FUT 18 Marquee Matchups Predictions: 5 December

Last week we managed to get three of the four Marquee Matchups right, but it certainly always feels better to accurately project all the fixtures featured in the current Marquee Matchups. If any of you all happen to make some profit investing on the potential SBCs, all the better.

Most of this this week's matches picked were fairly high profile, so maybe that will lead EA to include some more ancillary fixtures next time. Let's get into this week's picks:

Top Picks

As only four matchups tend to make the SBC, here are the four that we think are most probable to happen:

Disclaimer: These are educated guesses and far from guarantees. Invest accordingly at your own risk.

Manchester United vs Manchester City

Match Info: EA will be chomping at the bit for this fixture. Two of the highest profile PL teams meet in the Manchester derby, so get prepare yourself for a great match, and hopefully a great reward.

Predicted Requirements:

  • Team Overall Rating: Min. 80 rated

  • Player Requirement: 3 players from either team

  • Team Chemistry: Min. 95 chemistry

Ajax vs PSV

Match Info: “De Topper” highlights the match week in the Netherlands, and with EA looking to spruce up their selections this rivalry has a really solid chance of being included. Plenty of non-rare gold options here.

Predicted Requirements:

  • Team Overall Rating: Min. 77 rated

  • Player Requirement: 2 to 3 players from either team

  • Team Chemistry: Min. 95 chemistry

Spartak Moscow vs CSKA Moscow

Match Info: In my first predictions I believe I included a shout from the Russian League, so now we see ourselves return. Another high profile Moscow derby deserves investor’s consideration for the upcoming week.

Predicted Requirements:

  • Team Overall Rating: Min. 78 rated

  • Player Requirement: 1 to 2 players from each team

  • Team Chemistry: Min. 95 chemistry

MLS Final (Toronto or Columbus vs Seattle or Houston)

Match Info: Unfortunately, the final isn’t set just yet; however, the final is indeed high profile enough for EA to feature. Make sure to check in on November 29th and 30th for the teams that will square off for the title. (Regardless, investing early is good)

At time time of this article's publication, Sounders have a comfortable 2-0 lead heading back to the home leg while Toronto and Crew are level at 0-0. Toronto hosts the second, and are the favorites to advance, having won the Supporter's Shield for a record 69 points this MLS campaign. Do with those bits of information what you may.

Predicted Requirements:

  • Team Overall Rating: Min. 77 overall

  • Player Requirement: 2 player from each team

  • Team Chemistry: Min. 95 chemistry

Sleeper Picks

As there tends to be some deviation from week to week, let's take a look at some more fringe picks that could make their way in:

Liverpool vs Everton

Match Info: A historic rivalry, the Merseyside derby would make the main picks any other week, yet I relegated it due to the Manchester derby. EA could very well choose two matches from England so consider accordingly, and maybe sell into the hype.

Predicted Requirements:

  • Team Overall Rating: Min. 79 overall

  • Player Requirement: 1 player from each team

  • Team Chemistry: Min. 85 chemistry

West Sydney Wanderers vs Sydney FC

Match Info: Moving across the old commonwealth, Australia has a big game of their own. The two teams from Sydney square off and as usual the A-League could yield a high profit. Invest in the non-rares to minimize the risk.

Predicted Requirements:

  • Team Overall Rating: Min. 76 overall

  • Player Requirement: 1 to 2 player from each team

  • Team Chemistry: Min. 95 chemistry

Liga MX Final (Morelia or Monterrey vs America or Tigres)

Match Info: Just like MLS final, Mexico has an exciting climax to their season on the horizon. Interestingly, the matchup could be the same as the Monterrey vs Tigres we saw recently, which might cause EA to ignore it. Thus it appears in the sleepers this week.

Predicted Requirements:

  • Team Overall Rating: Min. 77 overall

  • Player Requirement: 1 player from each team

  • Team Chemistry: Min. 85 chemistry

Marseille vs Saint-Etienne

Match Info: It’s difficult to leave out the French league, so to do our due diligence we have to highlight the very prominent French rivalry. Worst case one can pick up the non-rares for close to discard, and hold for other SBCs or use them as fodder in this one.

Predicted Requirements:

  • Team Overall Rating: Min. 77 overall

  • Player Requirement: 1 player from each team

  • Team Chemistry: Min. 85 chemistry

Deep Sleeper Picks

NEW Weekly shot in the dark...

PAOK vs Panathinaikos

Investing Strategies

Let's once again take a look back at these beginner tips from my colleagues with the FUT Economist team on how to possible make a few coins with would-be Marquee Matchups:

-- Prioritize investing in players who are members of the two teams featuring in a specific Marquee Matchup (higher rated the better)

-- Non-Rare cards usually have a higher return on investment

-- Certain positions such as LB/RB, CMs and STs are generally more profitable*

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