FA COMMUNITY SHIELD: BETTING PREVIEW

The FA Community Shield ushers in the new 20/21 season of English football, with Premier League champions Liverpool taking on the FA Cup winners Arsenal at Wembley this weekend.

Join us as we take a look at two of the most prestigious English clubs to grace the competition – each side has 15 titles – and give you some exciting FA Community Shield betting options for this Saturday.

FA COMMUNITY SHIELD BETTING

Arsenal

The dust has barely settled since their emphatic 2-1 FA Cup victory over Chelsea, and the Gunners enter the FA Community Shield match with only 28 days of rest behind them.

Although many still consider Arsenal to be a work in progress, Mikel Arteta’s influence since his arrival has been felt inside and outside of the club. Tinkering with their style of play and pushing confidence back into the squad, the young Spanish manager has seen his side hold out for remarkable victories against all of the top four, including a notable Premier League win (2-1) over Liverpool at the Emirates.

Premier League champions Liverpool should present a different challenge than Arsenal’s latest opponents – League One MK Dons proving the victims of a 4-1 thrashing. While viewed by some as nothing more than a glorified friendly, the fixture presents the possibility of laying down a marker ahead of the new season. It’s also a chance for Arteta to try out some of the latest additions to his squad, including the likes of Willian and Saliba.

Having scored both goals to claim Arsenal’s 14th FA Cup, captain Pierre Emerick Aubameyang is measured at 7/5 (2.40) to open his goal account and help Arsenal secure the shield this weekend.

Liverpool

The Premier League champions record-breaking season finished earlier than their opponents in this fixture, with nothing left to compete for once the league was secured. After ending a 30-year wait for their 19th Premier League title, the reigning champions have been able to regroup and recover with a pre-season training camp in Austria over the summer.

Although their contest in the capital will not be a direct indication of their season – Liverpool lost last year’s contest against Manchester City, only to go on and dominate the league – the Community Shield still offers great insight into what is to come.

Recent news from Anfield suggests that Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson and ex-Gunner Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain may both be sidelined due to injury. However, on the positive side, Virgil van Dijk has been given the all-clear after a nasty cut against Salzburg, and Trent Alexander-Arnold has been tipped to be fit and ready come this weekend.

With plenty of talent on the books at Liverpool, Klopp may be tempted to blood some of his younger players this Saturday, while also giving minutes to new signing Kostas Tsimikas, ahead of what will surely be a long season.

As their 19/20 top scorer, Mohamed Salah finds himself an interesting option for Community Shield betting, at 14/15 (1.93) to begin his season with a goal this weekend, while Sadio Mane is calculated at 23/20 (2.15) to find the net.

ARSENAL VS LIVERPOOL: FA COMMUNITY SHIELD BETTING ODDS

Liverpool come out as the team to beat this weekend at 7/10 (1.70) to win within the 90 minutes, while Arsenal measure up at 39/10 (4.90). With goals often being traded between these teams, why not bet on the favourites Liverpool to win and both teams to score at 2/1 (3.00)?


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CHOCO REELS SLOT

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Choco Reels Slot Gameplay

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The Choco ReelsTM slot has no fixed paylines. Instead, you can indulge in different reel combinations. When you start playing this slot, you’ll enjoy 2,304 ways to win, but by the time you unlock more chocolate bars, this number can increase up to 46,656. Over and above, the Choco ReelsTM slot is jammed with exciting bonus features, including multi-level wins, free spins with infinite multipliers, and a choco spins bonus which can reach a x6 multiplier. All these sweet elements can help you win up to 9,500x your bet!

How to play Choco Reels

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Choco Reels Features

Wild symbol – This can substitute for any other symbol, except scatter symbols and other special symbols.

Scatter symbol – When you land at least three scatter symbols anywhere on the reels, these will pay a win and activate 10 free spins. 

Bug symbol – Whenever the charming bug appears, it will gobble two chocolate blocks – removing two locked positions on the reels, even if you don’t hit a win. 

Multi-level wins – At the beginning of the game, 21 reel positions are locked. After each winning sequence or when the bug symbol lands on the reels, you unlock two reel positions, increasing the number of ways you can win. Every time you land a win, the winning symbols will disappear, and new symbols will cascade into their place.  

Choco spins bonus – This bonus round is activated as soon as you unlock all the reel positions. It awards six free spins once it’s triggered, and with each spin, the win multiplier increases by one. Once you fill up the baking syringe with enough chocolate cream to unlock all the reels, you can enjoy the cherry on the cake – 46,656 ways to win! 

Free spins with an infinite multiplier – Three or more scatter symbols can trigger 10 free spins. During the free spin rounds, a special symbol (+3FS) may appear on the reels awarding an extra three free spins. The multiplier can increase to infinity during the free spins, leading to a possible super sweet win. 

Gamble Feature – Choco ReelsTM boasts a unique gamble mode which can top up your wins with extra sweeteners. You can double your win if you guess the colour of the cotton candy or the cone in which the ice-cream will flow, but if your guess is wrong, you lose all your wins. Otherwise, if you don’t feel like putting your wins at risk, you can collect them instantaneously.

Buy Feature – You can buy any of the special bonuses while playing the Choco ReelsTM slot. 

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ESL ONE: COLOGNE PLAYOFFS

When it comes to competitive Counter-Strike in 2020, all roads have led us to Cologne! The world’s best CS:GO teams fought tooth and nail to ascend the ESL Pro Tour rankings and secured their spot at one of the two 2020 Masters Championships, ESL One: Cologne.

The Group Stage is now behind us and we’re heading straight for the action in this week’s preview of ESL One: Cologne Playoffs. Let’s have a look at the 32 teams in Europe, North America, Asia and Oceania as they stake their claim at the hefty prize purse! 

ESL ONE: COLOGNE FORMAT

As this year’s global competitions are off-limits, the current format resulted in a separation of teams into regions and divisions of unequal strength. Since the performance of the teams cannot be accessed and compared reliably, the 32 bands of warriors competed in four individual tournaments across four regions. Seeding was determined by the number of points obtained in the ESL Pro League, ESL One: Road to Rio and DreamHack Masters Spring

In the European and North American divisions, the Playoffs will be played in a single-elimination bracket. All matches are best-of-three, excluding the Grand Final best-of-five. This format is identical to the one in Asia and Oceania, with one minor difference: the upper-bracket team will be heading into the Grand Final with one map advantage. 

ESL ONE: COLOGNE RECAP

Europe

Europe’s 16 top CS:GO teams made it to Cologne, but only eight remain standing. In Group A, Sprout, Complexity, OG and Ninjas in Pyjamas saw no obstacle too large to overcome. All four teams swept through the opposing BIG, Mad Lions, Natus Vincere and mousesports, respectively. In Group B, Astralis, G2 Esports, Heroic and Team Vitality triumphed over Team Heretics, Faze Clan, MIBR and fan-favourites Fnatic. 

Remaining Teams: Astralis, Complexity Gaming, G2 Esports, Heroic, OG, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Sprout and Team Vitality. 

Prize Pool: $325,000

North America

With only eight competing teams, the NA Group Stage wrapped up rather quickly. Group A’s Chaos Esports Club and Furia Esports pushed out 100 Thieves and Gen.G Esports, while Group B’s Evil Geniuses and Team Liquid downright shoved Cloud9 and Triumph back to the bench.

Remaining Teams: Chaos Esports Club, Evil Geniuses, Furia Esports and Team Liquid. 

Prize Pool: $135,000

Asia

The four teams in the Asian division are gunning for the finals as we write. Tyloo and ViCi Gaming emerged victorious in the first two rounds, shortly after which Tyloo stomped ViCi in a 2-1. Beyond Esports and Invictus are due to clash on 28 August in a last-ditch effort for the Grand Final. 

Remaining Teams: Beyond Esports, Invictus Gaming, TYLOO, and ViCi Gaming. 

Prize Pool: $20,000

Oceania

Oceania’s top four have their eyes on the prize! Renegades are in the lead over ORDER, with Chiefs ESC and Avant Gaming scheduled for an early-morning match on 28 August. The winner of this matchup will go up against the upper-bracket loser. Although results are still up in the air, it looks like Renegades won’t leave ESL One: Cologne anytime soon. 

Remaining Teams: Avant Gaming, Chiefs ESC, ORDER, and Renegades. 

Prize Pool: $20,000

WHERE TO WATCH THE COUNTER-STRIKE ESL ONE: COLOGNE PLAYOFFS

Tune in and watch the CS:GO ESL One: Cologne Playoffs online, streamed live on the ESL One Live platform. 

If a match is currently in play, you will be directed to the live stream instantly. To view all tournament streams, videos and best-of highlights, look for ‘ESL TV’ on the left-hand menu. 

CS:GO ESL ONE: COLOGNE PLAYOFFS BETTING

We’re just in time to catch two of EU’s last matches before the Grand Final. Astralis are at 13/25 (1.52) to win their clash with Ninjas in Pyjamas at 14/9 (2.55) to topple the favourites. 

Shortly after, we will see Evil Geniuses who are 7/12 (1.58) to defeat Team FURIA at 7/5 (2.40) to unleash their fury.

If you’re interested in wagering on CS:GO tournaments, we’ve got you covered at EnergyBet with our unrivalled ESL One: Cologne betting markets. Check out the latest, top-tier odds for this season’s action-packed matchups and back your favourites to take the win! 

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CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL: BETTING PREVIEW

The UEFA Champions League Final will take place this Sunday at Portugal’s Estadio da Luz. Two of Europe’s biggest teams collide for their chance to steal the headlines and win football’s ultimate club prize.

Join us as we preview the final game of the competition and give you some of the most exciting betting options for the 19/20 Champions League Final.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE BETTING

Paris Saint-Germain

Having fulfilled all of their domestic obligations, Paris Saint-Germain enter the Champions League Final with the monumental possibility of securing their fourth trophy of the season.

Although a convincing 3-0 scoreline against RB Leipzig earlier this week helped secure their spot in the UCL final, the competition has by no means been an easy undertaking for PSG. 

After topping a group that included Real Madrid, Club Brugge and Galatasaray, the Parisians left their first round of 16 game wounded, suffering their first defeat (2-1) at the hands of Dortmund. From then on it was victory after victory for Tuchel’s men. Goals from Neymar and Velasco saw PSG past their German opposition, while Marquinhos and Choupo-Moting both left it late to overturn a 1-0 loss against Atalanta in the quarter-finals.

Against Bayern Munich, PSG will undoubtedly rely on their frightening attacking force of Neymar at 7/5 (2.40) to score anytime, Kylian Mbappé at 11/10 (2.10), and Angel Di Maria at 11/4 (3.75), to launch deadly counter-attacks through their incredible speed and sensational skills. At the other end of the pitch, Thiago Silva will captain the squad and once again lead the defence, in what could be the Brazilian’s last game with the French champions.

Bayern Munich

It’s been nothing but handing out thrashings for the German champions in a run that has positioned them to fight for their sixth UEFA Champions League trophy.

After smashing through the group stages with a perfect 6-0-0 record against Tottenham, Olympiacos and Red Star Belgrade, Bayern Munich easily brushed aside Chelsea in the round of 16, before completely dismantling Barcelona in a historic 8-2 victory. A convincing 3-0 win in the semi-finals earlier this week ended the Lyon fairytale run and gave the Bavarians their well-deserved entry into the final.

The German machine certainly looks capable of overpowering any opposition they face, and everything seems set for Robert Lewandowski to complete a fantastic record of scoring in every single match during the tournament. The chances of FC Bayern’s talismanic Polish striker getting on the score sheet are calculated at 4/7 (1.57).

Although the German champions are backed by an imperious record of 28 unbeaten games, PSG will present a threat. With the two most expensive signings in world football leading the line, the threat of goals from PSG is real. FC Bayern will need to be disciplined at the back to avoid a goal fest that could see the final run away from them.


PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN VS BAYERN MUNICH: CHAMPIONS LEAGUE BETTING ODDS

Bayern Munich come out as favourites at 10/9 (2.11) to win, within the 90 minutes, while Paris Saint-Germain measure up at 11/5 (3.20). With both teams fielding some of the best attacking talent on the planet, why not wager on total goals over 3.5 at 19/20 (1.95)?


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LEC 2020 SUMMER PLAYOFFS

Last week, we covered the explosive start to the LCS Summer Playoffs in North America; this week, we’re heading to Europe! EU’s 2020 LEC Summer Playoffs are just around the corner, with the first match set to kick off on Friday, 21 August. Europe’s top six teams will clash on the Rift in a bid for one of four World Championship qualifiers. Let’s see where we stand so far, and when you can expect you see your LEC favourites in action! 

SUMMER SEASON RECAP

In Europe, we saw the best of the best compete in a round-robin group stage, hoping to seize one of the seeds into the 2020 LEC Summer Playoffs. Out of 10 outstanding teams, six pushed through and showed us what they’re capable of.

This season, Rogue skyrocketed to the very top of the standings (ending at 13-5 W-L) and pushed MAD Lions Madrid (12-6) down to second place, both moving on to the playoffs in the winners’ bracket. Just below, G2 Esports finished strong in third place (11-7). Fnatic and SK Gaming tied at 9-9, but FNC’s Championship Points total bumped Mithy’s roster up to fourth and SK down to fifth. 

In sixth place (at least) we expected to see none other than Origen. Boy, were we in for a surprise! Just this Spring, Origen stormed the lanes and soared to third place (13-5). Unfortunately, everything went downhill from there. With defeat after defeat, we saw xPeke’s Origen sink through the ranks and leave the competition in tenth place (6-12). 

The sixth seed went to FC Schalke 04, who ended the season at 8-10. To say that the team had a rough start would be an understatement. The first matches of the Spring Split crushed their spirit in a streak of four losses, followed by Forg1ven’s departure and inevitable roster changes. It seems like it paid off though, as Schalke 04 confidently claimed sixth, and don’t look like they’re about to back down!

Excel Esports, Misfits Gaming and Team Vitality did not pull through and concluded the season in seventh, eighth and ninth places respectively. 

LEC 2020 SUMMER PLAYOFFS FORMAT

The LEC Summer Playoffs will span three rounds and conclude in the semi-finals and finals, anticipated to take place in early September. Unlike previous seasons, seeding is determined by the number of obtained Championship Points, awarded for performance during the Summer Season. 

  • All matches are best of five.
  • The top four teams play in the winners bracket, fifth clashes with sixth in the losers bracket.
  • Double elimination bracket, where the first seed picks between third and fourth seed in Round One. 
  • The loser with the lowest seed from the winners bracket will play in the losers bracket in Round Two.
  • The loser with the highest seed from winners’ bracket will play in the losers bracket in Round Three. 
  • Top four qualify for 2020 Season World Championship. 

Round One is going live on 21 August, with SK Gaming vs FC Schalke 04 as the first match of the playoffs. The winner of the match will sit in the losers bracket, awaiting the lower R1 seed of the weekend’s winners bracket skirmishes. 

As the first seed, Rogue opted to face Fnatic on Sunday, leaving MAD Lions to go up against the formidable G2 Esports on Saturday, 22 August. The losers will be sorted by seed ranking and will drop down to the losers bracket in R2 and R3. The winners, on the other hand, are on a highway straight to the semi-finals. 

LEC 2020 SUMMER PLAYOFFS SCHEDULE 

Round One: 21-23 August.

Round Two: 28 August.

Round Three: 29 August. 

Semifinals: TBD, anticipated between 30 August and 5 September.

Finals: 6 September.

WHERE TO WATCH THE LEAGUE OF LEGENDS LEC 2020 SUMMER PLAYOFFS

Tune in and watch the League of Legends LEC Summer Playoffs online, streamed live on the League of Legends Esports platform. 

The tournament schedule, standings and vods are available directly on the platform. To check out ongoing skirmishes, click WATCH. Past standings and concluded matches can be viewed through the VODS tab. 

LEC 2020 SUMMER PLAYOFFS BETTING

FC Schalke 04 are favourites to win, at 4/9 (1.44), in their first Summer LEC Playoffs bout with SK Gaming, at 7/4 (2.75) to overwhelm their opponent. 

On Saturday, G2 Esports stand at 4/11 (1.36) to topple Mad Lions Madrid, who are at 21/10 (3.10) to roar in triumph. The second match in the winners bracket will see Rogue at 7/9 (1.78) to push through to the semi-finals, but they may have found a worthy adversary in Fnatic, who are at 34/33 (2.03) to prove their worth. 

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THE DOG HOUSE MEGAWAYS

The Dog House™ is back! Pragmatic Play is throwing us a bone with the new The Dog House Megaways™ casino slot that has a massive 117,649 ways to win and two Free Spins bonus rounds. While we wag our tails in anticipation of the slot’s release, let’s have a sniff around and see what shenanigans our favourite pooches are up to! 

THE DOG HOUSE MEGAWAYS SLOT GAMEPLAY

If you’ve ever taken the original game for a walk around the block, you’ll feel right at home in The Dog House Megaways™. The symbols, layout and overall aesthetics stay faithful to the game’s predecessor, but The Dog House Megaways™ slot packs a handful of surprises that will leave you barking for more! 

The game operates on BTG’s Megaways™ engine, with no fixed paylines and 117,649 ways to win. On top of that, you can look forward to multipliers, two Free Spins bonuses and pawssible wins of over 12,000x the wager!

HOW TO PLAY THE DOG HOUSE MEGAWAYS 

The Dog House Megaways™ online casino features six reels, up to seven rows, 13 symbols and thousands of ways to win. Since there are no fixed paylines, winning combinations are attributed to adjacent symbols (regardless of size), as long as the sequence begins from the leftmost reel. Each reel can land up to seven symbols, with a mastiff total of 117,649 ways to win when landing seven symbols on each reel. 

To get started, load up The Dog House Megaways™ and set your wager using the game’s interface. While there may be minor changes on release, we expect the minimum wager to stick to €0.20. The Dog House Megaways™ RTP is 96.55%, but keep in mind that all Megaways™ games are of relatively high volatility. 

THE DOG HOUSE MEGAWAYS FEATURES

Wild Symbol — the Dog House Wild can only appear on reels two, three, four and five. The symbol will have a random multiplier, up to 3x, and will substitute for all other symbols except for the Bonus Scatter. If two or more Wilds are a part of a single winning combo, the multipliers will stack. 

Scatter Symbol — players who have at least three Bonus Scatters in their pawssession are in for a treat! You’ll be met with a choice between two Free Spins bonus features: the Sticky Wilds Free Spins and Raining Wilds Free Spins. The number of Free Spins is dependant on the number of Scatter symbols present on the reels and will vary between the two features. If you choose Sticky Wilds, three Scatters award seven spins, and go up to 20 Free Spins for landing all six. In the Raining Wilds bonus, three Scatters yield 15 Free Spins and 30 for all six. 

Sticky Wilds Free Spins — during the Sticky Wilds Free Spins bonus, two to seven Wilds can appear on the reels and will stick in place for the duration of the round. The Wilds will drop with multipliers of up to 3x and may vary in size from spin to spin. Landing more than a couple of Wilds in this round is no easy feat; thus, this feature is expected to have higher volatility than Raining Wilds. This feature cannot be retriggered. 

Raining Wilds Free Spins — if you opt for the Raining Wilds Free Spins bonus, you’re in for even more Free Spins! Each spin in this round may land up to six Wilds in random positions. Just like in Sticky Wilds and the base game, the Wild symbols carry a multiplier of up to 3x. This feature cannot be retriggered. 

Buy Free Spins — in select markets, players will have access to the Buy Free Spins feature. The buyout is set at 100x the wager, and will instantly trigger a Scatter-rich spin and the Free Spins bonus selection. 

THE VERDICT

When facing puppies and 117,649 ways to win, it’s hard not to love The Dog House Megaways™. Although the game looks and feels like its predecessor, The Dog House™,  the rewarding bonus features certainly make up for the lack of new visuals. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it — right? Massive winnings, stacking multipliers, instant feature buyouts and two Free Spins bonuses all push and shove The Dog House Megaways™ to the next level of gameplay.  

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LCS 2020 SUMMER PLAYOFFS

We’re back in action, and the stakes are high — the LCS Summer Playoffs are taking off; the top eight LCS teams will cross swords in a bid for the 2020 World Championship. The teams have earned their spots through epic victories and jaw-dropping action in the Summer Season, but they must prove their worth once more. With only three qualifying spots up for grabs, we’re in for Rift-shattering plays! Let’s recap where we’re at and take a look at some LCS 2020 betting options.

SUMMER SEASON RECAP

North America’s 10 best teams went head-to-head to secure one of eight spots in the Playoffs. Team Liquid dominated the competition with a 15-3 Win-Loss ratio, Cloud9 were right on their heels at 13-5. Both teams are at the top of the LCS 2020 Summer Standings and will start off in Round Two of the winners bracket. 

FlyQuest and Team SoloMid had an impressive showing as well, both finishing the run with 12 Wins and 6 Losses. Evil Geniuses got off to a shaky start but managed to find their footing in the last few matches (8-10) and head into the Round One winners bracket along with Golden Guardians (9-9), TSM and FlyQuest. 

In the final match of the split, Dardoch’s Olaf and Aphromoo’s flawless Soraka plays secured the win for Dignitas, and with it the eighth and final spot in the LCS Summer Playoffs. Unfortunately, the final standings left Counter Logic Gaming and Immortals trailing in the dust. 

LCS 2020 SUMMER PLAYOFFS FORMAT

The LCS Summer 2020 Playoffs will span three rounds and conclude in the early September Finals. 

  • The top eight teams from Summer Season clash in best of fives, with the top two teams receiving a bye into the second round of the winners bracket.
  • Teams who placed 3rd-6th (FlyQuest, TSM, Golden Guardians and Evil Geniuses) are up in the first round of the winners bracket.
  • The last two (100 Thieves and Dignitas) compete in the losers bracket.
  • Double-elimination bracket, where the first seed (Team Liquid) picks between Round One winners. 
  • The top three teams qualify for the League of Legends 2020 World Championship. 

Round One started on 13 August, with TSM and Golden Guardians heading into the first skirmish. In a crushing 3-0 stomp, GG came out on top and are moving on to Round Two. 

FlyQuest made their play against Evil Geniuses on Friday, 14 August. After five exhausting matches, FlyQuest soared into Round Two with a score of 3-2 against Evil Geniuses, who are now demoted to the losers bracket. 

Dignitas and 100 Thieves, in the losers bracket, stormed the Rift against TSM and EG over the weekend. Unfortunately, the underdogs were knocked out of the running in two clean (0-3) sweeps. Pending results from the first matches of Round Two, TSM and EG are awaiting the losers and will be wrapping up Round Two next weekend. 

As the first seed, Team Liquid has the pick of their opponent, and they’re going to clash with Golden Guardians on 21 August, leaving C9 to face FlyQuest a day prior. With the first two eliminations now behind us, Round Two is sure to turn up the heat!

LCS 2020 SUMMER PLAYOFFS SCHEDULE 

Round One: 13-16 August.

Round Two: 20-23 August.

Round Three: 29-30 August.

Finals: 5-6 September. 

WHERE TO WATCH THE LEAGUE OF LEGENDS LCS 2020 SUMMER PLAYOFFS

In the meantime, you can tune in and watch the League of Legends LCS Summer Playoffs from the comfort of your home. The LCS Summer Playoffs matches are taking place entirely online and will be streamed live on the League of Legends Esports platform. 

The tournament schedule, standings and vods are available to registered users and visitors alike, without any restrictions. To tune-in to ongoing skirmishes, head to WATCH. Previous tournaments are available on the VODS tab. You can also check out highlights and commentary by your favourite Youtube creators and Twitch LoL streamers.

LCS 2020 BETTING

The next match will see Cloud9 as favourites, at 1/5 (1.20) to win their first LCS Summer Playoffs matchup against FlyQuest eSports at 32/9 (4.55)

The second brawl is not one you will want to miss! The leading seed, Team Liquid, sit at a comfortable 1/5 (1.20) to emerge victorious, and Golden Guardians will stake their claim at the coveted Worlds qualifier at 32/9 (4.55) to defeat the top dogs. 

If you’re interested in placing a wager on League of Legends tournaments, we’ve got you covered at EnergyBet with our LCS 2020 betting options. Check out the latest odds for this season’s action-packed matchups and back your favourites to take the Nexus!

Be sure to come back for more, we’ll be keeping you up to date with LCS Summer Playoffs standings and the next, rip-roaring LoL events at top-tier betting odds. 

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE QUARTER-FINALS: BETTING PREVIEW

The knockout phase of the Champions continues this week with excitement for the quarter-finals spreading across the continent. This year’s competition has a unique format, with all ties played in Portugal over a single leg, making for some interesting Champions League quarter-finals betting options.

Paris Saint-Germain take on Atalanta this Wednesday at the Estadio da Luz, while Atletico Madrid and RB Leipzig travel to the Lisbon’s Estadio Jose Alvalade for their one-legged showdown.

Join us this week as we give you a rundown of everything you need to know and provide you with some exciting Champions League betting options for the upcoming fixtures. 

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE BETTING

Atalanta

Few would have believed that Atalanta would make the final eight having lost their first three fixtures in the competition.  Manager Gian Piero Gasperini has seen his men exceed public expectation with an exciting brand of football that has not only secured a third-place finish in Serie A, but also granted entry amongst Europe’s final-eight Champions League contenders. 

The effectiveness of Atalanta’s strikeforce could make the difference for their fixture against the French champions. With an incredible tally of 98 goals in Serie A, this Atalanta team is known for demolishing their opposition – scoring over three goals in each of their last three champions league matches.

Recent news from Italy suggests that Josip Ilicic will not be available for selection with the Slovenian granted time off to deal with a personal issue. Having scored 21 goals this season, the loss of Ilicic could prove fatal for Gasperini’s European aspirations. All eyes will now be on Alejandro Gomez, the midfielder widely considered the primary creative force behind Atalanta’s free-flowing attack.

Paris Saint-Germain

Awarded the Ligue 1 title after Covid-19 caused an early halt to the French season, Paris Saint-Germain have completed another domestic quadruple. Having completed all their other goals for the season, the French outfit can now focus entirely on the one competition which continues to elude them – the Champions League.

Considered one of the favourites to win the competition, Paris Saint-Germain secured their place in the quarter-finals for the first time since 2016 with a 3-2 aggregate victory over Borussia Dortmund. With the promise of Champions League glory just over the horizon, the Parisians now look to overcome a strong Atalanta side and progress to the semi-finals.

Having suffered a nasty ankle injury against Lyon in their League Cup final victory, Kylian Mbappe remains a major doubt and will likely not feature, while Angel Di Maria is also ruled out due to suspension. PSG fans will put the responsibility of a win on the shoulders of Mauro Icardi, with the Argentinian scoring six times in his last five appearances against Atalanta for his former club Inter Milan.

ATALANTA VS PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN: CHAMPIONS LEAGUE BETTING ODDS

Paris Saint-Germain come out as favourites, at 34/33 (2.03) to win, while Atalanta measure up at 12/5 (3.40). Mauro Icardi is a good shout for Champions League quarter-finals betting at 6/5 (2.20) to score this Wednesday.


RB Leipzig

RB Leipzig impressed many in the footballing world after sweeping aside last season’s runners-up, Tottenham, in the round of 16. Having already assured their return into the competition next season, courtesy of their third-place finish in the Bundesliga, the Red Bulls now look to take on Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid side this Thursday.

Not many would contest the fact that RB Leipzig go into their fixture widely considered the underdogs, mainly due to the fact that their top goalscorer, Timo Werner, opted to join Chelsea before the end of their Champions League campaign.

Julian Nagelsmann will, however, still see this as a chance for his side to create some history of their own. Assured by the quality of his team, the German manager will look towards his young guns to step up and carve a path into the semi-finals.

Atletico Madrid

Atleti dumped the reigning champions from the competition in the previous round and now take on RB Leipzig for their chance to secure a semi-final spot.

Unbeaten in their last 18 matches, having conceded just 27 goals in 38 La Liga games, Atletico Madrid have proved that they are a team built on a solid defensive foundation – difficult to break down and even harder to beat.

History is also on their side, with Los Rojiblancos having always progressed against Bundesliga sides in the knockout stages of the Champions League (versus Bayer Leverkusen in 2015 and Bayern Munich in 2016). Diego Simeone’s men cannot rely on history though, as their opponents have made a habit of disrupting the established order.

RB LEIPZIG VS ATLETICO MADRID: CHAMPIONS LEAGUE BETTING ODDS

Favourites Atletico Madrid are calculated at 7/5 (2.40) to win, with RB Leipzig sporting odds of 9/4 (3.25).


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CHAMPIONS LEAGUE BETTING PREVIEW: ROUND OF 16

After a 149-day wait, Champions League betting returns with huge fixtures among European football’s elite. Manchester City take on Real Madrid at the Etihad, while Juventus look to overturn Lyon at the Allianz Stadium. 

With some of the greatest teams in the world set to lock horns, join us as we analyse exciting betting options for second leg fixtures of the round of 16.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE BETTING

Juventus

Juventus have once again established themselves as the dominant force in Italian football, ending the season with their ninth Serie A Scudetto in a row. Although they finished their campaign just one point above their nearest rivals, Juventus found the time to rest key players during their final fixtures – with their attention already fixed on the Champions League.

The Bianconeri head into their Friday fixture in desperate need of goals; their 1-0 away loss in the first leg left them bloodied but not yet beaten. Having shown no signs of slowing down, Cristiano Ronaldo will lead the line and look to add to his already impressive tally of 35 goals, with his chances of scoring calculated at 7/12 (1.58).

Sarri’s men will take nothing for granted this Friday, but they can take confidence from their incredible win record at home which has solidified their reputation as an exceptional team and established the Allianz Stadium as a fortress.

Lyon

Lyon attained their first-ever victory over the Italian champions last February courtesy of a left-footed effort by Lucas Tousart – upsetting the pre-match predictions and stunning both fans and pundits alike.

With the Ligue 1 season cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Les Gones have enjoyed a long break which has allowed attacking talismans Memphis Depay and Jeff Reine-Adelaide to recover from long-term knee injuries and possibly make the starting lineup this Friday.

Knowing that a clean sheet will see them through, but an away goal could make all the difference, Rudi Garcia may set his team up similarly to their Coupe de la Ligue final blueprint from last week. Having withstood a Paris Saint-Germain onslaught for 120 minutes, Lyon may look to emulate their counter-attacking strategy against the Italian champs and make use of their fast-breaking strikeforce to possibly clinch a historic result.

JUVENTUS VS LYON: CHAMPIONS LEAGUE BETTING ODDS

Juventus come out as strong favourites, at 3/7 (1.43) to win, while Lyon sport odds of 33/5 (7.60) to once again upset the Italian champions.


Manchester City

Although they have secured silverware in the EFL Cup, disappointment in the Premier League and FA Cup has left Manchester City looking towards the Champions League as a way to finish their season with a bang.

The Citizens go into their fixture this Friday with a 2-1 advantage, having dismantled Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium – courtesy of goals from Gabriel Jesus and Kevin De Bruyne. City will face an entirely different beast this Friday, with the freshly-crowned La Liga champions the form team in Europe (alongside Bayern Munich) since the resumption of domestic action. Guardiola will be focused on shoring up a defence which has been guilty of costly errors on several occasions this season.

With Sergio Aguero’s ruled out of participation this Friday due to a knee injury, the pressure will be on Gabriel Jesus to deliver the goods at 10/11 (1.91) and see his side past the Spanish champions.

Real Madrid

Almost five months have passed since this fixture was initially due to take place; the Real Madrid team that visits the Etihad now is a different proposition to that from the first leg.

A disappointing 2-1 loss at home, which also saw the red card dismissal of their talismanic captain Sergio Ramos, haunts fans of Los Blancos. However, hope remains in the form of Karim Benzema and Thibaut Courtois who have both been vital in Real Madrid’s post-lockdown resurgence, leading their team from the back and front respectively.

Real Madrid will head into their fixture with the weight of their prestigious Champions League history heavy upon their shoulders. With their players knowing exactly what is expected when they put on the white shirt and represent Los Blancos, anything but a win for Zidane’s team will be deemed unacceptable.

MANCHESTER CITY VS REAL MADRID: CHAMPIONS LEAGUE BETTING ODDS

As the home team, Manchester City are favourites, at 5/7 (1.71), to go on and win, with Real Madrid’s chances measured at 67/20 (4.35).


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LIL’ DEVIL SLOT

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LIL’ DEVIL SLOT GAMEPLAY

The Lil’ Devil casino slot is set to the vibrant post-punk track, with 4,096 ways to win and devilishly-good bonus features. The lyrics of the popular hit come to life on the reels of Lil’ Devil, as Angels and Devils swoop in to leave Multipliers, Free Spins and broken hearts in their wake. 

On top of two dynamic Wilds and two Free Spins bonuses, you can look forward to the brand-new Heartstopper™ mechanic. This progressive feature involves collecting jewelled Hearts in the base game — mend 40 broken hearts to gain even more Wilds and Multipliers during the Heartstopper™ Enhanced Free Spins feature.

HOW TO PLAY LIL’ DEVIL 

The core mechanics in the Lil’ Devil slot are straightforward: set your wager using the STAKE buttons and hit PLAY. The minimum wager is €0.10 (or currency equivalent), and an AUTOPLAY mode is available on the right-hand side of the user interface. 

Although Lil’ Devil is not a Megaways™ game, it boasts a massive 4,096 ways to win! That means that there are no fixed paylines; instead, symbols that fall adjacently, beginning with the leftmost reel, will count as a win. 

Before you dive in and surrender to the dynamite lover’s gaze, let’s have a glance at the game’s bonus features.  

LIL’ DEVIL SLOT FEATURES

Devil Wild — the fiery Devil is the game’s Wild symbol. The Devil Wild can appear on reels two to five and will substitute for all symbols except Scatters. 

Angel Wild — the Angel Wild is a stacked Wild that appears on reels three and four. When the Angel Wild descends on the reels, she will bring along a Multiplier between 4x and 12x. Up to two Angels can appear on the reels, bringing the maximum possible Multiplier to a jaw-dropping 144x. 

Scatter — the Scatter symbol, a wooden shack (an easter egg from BTG’s Bonanza), is the lead in Lil’ Devil! Landing two Scatters anywhere on the reels will award one Heart. Collecting 40 Hearts unlocks the Heartstopper™ feature, which enhances the Free Spins. To grab these spins, you’ll have to land three Scatters and select which of the two Free Spins you would prefer. 

Be My Angel Free Spins — in Be My Angels Free Spins, you’ll get seven Free Spins, and one of the game’s symbols will be randomly selected as the Wild. Every time this symbol appears on reels two, three, four or five, it will transform into a Sticky Wild and will stay in place for the duration of the Free Spins. Four Sticky Wilds on reels three or four will switch to an Angel Wild, with a multiplier that starts at 4x and increases by two on each spin, up to 12x. Additionally, landing four Sticky Wilds will award three extra free spins. 

Dynamite Lover Free Spins — if you choose the Dynamite Lover Free Spins bonus, you’re in for 12 Free Spins and Dynamite Wilds. In this mode, all winning symbols (except Scatters) will be replaced by a cascade of new symbols from above. The Dynamite Wilds can appear on reels three and four, and will also have an increasing Multiplier. The Multiplier will be boosted by one each time the Dynamite Wild is part of a winning combination. Landing three Scatters will award six more Free Spins, and any extra Scatters will top it off with six more spins, each!

Heartstopper™ Enhanced Free Spins — lucky players who come across 40 mended Hearts, in the base game, will unlock a booster to two Free Spins bonuses. In Enhanced Be My Angel Free Spins, the Purple Heart symbol will become an additional Sticky Wild. In Enhanced Dynamite Lover Free Spins, the Dynamite Wild Multiplier will start at 5x. 

THE VERDICT

Fans of the ‘87 single and interactive BTG slots will appreciate everything that Lil’ Devil has to offer. Great music, action-packed bonus features, Free Spins and so much more. Everything, from the symbol design (Lizard in a Bottle, we’re looking at you) to the engaging Heartstopper™ feature, makes Lil’ Devil stand out from the crowd. 

Head over to EnergyCasino and load up Lil’ Devil, you’ll experience top-of-the-line gameplay from one of the world’s most innovative developers. Come on little devil, be my little angel!

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Championship play-off final betting preview

Yes, it’s cliche, but the play-off final is truly the “richest game in football” with the victor securing a lucrative spot in the Premier League. With so much at stake, play-off final betting appeals to football fans worldwide, and we’ll explore some options below.

Wembley stadium is the battleground for the two teams fighting to make it into the Premier League fold this Tuesday. A west London affair, the Championship play-off final will pit Brentford against Fulham. As the last domestic English fixture before the restart of the Champions League, eyes up and down the country will be firmly fixed on this last-ditch effort for promotion.

Join us as we get into the nitty-gritty of this fixture and provide you with some exciting Championship play-off betting options for this 4 August final.

Brentford

After 46 gruelling games, a record of 24 wins, nine draws, and 13 losses throughout the 19/20 EFL Championship, Brentford finished the season in third place. With a tally of 81 points – equal with their final play-off opponents Fulham – the Bees finished well ahead of their semi-final rivals.

As a side very much on the up, Brentford breezed past Swansea in the play-off semi-final, beating them twice over two legs, 1-0 away and 3-1 at home. With the club looking like it has secured the pieces it needs for future success, including a new Brentford Community Stadium, the turn of the decade could signal a new era for the Bees. One which may include Premier League football for the first time in their history.

In order to reach the promised land of top-flight football, they must overcome a strong Fulham side, experienced in play-off qualification and well-versed with reaching the top-tier of English football. Brentford fans will have a lot of confidence going into their Tuesday fixture knowing that their side achieved two victories over the Cottagers this season, without conceding a single goal.

Manager Thomas Frank will hope to once again turn Fulham’s game plan on itself, employing the help of his lead striker Ollie Watkins. Looking to secure his 27th goal for his side, the English striker is at 7/5 (2.40) to be an anytime goalscorer come 4 August.

Fulham

After being dragged down to the Championship depths following a miserable 18/19 Premier League campaign, Fulham have steadied the ship and maintained course amongst the promotional mix for the duration of the season.

Keeping hold of key players like Aleksander Mitrovic and Tom Cairney, while adding substantial additions such as Anthony Knockaert, has played a crucial role, enabling the Cottagers to win plaudits for playing some great football.  Now on the verge of redemption, Fulham face a Brentford team against which they have failed to score a single goal in their previous two meetings.

Bouncing back into the Premier League has huge ramifications for any club, both in terms of finance and club stature, but for a club like Fulham, it arguably means more. Having established themselves as a Premier League club at the turn of the millennium, Fulham have become somewhat of a yo-yo club in recent years. This fixture represents a chance to get back to where their fans feel they belong.

Attention will be heavily focussed on Aleksandar Mitrovic to score the Fulham’s first goal of the season against their opponents, with his chances of banging in a goal calculated at 19/10 (2.90).

BRENTFORD VS FULHAM: CHAMPIONSHIP PLAY-OFF FINAL BETTING ODDS

Brentford are favourites to secure the final place into the Premier League at 16/15 (2.07) to win, with Fulham measuring up at 53/20 (3.65).

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