Vitality vs. Astralis Pick – Wednesday, September 9, 2020
The ESL Pro League Season 12 has been a blast so far, with some exciting CS:GO matches delivered by the best teams in Europe. I imagine it’s only going to get better once we get closer to the playoffs of the competition.
Two of the teams that will be aiming at the knockouts are Vitality and Astralis. Both squads had their good and bad moments in their opening fixtures, so they need to be more consistent to progress to the next stage.
Wednesday’s clash could be crucial for their ambitions and I share my thoughts on their chances in this Vitality vs. Astralis betting preview. The post also includes the latest odds and lines, my prediction, and a free betting pick.
Vitality vs. Astralis Odds
- Vitality to win; +126
- Astralis to win; -152
- Vitality (+1.5); -233
- Astralis (-1.5); +178
- Over 2.5; -101
- Under 2.5; -123
The Vitality vs. Astralis odds you see above are courtesy of SportsBetting.ag, one of the top betting sites for CS:GO. The sportsbook covers all matches from the ESL Pro League Season 12 and often has some of the highest prices out there.
Vitality Current Form
August was good for Vitality and the French organization reached the ESL One: Cologne 2020 final before losing to Heroic. ZywOo was in fine form and the rest of the squad performed as well which brought a lot of optimism.
I expected a better start of the ESL Pro League as a result, but Vitality has been rather shaky. The team barely beat NiP in the opening match and then lost against Spirit in round two. Both fixtures went to three maps and it was close.
The problem is that I see no map that is super comfortable for Vitality right now. The team has been inconsistent on all three that were played so far and that could be a problem later in the competition.
Astralis Current Form
Astralis has been one of the more disappointing elite CS:GO teams in Europe lately. The squad has failed to get into the top four of the last several big tournaments and struggled to perform on a high level consistently.
And yet, there have been some good moments such as the victory against Vitality during the ESL One: Cologne 2020. The problem is that Astralis looks lost in the late stages of the top-tier competitions.
On the bright side, the squad is solid early on and that’s bad news for Vitality. Astralis certainly can beat the opponent which is why most betting sites view the Danes as the favorites.
Vitality vs. Astralis Prediction and Pick
I believe that Astralis is the stronger side right now and should be able to win this match. I don’t think it will be a clean sweep, though, because Vitality still has flashes of brilliance. That’s why I’m going for a rather unusual pick by backing Astralis to win by 2-1. The price of +280 is awesome and worth the risk, in my opinion.
- 1-2 correct score; +280