The ESL Pro League Season 14 will serve us with a Brazillian Counter-Strike: Global Offensive derby between TeamOne and FURIA Esports, who will cross swords on Thursday, September 2.
The two regional rivals will clash in the second round of Group D, for the first time since March, when FURIA swept TeamOne during the 13th season of the ESL Pro League.
FURIA Betting Preview
FURIA started their ESL Pro League Season 14 campaign with a 0-2 loss against Entropiq, who bested the Brazilians with 14-16 on Overpass and 13-16 on Ancient. Entropiq’s Igor ‘Forester’ Bezotecheskiy was on fire on the day and ended the series with 52 frags and a 1.27 HLTV rating.
On the other side, Kaike ‘KSCERATO’ Cerato emerged as FURIA’s best player, and even though his team ended up losing the bout, he wasn’t too far behind the 21-year-old Russian. KSCERATO walked away from the match with 50 frags and a 1.26 HLTV rating.
FURIA lost without winning a single map; however, the match was much closer than expected. I fully anticipated FURIA to perform much worse, considering they are playing with their coach, Nicholas ‘guerri’ Nogueira; however, if you look at his performance metrics, he wasn’t even the worst player on the server!
FURIA haven’t been on top for quite some time now. They have been trying, but most of their results over the year have been mediocre at most, and they have nothing to show for – mainly because they have been struggling to find a permanent fifth player.
Playing with a coach is obviously not ideal, but he has done well against Entropiq. To be honest, fielding him as a replacement player might not be as bad as it may seem – since FURIA are used to swapping out their fifth player.
TeamOne Betting Preview
TeamOne lost their opening match (0-2) against one of the tournament favorites, Gambit, with 15-16 at Mirage and 6-16 at Ancient. The first map was fairly close, and the Brazilians were pretty competitive for most of it.
Unfortunately, things didn’t go as planned for TeamOne on the second map, where they got stomped by the current second-best team in the world. Sergey ‘Ax1Le’ Rykhtorov was the driving force behind Gambit’s commanding win, as he ended the series with 40 frags and a 1.36 HLTV rating.
On the side of Team One, Mario ‘malbsMd’ Samayoa was their best-performing player, with 43 frags and a 1.22 HLTV rating. Unfortunately, none of his teammates stepped up, and they all ended the series with a sub-1.00 rating.
TeamOne have won only 42.1% of their matches across the last three months, which isn’t great; however, we must mention that most of those games happened during their trip to Europe when they have been playing against much stronger teams. What’s more, TeamOne won ESEA Premier Season 37 North America in June.
On a more negative note, TeamOne enter this match on a seven-game losing streak, which includes defeats against Sprout, OG, AGO, Young Ninjas. With results like that, it’s fair to feel concerned about their chances to upset FURIA.
FURIA vs TeamOne Betting Pick
FURIA and TeamOne last met about six months ago during ESL Pro League Season 13, when FURA won 2-0, with 16-12 on Train and 16-13 on Mirage. Andrei ‘arT’ Piovezan was FURIA’s best player on the day and ended the series with 44 frags and a 1.27 HLTV rating.
On the other side, Felipe ‘skullz’ Medeiros was the standout player for TeamOne with 34 frags and a 1.06 HLTV rating.
I can see this game ending both ways. FURIA played surprisingly well against Entropiq on Wednesday, but playing with a coach isn’t optimal. TeamOne, on the other side, are not in the best shape, but this is likely their best chance to win a game at the ESL Pro League Season 14.
Since you can justify saying that TeamOne will get a map, the public will likely be betting on overs. With that in mind, the value is probably on Under 2.50 maps.
Prediction: Under 2.50 Maps