BO1 - 23 Jul - 16:00
Schalke 04 Esports enter this match with a 23% win rate. On the summer season and a five-game losing streak, which lost to these teams: Astralis, SK Gaming, MAD Lions, Rogue, and Misfits Gaming. Excel Esports have managed a slightly better 31% win rate. they’re without a win across the last two round robins, with losses against MAD Lions, Fnatic, Misfits and SK Gaming.
The esports bookmakers have this match at close to even money, which makes sense if you consider only the teams’ form, but there’s more to it. Unlike Schalke 04, who got completely obliterated in their losses, Excel have looked at least somewhat decent and kept their last four outings relatively close. Excel are a fairly young and inexperienced team, which shows in their lacklustre mid-late game and struggles in closing out games. Regardless, Schalke 04 seem like they’ve mentally bombed and look like a complete mess in all areas of the game. Excel Esports might have their issues, but they’re a much more stable team than S04.