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Esports: CS:GO BLAST Premier Fall Thursday matches

The BLAST Premier Fall matches continue with four games remaining before the playoff stage of this event begins. Some of CS:GO's best and most recognizable organizations will be in action.

The first day of action did not disappoint, and with only four matches left before the playoff field is set, the four games on Thursday will bring the real contenders into focus. As for a few teams they will be sent home as two of the eight sides in this event will be leaving early.

There have been plenty of surprises in this event, but the top contending teams have risen to the top. Here is a look at the four matches on the schedule for Thursday's action.

NIP has OG's number and are ready to pounce

What: OG vs. Ninjas in Pyjamas, BLAST Premier Fall
Where: Copenhagen, Denmark
When: 22:00 ET, Wednesday 23rd November 2022
How to Watch: BLAST Premier Twitch
Odds: OG (-1.5) +250, NIP (+1.5) -350

It's a win or go home situation for the two teams in this match-up, after both teams failed to win their Group A opening match. Now OG must find a way to stop the bleeding against Ninjas in Pyjamas.

NIP came up short in their match with Heroic, as the teams battled to three maps. Fredrik "REZ" Sterner's 50 kills weren't enough as Heroic pulled a reverse sweep, winning the final two maps of the match. The Ninjas might have a little momentum though, as they hold a recent head-to-head win over their foe OG.

OG's opening match was one to forget. They didn't have any answers for FaZe Clan, and it really showed. FaZe held OG to nine points in the two maps they played combined. Not to mention OG only had one player finish with a positive K/D ratio. That performance cannot be replicated, or OG will be heading home early again.

OG and the Ninjas last met at Global Esports Tour Dubai earlier this year. That match favored NIP as they won on Mirage 16-5 and on Overpass 16-11. This match could easily be one sided as OG haven't had much success as of late in these win or go home matches.

Both teams sit right around 15th in the World Rankings but neither has played their best matches lately. The edge for this match definitely sits in NIP's favour. Taking the Ninjas to cover is the right move.

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Heroic has a small window of opportunity

What: FaZe Clan vs. Heroic, BLAST Premier Fall
Where: Copenhagen, Denmark
When: 01:00 ET, Thursday 24th November 2022
How to Watch: BLAST Premier Twitch
Odds: FaZe (-1.5) +250, Heroic (+1.5) -350

An automatic berth into the semi-finals is on the line as the top two teams from Group A meet. FaZe Clan and Heroic look to keep their recent run of high-place finishes going as the teams meet for the seventh time in the last two seasons.

FaZe Clan was able to get a clean sweep of OG in their first match of BLAST Premier Fall. They easily controlled the match on both maps, holding OG to less than 10 points on Ancient and Mirage. They will hope to keep Heroic from scoring big this time.

Heroic did get the best of FaZe in their last head-to-head, which was during the BLAST Premier Fall Groups 2022, the precursor to this event. Other than that, FaZe has been a good pick in head-to-heads over Heroic in the last six meetings.

Heroic is coming off a 2-1 victory against Ninjas In Pyjamas, as they were able to rebound from an opening map loss with two straight map wins. Heroic was able to have a great showing by its whole line-up.

Down the stretch Heroic has been the better team between them and their counterpart FaZe, as Heroic sits as the number two team in the world rankings. Yet you can't count out FaZe behind their core unit of broky, Twistzz and ropz, who all have big match history.

A loss in this match doesn't send either of these teams' home, so this could be the precursor to a rematch in the Grand Final. With that in mind, both teams will be trying to outdo the other. The match-up to keep an eye is Twistzz and stavn, as both players have delivered big matches in the past for their respective teams.

This isn't an easy match to handicap, but Heroic has a small window of opportunity to not only cover the spread, but also win the match outright.

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