FUT 18 Marquee Matchups Predictions: 13 February

It always feels nice coming off a week when you hit on 4/4 Marquee Matchups predictions. Unfortunately, attempting to go toe-for-toe with EA's SBC folks can be a cruel mistress, and in the next week, our fates could be completely reversed. However, we like to think that some careful research, as well as some gut feelings, can help combat this. So, lets ride the wheel of fortune in 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.

Borussia M'gladbach vs Borussia Dortmund

Match Info: A huge rivalry in the Bundesliga kicks us off this week. The two sides from Borussia square off in an upper table clash that should be quite the fixture. Look to non-rares here and lets all hope we see a TOTW 22 in-form from this tie (Pulisic?!).

Predicted Requirements:

  • Team Overall Rating: Min. 77 rated

  • Player Requirement: 1 to 2 players from either team

  • Team Chemistry: Min. 95 chemistry

Torino vs Juventus

Match Info: Just a hop, skip and jump away in Italy a big inner city rival headlines their match week. The Turin teams matchup in a game that is extremely important for The Old Lady as they push for the title. Another matchup where the non-rares will be low risk picks means it’s definitely one to consider.

Predicted Requirements:

  • Team Overall Rating: Min. 78 rated

  • Player Requirement: 2 to 3 players from either team

  • Team Chemistry: Min. 95 chemistry

Bohemian vs Shamrock Rovers

Match Info: Ireland sees its domestic league kickoff in this cycle, and that news coupled with this rivalry has us feeling good about this pick. Both teams sport some silver options, so we would stick to those as best you can. Low risk and high reward could be the case here.

Predicted Requirements:

  • Team Overall Rating: Min. 68 rated

  • Player Requirement: 1 to 2 players from each team

  • Team Chemistry: Min. 95 chemistry

Lyon vs Lille

Match Info: A “mini-classico” to the French, this game should be another entertaining watch in-real life. Plenty of young talent, as well as vital points to play for. Ligue 1 prices hold value extremely well making this high on the list for investing.

Predicted Requirements:

  • Team Overall Rating: Min. 77 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:

Vitoria SC vs Braga

Match Info: Liga Portuguesa makes another appearance after a brief break, but this rivalry makes a compelling case. EA always look to add a little diversity, and this could be just sidestream enough for that. Make sure to stick to non-rare golds here though.

Predicted Requirements:

  • Team Overall Rating: Min. 76 overall

  • Player Requirement: 1 player from each team

  • Team Chemistry: Min. 85 chemistry

Young Boys vs FC Thun

Match Info: Turning to Switzerland, this rivalry also just misses out on being a main pick due to EA’s tendency to pick oddballs. It was a difficult choice between this, and Sion vs Lausanne, but either way a look into some non-rare silvers in this league could pay off big.

Predicted Requirements:

  • Team Overall Rating: Min. 72 overall

  • Player Requirement: 1 player from each team

  • Team Chemistry: Min. 85 chemistry

Ipswich vs Norwich

Match Info: After missing out last week, we take a shot at an English Championship matchup again. With the PL clubs off due to other cups and such, it might be a prime week for EA to select from England lower leagues. Plenty of non-rare options here, and regardless these items should hold value due to the League SBC.

Predicted Requirements:

  • Team Overall Rating: Min. 72 overall

  • Player Requirement: 1 player from each team

  • Team Chemistry: Min. 90 chemistry

Wisla Krakow vs Arka Gdynia

Match Info: Lets try another part of the Great Triad vs the Kings of the Big Cities derby, maybe this week is its time to shine?

Predicted Requirements:

  • Team Overall Rating: Min. 70 overall

  • Player Requirement: 1 player from each team

  • Team Chemistry: Min. 85 chemistry

Deep Sleeper Picks

We’ve picked a couple rivalries the past two weeks for this spot, so to spice it up we’re targeting a lower league promotion battle.

Empoli vs Parma

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 possibly make a few coins with would-be Marquee Matchups:

-- Prioritize investing in players who are members of the two teams featured in a specific Marquee Matchup (the 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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