of between six to seven times every year! That’s a lot of matches!

Expert Analysis:

Out of the 60 matches these teams played against each other, Fnatic won 42 matches and Natus Vincere 16, with a single draw. Now that seems to be a lethal difference in win-rates.

The stats say that Fnatic are going to win.

But let’s check that result once more by taking a look at each team’s performance over the last two years. Fnatic hasn’t done exceptionally well, what with olofmeister’s injury taking him out of the team for awhile, but Natus Vincere’s performances have been dismal. These days Natus Vincere hardly even seems to do as well as the average medium-tier team.

The odds are on Fnatic to win this match!


Match Predictions –

North vs. Ninjas in Pyjamas

The first round will take place at 20:20 British Summer Time, which is 12:20 Pacific Daylight Time. The second round follows shortly afterwards at 21:30 BST, which is 13:30 PDT.

Since North came together relatively recently, they have not had the opportunity to engage too many teams, and have taken part in a mere handful of tournaments.

Ninjas in Pyjamas and North participated in 5 events together, but only actually faced off against each other once, in Season 5 of the ESL Pro League.

We don’t have much to go on in terms of direct matches. So let’s compare the performances of each of these teams in events they both took part in.

In DreamHack Masters Las Vegas 2017, North not only vastly out-performed Ninjas in Pyjamas… they also reached the Semi Finals (where they lost to SK Gaming). North ranked 3rd in this event, compared to Ninjas in Pyjamas, who ranked 7th.

In the Intel Extreme Masters Season 11 World Championship, North once again performed better than Ninjas in Pyjamas, winning 3 matches out of 5 that they played in the event. While Ninjas in Pyjamas only managed win a single match in the whole event. North also managed a place in the Quarter Finals of this event.

In StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season 3, North ranked 6th, whereas Ninjas in Pyjamas ranked 11th. And once again, North made it to the Quarter Finals.

When the two teams actually faced each in other in ESL Pro League Season 5, North defeated Ninjas in Pyjamas 2-0 and reached the Finals, while Ninjas in Pyjamas ranked 10th. Where North lost only 7 matches out of 26, Ninjas in Pyjamas lost 14 matches.

Finally, the two teams competed in ESL One: Cologne 2017, where at last Ninjas in Pyjamas did much better than North. Ninjas in Pyjamas ranked 6th, while North ranked way below them in the 11th place.

Expert Analysis:

So what’s the prediction for this match?

Yes, Ninjas in Pyjamas did better than North in the last event, but that could be a fluke, while North has shown consistently better performances. Actually, Ninjas in Pyjamas have also been consistent in those performances – consistently bad.

So either North will win this match, or the match will be a draw. North has crushed Ninjas in Pyjamas before, and they can do it again.


These are the most carefully formulated match predictions for the ESL Pro League. Analysts thoroughly study team histories and playing styles to give you the best chance possible. Stay tuned for more match-by-match betting analyses of the ESL Pro League.

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