FUT 18 Marquee Matchups Predictions: 13 March

FIFA 18 has been flying by, and we already find ourselves looking forward to the second Marquee Matchups SBC of March. The first batch of matchups were all solid selections from EA, which demonstrates they have been improving their selection consistency. The pack rewards were still a little spotty, but there is still plenty of hype (and coin making potential) around next Tuesday's release. So, as we approach a time when EA rolled out TOTW Guarantee packs for Marquee Matchups in FIFA 17, let’s delve into the predictions shall we?

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.

Boca Juniors vs River Plate

Match Info: Any week that starts with the Superclasico is going to be a good one! One of the most intense derbies in all of football, it would be a shame for this to miss out. Yet, as a cup match, make sure to invest in non-rare discard items to hedge any risk.

Predicted Requirements:

  • Team Overall Rating: Min. 74 rated

  • Player Requirement: 1 to 2 players from either team

  • Team Chemistry: Min. 95 chemistry

Olympique Marseille vs Olympique Lyon

Match Info: From an extremely intense Argentine derby to a French one that really doesn't have as much bad blood. The “Olympico” is still an high profile match between two very successful clubs, which means it fits the Marquee Matchup selection bill. Plenty of non-rares to go around here, plus Ligue 1 players hold their value relatively well.

Predicted Requirements:

  • Team Overall Rating: Min. 78 rated

  • Player Requirement: 1 to 2 players from either team

  • Team Chemistry: Min. 95 chemistry

Fenerbahce vs Galatasaray

Match Info: We move to Turkey where we make it three huge derbies in a row. A lucky week for us considering these fixtures will be joys to watch, but also could be huge cash cows. Two of the top four teams in the Super Lig leads us to believe this match is marquee in every way. Our only hesitation here is a matchup between Basaksehir vs Besiktas could sneak in and steal their thunder. Regardless, this tie could generate some serious hype, so this might be one to sell into.

Predicted Requirements:

  • Team Overall Rating: Min. 76 rated

  • Player Requirement: 1 to 2 players from each team

  • Team Chemistry: Min. 95 chemistry

Montreal vs Toronto

Match Info: Although it is not a derby anywhere near on the scale of the previous matches, these two Canadian sides faceoff in a heated rivalry. It was also a match selected by MLS in conjunction with Futhead for their kit giveaway contest -- be sure to enter! With the new season just beginning, both teams are trying to establish themselves for the journey ahead. The best return on investment here is probably in high rated non-rares (silvers and golds).

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:

Villareal vs Atletico Madrid

Match Info: Shifting to Spain, our pick this week is a top six clash that might just be the right amount of fringe to warrant EA’s selection. The race for European spots is heating up in La Liga Santander, so there’s a lot to play for here. For a match that hasn’t generated as much hype, non-rare golds are the way to go.

Predicted Requirements:

  • Team Overall Rating: Min. 77 overall

  • Player Requirement: 1 player from each team

  • Team Chemistry: Min. 95 chemistry

Freiburg vs Stuttgart

Match Info: Unfortunately, this derby gets pushed down due to Bundesliga featuring in the current SBC.That being said, this sleeper is up there with the best of them, and if you can be patient on a couple bids, players from both these teams have great value due to the League SBC.

Predicted Requirements:

  • Team Overall Rating: Min. 76 overall

  • Player Requirement: 1 player from each team

  • Team Chemistry: Min. 95 chemistry

GFC Ajaccio vs AC Ajaccio

Match Info: Travelling back to France, these two sides from Corsica face off in a crosstown rivalry. Ligue 2 hasn’t got much love this year, a reason for it being a sleeper; however, a match like this could break the pattern. If this match starts getting hype, it might be best to sell into it.

Predicted Requirements:

  • Team Overall Rating: Min. 68 overall

  • Player Requirement: 1 player from each team

  • Team Chemistry: Min. 90 chemistry

Fulham vs QPR

Match Info: Rounding out the sleepers is a London derby. This Championship tie finds itself at the bottom of the section due to the current Marquee Matchup selection, so that is where we as investors take pause. This could be a tidy matchup to pick up non-rares with the aim of flipping next week.

Predicted Requirements:

  • Team Overall Rating: Min. 74 overall

  • Player Requirement: 1 player from each team

  • Team Chemistry: Min. 90 chemistry

Deep Sleeper Picks

Watch out, we hit this last week can we get an encore?!? Well, we’ll pick two derbies to help repeat our performance.

Lech Poznań vs Lechia Gdansk & Genk vs Standard Liege

Recap

If you're new to Marquee Matchup investing take a look back at these beginner tips from my colleagues with the FUT Economist team.

With plenty of big games to choose from we would love to hear your pick below! Also, feel free to share your thoughts on any games we missed.

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