Football teams have turned to E-Sports in response to the Coronavirus crisis. The Racing Post provides all the latest odds and tips on one of the few sporting events going ahead this weekend…
Who are the betting favourites?
Sheffield Wednesday have been installed as favourites after they announced that they dipped into the emergency transfer market to sign pro-gamer Delee. They were 7-1 on Friday to lift the virtual silverware.
Italian Serie A giants Roma (9-1) are close behind, while Manchester City (12-1) and Watford (14-1) are also expected to go well. Tournament hosts Leyton Orient are 50-1.
Crystal Palace’s odds drifted after it was rumoured that Andros Townsend would be taking part, while Neal Maupay is expected to represent Brighton and Todd Cantwell will pick up the pad for Norwich.
Some clubs including Manchester City have a professional E-Sports team – they have already confirmed they will be representing the Premier League champions.
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If you want to bet on this tournament the best advice is to avoid professional footballers and focus on teams with professional gamers.
A lot of focus has been on Sheffield Wednesday after they announced pro Fifa player Delee would be representing them. But a more familiar club could be a great bet – Manchester City. City have a professional E-Sports squad at their disposal, with Ryan Pessoa the star member.
In 2018, Pessoa achieved a top-eight finish at the Fifa Ultimate Team Champions Cup, winning 159 games out of 160 in the FUT Champions weekend league, and was ranked number one in the world on Xbox One. Last year he reached the quarter-finals at the eClub World Cup representing Man City alongside teammate Shaun ‘Shellzz’ Springette.
It’s not confirmed that Pessoa will be in the hotseat, but he is just one of the talented gamers in City’s E-Sports team and whoever is at the controls will be sure to put in a good performance.
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