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Spirit vs. Winstrike Betting Preview With Prediction and Pick – ESL One: Road to Rio, May 17th

| May 17, 2020 1:38 am PDT
Spirit vs. Winstrike Betting Preview, Sunday, May 17, 2020

Time to settle the Grand Final of the ESL One CIS Division qualifiers!

Team Spirit and Winstrike are the teams that have impressed the most during the entirety of the tournament and will deservedly go head-to-head for the title.

These organizations already met in the tournament with Spirit coming up on top but Winstrike’s recent progress makes them a real threat.

The thing to note here is that unlike other CS:GO Grand Finals, this matchup will be played in the traditional Best of 3 format and neither team will have a round advantage coming into it.

My Spirit vs. Winstrike betting preview for Sunday, May 17th, has the intention of helping you out with your wagers. I look at the latest betting prices for the most popular markets, provide an analysis of both teams, and finish with my prediction and a free betting pick.

Spirit vs. Winstrike Odds

Let’s kick things off with the odds for the tie. The ones below are courtesy of Betway’s sportsbook.

Match Winner

Spirit -286
Winstrike +195

Maps Handicap

Spirit  (-1.5) +100
Winstrike (+1.5) -154

Maps Total

Over 2.5 +105
Under 2.5 -167

Is anyone surprised to see Team Spirit as the favorite here? I know I’m not. The organization has been relentless in their quest to clinch the CIS Division title and have already pummeled Winstrike on their way to the Final.

Do Hobbit and his teammates stand a chance here? Let’s find out.

Team Spirit

The Russian organization was by far the best team in the group stage after winning all five of their ties and advanced to the playoffs full of confidence.

They met one of the big favorites in Virtus.pro in the quarterfinals and despite a woeful performance on Mirage, captain chopper led his team to impressive wins on both Inferno and Overpass.

Overall, these guys have only lost two maps during the whole event and their focus and ability to deliver in the clutch will be a huge advantage for them coming into the Grand Final.

Winstrike Team

Nobody expected to see Winstrike contesting the final game but the team has shocked us all with their determination, tactics, and individual skill.

There were some shaky performances in the group stage but the 3-2 record they racked up was enough to send them to the lower bracket where they got the job done.

Syman Gaming was easily dispatched and Hard Legion didn’t put much of resistance either.

Sure, you can say that with Natus Vincere and Virtus.pro out of the way, Winstrike got the luck of the draw but their performances should by no means be underestimated.

Spirit vs. Winstrike Prediction and Betting Pick

Hobbit’s team has definitely been a pleasant surprise and they do boast good records on maps like Dust II, Train, and Vertigo.

However, their record on Train is the only one that firmly stands out and Spirit can easily remove the map before their opponents have a chance to pick it.

This can pave the way for a dominant win for the favorites and that is exactly what I’m going for here.

Captain chopper is a far better tactician than his counterpart Hobbit and he has mir in his ranks, who has a legitimate chance of being named the MVP of the tournament.

Overall, the team is in better form and possesses much bigger technical arsenal, not to mention the fact their chemistry and mentality are off the charts right now.

They are firmly locked in on the prize and I doubt we’ll see them underperform today. Winstrike will give it a good go but I fail to see how the result will be different from their previous meeting with Spirit.

The odds for that scenario are terrific so let’s go for a 2:0 win for the favorites.

Pick
  • Spirit  (-1.5)
    +100

That’s all for my Spirit vs. Winstrike betting preview but we have more predictions lined up for, today and the best ones have all made our daily top esports bets post.

Be sure to check my colleague’s picks for Sunday coupled with the latest odds and his reasoning.

Elias Wagner

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.

Outside of soccer, Elias also enjoys other sports including basketball, tennis, and snooker. He's been writing for GamblingSites.com since 2018.

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