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Gentle Mates vs Fnatic Tips & Predictions – VCT 2024 EMEA Stage 1

16 Apr 2024
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  • Gentle Mates vs Fnatic Valorant betting picks for Wednesday, April 17, 2024, in the penultimate week of VALORANT Champions Tour 2024: EMEA League - Stage 1 (17:00 CEST)
  • Gentle Mates are expected to lose
  • Fnatic are not in great shape
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Gentle Mates vs Fnatic Predictions


Gentle Mates and Fnatic will clash on Wednesday, April 17, in the third week of VALORANT Champions Tour 2024: EMEA League - Stage 1. It'll mark their first meeting ever, and according to the esports betting odds, Fnatic should win.
  • Gentle Mates vs Fnatic Predictions
  • Gentle Mates Form
  • Gentle Mates Squad & Team News
  • Fnatic Form
  • Fnatic Squad & Team News

Valorant bookmakers have Fnatic priced as 1.16 favourites to defeat Gentle Mates, who enter the match as 4.50 underdogs. Considering how good Fnatic were last season, this price might make sense, but they've not been performing well of late.

  • Fnatic are 2-2 since the start of the season
  • Gentle Mates have managed a 1-1 record so far in VCT 2024 EMEA Stage 1
  • Fnatic should win

Gentle Mates Form


Gentle Mates secured their promotion into the VALORANT Champions Tour (VCT) last season by winning EMEA Ascension with relative ease. The French team were by far the most dominant team in the Challengers league, although, since their transition to the top division, Gentle Mates haven't looked as great.

That's not too shocking, as they will need more time to adapt to tougher opponents. Still, while Gentle Mates haven't looked exceptional, they've had their moments. In the VCT 2024 EMEA Kickoff, they lost both of their series against Team Vitality (1-2 and 0-2) but found more success in the VCT 2024 EMEA Stage 1.

In the first round, Gentle Mates defeated BBL Esports 2-0 and last week lost to Karmine Corp. Losing to Karmine Corp is no reason for concern as KC are the league's top team. Still, it's fair to mention that Gentle Mates managed to win just 12 rounds in that series.

Gentle Mates Squad & Team News


No announced changes for Gentle Mates.

  • Beyazıt "beyAz" Körpe
  • Logan "logaN" Corti
  • Nathan "nataNk" Bocqueho
  • Jonathan "TakaS" Paupard
  • Wailers "Wailers" Locart

Fnatic Form


Fnatic were widely considered the best Valorant esports team of 2023 and they had results to back that up. However, this season hasn't started as well as Fnatic had hoped.

Despite the high expectations, Fnatic failed to win the VCT 2024 EMEA Kickoff after they lost to Karmine Corp in the semifinals. And so far, in VCT 2024 EMEA Stage 1, Fnatic have yet to show anything exceptional.

In the first round, they lost to Team Heretics with 4-13 and 15-17 and then added a 2-1 victory against GIANTX. Losing a map against a team like GIANTX is worrying and suggests that Fnatic might not be ready to take down stronger opponents.

But they're up against Gentle Mates, who are hardly one of the top contenders, so they should do fine.

Fnatic Squad & Team News


Fnatic won't make any roster changes.

  • Jake "Boaster" Howlett
  • Nikita "Derke" Sirmitev
  • Emir "Alfajer" Beder
  • Leo "Leo" Jannesson
  • Timofey "Chronicle" Khromov

Verdict

Gentle Mates are holding on well this season, so it's not too crazy to believe they'll do fine against Fnatic. However, the reality is that Fnatic are still the same core that was nearly unstoppable in 2023, and while their form so far is far from great, Fnatic shouldn't be losing games like this.

We're paying a premium on Fnatic, but even though Gentle Mates are priced generously, Fnatic would have to blunder heavily to lose or come close to losing this game.

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