Illuminar vs Havu CS:GO betting & match details
- CSGO betting odds: Illuminar +105 at BetOnline | HAVU -151.52 at BetOnline
- CSGO betting lines: Illuminar +1.5 at -256.41 | HAVU -1.5 at +178
- When: January 15, 2020 at 16:00 CET
- Watch live: Twitch
Illuminar vs HAVU United Masters League betting preview
Illuminar and HAVU are set to face off this Wednesday in the United Masters League quarter-finals, which will mark their first meeting of the tournament and the year.
Illuminar had a fairly successful run through the regular season, where they won three out of four fixtures played to finish as fourth seed and earn an early ticket for the playoffs. They bested ex-Windigo Gaming roster, Team Ancient and Virtus.pro but suffered an upset defeat against Sprout back in November during round two.
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Illuminar’s last fixture in the UM League came in early December when they bested Virtus.pro 2-0. Since then, the Polish outfit have played five fixtures and won three. Shortly after their win against Virtus.pro, Illuminar clinched the title at WESG 2019 East Europe by besting ARCY (2-1) in the semis and AGO (2-1) in the grand finals.
Illuminar failed to see the same success at DreamHack Open Sevilla 2019, where they crashed out of the contest in the group stage. They also fell flat in European qualifying for IEM Katowice 2020, crashing out of the lower bracket with a 2-1 defeat to MAD Lions.
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Unlike many other CS:GO esports teams, Illuminar have not made any changes to their roster in recent months. Their last personnel change came in July 2019 when they picked up the x-kom Team roster, which is still intact.
HAVU started their UM League venture with a 0-2 defeat against forZe in round one, to which they added a win against Hard Legion Esports and a loss to Aristocracy in round three. After a very shaky start, HAVU found their stride and won both round four and five against Ancient and GamerLegion respectively to edge their way into the playoffs.
Shortly after punching their ticket for the playoffs, HAVU appeared at the ESEA Season 32: Premier Division – Europe Finals, where they lost to forZe (0-3) once more. In the next couple of days, HAVU also appeared at the ESEA S32: Global Challenge, where they lost to Riot Squad Esports in the semi-finals and finished third-fourth.
HAVU also claimed a third-place finish at LOOT.BET/CS Season 5 and just recently finished fourth at SECTOR: MOSTBET, where they made it to the playoffs and defeated forZe and ARCY before losing to GODSENT in the lower bracket finals.
Since HAVU’s last UM League fixture against Virtus.pro, they have played 11 fixtures and won six. While that is a solid record, it’s worth noting half of those wins came against significantly weaker teams in ESPADA, SKADE, Triumph.
Illuminar vs HAVU United Masters League quarter-final predictions
The head-to-head record clearly favours HAVU, who are 3-0 in their last three meetings with Illuminar. Their last clash came in early November during the ESEA S32: Premier Division – Europe regular season, while the remaining two took place in August at LOOT.BET/CS Season 3.
HAVU are 2-3 in their last five games, while Illuminar are 1-4. That being said, we have to take into account Illuminar played against significantly stronger teams in their recent matches. Their last three defeats came against ENCE (1-2), GODSENT (1-2) and MAD Lions (1-2) in IEM Katowice qualifying, while HAVU lost to the likes of AGO (0-2) and Winstrike (1-2).
Another thing worth noting is that Illuminar’s players are posting significantly higher tournament ratings than HAVU, with their average showing 1.16 compared to 0.99.
Illuminar are much stronger than the odds would lead us to believe, yet we still have our doubts whether the Polish outfit will be able to break their losing streak. Both teams have a legitimate chance of winning, but we don’t believe either is capable of a clean sweep.
Prediction: Over 2.5 maps – +101 at BetOnline