The Intel Extreme Masters Season XV Global Challenge is the biggest CS:GO tournament of the month. Some of the most exciting betting opportunities are available to punters during the group stage, which features eight teams divided into two groups. All matches will be played in a best-of-three format and with only two teams advancing to the playoffs, the stakes are as high as they get.
These are some of the early predictions for the games scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, December 15 and 16.
IEM Global Challenge COMBO BETS Predictions
Team Vitality and Astralis to Continue Dominant Run
Team Vitality are first to play in the Intel Extreme Masters Season XV Global Challenge just a bit over noon. They are one of the favorites to advance from a highly competitive Group A and have won 9 out of 10 games. The odds are only 1/4 with Luckbox, but their dominant record over BIG against which they won 7 out of 8 matches explains these values.
Astralis are second to play on December 15, but the multiple champions are the main favorites to advanced to the playoffs. Against Complexity Gaming, they only get odds of 3/20, in spite of splitting the last two head to head matches. Our multi-leg prediction is on both favorites to pick up early wins in the Intel Extreme Masters Season XV Global Challenge and the combined odds stand at 9/20.
IEM Global Challenge SINGLE BETS Predictions
NaVi Chase Third Straigh Win over FURIA
NaVi and FURIA Gaming were unable to win back-to-back games in more than a month, but they are among the favorites to advance from Group B. In the first day at the IEM they meet for the second time in less than a week, with NaVi as clear favorites. Odds of 9/20 on them to win are particularly appealing after their 2-0 victory over FURIA in the Blast Premier Quarterfinals. Our single bet prediction is on a NaVi straight win but for the sake of bigger odds, you can back them to win by 2-0 at odds of 3/2.
Heroic and Team Liquid meet after Four Years
The last time Heroic and Team Liquid faced each other in an official game happened back in 2016, when Heroic emerged victorious. They are once again slight favorites, with odds of 1/2 at Luckbox and a good choice for our single bet CSGO prediction. Heroic lost just for the last 20 matches, whereas Team Liquid are mired in a three-game losing streak and have suffered lopsided defeats over the span.