IEM Cologne 2023 Betting Tips - Sunday, July 30
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IEM Cologne 2023 Betting Tips – Sunday, July 30

Intel Extreme Masters Cologne 2023 continues on Sunday, July 30, with the second day of the group stage, which will showcase a few interesting matches as the teams look to take one step closer to the Playoffs.

The opening day of the IEM Cologne 2023 Group Stage was fairly straightforward, and there likely won’t be any major upsets on the second day either. But that doesn’t take away from a few esports betting opportunities we can explore.

Team Vitality vs OG Betting Preview

When: Sunday, July 30, 12:30 CEST

Team Vitality changed its Major-winning roster with the signing of Shahar “flameZ” Shushan, who replaced Peter “dupreeh” Rasmussen. As weird as that move might seem, Vitality got flameZ for free, so you can’t blame them for making that move, and it’s not like the player change will make Vitality any weaker.

Vitality already showcased their strength at BLAST Premier: Fall Groups 2023, where they made easy work of Complexity (2-0), Evil Geniuses (2-0) and BIG (2-0). They lost one game against Ninjas in Pyjamas (0-2), but Vitality weren’t playing well on that day, so I don’t mind that defeat. It might even be a good thing, proving to the Bees that they can lose to anyone.

Overall, Vitality have looked good with the new-look roster, and it’s easy to see why they’re considered as one of the favourites to win IEM Cologne 2023 and heavy favourites to defeat OG.

OG have not accomplished much at BLAST Premier: Fall Groups 2023, and they haven’t impressed in the IEM Cologne 2023 Play-In stage either. They deserve some credit for beating Complexity (2-0) and Apeks (2-0), but Vitality is a huge step up from those teams, and I don’t believe OG have the tools to deal with an elite-tier team.

OG have shown some glimpses of greatness, but beating Apeks and Complexity and defeating Vitality are two entirely different things. Vitality have, since the summer break, looked weak in only one game – against NiP – when every player but Mathieu “ZywOo” Herbaut played poorly (0.86 average rating between the four). Games like that won’t be common.

I trust Vitality to take care of business.

  • Prediction: Team Vitality -1.5 maps – 1.67 at GG.Bet

Fnatic vs ENCE Betting Preview

When: Sunday, July 30, 16:00 CEST

Fnatic debuted its new-look roster with Aurélien “afro” Drapier and Christopher “dexter” Nong in the IEM Cologne 2023 Play-In stage, and they did what was expected of them. The Black & Orange defeated Complexity (19-17) and swept 9INE (2-0) to earn a ticket for the group stage, where Fnatic quickly left their mark.

In the first round of IEM Cologne 2023 Group A, Fnatic reverse-swept Cloud9 (2-1) with an extremely close overtime win on Ancient (19-16), proving that they can be competitive. In Cloud9’s defence, they were forced to play with a stand-in (Timur “buster” Tulepov), and the match against Fnatic was their first official game with the new players.

ENCE did not make any roster changes ahead of IEM Cologne 2023 and kept their status as a competitive team which is good but not great. They kicked off their IEM Cologne 2023 campaign with a 2-1 win over 9INE, who they reverse-swept with 16-11 on Nuke and 19-15 on Mirage, and while it was a well-deserved win, ENCE didn’t look as dominant as they should’ve.

With ENCE, it’s tough to figure out where to put our expectations. They looked extremely good ahead of the break when they won Intel Extreme Masters Dallas 2023 and added a silver medal from ESL Challenger Katowice 2023, but they had a terrible run at the Paris Major. We saw what this team is capable of – both good and bad – so what will they accomplish in Germany?

ENCE’s performance against 9INE wasn’t the cleanest, but they’re objectively better than Fnatic, mainly due to the pre-established synergy, which Fnatic don’t have. That was already seen in their win against Cloud9, but it’s also very easy to look good against another team that is still learning to play with new teammates.

  • Prediction: ENCE to win – 1.68 at GG.Bet

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