Five matches to watch with predictions for LEC week seven

The League of Legends European Championship (LEC) Summer Split is still going strong with the play-offs edging closer. Some teams have found a new lease of life while others are watching their season derail right in front of them. Here's five key games to keep an eye in in LEC week seven with betting odds in bracket.

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Rogue (2.00) vs SK Gaming (1.74)

Week 6 was one to forget for Rogue and SK Gaming as both suffered 0-2 records. Rogue will be particularly worried as they appeared to be finding some form with a massive win over Fnatic yet last week's losses to Excel and Team Vitality were serious dents in their Playoffs hopes.

Meanwhile, SK Gaming have sunk all the way to bottom of the standings, sitting joint last with Excel. The team look completely lost and though there's no shame in losing to G2, the nature of their annihilation in that game had to sting.

Both teams are in trouble so a win here will be crucial. It will likely come down to the two star players, Emil "Larssen" Larsson on Rogue and Oskar "Selfmade" Boderek on SK.

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Origen (1.35) vs Misfits Gaming (3.00)

In the Spring Split, Origen were phenomenal and rightfully finished as the second-best team in Europe. Yet in the Summer the team have really struggled. Before Week 6, Origen had a record of 1-1 every week but suffered their first 0-2 thanks to tough games with G2 and Fnatic.

The experienced side are in genuine danger of falling out of the Playoffs, especially with Misfits hot on their heels. Misfits did what Origen couldn't last week and beat Fnatic thanks to a spectacular performance by Adam "Lider" Ilyasov who had seven solo-kills as Akali - a record in the LEC shared with Rasmus "Caps Winther and Marek "Humanoid" Brazda.

Yet Misfits then went and lost to Excel though inconsistency isn't surprising considering the youth in the organisation's new line-up. This match is the classic battle of experience vs youth and should be a lot of fun to watch.


Excel Esports (2.60) vs Team Vitality (1.43)

Excel Esports finally have something to cheer about following their first-ever 2-0 week in the LEC with wins over Misfits and Rogue. Marc "Caedrel" Lamont and Ki "Expect" Dae-han were phenomenal last week and will surely cause problems for more teams - especially in the early game.

Though like Excel, Team Vitality are very reliant on the early game which means there is a lot of pressure on jungler Lee "Mowgli" Jae-ha. Vitality were able to pick up a win over Rogue too last week but were far from convincing, as has been the case for the team for the majority of the season.

This game will likely be decided within the first 10 minutes, it could go either way.


Origen (1.74) vs Schalke (2.00)

While Origen have been struggling for form, Schalke are looking fairly good. The signing of Kim "Trick" Gang-yun appears to have been a stroke of genius as the Korean jungler has been phenomenal this Summer.

While a win over SK didn't tell us much, Schalke's match against Splyce showed that perhaps the team can't perform well under pressure. That game was a great opportunity for Schalke to secure themselves in the top four and even make a late run for top two but a lot of the team crumbled. Andrei "Odoamne" Pascu had a bad game and Lee "IgNar" Dong-geun repeatedly hooked the wrong targets.

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On the bright side for Schalke, ADC Elias "Upset" Lipp had a brilliant performance and was visibly frustrated following the result. Similarly, Origen's ADC Patrik "Patrik" Jiru kept his team in the game against Fnatic but couldn't quite do enough. The battle of the ADCs in this game will almost certainly decide the tie, hence why the odds are so close.

G2 (1.43) vs Fnatic (2.60)

Finall,y we have the huge game between Fnatic and G2, it's always explosive when these two teams meet. Fnatic have actually come out on top the last two times these teams have met but judging by current form, G2 will surely take their revenge.

Fnatic have dropped off in recent weeks with losses to Rogue and Misfits, causing alarm bells for a lot of fans. The team hasn't looked the same since Martin "Rekkles" Larsson was benched for a game to move Tim "Nemesis" Lipovsek into the bot-lane for a game.

Meanwhile, G2 have had no problem with experimenting. Just last week against SK, Caps locked in Tristana mid because a sign in the crowd asked him to. That along with Annie's first competitive win in the top-lane thanks to Martin "Wunder" Hansen. It was a complete stomp. G2 are still on a different level and will surely come out on top here.

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