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Virtus.pro vs SAW Tips & Odds – ESL Pro League Season 19

23 Apr 2024
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  • Virtus.pro vs SAW Counter-Strike betting picks for Wednesday, April 24, 2024, in the group stage of ESL Pro League Season 19 (19:30 CEST)
  • Both teams lost their Round 1 fixtures
  • Virtus.pro got humiliated by Fnatic on Tuesday
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Virtus.pro vs SAW Predictions


Virtus.pro and SAW will clash on Wednesday, April 24, 2024, in the Round 1 lower bracket of Group A at ESL Pro League Season 19. It'll be the third head-to-head meeting between the two teams, and according to esports betting odds, Virtus.pro should win.
  • Virtus.pro vs SAW Predictions
  • Head to Head
  • Virtus.pro Form
  • Virtus.pro Squad & Team News
  • SAW Form
  • SAW Squad & Team News

Counter-Strike betting sites have Virtus.pro priced as 1.44 favourites to defeat SAW, who enter the match as 2.62 underdogs. Virtus.pro are priced cheaply; however, that has to do with their disappointing performance against Fnatic in the first round of the group stage.

  • Virtus.pro had a rough start to the tournament
  • SAW are 4-6 across their last ten games
  • Virtus.pro are expected to win

Head to Head


SAW and Virtus.pro have met twice before this season, during Major qualifiers and European RMR A.

  • Virtus.pro 13-8 SAW – January 18, 2024
  • Virtus.pro 13-6 SAW – February 14, 2024

Virtus.pro Form


Virtus.pro have looked somewhat decent so far this year. They won BLAST Premier: Spring Groups 2024 and had a strong showing in European RMR A, but failed to accomplish much in bigger tournaments, including Intel Extreme Masters Chengdu 2024, where they placed top-six.

In a bid to find more success, Virtus.pro made a roster change and signed Denis "electroNic" Sharipov, who joined the team before the start of ESL Pro League Season 19. However, even though VP were expected to find more success with electroNic, they suffered a humiliating loss against Fnatic in the first round of the tournament.

Losing against Fnatic doesn't look good, but it was somewhat expected for VP not to perform well, mainly because they've not played with electroNic before. So, while that one loss should not be ignored, Virtus.pro will, with time, start playing better.

Virtus.pro Squad & Team News


Last week, Virtus.pro signed Denis "electroNic" Sharipov.

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

SAW Form


SAW are one of the weaker CS esports teams attending ESL Pro League Season 19, so it's no surprise they lost their first match of the group stage. But they shold've performed better considering SAW faced 3DMAX – another lower-rated squad.

Before ESL Pro League Season 19, SAW found some success, with a sixth-eighth-place finish at PGL Major Copenhagen 2024: European RMR A and a top-two at BLAST Premier: Spring Showdown 2024. SAW even found some success at the PGL Major Copenhagen, where they finished the Opening Stage with a 2-3 record.

Despite being far from an elite team, SAW are not as weak as it may seem and since they're against a team that is clearly struggling, SAW should feel confident in their ability to defeat Virtus.pro.

SAW Squad & Team News


No changes for SAW.

  • Christopher "MUTiRiS" Fernandes
  • Ricardo "rmn" Oliveira
  • Michel "ewjerkz" Magalhães
  • João "story" Vieira
  • Rafael "arrozdoce" Wing

Verdict

Virtus.pro's questionable performance against Fnatic on Tuesday makes it easier to believe they can lose against SAW as well. SAW, while not particularly good, are arguably just as strong as Fnatic, so they should have a good chance to do some damage.

Still, we have to consider just how stacked Virtus.pro are and how much higher their ceiling is. Admittedly, their performance on Tuesday leaves a lot to be desired, but one poor game doesn't mean Virtus.pro will lose against SAW.

At 1.44, VP are still a bit overrated, and since they're still adapting to a new roster, trusting SAW to win one map makes more sense.

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