After hitting two of our eSports betting picks for Saturday, July 10, MyBookie brings you the best bets for next weekend’s esports action. Today, we take a look at two League of Legends European Championship (LEC) 2021 Summer bouts featuring SK Gaming vs. Excel Esports and Schalke 04 vs. Misfits.
So let’s jump right into our eSports betting preview, providing you with everything you need to know to place bets against their League of Legends odds.
Top 2021 League of Legends European Championship Matches to Wager on July 17th
SK Gaming vs Excel Esports
- When: Saturday, July 17 – 17:00 CEST
SK Gaming won against Schalke 04 last week but quickly returned to their old ways with a heavy defeat against Team Vitality. A not too surprising result, since Vitality are clearly the better team, but we did expect to see a bit more from SK, especially in the early game.
Their next opponents, Excel Esports, are on the rise and enter LEC 2021 Summer Week 6 with a 2-2 record in their last four. Even though they ended up losing both of their Week 5 bouts against MAD Lions and Fnatic, it’s not wise to overvalue those results.
MAD Lions are the reigning LEC champions, whereas Fnatic are one of the top-three teams in the league. Excel clearly had no business winning either of the two bouts and while we don’t believe Excel have a realistic chance of competing for the title, they’re still much better than the bottom teams such as SK Gaming.
SK Gaming are priced at around +125 to win this match, which seems a bit low. Although both teams are considered to be some of the weakest in the league, we have to give an edge to Excel. They’re playing much cleaner LoL, and they haven’t looked bad even in their losses last week – the same can’t be said for SK Gaming.
Prediction: Excel Esports to win
Schalke 04 vs Misfits
- When: Saturday, July 17 – 18:00 CEST
Misfits Gaming have started to slump a bit and lost three of their last four outings. Two of those games happened against LEC top dogs in Rogue and MAD Lions.
Not terrible results; however, it’s hard to look past Misfits Gaming’s loss to Astralis, who stunned them on Saturday. The result wouldn’t make much sense at first glance, considering how much stronger Misfits are believed to be.
And to be fair, it didn’t make any sense even for those who were watching the game. Misfits were the better team from the get-go and held a massive 8.8k gold lead at the halfway point.
Things, however, turned sour in the 40th minute, when Astralis took the Baron and later added their fourth Drake, giving them enough power to outmuscle Misfits. The match was more a testament to Astralis’ strength rather than Misfits’ weakness, although you could feel concerned with Misfits’ iffy mid-late game.
Schalke 04 are 1-6 in their last seven with only one upset win against Fnatic, keeping their spirits alive. However, from what we have seen across the last two weeks (0-4), Schalke 04 need to make roster changes asap, as playing with the same five on the roster won’t earn them any good result.
Their jungle is a big issue why S04 look so disjointed, and while there weren’t any announcements about a possible roster change, it’s likely that S04 will put Erberk “Gilius” Demir back into the roster as they look to make one final push for the playoffs.
In situations where a team desperately needs to start accumulating points as the season nears an end, we usually see a more aggressive approach from the outsiders. And that’s exactly what S04 should do if they want to stand a chance on Saturday.
The total kill line for this match is set at 25.5, which should be easily achievable. Both teams can give up unnecessary deaths and are both a bit iffy in mid-late game execution. This bout could be a close one that could easily reach 26 total kills.
Prediction: Over 25.5 kills
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