BIG v Sprout – United Masters League Season 2 Betting Preview and Prediction
BIG and Sprout face off this Monday, January 13, in the quarter-finals fixture at United Masters League Season 2. It will mark their first meeting of the year and the second clash since December 11, 2019, when they met at WEST 2019 Central Europe & Iberia, where it was BIG who won with a clean sweep.
BIG made two roster changes this month, adding Florian “syrsoN” Rische and Nils “k1to” Gruhne, while Johannes “nex” Maget and Owen “smooya” Butterfield left the team. They didn’t lose anything with letting nex go, while smooya was quite a good AWPer, especially if you look past his egoistical behavior.
They certainly lost some of the firepower smooya brought to this team, but syrsoN looks like a decent replacement with a lot less toxic personality, which should make him a much better teammate.
Sprout lost two of their best players (syrsoN and k1to) to BIG and replaced them with Tomáš “oskar” Šťastný and Paweł “dycha” Dycha. Timo “Spiidi” Richter and Denis “denis” Howell are for most of the matches completely useless, we can probably cut some slack for spiidi as apparently he is the IGL, while denis should be straight out cut from this team if they want to achieve anything.
Oskar hasn’t played a professional match for quite some time and his time at Hellraisers wasn’t exactly a productive one, but there is a possibility he can reignite himself in the right environment and should he reach the form he had while with mousesports, he can easily carry this team over some lower-ranked opposition.
Apart from the fact that he was playing with the former Virtus Pro In-Game leader TaZ in Archy, I don’t know a lot about dycha. He is a young player and stats looks good, hopefully, he can speak German or at least some English to communicate with the team.
Verdict & Prediction
The last time these two teams met was on the 11th of December 2019 in the upper backer semi-final at the WESG 2019 Central Europe & Iberia Closed Qualifier. On that day it was BIG who came out ahead, by completely outclassing Sprout 16-1 on their own map pick (Nuke) to which they added another comfortable 16-11 win on Mirage to seal the series at 2-0. Ismailcan ‘XANTARES’ Dörtkardeş was the man of the match, highlighting 55 kills, which earned him an impressive 1.90 HLTV Rating across two maps. Over at Sprout, Florian ‘syrsoN’ Rische was their best player with 31 kills and a poor 0.97 HLTV rating.
As for the prediction, I have to side with BIG. They took two of their opponent’s best players and I am sure they will have all the pieces of information on how to get into their opponent’s head. Hopefully, XANTARES can repeat the abnormal performance he had on the previous match against Sprout and BIG should easily win 2-0. It is a match between two new teams, but player to player BIG should be way better, especially if you take into consideration that oskar hasn’t played a professional match since last August and I am certain dycha has not yet adapted to his new life in Germany. Bet on BIG to win 2-0!
Prediction: BIG -1.50 Maps
Odds: 1.83 Bet365 or wait for Pinnacle to post odds
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