Esports Preview: Friday 27th March
eBoxing, FIFA Quaranteam and the return of LoL
Esports have really come to the fore lately with classic games like LoL, CS:GO and FIFA providing plenty of fast-paced thrills and strategic combat.
Want to know what’s happening in the world of Esports on Friday? Take a look at our full run-down of the action.
The eWorld Boxing Super Series has not only filled the void of regular action, it’s provided us with a fascinating ‘what if?’ scenario, as legendary heavyweights from across the ages face each other in the ring.
Tonight’s bout at 18:00 even gives us a belated sequel to one of boxing’s great rivalries, as Smokin’ Joe Frazier and Muhammed Ali follow up the ‘Thrilla in Manila’ in tonight’s semi-final, with Ali v Frazier IV.
Frazier beat Lennox Lewis in seven rounds to make it this far, ending a close contest by KO. Lewis’ brave performance was finally seen off by two deadly round seven, uppercuts, failing to beat the count on the second occasion.
Ali beat Evander Holyfield in his match-up, with a fifth-round knockout. Holyfield managed to rise earlier in the round on a count of five after a vicious right from Ali, but ‘The Greatest’ lived up to his name – with Holyfield out for the count before the end of the round.
The FIFA Ultimate Quaranteam event organised by Leyton Orient FC has brought together football fans, professional footballers and FIFA pros for an almighty cup tournament that has seen some interesting and unexpected results so far.
While Norwich will have to wait to see how their Premier League season resolves, Midfielder Todd Cantwell has proven no slouch on the virtual pitch, after coming back to take down Stevenage 3-2 in the round of 64.
League of Legends
While the Chinese LPL has continued in recent weeks, tonight sees the resumption of Europe’s LEC, after the Korean LCK started up again on Wednesday.
Joint-second placed Fnatic take on 4th placed MAD Lions, with the latter causing an upset the last time the two teams met back in February. Fnatic are 2/5 to take their revenge, with MAD Lions 7/4 to repeat the feat.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
In CS:GO, it’s business as usual for the ESL Pro League with three match-ups, starting from 14:25.
The tightest game sees Evil Geniuses take on 100 Thieves as Group C commences. Both teams go into the group as favourites to progress and will have their eye on a top three spot. Evil Geniuses are marginal favourites at 2/3 to win, with 100 Thieves at 11/10 to claim victory.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication