- BIG coming into the match high on morale as they destroyed NaVi 2-0 in the previous match
- FaZe‘s two-match winning streak was broken as they fell 0-2 against the new Fnatic
- Both teams hold the record of 2-1 in the ESL Pro League so far
BIG and FaZe will meet on day 4 of the ESL Pro League Season 14 Group C, on Monday, August 30th. It will mark their first meeting since June when BIG defeated FaZe with 2-1 during Gamers Without Borders 2021.
BIG vs FaZe Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: ESL Pro League
- Teams: BIG Clan vs FaZe Clan
- Where: Online
- Date: Monday, August 30th, 2021
- Betting Odds: BIG 1.925 | FaZe 1.892
BIG Betting Preview
BIG started their ESL Pro League campaign with an easy 2-0 victory against Evil Geniuses, who they beat with 16-9 on Nuke and 16-8 on Dust 2. Nothing special, a deserved 2-0 win over a mediocre opponent.
They followed it up with an underwhelming 1-2 loss against the new fnatic roster, where it showed how much firepower BIG lost with the recent roster change. Fnatic took the first map, 16-10 on Overpass, while BIG managed to strike back on Dust 2 with a dominant 16-7 scoreline. The last map was Nuke, where fnatic got it done after a 22-18 marathon.
Anyway, BIG bounced back and won (2-0) against the tournament favorites, Natus Vincere, with 16-11 on Dust2 and 16-7 on Mirage. I don’t expect this kind of results to be the norm – BIG will be capable of an upset at times due to their tactical play, but until they stock up on more firepower, I don’t see them competing for the top spots.
There should be no issues in the team, and BIG should enter the match with confidence.
FaZe Betting Preview
FaZe managed to win their opening match (2-1) against mousesports, with 16-14 on Overpass, 7-16 on Ancient, and 16-8 on Inferno. I don’t rate this win very highly since their IGL karrigan is known for an amazing win rate against his former teams, and it’s fair to say that FaZe won that game largely thanks to their skipper. As for their next match, FaZe barely edged past the struggling Evil Geniuses (2-1), with 13-16 on Inferno, 16-9 on Mirage, and 16-13 on Dust2. They won, but it was way too close for comfort.
What happened next was a total collapse against the new look fnatic – FaZe lost that match (0-2), with 14-16 on Overpass and 7-16 on Mirage, which pretty much confirms my theory that FaZe’s impressive run in Cologne was a fluke and that it won’t translate to online play. What’s worse is that FaZe were leading fnatic on the first map with 12-3 before the switch and still lost!
Being up 12-3 and then losing has to hurt, and I don’t know whether FaZe will manage to recover from it. The morale can’t be too high in the team ahead of their clash with the German squad.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis for this ESL Pro League Game
This will be a much more important match for FaZe than BIG since a defeat would mean that they will have to beat one of the tournament favorites, Natus Vincere, to have a chance to qualify for the playoffs which is easier said than done.
I wasn’t expecting a lot of from BIG heading into the tournament, considering they just lost their star player İsmailсan “XANTARES” Dörtkardeş and replaced him with a mediocre Nicklas “gade” Gade. I still can’t expect much from a team that lost so much firepower, and while a win over NaVi looks amazing, I don’t think they will be able to keep this up in the long term.
At the same time, I am also not too bullish on FaZe. Apart from their miracle run at the IEM Cologne 2021 – where FaZe did well largely due thanks to their veteran players who are bound to perform better on LAN – they haven’t achieved anything noteworthy any have looked atrocious in online events.
There is no real reason for BIG to be priced as the underdogs for this match. FaZe haven’t shown anything inspiring yet, and while BIG are not at full strength, they should get it done in two maps if they play half as good as they did against NaVi! Bet on BIG to deliver!
BIG vs FaZe Pick
- KnupSports.com Free Betting Pick: BIG to win
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