Today brings you another set of free eSports betting predictions, where look at the three Counter-Strike: Global Offensive fixtures at the Vulkan Fight Series. The games are scheduled for Sunday, December 20, and feature some of the best second-tier teams in the scene. Let’s take a closer look at upcoming games so you can make your bets against their Counter Strike odds.
eSports Betting preview – Counter-Strike Vulkan Fight Series 2020
Budapest Five Vs S-Gaming – Sunday, December 20 – 9:50 CET
S-Gaming have not impressed me with their performance as late and hold a poor 35.3% win rate across the last three months. What’s more, they have played only one match in December and even that was a humiliating 0-2 loss against ESPADA in the group stage of the tournament.
In the final week of November, S-Gaming have also lost against Saints (0-2) and Illuminar (1-2) at the MIDNITE Nine to Five 7 Dawn, where they locked in a 21st-24th place finish. On a more positive note, S-Gaming swept DUSTY.gg, albeit it’s hard to praise them too much for that win since DUSTY.gg are a semi-pro Icelandic team.
Budapest Five were hardly any more successful in their endeavours with a 47.4% win rate across the last three months, but since they had to face much tougher opponents, we should value their record far higher. Unlike S-Gaming, Budapest Five were also very active in December and have already played out five games.
Since these two sides have never met before, it’s impossible to say how they will stack up, but regardless of that, it’s very easy to see which side will enter the match more confident in their ability to win. Normally, we would consider betting on S-Gaming to win one map, but due to their lack of playtime, it makes far more sense to side with the Hungarian side to win 2-0.
Prediction: Budapest Five -1.5 maps
9INE Vs Lilmix – Sunday, December 20 – 13:10 CET
These sides last met in August during the Time of Bet CS:GO Cup, when 9INE won the first game 2-1, but lost the rematch with 0-2. Their only previous meeting happened during the Svenska Elitserien 2020 Spring: Weeks 1 to 4: Regular Season in March when 9INE won 16-13.
Since their last meeting, both sides made modifications to their teams. While 9INE made only one change in the coaching role by signing Timur “bishop” Şengül, Lilmix decided to freshen up their roster by signing Adam “bq” Bergqvist, Leo “Svedjehed” Svedjehed and Isak “isak” Fahlén.
The changes proved to be fairly beneficial for Lilmix, who went on to win five tournaments including GetInPro Summer Cup Stage 3, Leo Vegas CS:GO Open, ESEA Cash Cup – Europe: Autumn 2020 #3, as well as the second and third season of OMEN CS:GO Open. 9INE, meanwhile, managed only two notable achievements in the past four months, including a gold mead from ESN League Season 7: Champions Division and a silver medal from ESL Türkiye Şampiyonası Summer 2020.
Both teams are in great form, which should make for an interesting and close match. Bet on over 2.5 maps!
Prediction: Over 2.5 maps
Natus Vincere Junior Vs Winstrike – Sunday, December 20 – 16:30 CET
Natus Vincere Junior and Winstrike have met four times before, but only twice in 2020. Their first meeting of the year happened in January during the DreamHack Open Leipzig European qualifiers when Winstrike edged out a win with 22-20, but they struggled to see the same success in their most recent clash in May when they lost 1-2.
NaVi Junior are in great form and hold an impressive 64.7% win rate across the last three months. That number, however, is much higher if we focus only on the last two months when they produced a 11-3 record. Even though the Russian-Ukrainian squad have not achieved any high tournament placements in that stretch, they are still playing very solid CS and should be one of the main favourites to go all the way and hoist the Vulkan Fight Series trophy.
Winstrike were fairly successful in their endeavours across the last three months as well (54.2% win rate), but not nearly as much as their next opponents. However, despite their lower win rate, Winstrike were a bit more effective in their tournament runs and enter Vulkan Fight Series with a top-four finish at the European Development Championship Season 1: Closed Qualifier and Cyber.Bet Golden League, as well as a bronze medal from ESEA Season 35: Advanced Division – Europe.
The teams look equally matched, so the winner will likely be decided based on which side will step up on the day. If we had to pick a side, however, it’s NaVi Jr. who seems like a far better option.
Valerii “B1T” Vakhovskyi should return to NaVi Jr. after he completes his duties with the main roster and with him on the team, we don’t see how Winstrike can win. Bet on NaVi Jr to win!
Prediction: Natus Vincere Junior to win
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