ESL One Cologne 2017 Betting Preview

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ESL One Cologne 2017 will take place in Cologne, Germany on July 4-9 and will feature 16 top teams from around the world. The Swiss system for the group stage means that plenty of matches will be played and therefore a bunch of great betting opportunities. In this betting preview, we list the favorites to win the event, match-ups, and the best odds.

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ESL One Cologne 2017

Thanks to discussions with the participating teams, ESL has decided to use the Swiss system for the group stage. Eight teams will go through to the single-elimination playoffs where the grand final will be played in a bo5 match. The high number of participants combined with the Swiss system is heaven for any bettor since it means that there will be a lot of matches for you to bet on. Our choice of sportsbooks for this event are bet365 and Betway, foremost because of their broad variety of odds. Find everything from match winner to special bets such as first kill.

Schedule & match-ups

Over the course of six days, we’ll be spoiled with high-quality csgo entertainment. And super interesting match-ups have already been announced. When the pairings for the first Swiss round was done ESL took its CSGO world ranking into account. We’re really looking forward seeing SK take on up and coming team Space Soldiers. Another great match will be NiP vs Cloud9, just to see how well the Swedish team will perform with their recent addition REZ.

Cologne will be stacked with teams that have a great shot of taking home the trophy. SK, FaZe and G2 are the teams to beat and are most likely the teams of which the other competitors have prepared for. The Brazilian superstars in SK are favored by the sportsbooks to win the entire event, with FaZe and G2 Esports close behind.

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SK vs Space Soldiers

July 4th

sk gaming csgo team photo

SK Gaming has managed to climb back to the very top of the pro scene with several tournament victories this year. They’re considered favorites against any team in this tournament and especially the likes of Space Soldiers. We haven’t seen much of Space Soldiers lately due to lack of presence at international events, but we know for a fact that they have really skilled players such as XANTARES and MAJ3R.

The Brazilian team has a clear advantage heading into this match, but, considering it’s a bo1, anything can happen. With that said, SK have proved to be one of the most consitent teams and we have a hard time seeing them lose. They rarely lose to clear underdogs, we see them reaching at least semi-finals in ESL One Cologne 2017.

Prediction: A victory for SK Gaming. They are, without a doubt the best team in the world and they seem to have found a perfect role for Felps already. Their recent tournament wins includes ECS Season 3 finals, DreamHack Open Summer 2017 and IEM Sydney 2017.

Odds: bet365 1.12

NiP vs Cloud9

July 4th

nip rez photo

We have yet to see NiP with their new line-up in an offline tournament, or in any match for that matter. Before adding REZ, the Swedish squad had been performing awful for a long time. That’s why we’re extra hyped to see what the new NiP can achieve, could be too early to expect anything special though. As for Cloud9, they did finished 3rd at ECS Season 3 Finals. C9, in their current shape, should be able to beat a NiP with a new roster.

We’d still say it’s 50/50, a bo1 match between NiP and Cloud9 could go either way. Because NiP’s new roster does look promising, however, they probably need more time to practice and sort things out.

Prediction: We give a slight edge to Cloud9, just because they have been playing together for a long time and seem to be in decent shape. NiP, on the other hand, haven’t really had the time to practice enough with their new player REZ.

Odds: bet365 1.90

Na’Vi vs Liquid
North vs OpTic
FaZe vs Heroic
mousesports vs fnatic
Immortals vs Virtus.pro
TyLoo vs G2

Temporary schedule for the tournament below:

Tuesday, Jul 4

12:00             Swiss group-stage               bo1

Wednesday, July 5

12:00             Swiss group-stage               bo1

Thursday, July 6

12:00             Swiss group-stage               bo1

Friday, July 7

10:00             Quarter-final #1                  bo3
13:50             Quarter-final #2                  bo3
17:40             Quarter-final #3                  bo3
21:30             Quarter-final #4                  bo3

Saturday, July 8

16:00             Semi-final #1                      bo3
19:50             Semi-final #2                      bo3

Sunday, July 9

16:00             Grand final                         bo5