FUT 18 Marquee Matchups Predictions: 16 January

It was nice to see some semblance of rationality restored by EA last week, and with it came a solid week of predictions for yours truly. As Team of the Year dawns, hopefully we can provide similar accuracy to help you amass those FUT fortunes.

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.

Ajax vs Feyenoord

Match Info: De Klassieker kicks off this weeks predictions! A big game with a lot of hype will hopefully pay off. Make sure to invest smart, especially after the MK/Wimbledon debacle last week. Stay close to those non-rares.

Predicted Requirements:

  • Team Overall Rating: Min. 74 rated

  • Player Requirement: 1 to 2 players from either team

  • Team Chemistry: Min. 95 chemistry

KAA Gent v KSC Lokeren

Match Info: Ah, it's been a while since the Pro League has gotten some love; hopefully EA will come through again. A matchup not receiving too much hype, so look to the higher rated players here.

Predicted Requirements:

  • Team Overall Rating: Min. 72 rated

  • Player Requirement: 2 to 3 players from either team

  • Team Chemistry: Min. 95 chemistry

OGC Nice vs Monaco

Match Info: A few people had this listed in their predictions last week. However, the game falls on this cycle, not last week's. It’s a compelling fixture as the Ligue 1 returns, but also a lot of other rivalries. Again, stick to non-rares for the lowest risk.

Predicted Requirements:

  • Team Overall Rating: Min. 77 rated

  • Player Requirement: 1 to 2 players from each team

  • Team Chemistry: Min. 95 chemistry

Pumas (UNAM) vs America

Match Info: A couple weeks ago, EA snuck in a rather random Liga MX match. But this week they have not just one but two rivalries to choose from. The listed one is more high profile, while Puebla vs Veracruz lurks in the shadows.

Predicted Requirements:

  • Team Overall Rating: Min. 72 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:

Arsenal vs Crystal Palace

Match Info: Been saying it for a while, but always have to include a PL matchup. We have a feeling they will go random, but two teams from London squaring off shouldn't be ignored. Invest cautiously here though.

Predicted Requirements:

  • Team Overall Rating: Min. 77 overall

  • Player Requirement: 1 player from each team

  • Team Chemistry: Min. 85 chemistry

Leeds vs Millwall

Match Info: We stay in England, yet this Championship matchup is an established derby. These two teams squaring off could leave investors with some sizable profit. Don’t be afraid to sell into hype here.

Predicted Requirements:

  • Team Overall Rating: Min. 72 overall

  • Player Requirement: 1 player from each team

  • Team Chemistry: Min. 85 chemistry

Sparta Rotterdam vs Excelsior

Match Info: Another derby in the Eredivisie; however, it’s related to sleeper due to the nature of the Ajax game. Still investing in this can only payoff either way, so get on this hedge.

Predicted Requirements:

  • Team Overall Rating: Min. 72 overall

  • Player Requirement: 1 player from each team

  • Team Chemistry: Min. 90 chemistry

Lyon vs PSG

Match Info: Finally, another Ligue 1 match ends the week. Hopefully you’re still reading cause this one is quite big. Not many people are talking about this one, so coin making could be very profitable with this tie.

Predicted Requirements:

  • Team Overall Rating: Min. 78 overall

  • Player Requirement: 1 player from each team

  • Team Chemistry: Min. 85 chemistry

Deep Sleeper Picks

You know how random EA can be so let’s fight fire with fire.

Inter vs Roma

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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