Home Sweet Home CS:GO betting
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eSport Betting Predictions


CSGO Betting Odds: BIG -250 at BetOnline | Syman +177 at BetOnline
When: April 7, 2020 at 13:30 CET
Watch Live: Twitch (https://www.twitch.tv/GRIDesports)


BIG and Syman will meet on the battlefield on Tuesday in their opening Group A fixture in Week 1 of the #HomeSweetHome CS:GO esports tournament.

In January, BIG announced huge changes to their CS:GO roster, which saw the departure of Owen “smooya” Butterfield and the benching of Johannes “nex” Maget in favour of ex-Sprout duo Florian “syrsoN” Rische and Nils “k1to” Gruhne. That controversial move proved to be beneficial for BIG, who look to be much stronger with syrsoN and k1to on board.

Since the roster changes, BIG have won DreamHack Open Leipzig 2020, topped the Europe Minor Championship – Rio 2020: Open Qualifier #1 and Flashpoint Season 1: LAN Qualifier, and produced some big performances in high-profile events, including their 2-0 win over Natus Vincere at ESL Pro League Season 11 Europe. The recent surge in form has seen BIG climb to 19th spot in the CS:GO world rankings, far above their regional rivals Sprout (32nd).

Despite BIG’s recent improvement, however, they failed to impress throughout March, when they crashed out of the Europe Minor Championship – Rio 2020: Closed Qualifier in round two and finished 16th-18th at ESL Pro League Season 11 Europe. While those results fail to inspire much optimism, it’s worth noting that BIG’s next opponents have not played a single competitive match since losing to forZe in the ESL Pro League on Tuesday, March 24.

Syman enter the #HomeSweetHome tournament with an incomplete roster. Their two permanent members, Sanzhar “neaLaN” Ishkakov and Nicolas “Keoz” Dgus, are joined by loanee David “n0rb3r7” Danielyan and trialists Rasmus “kreaz” Johansson and Rustem “mou” Telepov.

The CIS team have lost some individual quality since they parted ways with Ilya “Perfecto” Zalutskiy, who left for Natus Vincere in late January. Based on their performances through February and March, however, neaLaN and co. are holding up surprisingly well. In fact, they have dropped only four spots in the global rankings since January and are now sitting at 31st place, which is commendable for such a young and inexperienced team.

Since the turn of the year, Syman have participated at the DreamHack Open Anaheim 2020: European Open Qualifier, Flashpoint 1 European Closed Qualifiers and BLAST Premier CIS Cup: Open Qualifier #1, where they finished ninth-16th, ninth-12th and second respectively. Notable results in that stretch include 2-0 wins over HellRaisers and Hard Legion as well as a battling performance against the surging HAVU, who they took to overtime on the second map in a 0-2 defeat.


Syman are clearly the underdogs heading into this bout, but that does not necessarily mean they don’t have a chance to surprise BIG.

Online matches are notorious for upsets. What’s more, this is a best-of-one (Bo1) fixture, which will suit the outsiders.

In a perfect world, BIG would come out ahead on merit alone. They might do so here, but at -250 there is little value in siding with the favourites. Instead, we like the generous odds offered on Syman, who are priced as high as +177 for the win at some esports bookmakers.

Syman to win

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