Counter-Strike ESL Pro League tips
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ESB’s free Counter-Strike: Global Offensive betting predictions for Wednesday, August 6, focus on three ESL Pro League Season 18 Group B bouts. Check out our selections for BIG vs Monte, MOUZ vs MiBR, and Evil Geniuses vs ENCE, with odds courtesy of the best CS:GO esports bookmakers in United States.


Best Odds: BIG -103.09 at BetOnline | Monte -121.95 at BetOnline
When: September 6, 2023 | 16:00 CEST
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These teams last met in the CCT North Europe Series #7 final a week ago, when BIG won with 16-8 on Vertigo and 16-11 on Anubis. It marked their third meeting of 2023 and the first since March, when BIG won 2-1. Monte won the first match 2-1 during the Intel Extreme Masters Rio 2023 European qualifiers.

Despite leading 2-1 in the head-to-head count and beating Monte just one week ago, BIG enter this match as underdogs, which doesn’t sound right. On the one hand, BIG are not the most consistent team, and they looked terrible at the start of August, but they’ve recently found some momentum and won CCT North Europe Series #7 by beating ENDPOINT, SAW, los kogutos, and Monte.

Monte are 9-5 since the start of August, which isn’t great, but they’re not placed worse than the top four in their last four tournaments. Like BIG, Monte aren’t the most consistent CS:GO squad, but they can have their moments.

These teams are close enough talent-wise to believe it’ll be a tight affair. As such, taking over 2.5 maps makes more sense than backing either side to win.

Over 2.5 total maps



Best Odds: BIG -103.09 at BetOnline | Monte -121.95 at BetOnline
When: September 6, 2023 | 19:30 CEST
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MiBR have made four roster changes since the turn of the year, but they’ve yet to accomplish anything noteworthy. Since the end of the summer break, MiBR have attended three events – CCT North Europe Series #6, CCT Online Finals #2, and Gamers8 2023 – and haven’t placed higher than the top six in any of them.

To make matters worse, MiBR are 0-3 ahead of their match with MOUZ and haven’t played a single game in three weeks, so it’s no surprise they’re expected to struggle on Wednesday. Some of it has to do with the fact that MOUZ have been playing well over the last month.

MOUZ made the finals of Intel Extreme Masters Dallas 2023 and reached semifinals at Elisa Invitational Spring 2023 before the summer break. They’ve since added an unfortunate early exit from IEM Cologne 2023 (9th-12th) but won Thunderpick World Championship 2023: European Series #1 three weeks ago.

MOUZ will likely have a hard time once they face any of the top ESL Pro League Season 18 contenders, but they shouldn’t struggle to beat MiBR.

MOUZ -1.5 maps



Best Odds: EG +662 at BetOnline | ENCE -1250 at BetOnline
When: September 6, 2023 | 19:30 CEST
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ENCE are one of the three leading candidates to win ESL Pro League Season 18. Evil Geniuses, meanwhile, are hardly worth talking about in the context of which teams can make a deep run in Malta.

Evil Geniuses have not fielded a strong CS:GO team since 2020, and the team’s performances over the last nine months have been particularly disappointing. Even the most recent roster shuffle – when EG promoted their academy lineup to the main team – has not led to any significant success.

On the other side, ENCE have been ramping up over the last few months and looked especially good in August, with two finals appearances at Intel Extreme Masters Cologne 2023 and Gamers8 2023. And the biggest reason ENCE are so successful is their consistency.

The opening rounds of any tournament tend to produce more upsets than expected, but ENCE are known to take care of business when faced with weaker teams.

ENCE -13.5 rounds


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