League of Legends action in the LCK Spring Split Week 9 continues on Thursday, with BBQ Olivers and Kongdoo Monster opening proceedings.
The bottom two teams in the Korea league are out of playoffs contention, but that doesn’t mean there are not betting opportunities.
The second match sees SKT desperately clinging to their finals hopes as they chase the final spot. We can’t wait for it to begin.
EsportBet.com expert Kosta gives his betting predictions ahead of the two big clashes
BBQ Olivers v Kongdoo Monster
I’ve mentioned bbq as a team that has been doing badly this split, but it’s going even worse for poor Kongdoo. The Monster hasn’t found a win since Week 2, and right now, no win will save them from jaws of relegation matches.
Kongdoo vs. bbq is a weird matchup, in the sense that no team really seems to have developed a strategy they would be comfortable using. The most logical approach for bbq would be to try and let Ghost carry, but the young ADC crumbles under pressure so often that even Kongdoo might be a difficult task for him. Crazy and Trick should be a threat for the opposing top-jungle duo, who have been playing awfully since the start. If Kongdoo can get Ssol rolling, it could be close, but I think that even a weak bbq is too strong for our last place team.
Best bet: BBQ Olivers will be too strong, back them at -294.12 at BetOnline.
SK Telecom T1 v MVP
Rarely do we see SKT in this position. The most decorated org of all time has to fight tooth and nail for the last playoff spot, and they absolutely have to win this game.
SKT have been hard to watch, with all of their players struggling at some point. Blank’s skill seems to have fallen in a bottomless pit, and Untara is spending more and more time on the bench in favour of a rookie. If MVP want to win, they will probably target top lane as much as possible and try not to lose bottom lane too hard. SKT have been hurt multiple times by this strategy, and sometimes not even Faker and Bang could carry them away from defeat.
I actually think MVP could take this, but since they will most likely be safe, will they even care? SKT is looking like a shaky favourite because a win is a necessity for them.
Best bet: SKT will keep the title dreams alive, bet on them at -277.78 at BetOnline.