Important match and both teams would need to start the year by qualifying for the main tournament. There are a lot of good things to say about both teams, but if we're going to get down to micro levels, Spirit should win this one. Spirit are favorites on the odds and rightfully so. However, Sprout should not be counted out as they are good on the individual level and if the stars are right, Spirit will have a tough time.
What might speak against Spirit is that Sprout no longer needs to remove dust2 in this matchup bbut can instead remove a map like Nuke. What Spirit should do here is go for a map like Mirage even though they have three straight cods. Sprout wasn't impressive at all against EG on the map and Spirit should be able to shut them down.
Spirit got the individual skill to win against Sprout and on a team level they should be better. They had a rough game against NIP but should be able to bounce back here. No matter what outcome we have here, Spirit should be able to close out there own map pick.
So OUR betting prediction here will be:
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