eSports Keep the Betting Dream Alive for Punters this FridayPublished March 20, 2020 by Florin P
Top Counter Strike Global Offensive European teams lock horns in the ESL Pro League, as the group stage approaches its conclusion.
Virtually all the important sports competitions are on recess because of the coronavirus pandemic, leaving punters with very few options. Esports are the ones that keep the dream alive, by providing them with extra betting opportunities on major tournaments. Counter-Strike Global Offensive and League of Legends are the most popular games of their genre and both have scheduled highly-anticipated matches this weekend. The Chinese LPL and the ESL Pro League games are expected to steal the show on Friday.
CS:GO ESL Pro League Group A Favorites Play on Friday
Astralis are the main favorites to win the ESL Pro League, in spite of starting the tournament with a shocking defeat. The multiple champions have returned to their winning ways by leveling the score and are expected to defeat ENCE on Friday. In the match scheduled at 9 PM UK time, Astralis are given odds of 1/10, while the underdogs are priced at 5/1 by bet365 Sports.
Team Vitality are tied for the lead with Ninjas in Pyjamas, after starting the tournament with back-to-back victories. Both are expected to prevail on Friday, as they are slight favorites against the likes of Team Secret, respectively Godsent. Ninjas in Pyjamas play in the opening match of the day and the odds of 1/2 can be explained by their recent victory over Astralis. Team Vitality could take advantage of an early upset and claim solitary lead if they confirm the odds of 2/5 offered on them to win.
RNG and JD Gaming Gaming Fight for LPL Supremacy
The Chinese LPL is the first and so far only League of Legends professional region to return to action. Matches are played online, but are nevertheless exciting, especially with the best teams in the spotlight on Friday. Rogue Warriors play first in the early hours of the morning, trying to return to their winning ways after a subpar season start. Once again, they start as underdogs against LNG, with odds of 8/5, while their opponents are priced at 9/20 by 888 Sport.
The two most exciting games of the day will pit Royal Never Give Up against Vici Gaming and Edward Gaming against JDG. The latter are the current leaders with one defeat and five victories but will have a difficult task in the match scheduled for 9 AM UK time. Edward Gaming is a stingy team capable of pushing series into decisive matches against the toughest opponents, so the odds of 5/2 are tempting. In the second match of the day, RNG are expected to confirm the odds of 3/20 and sweep Vici Gaming.
The odds mentioned here were accurate at the featured bookmakers at the hour the article was written, respectively on Thursday, March 19 at 8 am UK time.