Clutch Island CS:GO betting
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eSport Betting Predictions


CSGO Betting Odds: Nemiga +129 at BetOnline | Winstrike -175.44 at BetOnline
CSGO Betting Lines: Nemiga +1.5 at -227.27 | Winstrike -1.5 at +162
When: June 23, 2020 at 13:00 MSK
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The third stage of the US $50,000 WePlay! Clutch Island tournament will kick off this Tuesday when Nemiga Gaming and Winstrike Team clash in the opening match of Group A.

Anton “boX” Burko and his crew started their journey into WePlay! Clutch Island in Group A, where they seeded alongside ESPADA, HellRaisers and Moscow Five Academy. After reverse sweeping M5 Academy (2-1) in the opening match, Nemiga stumbled against ESPADA (0-2) but bounced back with a commanding 2-0 win over HellRaisers in the decider match.

Having finished the group stage in second place, Nemiga entered phase two, which featured a double-elimination best-of-three (Bo3) format. There, they faced Group B winners forZe in a thrilling bout which saw Nemiga seal the series with a 16-7 win on Nuke in the third map.

Nemiga’s solid form at Clutch Island reflects their improved performances since signing Anton “speed4k” Titov from Hard Legion Esports in January. The Russian pro has maintained a 1.09 average rating and helped his new team climb 22 spots in the CS:GO global rankings. At the last update, Nemiga were ranked 30th in the world and seventh in their region.

Some of the team’s most notable achievements since January include second place in the WINNERS League – Season 3: Europe Invite Division, fourth at OGA Counter PIT Season 5 and a fifth at ESL One: Road to Rio – CIS.

Winstrike Team have also been on the rise since the CS:GO esports scene transitioned to online play. Although they have not made any roster changes since the turn of the year besides the acquisition of coach Dmitrii “hooch” Bogdanov in February, Abay “Hobbit” Khasenov and co. managed to break into top 30 teams in the world after starting 2020 at 57th in the rankings.

Their success in recent months, which includes a second-place finish at ESL One: Road to Rio – CIS in May, has awarded Winstrike with 1,500 Regional Major Rankings (RMR) points, which earned them a direct invite into the third phase of WePlay! Clutch Island.

At the end of May, Winstrike attended BLAST Premier CIS Cup but failed to show anything noteworthy. They joined ESPADA, Nemiga and Syman Gaming as one of the first teams to crash out of the competition after Hobbit and his crew lost to ESPADA (1-2) and Natus Vincere Junior (1-2).

However, Winstrike regained some momentum in the ESEA Season 34: Advanced Division – Europe: Regular Season, where they have won seven out of their last eight games.

Additionally, Winstrike are on a five-game winning streak after they took down hREDS (16-10), Budapest Five (19-15), Kaban Gaming (16-8), Nevermind (16-3) and sAw (16-14). Most of those teams, however, were amateur or lower-tier squads, so we should not put too much weight on those results.


These teams last met at the start of May at ESL One: Road to Rio and LOOT.BET/CS Season 6. The fixtures were played only one day apart and Winstrike won both of them, 2-1 and 2-0 respectively.

Neither side have made any roster changes since their recent bouts, so the individual quality will remain mostly the same here. Winstrike enter this bout as massive favourites, which seems fair, but the odds at some esports bookmakers seem a bit lopsided.

Although Nemiga did not look as sharp as expected throughout the first phase of WePlay! Clutch Island, they still picked up wins against forZe and HellRaisers. Furthermore, they defeated Sprout (16-12), AGO (16-11) and CR4ZY (16-11) just over a week ago, so it’s hard to justify their high price.

It’s also worth noting that the ESL One: Road to Rio clash between Winstrike and Nemiga was very close. Nemiga even held an 11-4 lead by the end of the first half on the final map but lost the game with a terrible 2-12 record on T-side.

Considering how close their recent bout was and the fact these two rosters know each other well, we can expect to see another close affair, so betting on the underdogs at $2.29 is an obvious pick for us. Over 2.5 maps can also be considered.

Nemiga Gaming to win

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