eSports Betting Online – March 2020

ESL Pro League Betting

Fans of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive were relieved to learn last week that Season 11 of the ESL Pro League was a go.

The action began Monday with matches held online rather than live; this week’s European Group B openers include Saturday’s battle between Fnatic (FNC), the Season 10 finalists from Sweden, and their Danish opponents from North, who crashed out in the first round.

Streaming begins at 2 PM ET on Twitch and YouTube.

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As you might expect, Fnatic are heavy favorites to take their CS:GO matchup with North. The highly-decorated Swedes, who won Seasons 1 and 2 of the ESL Pro League back in 2015, are –550 on the moneyline at press time, or –1.5 (–140) against the spread. The standard total of 2.5 is on the board with the Under priced at –200.

With the coronavirus and the competition from the new Flashpoint league, this could be a make-or-break year for the re-structured ESL. They’ve switched to a best-of-three Group Stage for the 18 teams in the European regional league and the six-team North American league; eventually, 12 survivors will meet in the playoffs, and the last two standing will play in the best-of-five Grand Final.

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League of Legends Pro League

The coronavirus may have most of the sports world on pause, but many of the top E-Sports leagues are still in business – including the League of Legends Pro League (LPL), that game’s leading organization in China and one of the best anywhere. The LPL 2020 Spring season is in full bloom, with Week 3 matches running through March 22; all the action can be seen on Twitch.

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The top team on the LPL 2020 Spring standings is Invictus Gaming (4-0), who will be in action this Thursday (2 AM ET) against No. 13-ranked LGD Gaming (1-3). Invictus are –850 moneyline favorites at press time, or –1.5 (–190) if you prefer spread betting; they won last year’s Spring playoffs, as well as the LPL 2019 Regional Finals, while LGD haven’t won a season since Summer 2015. For something a bit more competitive, watch out for Friday’s match (2 AM ET) between No. 3-ranked JD Gaming (3-1) and No. 6 EDward Gaming (2-2). JDG are still –475 favorites here, or –1.5 (–125) on the spread, but EDG are a proven commodity on the Chinese scene, and looking to recapture the form that saw them win the 2018 China Regional Finals.

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