2021 LEC Spring Split Week 8 Betting Preview
The final week of the 2021 LEC Spring Split is sure to be exciting. Only Astralis have been eliminated from postseason contention prior to the last three games of the season. G2 Esports and Rogue will be the top two teams in the playoffs, and they will be battling it out to see who gets the coveted No. 1 seed and their choice of a first-round opponent.
MAD Lions, Fnatic, and SK Gaming are all essentially in the postseason, but the final playoff spot is up for grabs. Currently, FC Schalke 04 and Misfits Gaming are tied for that spot at 6-9, and Excel Esports and Team Vitality are right behind them.
2021 LEC Spring Split Week 8 Betting Odds
Misfits Gaming -164
Team Vitality +128
The first game on Sunday could be for a playoff spot depending on how the Friday and Saturday games shake out. Team Vitality kept their playoff hopes alive with a 2-0 week last weekend, but they can’t afford to drop a game if they want to complete their miracle run. They have a manageable schedule as their three games are against Astralis, Schalke, and Misfits, so you can’t rule this team out with Crownshot playing well and Labrov doing a much better job of setting things up in the bottom lane and team fights.
That could lead to some real value here, as Vitality might end up as the favorite if they win their two previous games. Misfits will have to take on MAD Lions and Fnatic prior to this game, so they might be in real trouble by Sunday.
Excel Esports +151
FC Schalke 04 -195
Schalke are the favorites to earn the last playoff spot, but this team might still be in disarray. They lost six straight matches before finally putting a halt to the losing streak with their win over Astralis last Saturday. There is a lot of turmoil behind the scenes, and that has admittedly had an impact on their mental per star jungler Gilius.
That’s why Excel are a nice play at this price. Although they are likely going to miss out on the postseason for the fifth straight split, they have shown they can take down mid-level teams on a fairly consistent basis. This team will likely be looking to move on from support Tore in the summer though.
G2 Esports -430
SK Gaming +303
Will G2 have anything to play for by Sunday? If not, they are likely to go full G2 and play some sort of insane composition in order to have a little fun before playoffs. As long as they have locked up the top spot entering the playoffs, it’s likely we see some kind of unusual draft as the Kings of Europe won’t take this match too seriously.
That could work out great for SK Gaming. They would love to finish in the top four in order to have the opportunity to lose twice in the postseason, and they are a sneaky team that can surprise their opponents in the playoffs.
MAD Lions -356
This game might not mean anything by Sunday. Astralis will likely end the year in last place, and MAD Lions could have a top four spot secured depending on prior results. That would likely lead to a crazy, kill-filled game where both teams treat it more like solo queue than an actual competitive match.
If G2 slip up, this could be Rogue’s chance to earn the No. 1 seed in the playoffs. Rogue went 0-2 against G2 in the regular season, but they went 12-1 against every other team in the LEC.
It will be interesting to see which Fnatic shows up this week. They are extremely aggressive in the early game, and sometimes that works to their advantage and sometimes it blows up in their faces. That has a chance to really pay off in the postseason though, as some teams become way too conservative with their play.