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Virtus.pro vs Fnatic Tips & Predictions – ESL Pro League Season 19

22 Apr 2024
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  • Virtus.pro vs Fnatic Counter-Strike betting picks for Tuesday, April 23, 2024, in the first round of Group A at ESL Pro League Season 19 (13:30 CEST)
  • Fnatic are expected to lose
  • Virtus.pro with a new player
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Virtus.pro vs Fnatic Predictions


Virtus.pro and Fnatic will clash on Tuesday, April 23, in the Group A upper bracket quarterfinals at ESL Pro League Season 19. It'll mark their second meeting of the year, and according to esports betting odds, Virtus.pro should win.
  • Virtus.pro vs Fnatic Predictions
  • Head to Head
  • Virtus.pro Form
  • Vitus.pro Squad & Team News
  • Fnatic Squad & Team News

Counter-Strike bookmakers have Virtus.pro priced as 1.22 favourites to defeat Fnatic, who enter the match as 4.00 underdogs. Considering Fnatic's lack of accomplishments over the last few months, that sounds like a fair offer, especially since this is a best-of-three (BO3) series.

  • Denis "electroNic" Sharipov will debut for Virtus.pro
  • Fnatic have won just one tournament this season - RES European Series #1
  • Virtus.pro are 2-0' up in the head-to-head on the year

Head to Head


Virtus.pro and FNatic have clashed twice so far this yeart, and both games ended in favour of Virtus.pro.

  • Virtus.pro 2-0 Fnatic – January 20, 2024
  • Virtus.pro 13-3 Fnatic – February 14, 2024

Virtus.pro Form


Virtus.pro have been on the cusp of greatness since late 2023, but they've not managed to make that final push to establish themselves as one of the world's top CS2 teams. Earlier this year, they won BLAST Premier: Spring Groups 2024 and later added a gold medal from European RMR A.

But in bigger events, Virtus.pro consistently fell apart, finishing Intel Extreme Masters Katowice 2024 in 17th-20th place and PGL Major Copenhagen 2024 in ninth-11th. Virtus.pro found a bit more traction in Chengdu and placed top six, but that was a fairly underwhelming outcome.

Things could change with the addition of Denis "electroNic" Sharipov, who joined Virtus.pro earlier this year. He brings a plethora of experience with him and will replace VP's worst-performing player. So even though electroNic has yet to play an official game for Virtus.pro, his addition looks like a huge upgrade on paper.

Vitus.pro Squad & Team News


Virtus.pro signed Denis "electroNic" Sharipov earlier this month.

Denis "electroNic" Sharipov
Dzhami "Jame" Ali
Evgeniy "FL1T" Lebedev
Petr "fame" Bolyshev
David "n0rb3r7" Daniyelyan

Fnatic are the current no.28 Counter-Strike esports team in Europe, which perfectly illustrates where they stand. Despite their very rich history, Fnatic have not looked great for a few years now and without any major roster improvements, things don't look like they'll change anytime soon.

So far this season, Fnatic have won just one tournament - RES European Series #1 - in March, which is hardly worth celebrating. And seeing Fnatic fail to qualify for any A- or S-Tier tournaments only reaffirms the belief that they're not comparable to some of the world's top teams.

Fnatic Squad & Team News


No recent changes for Fnatic.

  • Freddy "KRIMZ" Johansson
  • Aurélien "afro" Drapier
  • Alexandre "bodyy" Pianaro
  • Matúš "matys" Šimko
  • Can "kyuubii" Ali

Verdict

Fnatic are hardly a second-tier team, which is hardly an overreaction. They've not won anything noteworthy with the current roster, and the lack of success Fnatic have achieved in various qualifiers proves they're not ready to compete in big events.

Virtus.pro are a bit of an enigma as they've yet to play with Denis "electroNic" Sharipov. But his addition alone should benefit the team and help Virtus.pro find a new level as they look to break into the elite few teams.

Virtus.pro still have a lot more to show, but they're unquestionably a much stronger team than Fnatic.

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