NAVI vs. Astralis Preliminary report, statistics and a forecast - IEM CS:GO
Danes with a strong comeback
In the second semi-final of the IEM Global Challenge, NAVI and Astralis meet each other. While the Russian top team won their two group matches clearly, Astralis struggled their way through the group A.
Table of Content
The IEM Global Challenge 2020 is all about 400,000 USD prize money and a S-Tier tournament success. In the second semifinal, BIG and Liquid will meet. The winner of this duel has a good chance to win the final match as well.
Date and provider
The match between NAVI and Astralis will be broadcast live at 4 p.m.(CET) on Saturday the 19.12.2020. Alongside an English broadcast by ESL, 99Damage will host a German stream.
Natus Vincere - Latest performance & results
NAVI managed to secure a place at the world's top teams again after their return to the European region. After a weak showing at the BLAST Fall Finals, the team has been fully convincing in the last two tournaments of the year so far.
At the BLAST Finals, they were only defeated by eventual finalists Vitality and Astralis in the playoffs. The opening duel against the Danes with a close win on three maps as well as the clear success against FURIA was still a good result.
The start to the IEM was a good one with wins against FURIA and Liquid. The semi-final against Astralis is not an easy one, but as s1mple said in an interview after the group stage: "We have to be able withstand any opponent to win the tournament" Between NAVI and Astralis, the odds still clearly favor Astralis.
Astralis - Latest performance & results
The Danes found back to their old form after difficult months in 2020. A victory at DreamHack Winter and a second place at the BLAST Fall Finals underline the upward trend. Their current biggest competitor Vitality defeated the team around IGL gla1ve in the game to advance to the playoffs.
After a clear defeat on the first map Nuke (16:02) the match seemed already decided. However, Astralis fought its way back into the match in a thrilling duel and a narrow victory on Dust2. Finally Astralis defeated Vitality clearly on Inferno.
The Danes go into the duel with NAVI as the favorites. In the parallel match between BIG and Liquid the second finalist will be decided. After their victory against Vitality, the Danes have a very good chance of winning the tournament. The last game against NAVI was won by Astralis on Train and Inferno.
Natus Vincere vs. Astralis - Map-Veto prediction
The duel between NAVI and Astralis already took place twice last week. One of these duels was decided by the Russian team around s1mple, but NAVI had to admit defeat in the playoffs.
Between NAVI and Astralis is the tip concerning the maps Inferno and Nuke. While Astralis could convince on Inferno, they had no chance in yesterday's duel with Vitality on Nuke. On the NAVI side, Dust2 would also be a possible pick.
Natus Vincere vs. Astralis - Prediction
Astralis is also the favorite in this duel and rightly so. The Danes convinced with a strong comeback against Vitality and will not let the tournament victory be taken away from them.
Winner bet: Astralis
EsportFire Tip: Astralis 2:1
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