Credit: BLAST Premier and Michal Konkol
The semi-finals of the lower bracket of Group D at ESL Pro League Season 17 will see Team Liquid face off against Spirit today at 16:00 (CET). The winner of this matchup will advance to the lower final to meet either NAVI or Rare Atom and have a good chance at progressing for the playoffs in round 2, while the losing teams will need to compete in the Last Chance Stage.
In terms of head-to-head meetings, Spirit has a slight advantage with two victories in three matches against Team Liquid. However, the most recent game between the two teams at IEM Katowice 2023 saw Liquid emerge victorious with a 2-1 scoreline.
Spirit are currently ranked 14th in the HLTV World Ranking and showed mediocre results before the tournament. However, the team had a convincing victory over Astralis in the first round and defeated FORZE in the second round, albeit with a tougher fight in a three-map series. Spirit’s recent form will be an important factor to consider when predicting the outcome of the upcoming matchup.
On the other hand, Team Liquid are ranked third in the world ranking and were the favorites to win their group before the start of the tournament. However, they suffered a surprise defeat against Rare Atom in the first round of play but bounced back with a convincing win over ATK in the second round. The team’s ability to bounce back from a loss will be a key factor in the upcoming matchup against Spirit.
The matchup between the two teams is likely to be a close and intense battle. While Spirit has a slight advantage. While Spirit has a slight advantage in H2H record, Team Liquid’s higher ranking and recent form make them the slight favorites for this match. With the stakes high and both teams fighting for the better chance of survival in the event, anything can happen in this exciting clash.
We believe that there’s a good chance that both teams will manage to come out on top of their own map pick, and have therefore chosen to go with Over 2.5 Maps in the matchup to Odds 1.85.
Team Liquid vs. Spirit | ESL Pro League Season 17 | 16:00 (CET)
Prediction: Over 2.5 Maps
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