The North American division of the 2020 BLAST Premier Spring Showdown kicks off with another edition of the biggest CS:GO Brazilian derby.
FURIA and MIBR will once again lock horns and everyone is waiting to see whether FalleN and his crew have finally found a way to topple their rivals.
My FURIA vs. MIBR betting preview for today features a detailed look into the teams’ recent form and key strengths, as well as a prediction based on the odds and past statistics.
Be sure to stay until the end as I also provide a free betting pick.
FURIA vs. MIBR Odds
I have chosen BetOnline for this tie as the number of markets and the prices the bookmaker has provided are hard to pass on.
Here are some of the main options we can bet on today;
FURIA (-2.5) -145
FURIA (-3.5) -110
FURIA (-4.5) +124
MIBR (+2.5) +111
MIBR (+3.5) -119
MIBR (+4.5) -161
Over 26.5 -120
Under 26.5 -109
Over 27.5 +126
Under 27.5 -164
As you can see, FURIA is the heavy favorite and this comes as no surprise. Let’s move on to my analysis of the teams’ current form and see where the betting value lies.
Team FURIA Analysis
Captain arT and his teammates are definitely the most dominant force on the North American scene right now. They recently romped to the ESL One: Road to Tio Grand Final by breezing past every opponent they’ve met on the way including fellow countrymen MIBR.
What transpired in the final left the team disappointed as they couldn’t navigate past daps and his tactical masterpiece but the loss hasn’t rattled the team’s confidence in any way.
Since then, they have produced another 2:0 beating to MIBR and have followed up with further wins against Chaos Esports, and Team Liquid in their DreamHack Masters group.
It does seem like Gen.G is the only team that can counter FURIA’s relentless offense right now which may once again spell big trouble for FalleN and his guys.
Team MIBR Analysis
Nothing too positive has happened to the team in the past few months. In fact, they have slid down the rankings and their performances have been widely criticized for being predictable and outright boring at times.
Their run at the ESL One: Road to Rio ended early as they couldn’t advance from the group phase. They will be contesting the advances stage at the DreamHack Masters but I wouldn’t say they were too impressive there either.
Another heavy loss by FURIA and falling to Team Liquid meant that the team’s narrow win against Chaos Esports is what got them the qualification. And it’s not a good sign that such an experienced team relies on the results of lower-ranked opposition to know whether they’ll compete in the playoffs or not.
This is another crunch matchup for FalleN, fer, TACO, and the rest, and if they don’t come up with a way to shake things up, I don’t think they are in with much of a chance.
FURIA vs. MIBR Prediction and Pick
The days of MIBR outplaying FURIA look to be over, at least until the team can come up with a way to stifle the blitzkrieg tactics of their opponents.
I for one am not holding my breath as players yuurih, KSCERATO and HEN1 only look to be getting better and it won’t be long before they are considered as real elite pros.
Given that the BLAST group phase follows a Best of 1 format, the teams will be focused right from the start. The pick and ban phase leaves only one map and that means that no one will be playing on their preferred venues.
This should favor FURIA as they not only possess the superior skill and chemistry right now but will have a mental advantage over their rivals.
I’m gunning for the high odds here and believe the -4.5 round handicap presents the perfect mixture between a solid price and a high probability.
This wraps up my FURIA vs. MIBR betting preview but I have more predictions lined up for today’s esports events in our best esports bets post. Be sure to check out what other esports events you can tackle today and read up on my reasoning.
Elias Wagner has been a soccer fan since he was a young boy. He still has a huge passion for the sport itself as well as betting on it and writing about it.
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