FUT 18 Marquee Matchups Predictions: 12 December

What a curveball from EA with the Marquee Matchups this week! Definitely some debatable inclusions from them, but they tend to do that when certain matchups are receiving too much hype, like the Manchester derby.

That being said, all we can do is put our heads down and keep plugging, so here’s this week's predictions:

Top Picks

As only four matchups typically make the SBC group, here are the four we think are the most likely to happen:

Disclaimer: These are educated guesses and NOT guarantees. Invest accordingly at your own risk.

Athletic Bilbao vs Real Sociedad

Match Info: How refreshing to not start with a Premier League rivalry; we turn our attention to Spain. Specifically, the Basque region, where a historically intense match should catch the eye of EA. Plenty of really solid non-rare golds to keep risk low and profits high.

Predicted Requirements:

  • Team Overall Rating: Min. 76 rated

  • Player Requirement: 1 to 2 players from either team

  • Team Chemistry: Min. 95 chemistry

Olympique Lyonnais vs Olympique de Marseille

Match Info: As always, the trustworthy Ligue 1 offers a great matchup between two prominent teams that warrant the consideration of the FIFA live content team. Le Choc des Olympiques is a fascinating derby that features a unique rivalry that is not based in malice, but rather competitiveness. Again look to the non-rares.

Predicted Requirements:

  • Team Overall Rating: Min. 77 rated

  • Player Requirement: 2 to 3 players from either team

  • Team Chemistry: Min. 95 chemistry

Manchester City vs Tottenham Hotspur

Match Info: You knew it was coming: a Premier League fixture. Although Spurs have faltered in domestic form recently, this match has some serious title implications, even though it's before Christmas. Even if its omitted, PL investments could payoff during POTM or FUTmas.

Predicted Requirements:

  • Team Overall Rating: Min. 78 rated

  • Player Requirement: 1 to 2 players from each team

  • Team Chemistry: Min. 95 chemistry

Club Brugge vs Anderlecht

Match Info: I included a Belgian cup match a few predictions ago. However, this time, the Pro League sees a huge rivalry between two of its most prominent sides. Another low risk and high reward due to the number of non-rares; this fixture really excites us.

Predicted Requirements:

  • Team Overall Rating: Min. 75 overall

  • Player Requirement: 1 to 2 player from each team

  • Team Chemistry: Min. 95 chemistry

Sleeper Picks

As there tends to be some variance each week, let's take a look at some more outside the box picks that could make their way in:

Bayern Munich vs Stuttgart

Match Info: Yes, a Bundesliga fixture was already included, but, it’s important to note that after December 17, the league goes on their long winter break. With limited time remaining, it’s hard to see EA not getting in these while they can, and our pick would be the Südderby.

Predicted Requirements:

  • Team Overall Rating: Min. 77 overall

  • Player Requirement: 1 player from each team

  • Team Chemistry: Min. 85 chemistry

Sparta Rotterdam vs Feyenoord

Match Info: Another week with a big derby in the Netherlands. Its uncharacteristic for EA to include a “smaller” league twice, but after this past week, I guess we have to truly expect the unexpected.

Predicted Requirements:

  • Team Overall Rating: Min. 74 overall

  • Player Requirement: 1 to 2 player from each team

  • Team Chemistry: Min. 95 chemistry

KS Cracovia vs Wisła Kraków

Match Info: We circle back to Poland where this time the Holy War derby marks their match week. Any rivalry with that cool a name deserves consideration, yet EA also used this fixture last year. Will we see a repeat?

Predicted Requirements:

  • Team Overall Rating: Min. 70 overall

  • Player Requirement: 1 player from each team

  • Team Chemistry: Min. 85 chemistry

FC Nantes vs Angers SCO

Match Info: Just to cover that EA curveball, there’s another lesser known rivalry in France coming next weekend. The Derby de l'ouest, is actually quite an important game for both clubs. Nantes is pushing for Europe while Angers are fighting to stave off relegation.

Predicted Requirements:

  • Team Overall Rating: Min. 76 overall

  • Player Requirement: 1 player from each team

  • Team Chemistry: Min. 85 chemistry

Deep Sleeper Picks

Let's continue our latest addition, another weekly shot in the dark.

Club World Cup Fixture (Real Madrid vs Urawa Red Diamonds if it happens...)

Investing Strategies

It's that time. Remember to 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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