Espada vs. SG.pro, Preview & Prediction - Free 11/23 CS:GO

Espada is a favorite in this Best of 3 encounter when they take on SG.pro in the Playoffs round 1 of the Nine to Five 6 on Monday. The winner of this clash will go on to face Gambit in the quarter-finals, while the losing side will suffer elimination.

Espada Team Stats and Latest Results

Espada finished the league stage of the Nine to Five 6 in 1st place with all three wins as they beat Giants, Nexus, and Galaxy Racer. They failed to qualify for the DreamHack Open November 2020 after losing the Grand final of the qualification phase to Gambit, and if they win this game, they will get an opportunity for revenge as they would face Gambit in the next round. Espada won 11 of the previous 15 matches.

During the last three months, Espada was invincible on Dust2 (played ten times) and played well on Mirage (61.1% win rate) and Overpass (58.8%), while they were average on Train and Nuke. Espada is playing with the current lineup since August 2020 and appeared on 88 maps with a record of 52 wins and 36 losses. The team members are Dima (1.09 rating), S0tF1k (0.96), FinigaN (1.01), degster (1.29), and Patsi (1.06).

SG.pro Team Stats and Latest Results

SG.pro had a much longer path to the main event at the Nine to Five 6 as they went through the qualification stage and then needed five games to qualify for the playoffs. After defeating Heretics and Copenhagen Flames, SG.pro lost to PACT and Nexus but managed to beat K23 in three maps and secure a ticket for the playoffs. SG.pro lost seven of the last 12 games.

In the previous three months, SG.pro displayed fine performances on Mirage (70.0%), Vertigo (66.7%), and Nuke (62.5%), while they disappointed on Overpass (10.0%). SG.pro also assembled its squad in August this year but appeared on only 52 maps with a record of 26 wins and 26 losses. The lineup is made of Diray (1.06), RuFire (0.84), s1natoRRR (1.10), kise (1.08), and fame (1.13).

Espada vs. SG.pro H2H Record

These rivals have met just once before, and SG.pro won that duel at the Nine to Five 4 in September this year.

Espada vs. SG.pro Betting Preview

Espada showed its quality in the league stage of this tournament and they are playing in a better form at the moment, so I will put aside that lone H2H clash and go with the favorites in this one. SG.pro barely made it to the playoffs and I believe this will be the end of the road for them at the Nine to Five 6. I don’t think Espada will beat Gambit in the next round, but they shouldn’t have problems with SG.pro on Monday.

The Pick: Espada to win (-147 @PINNACLE)

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