Tuesday, May 21 – 17:25 PDT / 20:25 EDT
ESL Pro League Season 9 Americas continues on Tuesday with a Group B clash between eUnited and Cloud9.
Cloud9 have made a lot of roster changes already in 2019. In March, Robin “flusha” Rönnquist left the team as Maikil “Golden” Kunda Selim returned to the starting lineup. Later in the month, Ronald “Rambo” Kim joined as coach and Soham “valens” Chowdhury became the new Head of Data Science, while Daniel “vice” Kim was signed and Fabien “kioShiMa” Fiey was let go. René “cajunb” Borg arrived in April, thus completing the starting roster. At the beginning of May, Rambo left the team and valens once again became the head coach.
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Those changes have done nothing to improve Cloud9’s form. Their last LAN tournament was BLAST Pro Series Madrid 2019, where they barely won against Giants and lost all other matches to ENCE, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Natus Vincere and Astralis.
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Like C9, eUnited have also shuffled the deck in recent months. They started early in January, letting Brandon “Ace” Winn go after his contract expired. A couple of days later, Skyler “Relyks” Weaver left the team and was replaced by Will “dazzLe” Loafman. Pujan “FNS” Mehta was also gone by the end of the month.
In February, eUnited refused to renew the contracts of Michael “dapr” Gulino and Will “dazzLe” Loafman and they were let go. To complete their roster, they acquired Edgar “MarKE” Maldonado, Anthony “vanity” Malaspina and Victor “food” Wong from Swole Patrol, while Armeen “a2z” Toussi signed on as their new coach.
eUnited have won only three matches out of their last 10, although that run includes clashes with some better teams like Furia, AVANAGR, NRG, MIBR and Renegades. They lost both matches at their last LAN event, IEM Sydney 2019, going down 16-13 against NiP and 2-0 against MVP PK.
eUnited vs Cloud9 betting predictions
Cloud9 are priced around -142.86 to win the match, which is fair. They do have some firepower and an OK in-game leader, but it is difficult to back them with any confidence after so many roster changes.
Both teams are in somewhat shaky form, so there is a good chance we will see all three maps played. Over 2.5 maps is paying around -113.64 at online bookmakers, which is high enough for us to recommend a bet on it.
Prediction: Over 2.5 maps – Best odds at BetOnline