North vs. Movistar Riders Odds, Prediction, and Betting Pick for May 7th – ESL One: Road to Rio

By Elias Wagner in Esports
| May 7, 2020 1:55 am PDT
North vs. Movistar Riders Betting Preview, May 7, 2020

Two teams with a chance of catching a playoff spot in Group B of the ESL qualifiers will face each other today and it promises to be an exciting affair.

Danish team North are currently in 5th spot with a 2-3 record but their Spanish opponent boasts almost identical stats and will be looking to kickstart another impressive run at the top level.

My North vs. Movistar betting preview for Thursday, May 7th, will try to figure out which way this tie will tilt. I look at the betting odds and provide a brief overview of the opponents and base my final prediction on that.

There is also a free betting pick for you in the end so make sure you don’t go anywhere!

North vs. Movistar Riders Odds

Let’s start with my choice of bookmaker and the prices it offers. I’ve gone with BetOnline as it regularly provides the highest odds and an unrivaled set of betting markets for CS:GO matchups.

Here are the most popular options and current prices:

Match Winner

North -147
Movistar Riders +122

Map Advantage

North  (-1.5) +193
Movistar Riders (+1.5) -256

Total Maps Played

Over 2.5 -114
Under 2.5 -111

I can understand why North is given the advantage here. The Riders sit lower in the rankings and they are still considered underdogs at this level despite their impressive start in the tournament.

Can the more experienced Danes hold off the ambitious Spaniards? I move on to my analysis and answer this with my prediction and pick afterward.

North Current Form

The Danes have been one of the positives teams in Group B. Without shining too much, they have clinched two huge wins and the game against Movistar Riders presents a great opportunity for them to continue their playoff hunt.

And they definitely have the resources to win today. Captain MSL is one of the most experienced players on the scene and players aizy and Kjaerbye have provided ample support in matches against mousesports and c0ntact.

The team will kick themselves for losing ties against GODSENT and Copenhagen Flames but should be feeling good about their chances today.

Movistar Riders Current Form

The hype surrounding the Riders has died down a bit but they are still hanging in there.

The team firmly established itself as the big surprise package of the tournament after gunning down mousesports and c0ntact in the first two rounds but reality has set in since and now steel and company will need to make another push if they are to make the playoffs.

They were more than a match for group leaders FaZe but heavy losses against Copenhagen Flames and G2 have left them in a bit of limbo.

I wouldn’t be too quick to rule them out, though, as ALEX and steel have proven they belong at this level.

North vs. Movistar Riders Betting Prediction and Pick

The Danes pummeled today’s opponent at the 2019 Sevilla DreamHack event but a lot has changed since then. Movistar Riders have consistently improved and their qualification and performances at this ESL One event have shown that the group has the confidence to perform at this level.

They will definitely want to avoid Vertigo as the map is their biggest Achilles heel and North is quite good on it. But this aside, the Riders boast better numbers on no less than four maps.

I reckon this will be a fierce contest and with the way these teams have held their own in recent games, I just can’t see how it will be settled in two rounds.

So, my final pick here will be the Over 2.5 market, and the odds of -114 are a very decent price given the circumstances.

Pick
  • Over 2.5
    -114

This is it for my North vs. Movistar Riders betting preview but if you’re looking for more esports games to wager on today, be sure to check the rest of our predictions for May 7th:

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