ESEA MDL Season 31 Australia enters Week 4 with more matches to cover on the horizon. In this article, we will look at three matches which will feature some teams that still have a lot to prove.
As mentioned in last weeks preview, I do not rate Fanta very highly. They are a new team with new and young players and so far they haven't shown anything promising or noteworthy. They lost all four matches they played, 16-12 against Jade, 16-10 against Ground Zero, 16-9 against Downfall and 16-5 against Chiefs. As we have mentioned before, their only "win" came out of Grayhound's forfeit.
Their opponents, Athletico, are not that different. They recently replaced Teal with "chelleos", but it didn't really improve the team, at least results wise. Athletico was granted two wins against evicted and Content due to their forfeit. They played a total of three matches in the league so far, losing to Genuine and Justice, while winning against DINQ.
In conclusion, we can safely say neither of these two teams are in great form. While the form is questionable, Atletico at least have more experienced players and arguably also players of a higher quality compared to their opponents. Even though the odds on Athletico are quite short, they still feel too high, for what should be an easy win for them.
The match between Paradox and Chiefs will take place on Dust2, which will tip the scales in favour of Chiefs as Paradox don't really play on Dust2.
Paradox are coming into the match in high spirits as they are currently the league leaders after five matches. They won quite convincingly against Justice, Rooster and RIOT, while games against Genuine and DINQ were close. It is worth noting that four wins came from playing on Mirage and only one from playing on Inferno, so there is no knowing what we will see from them on other maps.
Chiefs' ESEA MDL Season 31 Australia campaign is somewhat of a mixed bag. They managed to beat teams ranked lower than them, but when it comes to similarly ranked opponents, they somewhat crumble under the pressure. Although they should be better than Paradox, the current line is +6.5 rounds, which is at least two rounds to high!
Breakaway recently shut down their CS:GO division and released the remaining three players they still had on their payroll. The remaining players will be playing under the ex-Breakaway banner, with help from "keeyto" and Valiance who hail over from Paradox. Looking at their recent results, they managed wins over SYF and Rooster, but they came short against Ground Zero. They are currently the 7th ranked team in the league.
Their opponents, Justice, are four places below them in the rankings, but they also played twice as many matches as ex-Breakaway. They won against RIOT, Athletico and Evicted, but struggled against better teams such as Genuine, Paradox and ORDER.
Looking at the odds, ex-Breakaway are pretty short in the market but they boast a better roster and even without a proper organization, they should be too much for Justice to handle. Bet on ex-Breakaway to deliver!
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