FUT 18 Marquee Matchups Predictions: 9 January

Marquee Matchups rang in the New Year, but it seems EA have kept the curveballs coming. Hopefully with the return of the Ligue 1 and Bundesliga to the fixture pool we can a bit of normalcy restored.

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.

MK Dons vs Wimbledon

Match Info: A derby unlike any others, this matchup between the two sides in England’s League 1 defineitley merits consideration. Stock up on the silvers and check out the history of these clubs after you finish this article!

Predicted Requirements:

  • Team Overall Rating: Min. 69 rated

  • Player Requirement: 1 to 2 players from either team

  • Team Chemistry: Min. 95 chemistry

Al Hilal vs Al Ittihad

Match Info: Described as Saudi Arabia's El Clasico, the matchup between these side could finally warrant EA including the league in the Marquee Matchups. The non-rares should be good shouts here -- especially if you can snag some golds.

Predicted Requirements:

  • Team Overall Rating: Min. 72 rated

  • Player Requirement: 2 to 3 players from either team

  • Team Chemistry: Min. 95 chemistry

Bayer Leverkusen vs Bayern Munich

Match Info: The Bundesliga makes its return, and it's hard for us to see EA ignoring this one. Two of the more historic clubs square off in the return week so be on the lookout here. Preaching the non-rares for this one still!

Predicted Requirements:

  • Team Overall Rating: Min. 78 rated

  • Player Requirement: 1 to 2 players from each team

  • Team Chemistry: Min. 95 chemistry

Liverpool vs Man City

Match Info: Another week, another big game in the PL. Can Liverpool overcome an injury plagued Man City? It would be good for all the teams in the race and with such significance is definitely a match to watch.

Predicted Requirements:

  • Team Overall Rating: Min. 78 overall

  • Player Requirement: 1 to 2 player from either team

  • Team Chemistry: Min. 90 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:

Shrewsbury vs Blackburn

Match Info: We return to England’s League 1 where the number two and three ranked sides faceoff in a crucial promotion tie. Any investment here can be used to hedge the Wimbledon vs MK fixture, which is great for investors.

Predicted Requirements:

  • Team Overall Rating: Min. 68 overall

  • Player Requirement: 1 player from each team

  • Team Chemistry: Min. 85 chemistry

RB Leipzig vs Schalke

Match Info: Circling back to Germany, another game on the weekend features these two sides who are fighting for UCL spots in the league. EA love throwing curveballs so is this one to bite on? Either way, non-rares are a solid low risk investment here.

Predicted Requirements:

  • Team Overall Rating: Min. 77 overall

  • Player Requirement: 1 player from each team

  • Team Chemistry: Min. 85 chemistry

FC Nantes vs PSG

Match Info: Just like the Bundesliga, Ligue 1 returns to action next week. Although there are no blatant derbies/obvious choices, a matchup between these two sides is the most compelling. Be weary of a random French league inclusion, but regardless these players should hold value.

Predicted Requirements:

  • Team Overall Rating: Min. 77 overall

  • Player Requirement: 1 player from each team

  • Team Chemistry: Min. 90 chemistry

Sheffield wednesday vs Sheffield united

Match Info: Yep, a lot of English derbies it seems this week, but this Championship tie rounds off the Sleeper list. The Steel City derby presents a compelling investment option as EA love including diverse leagues. Plenty of non-rare options to go around.

Predicted Requirements:

  • Team Overall Rating: Min. 70 overall

  • Player Requirement: 1 player from each team

  • Team Chemistry: Min. 85 chemistry

Deep Sleeper Picks

Taking broad stabs here yet again, but last week's sort of paid off.

Any La Liga Santander match

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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