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Natus Vincere vs Eternal Fire Tips & Predictions – Eternal Fire Are Ramping Up

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  • Natus Vincere and Eternal Fire will clash on Thursday, September 28, in the quarterfinals of ESL Pro League Season 18 (19:00 CEST)
  • Natus Vincere are expected to win
  • Eternal Fire look dangerous
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Natus Vincere vs Eternal Fire Predictions


Natus Vincere and Eternal Fire will clash on Thursday, September 28, in the quarterfinals of ESL Pro League Season 18 for the first time ever. Natus Vincere are expected to win the series; however, Eternal Fire shouldn’t be underestimated.
  • Natus Vincere vs Eternal Fire Predictions
  • Head to Head
  • Natus Vincere Form
  • Natus Vincere Squad & Team News
  • Eternal Fire Form
  • Eternal Fire Squad & Team News

Esports bookmakers have Natus Vincere priced as 1.44 favourites to defeat Eternal Fire, who are priced as 2.62 underdogs for the upcoming series. At the offered CS betting odds, Natus Vincere are given a 69.4% implied probability to come out ahead, whereas Eternal Fire are given a 38.2% chance of causing an upset.

  • Natus Vincere field a more stacked roster
  • Eternal Fire have shown more so far this tournament
  • Even though Counter-Strike 2 was released on Wednesday, the ESL Pro League S18 playoffs will be played on Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Head to Head


Natus Vincere and Eternal Fire have never met before

Natus Vincere Form


Natus Vincere have not looked great ahead of ESL Pro League Season 18 and underperformed relative to expectations. They crashed out of IEM Cologne 2023 in seventh-eighth place and ended their run through Gamers8 2023 in fifth-eighth.

At ESL Pro League Season 18, NaVi showed a bit more and qualified for the playoffs through Group C upper bracket, where they beat 5yclone (2-0), Apeks (2-0), and FaZe Clan (2-0). However, even though NaVi haven’t lost a single map, they haven’t had to play any good team.

Besides the fact that NaVi haven’t won a game against a strong opponent, they’ve also not played a single official game since September 17, so they’ll likely enter this match a bit rusty – especially considering most of the players have likely spent their last week playing Counter-Strike 2.

Natus Vincere Squad & Team News


No changes for Natus Vincere.

  • Oleksandr "s1mple" Kostyljev
  • Valerij "b1t" Vakhovsjkyj
  • Aleksi "Aleksib" Virolainen
  • Justinas "jL" Lekavicius
  • Ivan "iM" Mihai

Eternal Fire Form


Eternal Fire weren’t expected to accomplish much at ESL Pro League Season 18, yet they made it to the semifinals, which alone is a huge accomplishment for this squad. Yet, their road to the final eight was a bit bumpy.

Eternal Fire kicked off their Group D campaign with a loss against Cloud9 (0-2), then they beat 9INE, lost against Virtus.pro, and defeated Cloud9 and Team Liquid in the lower bracket to secure a ticket for the playoffs. In the knockout stage, Eternal Fire kept their wheels spinning and added two commanding wins against Astralis (2-0) and BIG (2-0), proving that they are ready for a deep run.

Admittedly, beating the inconsistent Astralis isn’t a huge accomplishment, and I wouldn’t praise EF too much for beating BIG either. However, the Turks are in excellent form.

Eternal Fire Squad & Team News


Eternal Fire won’t make any changes.

  • İsmailсan "XANTARES" Dörtkardeş
  • Buğra "Calyx" Arkın
  • Engin "MAJ3R" Küpeli
  • Ali "Wicadia" Haydar Yalçın
  • Özgür "woxic" Eker

Verdict

Natus Vincere look like a much stronger team on paper, mainly due to the fact that NaVi field better individual players. However, NaVi will enter this match a bit rusty and they haven’t looked amazing during the group stage, so it’s hard to justify saying that they’re much stronger than EF.

The offered CS:GO betting odds on this match should be much closer than how they are. Even though NaVi will probably win this match more times than not, Eternal Fire are a solid value pick at the offered betting odds.

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28 Sep 2023

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