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Esports: ESL Pro League Season 16 Wednesday Preview

Group B action of Season 16 of the ESL Pro League kicks-off with plenty of action to follow.

Group B features plenty of talent with the likes of FaZe Clan, G2 Esports, BIG and MIBR involved. Underdogs such as Outsiders and FTW Esports will look to make an impression as well.

The action for Group B begins on Wednesday and will continue throughout the week.

FaZe Clan and G2 look like the early favorites but it is still to early to tell which team will rise to the top of Group B. Outsiders and BIG face-off on the opening day with a very important match between G2 Esports and MIBR also on the schedule, this first day could be an early look at what three teams will advance out of the Group Stage.

Outsiders has a slight edge against BIG

WhatOutsiders vs. BIG
WhereSalini Resort, Malta
When15:00, Wednesday 7th September 2022 
How to watchESL Twitch Channel
OddsOutsiders +100 , BIG -138

BIG has a tough opening contest in Group B of ESL Pro League Season 16 as they take on Outsiders. The last time these teams met was at IEM Cologne 2022 Play-In and BIG fell just short. The two-map match was a tight victory for Outsiders as they won on Dust2 16-13 and closed the match out on Inferno 16-13.

Neither team has had a very standout run going as of late with Outsiders losing two of its last three matches overall. BIG hasn't had much if any success in their last six matches played losing five of those six matches.

The top player for Outsiders has been FL1T who averages 0.72 kills per round. He has had a very similar rating to the top player for BIG as syrsoN also holds a 1.13 rating. Florian 'syrsoN' Rische didn't have a very strong match in BIG's most recent match as he finished with 28 kills and a -4 in the K/D ratio.

Outsiders has to get on the board early and often as BIG can sneakily keep pace with most teams they face in best of three series matches.

With the top two spots likely already favored for G2 and BIG, the third an final spot will be likely up for grabs between the likes of BIG and Outsiders.

Outsiders will be looking for any edge they can find, and they have a slight edge with a recent head-to-head win against BIG. Expect another close match, but Outsiders is the right play in this match.

G2 looks ready for a rumble

WhatG2 Esports vs. MIBR
WhereSalini Resort, Malta
When18:30, Wednesday 7th September 2022
How to watchESL Twitch Channel
OddsG2 -600, MIBR +350

G2 will try to limit MIBR as the teams meet on the opening day of Group B play during ESL Pro League Season 16. MIBR lost soundly the last time these teams faced-off. G2 easily outmatched MIBR winning Inferno 16-6 then closing that match out on Ancient with a 16-5 victory.

MIBR brings a little energy into this event with a four-match winning streak. That could easily be snapped as they have been playing far less talented teams lately. G2 has won two of its last three matches including wins over BIG and Team Vitality. BIG is a team in Group B as well and that could make this match a key victory moving forward.

NiKo has been the definition of consistency for G2 with a average of 0.76 kills per round. MIBR will need someone outside of HEN1 to make some plays, as he has been a great all-around player for the team.

Then again in the last head-to-head meeting HEN1 wasn't a part of the MIBR line-up so that could present a few issues for G2.

Still in that last head-to-head meeting all of G2 Esports had positive k/d ratios led by Nikola 'NiKo' Kovac with 43 kills and 25 deaths.

He wasn't alone with strong outputs as Ilya 'm0NESY' Osipov and Nemanja 'huNter-'Kovac also pitched in with +15 in k/d ratios. It was 36 kills for m0NESY and 38 kills for huNter-.

MIBR could move itself into the race for one of the top three spots in Group B and a win over G2 Esports could move them into the top two if the chips fall the right way. This match won't be an easy contest, but G2 looks ready for a tough match.

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