Our esports expert Michael Lee is back on deck today to preview a big night in esports platforms across the globe. Today he focuses in on the DPL-CDA Professional League Season 2 and the LPL 2020 Summer for the Thursday night action.
DPL-CDA Professional League Season 2
PSG.LGD won five out of seven games played at the DPL-CDA Professional League Season 2, which includes wins against CDEC (2-1), ViCi (2-1), Invictus Gaming (2-0), EHOME (2-0), and Sirius (2-0). Their only two losses came against Sparking Arrow Gaming (0-2) on the opening day and Team Aster (0-2) on Tuesday.
Royal Never Give Up, on the other side, managed a 2-1 record in three games played so far at the DPL-CDA Professional League Season 2. They have defeated Sparking Arrow Gaming (2-1) and IG.Vitality (2-0), but lost to CDEC (1-2).
PSG.LGD and Royal Never Give Up met 11 times already this year. PSG.LGD won six series and 13 games, while RNG won five series and 12 games. Even though PSG.LGD's record is slightly better, we have to consider most of their games were very close and it's safe to say this one will be no different.
RNG and PSG.LGD last met at the end of June at the BEYOND EPIC: CN, where RNG won 2-0. Additionally, RNG have shown better form in recent games compared to PSG.LGD, who lost to Aster, so it makes no sense for RNG to be priced at such a high odds. This game won’t be easy for either side, but at these odds, the value definitely lies on RNG. Bet on the underdogs!
LPL 2020 Summer
After winning three in a row against LNG Esports (2-1), eStar (2-1) and Rogue Warriors (2-1), ViCi Gaming will now look to prove their worth against the reigning world champions FunPlus Phoenix, who are just like ViCi entering this bout with three consecutive wins behind them.
FunPlus Phoenix have had a shaky start of their LPL 2020 Summer campaign, seeing how they already dropped two games against LNG Esports (1-2) and Invictus Gaming (1-2), however, have managed to win the remaining five games against Bilibili Gaming (2-0), Team WE (2-1), eStar (2-0), Victory Five (2-1) and most recently Royal Never Give Up (2-1).
Considering FunPlus Phoenix lost at least one game in five out of their last seven games, it would be easy to believe they won't manage to produce a clean sweep here, however, it's hard to trust ViCi to achieve anything remarkable here.
ViCi dropped games against the likes of LNG Esports and Rogue Warriors, which is not all too promising. Even though ViCi looked like they’re on the rise, they are still struggling with their consistency, which won't do them any favours against the hungry FPX.
This will be a must-win game for FPX, who are slowly falling behind in the race for the LPL title and seeing how they managed to take down both RNG and V5, betting on them to win 2-0 at 2.09 is an excellent opportunity, we can’t pass on.
LPL 2020 Summer
LGD Gaming looked exceptionally strong through the opening three weeks of the split but somehow managed to drop a game against Suning last Wednesday (0-2). Losing to Suning is a huge blow to LGD Gaming's ambitions to win the league, as they are now three wins behind the league's frontrunners Top Esports and two W short of a top-four placement.
JD Gaming, on the other side, struggled a bit through the opening three weeks, where they lost to Top Esports (0-2) and RNG (1-2), but have since found their stride and are now entering this bout with a five-game winning streak. Looking back, JD Gaming defeated Dominus (2-0), Rogue Warriors (2-1), Team WE (2-1), Invictus Gaming (0-2) and EDward Gaming (2-0), which are all fairly decent results.
The betting odds suggest JD Gaming should win this one with ease, however, we would like to think otherwise. LGD Gaming are still a solid team and even though they lost to Suning that loss was more of a fluke than anything else. What's more, Suning have recently found their rhythm, so perhaps LGD deserves some slack for not winning.
Both JD Gaming and LGD Gaming have solid players on the roster and since JD Gaming are still miles from their old form, this match won't be as one-sided as the odds might suggest.
Besides their loss to Suning, LGD played well and since they managed to take down IG only a couple of weeks ago, they should be able to put up a solid fight and force the series to go the distance. Bet on over 2.5 maps!
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