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Esports: ESL Pro League matches

Groups A and B are done and dusted in season 16 of Counter Strike: Global Offensive's ESL Pro League and, on Sunday, Group C also reaches its conclusion.

Team Vitality, Fnatic, Natus Vincere, G2 Esports, FaZe Clan and Outsiders have already booked their places in the knockout stage of the latest season of the ESL Pro League and three more sides are set to join them from Group C.

Going into the group's final round of matches it is still very much all to play for with HEET the only side to have been officially eliminated from playoff contention.

As it stands, MOUZ, Heroic and Complexity are the three teams in the playoff positions but that could all yet change.

The group winner will progress directly to the tournament's quarter-finals, whilst the teams which finish second and third will begin the playoffs in the round of 12.

ENCE can put up a fight before elimination

WhatENCE vs Complexity Gaming, ESL Pro League
WhereMalta
When18:30, Sunday September 18th
Where to watchESL Youtube / Twitch channel / bet365 Live Streaming
OddsENCE (-225), Complexity Gaming (+163)

Things are not looking good for ENCE, who followed their opening win over HEET in Group C with three successive defeats and are now at risk of missing out on a place in the knockout phase.

Like already eliminated HEET, ENCE have a 1-3 record in the group stage but need to beat Complexity, hope that Astralis lose to Heroic and see HEET beat MOUZ in order to make the knockouts.

That seems highly unlikely so they are all but eliminated. However, they will want to go out on a strong note and they are overall a more consistent outfit than Complexity.

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ENCE are 13 places higher than Complexity Gaming in the HLTV world rankings and were runners-up at the IEM Dallas as recently as June.

They lost their most recent match against Astralis but both of those maps were close - they lost 16-13 on Mirage and 16-11 on Dust II - and they look about right at -225 to win this one.

But Complexity, who already occupy a top-three berth, also have plenty of incentive and the best bet in this one could be a 2-1 victory for Complexity at +400.

Astralis can secure late playoff spot

WhatHeroic v Astralis
WhereMalta
When18:30, Sunday September 18th
Where to watchESL Youtube / Twitch channel / bet365 Live Streaming
OddsHeroic (-138), Astralis (+100)

Should Complexity Gaming fall to defeat against ENCE, Astralis can secure a top-three berth with victory over Danish compatriots Heroic and they should get the job done.

Heroic are the form side in this tournament with three straight wins behind them, so it is no surprise to see them priced at -138 to take the spoils.

But Astralis, who are fourth in the HLTV world rankings, are the better side overall and have the same rounds differential as their opponents despite having lost two matches.

They have recorded two 2-0 wins in their last three matches against MOUZ and ENCE and things are starting to click at exactly the right time.

Given how well Heroic have performed in this tournament, it is sure to be a tight game and over 2.5 maps could be a decent selection but punters should take a chance on Astralis, who placed in the top four at the IEM Cologne and the Roobet Cup and finished as runners-up at the Pinnacle Cup Championship over the summer.

MOUZ should be far too strong for eliminated HEET

WhatMOUZ v HEET
WhereMalta
When18:30, Sunday September 18th
Where to watchESL Youtube / Twitch channel / bet365 Live Streaming
OddsMOUZ (-450), HEET (+300)

Perhaps the easiest of the three matches to call on Sunday is MOUZ vs HEET.

MOUZ have been the standout team in Group C, winning three of their four matches and racking up a round differential of +24 in the process.

As for HEET, they are down and out, with a close 2-1 win over Astralis in their third match their only victory in the group stage.

Having been drawn in a tough section, they can leave season 16 of the ESL Pro League with their heads held high but they have largely been out of their depth.

Runners-up at the Global Esports Tour Dubai in June, MOUZ are getting gradually stronger this year and, while it remains to be seen how they will cope with the big guns in the playoffs, they should have too much for HEET.

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