League of Legends
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eSport Betting Predictions

ESB’s League of Legends betting predictions for Saturday, July 22, focus on two LoL EMEA Championship (LEC) 2023 Summer Groups losers’ bracket games. Here are our selections for Fnatic vs MAD Lions and KOI vs Team Heretics.


Best Odds: Fnatic -277.78 at BetOnline | MAD +200 at BetOnline
When: July 22, 2023 | 18:00 CEST
Watch Live: Lolesports, Twitch

Following an awe-inspiring comeback in the LEC 2023 Summer regular season, Fnatic were due to some regression, but few expected it to happen in the first round of LEC 2023 Summer Groups. Despite entering the second stage of the split as heavy favourites, Fnatic lost their opening match of Group B against SK Gaming (0-2), which puts them in a very rough spot as they might not make the LoL World Championship 2023.

Their loss against SK Gaming can be mainly attributed to SK’s efficient movement around the map and Fnatic’s macro mistakes. The main thing to take away from that game is that Fnatic have some things to iron out before contesting the LEC crown.

MAD Lions suffered a similar loss against Excel Esports, who punished MAD’s sloppiness and secured an easy victory. Seeing MAD Lions and Fnatic lose their opening games in a similar fashion now brings the question – how will this meeting go?

Fnatic and MAD Lions are both somewhat inconsistent teams, but if we look beyond what they showed in the first round, Fnatic look like the better team. However, their head-to-head price is far too short.

This can easily turn into a messy game, and it wouldn’t be too shocking to see MAD Lions win. But at +110, a bet on over 2.5 maps is the better choice.

Over 2.5 total maps



Best Odds: KOI +110 at BetOnline | Heretics -151.52 at BetOnline
When: July 22, 2023 | 21:00 CEST
Watch Live: Lolesports, Twitch

KOI lost their opening match of the LEC 2023 Summer Groups against G2 Esports (0-2), while Team Heretics choked a 1-0 series lead against Team BDS and lost 1-2. And while KOI’s defeat is less concerning, it’s hard to defend Emil “Larssen” Larsson and his crew for what they showed on Sunday.

The big reason for Team Heretics’ defeat against Team BDS was their weak top side which is also the leading factor for why Heretics haven’t done better this split. Top laner Shunsuke “Evi” Murase is not good enough to compete at this level of play and will be the weak point KOI will look to exploit. But despite having a clear win condition, KOI’s top side isn’t that strong either.

We have two teams with very similar flaws, so stylistically, they should match up nicely. Other lanes tip slightly in favour of Heretics, but not enough to justify having Heretics priced as -151.52 favourites.

KOI can be two-faced, and the lack of consistency makes them a risky team to bet on. Still, at plus money, KOI offer some value.

KOI to win


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