Nemiga vs. KOVA, Preview & Prediction - Free 11/26 CS:GO

Nemiga, alongside Gambit, is the main favorite to make it to the playoffs through Group B of the DreamHack Open November 2020, and therefore, they are the favorites to beat KOVA in this Best of 3 encounter on Thursday. Gambit and Illuminar are the other two teams in the group, but Illuminar and KOVA are labeled as underdogs.

Nemiga Team Stats and Latest Results

Nemiga didn’t experience the best of times in the league phase of the ESEA MDL Season 35 Europe as they failed to reach the playoffs, while they also struggled at the IEM Beijing-Haidian 2020 Europe Closed Qualifier, LOOT.BET Season 8, and OGA Counter PIT by AMD and Sapphire Season 8. They came to this tournament thanks to an invitation, while they lost the Grand final of the Nine to Five 6 with a loss to Gambit, their opponent in Group B at this tournament. Nemiga earned $15,000 for 2nd place at the Nine to Five 6, while they lost eight of the previous 11 matches.

In the last three months, Nemiga displayed strong performances on Overpass (77.8% win rate) and Inferno (76.5%), while they didn’t play well on Dust2 (30.0%). Since September 2020, Nemiga is playing with the current lineup that appeared on 65 maps with a record of 37 wins and 28 losses. The lineup is made of mds (1.03 rating), Jyo (1.07), Jyo (1.09), boX (1.00), and lollipop21k (1.19).

KOVA Team Stats and Latest Results

KOVA didn’t play for more than 20 days now as their previous appearance was against 9INE at the DreamHack Masters Winter 2020 Europe Open Qualifier, which resulted in a loss. They didn’t have a lot of success lately, but we can mention that KOVA won second place at the Rainmaker Open Season 2, even though they won the opening map against SJ. KOVA won five of the last ten games.

When it comes to the maps in the previous three months, KOVA was decent on Dust2 (71.4%), but they failed to get a win on Overpass (played twice) and Mirage (played four times). KOVA assembled its squad in September this year and appeared on 34 maps with a record of 16 wins and 18 losses. The team members are uli (1.09), pietola (1.00), Twixie (0.96), Spargo (1.09), and peku (0.91).

Nemiga vs. KOVA H2H Record

These rivals have faced only once before, and Nemiga won that H2H clash at the WINNERS League Season 4 Europe in May this year.

Nemiga vs. KOVA Betting Preview

Nemiga is not performing at their best at the moment, but they are still in better form than KOVA that lost four of the last five matches. The Finnish team also didn’t play for more than 20 days and I expect them to be a bit rusty on Thursday, so I am going with Nemiga to get a win here. Don’t back the faves to cover handicap because I am not sure whether Nemiga will drop a map or not, but their win shouldn’t be questionable.

The Pick: Nemiga to win (-222 @PINNACLE)

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