BIG vs. OG – Friday, September 4th, 2020
The second Group A round-robin at the European ESL Pro League brings us a clash between BIG and OG.
Captain tabseN’s squad had an easy start against Polish side AGO but their next opponents are bound to pose a much tougher challenge.
How will this latest tie between these two organizations pan out?
To answer this question, I look at the current betting prices and share an analysis of the teams’ form on which I base my BIG vs. OG free pick.
BIG vs. OG Odds
Let’s kick things off with the odds for the most popular betting markets:
The prices are courtesy of Betway and I feel they give a fair reflection of what we can expect from the teams here.
I now move on to my analysis section but make sure you stay until the end for my final betting prediction.
BIG Current Form
The German’s all-conquering form seems to have faded a bit since the restart but they were still able to grind out a couple of important wins and clinch the DreamHack Open Summer title.
They could not replicate the success at the ESL One: Cologne, however, and a surprise defeat by underdogs Sprout coupled with an inspired NiP performance booted them out of the tournament early.
It’s evident that the squad has run out of steam a bit but they will take comfort from the fact that they didn’t allow AGO to rattle them in the first round of the Pro League and can now focus on building up their rhythm again.
In-game leader tabseN, XANTARES, and syrsoN are all in decent form but a lot will depend on how k1to and tiziaN will handle their roles here.
OG Current Form
The team has had some mixed results since returning to competitive action but is gradually moving towards recapturing its best form.
Their last two outings against G2 ended in defeat but there were a lot of positives to take away from both ties and they could’ve ended very differently if the team showed a bit more decisiveness in the crunch rounds.
Aleksib’s tactics are almost always on point and he has been quite successful at rattling BIG in the past but he will need his gunmen to produce on the killing front.
Players valde and mantuu have been playing well, however, a lot more is expected from both NBK- and ISSAA whose execution has been lacking in most games.
All of the best CS:GO sportsbooks have OG as a massive underdog here but an organized and bold performance could easily see them upset the odds here.
BIG vs. OG Pick and Prediction
This may prove to be a very close encounter.
The fear factor of playing BIG has decreased in recent weeks and despite clinching a 2:0 win against AGO, the team did allow the Poles to get close to a tiebreak on Vertigo.
There are definitely holes in the Germans’ game right now and OG has been quite successful at exploiting them in the past.
The French organization has won at least a map in all three of their past encounters with BIG and two of those came when tabseN and his crew were simply flying.
I feel OG will come into the tie feeling confident and should be able to once again take the matchup to a third round even if they lose out in the end.
That is why the Over 2.5 market presents the best deal here and that would be my final pick.