Counter-Strike betting tips
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eSport Betting Predictions

ESB’s Counter-Strike: Global Offensive betting picks for Wednesday, August 23, focus on a pair of matches in the first round of the Intel Extreme Masters Sydney 2023 European Qualifier. Here are our selections for BetBoom Team vs OG and Ninjas in Pyjamas vs 1win, with esports odds courtesy of the best bookmakers for United States.


Best Odds: BB +110 at BetOnline | OG -151.52 at BetOnline
When: August 22, 2023 | 15:30 CEST
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BetBoom Team enter the IEM Sydney 2023 European Qualifier as a complete enigma. The Russian squad came together at the end of July and have since attended just one event – the IEM Sydney 2023 Open Qualifier, where they defeated 1win (16-13), FTW Esports (19-17), Dynamo Eclot (16-3), 500 (16-14), and Into the Breach (2-1).

It’s tough to take much from that since BetBoom have yet to play a strong team, but they’re in great form. The same can’t be said for OG.

OG’s new project with Iulian “regali” Harjău, Nils “k1to” Gruhne, and Dion “FASHR” Derksen has yet to make any strides. The new-look roster first exited BLAST Premier Fall Groups 2023 in 10th-12th-place, crashed out of IEM Cologne 2023 in the first round of the group stage, and ran fifth-sixth against second-tier opponents at CCT Online Finals #2.

The new signings would never make OG a competitive team at the top level, but to see them fall off so hard is concerning. But are they weaker than BetBoom Team?

On paper, OG look better than BetBoom, but considering their form, OG shouldn’t be priced as favourites. We’re taking our chances with BetBoom Team to sweep, even though a head-to-head wager at plus money isn’t a bad choice.

BetBoom Team -1.5 maps



Best Odds: NiP -454.55 at BetOnline | 1win +300 at BetOnline
When: August 22, 2023 | 15:30 CEST
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In the latest CS:GO world rankings, Ninjas in Pyjamas dropped from seventh to 11th place due to their poor placement at Intel Extreme Masters Cologne 2023. Even though Ninjas in Pyjamas weren’t expected to win the trophy, they left a lot to be desired with a round-one exit from the group stage.

In NiP’s defence, they got eliminated by the revitalised Astralis (0-2); however, they also played a bad series against the struggling FaZe Clan (1-2). Prior to IEM Cologne 2023, Ninjas in Pyjamas won BLAST Premier Fall Groups 2023, but a week before, they exited the Gamers8 2023 Last Chance Qualifier in fifth-eighth place. Consistency isn’t NiP’s strong suit, and that could be a problem on Wednesday.

1win have yet to attend a big event this season, but based on their performances over the last couple of months, the Russian squad should soon break into the top 20. They won BetBoom Playlist Freedom before the summer break, finished in the top four at the Gamers8 2023 Last Chance Qualifier, and didn’t disappoint in the IEM Sydney 2023 Open Qualifier. However, 1win have also not faced any good teams over that stretch.

1win seem like a competitive team and they might find a way to cause Ninjas in Pyjamas some issues, especially if Hampus “hampus” Poser and his crew have one of their off games. But it’s tough to bet against NiP, who are a class above 1win, despite their recent struggles.

Ninjas in Pyjamas -1.5 maps


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