We are halfway through with the LEC Summer Split and the best European League of Legends teams play for a spot in the playoffs. G2 Esports are under tremendous pressure to deliver as they take on archrivals Fnatic, but every game at this stage is of critical importance.
Last Chance for SK Gaming and Excel
The two teams are in serious danger of missing the playoffs, with SK Gaming playing their final card. Unless they defeat Excel, they will be officially eliminated from the race to play in postseason. They currently sit in the last place, but have won the match played against this opponent earlier this season. Excel lost against Fnatic and MADLions but should win this one at odds of 3/5 offered by bet365 Sports.
Misfits Try to Return to Winning Ways
Misfits were the hottest European team before losing consecutive games and they have no room for error. Another defeat against Schalke will jeopardize their chances of making the playoffs. For the Germans, this is the last chance to stay alive in the race and they are known as comeback specialists. Misfits can snowball leads and Schalke start slowly, so we like the odds of 9/20 at bet365 Sports on them to win.
MADLions Seek Vengeance Over Vitality
MADLions are clearly the better team but they were defeated by Vitality earlier this season. By returning the favor on Saturday, they almost secure a playoff spot, while endangering their rivals’ chances. They made the most of the easy games played last weekend, while Vitality only managed to split points. Odds of 9/20 offered by 888 Sport on MADLions aren’t spectacular, but fully justified, so worth taking.
Astralis Go for Another Major Upset
Astralis defeated G2 Esports last week and will try to cause another upset, this time against Rogue. They can’t afford to fall behind early on because their opponents are great at snowballing such early leads. So far they were unsuccessful against his opponent, losing all three games against rogue. The favorites are better but odds of 1/4 offered by bet365 Sports are simply too low, so we preferred to back the underdogs.
G2 Esports and Fnatic Play the LEC Derby
No other match in the European League of Legends Championship is as exciting as a game between G2 Esports and Fnatic. These are the teams that have won the most tournaments in Europe and perennial favorites to qualify for Worlds. Fnatic are the leaders and the team in better form, but bet365 Sports still credit G2 Esports as favorites with odds of 2/3. Value is definitely with Fnatic at 11/10.
The odds mentioned here were accurate at the featured bookmakers at the hour the article was written, respectively on Thursday, July 15 at 7 A.M. UK time.