TEAM LIQUID VS EVIL GENIUSES LoL BETTING & MATCH DETAILS
|LoL Betting Odds:||Team Liquid -172.41 at BetOnline | Evil Geniuses +128 at BetOnline|
|When:||March 20, 2020 at 16:00 PST|
|Watch Live:||Lolesports, Twitch (https://www.twitch.tv/riotgames)|
TEAM LIQUID VS EVIL GENIUSES LPL SPRING SPLIT BETTING PREVIEW
The League of Legends Championship Series (LCS) is set to return this Friday with an online format, which will be in place for the regular season and into the playoffs. Team Liquid will hope the change will inspire better results as they face off against Evil Geniuses, who caused them headaches in Week 5 of the LCS Spring Split.
Team Liquid enter Week 8 with a 6-8 record next to their name, which ties them with Golden Guardians at seventh place in the league standings. Although a mediocre tally for the four-time back-to-back LCS champions, TL are at least in a position where they can push for playoffs.
Liquid looked very strong in Week 6 when they defeated Team SoloMid and 100 Thieves, but once Week 7 rolled around, everything fell apart. Last week, Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng and his crew dropped the ball against Counter Logic Gaming and Immortals, which is worrying as they are not particularly strong teams.
The cause behind Team Liquid’s downfall this season is anyone’s guess, as it’s not like there is one player who is to blame. Having said that, a lot of fingers are pointed at Doublelift, who has left a lot to be desired with his showings so far. He is undoubtedly the most experienced player in his role in North America, yet he consistently fails to impress.
In Doublelift’s defence, the expectations put on him are much greater than those put on most other players, as any game where he does not carry his team is a poor game for his standards. Nonetheless, Liquid need him to step up, otherwise they just might miss out on the playoffs for the first time since 2017.
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Before the 2020 LCS Spring Split began, Evil Geniuses were one of the teams that no one really knew what to expect from. The signing of 2019 Summer MVP Dennis “Svenskeren” Johnsen was a big talking point, while the rest of the squad was just one big question mark. Perhaps the biggest enigma was Daniele “Jiizuke” di Mauro, who gained renown as a very volatile player during his days in Europe.
At the start of the split, Jiizuke had some difficulties with his consistency, but once he built a strong synergy with Svenskeren, Evil Geniuses started to rise. They now hold a respectable 7-7 record, which puts them fourth in the league.
But it’s not only the mid-jungle synergy that has helped Evil Geniuses rise the rankings. A lot of their success is also due to more consistent performances from their top laner, Colin “Kumo” Zhao, and the surge of form from two-time world champion Bae “Bang” Jun-sik in the bottom lane.
All that indicates things are being stabilised in this team and while Evil Geniuses can still look a bit inconsistent at times, they have come a long way since the start of the split.
TEAM LIQUID VS EVIL GENIUSES LCS SPRING SPLIT BETTING PREDICTIONS
Despite their iffy performances throughout the season, Team Liquid enter almost every fixture they play as the bookmakers’ favourites. This bout is no exception, although their -172.41 price at BetOnline seems optimistic.
Team Liquid still field some of the best individuals in the scene, but there is clearly something holding them back. Doublelift, who should be the main carry of the team, is going through some difficult times, while Mads “Broxah” Brock-Pedersen has failed to live up to expectations.
Ahead of Week 8, Evil Geniuses have shown much more and look to be in much better form. Bang is finally playing like the star ADC he once was, while Kumo and Jiizuke have both found some much-needed consistency in their respective lanes.
It won’t be an easy match for either side, but we like Evil Geniuses’ chances here and the generous odds make it easy for us to side with Jiizuke and co. to defeat Team Liquid for the second time this split.
Evil Geniuses to win