The group stage of ESL Pro League Season 13 is almost all wrapped up, with just one more set of group matches to go. Let’s take a closer look at the six teams in group D:
Today, our focal point is Liquid vs. Fnatic tips! The second match that’s scheduled to start this Thursday at 3.30 pm CET, right after the end of Virtus.pro vs. Endpoint.
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What can we expect from this clash? Well, neither team has had plenty of luck in their last few events.
- Liquid’s wounds are still fresh, having been beaten by Pain Gaming on DreamHack Open March 2021 NA. On the bright side, their IEM XV World Championship performance was pretty good.
- Fnatic had a great run on cs_summit 7 but have been absolutely disastrous since then.
Obviously, both teams hope to ace the group stage and join the big boys in the playoffs. Can they both succeed in what seems like a tough group?
Liquid vs. Fnatic Predictions
As for this particular matchup, you’ll learn a great deal on both teams by the end of our Liquid vs. Fnatic predictions! We’re starting off with a quick informative section before moving onto concrete stats!
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Map Pool Stats
Fnatic haven’t played that many matches thus far in 2021 – just nine! That said, we don’t really know how well they’ll perform against Liquid on certain maps because we don’t have anything to use as the basis for our comparisons.
Vertigo and Mirage seem to be their strongest maps right now, enjoying high percentages on both. Nuke and Dust 2 are the maps they’re likely to avoid… though Fnatic haven’t really been consistent on them either.
Fnatic are not in the greatest form! They’ve won just one out of their last five matches… and it was against Royals of all teams. And it wasn’t a straightforward win either; 16:10 but it could’ve gone both ways right up until the last few rounds.
They finally managed to tie four wins together (just like they did on Flashpoint), but failed to assert dominance over up-and-coming Virtus.pro in the grand finals.
If we go a bit further back, we’ll see their fine run of form during IEM XV Katowice World Championship. Liquid had five straight wins against some of the best teams in the world. However, they messed up on DH Open March by losing against Pain… and that’s something that ought to reflect on their performance against Fnatic.
Liquid are the favorites here, but not that heavy! It all comes down to their IEM Katowice run as well as a roster packed with top-tier stars. EliGE, NAF, Fallen – you don’t need a better basis than this! EliGE and NAF are in solid form once again.
However, they need the rest of the team to push too; that loss against Pain was the perfect example of them doing all the good stuff but not having any support from the rest of the pack.
However, much of the same can be said about Fnatic too! KRIMZ and Brollan are doing all the dirty work for the Swedish side, and they’re also getting little to no support from their teammates. Obviously, this doesn’t happen all the time, but it’s happening in crucial matches way too often… and I’m talking about both sides here.
Odds are courtesy of BetOnline. You can check out our BetOnline review here.
But, Fnatic will come into this match as the fresher squad! Team Liquid participated on the DreamHack Open March and had a not-that-good of a campaign, whereas Fnatic had plenty of time to recuperate and focus on their first ESL Pro League clash.
And don’t get me wrong, Liquid’s Katowice campaign does put them in the leading spot ahead of this one… but that poor DH outing compared with potential jet lag is just enough for me to swing the odds in the Swedes’ favor. Plus, at +128, I reckon we have plenty of value here!