Thursday, June 6 – 12:00 CEST

The opening round of the Esports Championship Series Season 7 continues on Thursday afternoon with a BO1 clash between Ninjas in Pyjamas and NRG.

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Ninjas in Pyjamas’ most recent tournament was the DreamHack Masters Dallas 2019, where they performed quite terribly. They barely managed to win over TyLoo (16-13) and lost two series to FaZe Clan and Vitality without even taking one map. They showed some resilience in the last map against Vitality but still lost 16-14 in the end. NiP failed to win more than eight rounds on any of their other maps.

NRG were also present at the DreamHack Masters. They started their campaign with a loss to the Brazilian team FURIA, who completely outclassed them in a 16-7 BO1 match. They won 2-1 in their second match against Cloud9 but were eventually eliminated by the home favourites, G2.

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These two teams have played a total of four BO1 matches between them. The last time they met was at IEM Katowice 2019, where Ninjas in Pyjamas just managed to win 16-14 on Nuke. Fredrik “REZ” Sterner was the difference in that win, racking up 33 kills, 92.2 ADR and a massive 1.53 HLTV rating across 30 rounds. Patrik “f0rest” Lindberg was not far behind with 31 kills and a 1.52 HLTV rating. While it is a rare sight to see both of these players stepping up at the same time, NiP invariably fail to perform when neither of them do.

NRG’s best player that day was their IGL, Damian “daps” Steele, who finished the match with a 1.21 HLTV rating. It is quite unusual to see an IGL on top of the leaderboard and it usually means the rest of the team played very poorly. Their star player, Tsvetelin “CeRq” Dimitrov, finished the match with only 12 kills, which is one of the main reasons NRG lost that day.

NiP vs FURIA ECS7 betting predictions

Neither of these two teams are in great form, but NRG should prevail here. They are priced around -125, which makes them a slight favourite over NiP. Although the recent results of both teams are quite similar, NRG have the better players and the recent addition of Tarik “tarik” Celik only adds more depth to the roster. All in all, this should be a close one with NRG finishing on top.

Prediction: NRG to win – Best odds at BetOnline

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