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eSport Betting Predictions

Day two of IEM Cologne kicks off with two best-of-three matches to decide the last two teams who make the upper-bracket semi-finals from Group B. ESB’s resident CS:GO tipster has provided his best bets for Friday’s matches.


Best Odds: FaZe -625 at BetOnline | 00Nation +350 at BetOnline
When: July 8, 2022 | 12:30 CEST
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FaZe Clan will begin IEM Cologne as the no.1 team in the world after an outstanding start to 2022 that includes titles from IEM Katowice, ESL Pro League Season 15 and PGL Major Antwerp. Since winning the PGL Major Antwerp, it is fair to say that this FaZe roster has cooled slightly after they could only manage 5th-6th place at both IEM Dallas and the BLAST Premier Spring Final. However, they were back to somewhere near their best in the 2022 Roobet Cup with a second-place finish at the end of June. No one should be underestimating FaZe Clan, as they have one of the best in-game leaders in the world, Finn “karrigan” Anderson, and one of the best players in the world, Robin “ropz” Kool, on this juggernaut of a team.

00NATION are the 29th-ranked team in the world, entering IEM Cologne as the lowest-ranked team at the event. However, no one should be underestimating 00NATION, as they have talent all over this roster – most notably with Marcelo “coldzera” David and Epitacio “TACO” de Malo, who boast a combined four Major wins over their lengthy careers. 00NATION had to go through the IEM Cologne play-in to make the main event, and they qualified by beating their Brazilian counterparts Imperial 2-0 in a best-of-three series. If 00NATION turn up and play the same way that they did in the play-in tournament, they will give FaZe Clan some headaches.

This best-of-three series could be an absolute belter with the Brazilian legends taking on the best team that CS:GO has to offer in 2022. We will be taking the overs in the total maps market, paying +137 with BetOnline.

Over 2.5 total maps



Best Odds: FURIA -120.48 at BetOnline | Astralis -120.48 at BetOnline
When: July 8, 2022 | 12:30 CEST
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FURIA will begin IEM Cologne as the no.8-ranked team in the world and the no.1 team from the Americas in this event. FURIA achieved their best result for 2022 when they finished 3rd-4th at IEM Dallas in early June. This all-Brazilian roster has definitely stamped its mark as the best in South America, having been ranked inside the top 10 in the world for the last three months consecutively. FURIA have won the last two encounters over Astralis, winning 2-1 in ESL Pro League S15 and also 2-0 at IEM Katowice back in February. With those results, FURIA will be heading into this best-of-three with a great deal of confidence.

Astralis head into IEM Cologne as one of the most talked-about rosters at the event. This roster has shown glimpses of what it could achieve over the past few months, but the results have not matched that promise. However, Astralis finished second in the Pinnacle Cup Championship and in 3rd-4th place at the Roobet Cup, showing signs that they may be starting to put things together now. The 12th-ranked team in the world had to qualify through the IEM Cologne play-in tournament, defeating BIG 2-1 in very tight contest to secure a spot in the main draw. If Astralis can continue this upward spiral into IEM Cologne, they have the talent to go deep.

This best-of-three series sets up as one of the most anticipated fixtures of the group stage. We will be taking the overs in the total maps market, which sits around -120.48 with the top esports betting sites.

Over 2.5 total maps


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