Esports action never seems to stop, and at the moment there is another competition taking place in China, and we have some LPL 2022 Summer betting picks on this weekend’s matches.
Seventeen of the top LOL teams from across the world are competing at the Summer LPL, with the likes of Royal Never Give Up and Edward Gaming two of the star attractions.
Similar to the LPL Spring competition, this is a bit of a marathon. All 17 teams will compete in a round-robin format, with the top 10 qualifying for the playoffs.
The 17 teams taking part are Anyone’s Legend, Bilibili Gaming, EDward Gaming, FunPlus Phoenix, Invictus Gaming, JD Gaming, LGD Gaming, LNG Esports, Oh My God, Rare Atom, Royal Never Give Up, Team WE, ThunderTalk Gaming, Top Esports, Ultra Prime, Victory Five, and Weibo Gaming.
All in all, the competition started on June 10th and will run until August 14th.
- Competition; LPL 2022 Summer
- Game; LOL (League of Legends)
- Where; China
- When; June 10th, 2022 – August 14th, 2022
The In-Form Teams
JD Gaming has started the competition on absolute fire. The Chinese team has a 6-0 record, and they currently sit top of the table. They currently have a 75% win rate, with a 12-4 maps record.
Despite being king of the hill, JD doesn’t have the best percentage record. That goes to Victory Five who have won a whopping 91% of maps played. The Shenzhen-based team has only played 5 matches but has a 10-1 maps record.
And it’s with Victory Five where we start our Esports picks for Friday when they take on the Anyone’s Legend in the second game of the day.
Anyone’s Legend v Victory Five
- Anyone’s Legend +350
- Victory Five -600
- Anyone’s Legend (+1.5 Maps) +100
- Victory Five (-1.5 Maps) -138
- Over 2.5 +137
- Under 2.5 -188
It’s quite clear from the odds available from the best Esports betting sites that this isn’t a bet on who wins the match, it is more of a bet on whether Anyone’s Legend can win one map or not. Odds of -600 on the Moneyline make it impossible to wager on V5, so it’s either the handicap market or the total maps market.
If you think that Anyone’s Legend is going to win a map, then it makes more sense to back over 2.5 maps. In taking that option though, you are running the risk of losing should Anyone’s Legend win 2-0. The chances of that happening are fairly slim though. Even if they do manage to steal a map, the chances are they will still lose the game. So your wager should be safe.
- When; Friday, July 1st, 2022
- Time; 7 am ET
I’m finding it difficult to see Anyone’s Legend getting anything though. In fairness, they do have an okay record at this competition so far, having won three and lost two. But on closer inspection, they have a maps record of 6-5, and a winning streak of one.
I can’t be giving AL any chance and therefore make Victory Five on the handicap my first pick of the weekend’s action.
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LNG Esports v LGD Gaming
- LNG Esports -600
- LGD Gaming +350
- LNG Esports (-1.5 Maps) -138
- LGD Gaming (+1.5 Maps) +100
- Over 2.5 +137
- Under 2.5 -188
This match-up sees LNG with their 3-2 record face off against LGD with their 1-3 record. Reputations may be coming in front of form here, as neither side has been doing well.
Although in fairness, LNG Esports did start their first three games well, as they won them all back-to-back. Included in those victories was a 2-1 win over Bilibili Gaming in week 1. Then in week 2, they defeated AL 2-0 and then beat ThunderTalk 2-1.
In week 3, LNG was defeated two maps to one by OMG, and then they opened week 4 with another defeat, this time a more understandable loss, 2-0 at the hands of Top Esports.
- When; Saturday, July 2nd, 2022
- Time; 2.45 am ET
The match against LGD on Saturday gives ‘Little Qilin’ the chance to get their campaign back on track.
As for LGD, they’ve had just one win from their four matches. That was a 2-1 victory over Anyone’s Legend in week 3. In their three defeats, they’ve managed to win just one map. Bizarrely, that was against table-topping JD Gaming in week 1.
So what needs to be decided here is does the odds reflect the two teams fairly? Looking at their respective records so far here, it’s hard to be wagering on a team in LNG’s form at -600, that’s for sure. If it comes down to a straight choice between betting on that and no bet, then it’s no bet!
But what about the handicap and or the total maps markets? Well, I think the value bet here has to be on over 2.5 maps. Yes, it wouldn’t shock me to see LGD Gaming lose 2-0. Nothing would shock me in this match.
But over 2.5 maps look the value wager and therefore is my betting pick for the match between LNG Esports and LGD Gaming.