In the run up to this match, Sweden had been upset a couple of times in the BO1 formats. Just this morning, they were upset by Belgium on Cobblestone, and they lost 5-16 when they had a very promising lineup. They were also upset by Belarus in the middle of this month. Sweden do however have an extremely good lineup shown on HLTV at the moment, with pronax, JW, Xist, GeT_RiGhT and twist all playing in this match. Sweden has one of the strongest pools of players out of the remaining participating countries, so it is delightful to see rival players coming together to represent their country.
Kazakhstan doesn’t have too many good players to offer, and two players that come from there which have made it onto notable teams include AdreN and mou, both of which come from Hellraisers. Any other players playing for Kazakhstan come from T3 teams or below.
This should be a relatively easy match for Sweden, unless they really decide to BM their opponents. Insane fraggers like GR and JW should be able to shut down Kazakhstan fairly easily, and they should not lose this at all. Seriously.
My odds for this match: Sweden 85:15 Kazakhstan
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