FUT 18 Marquee Matchups Predictions: 17 April

We nailed it with last week's predictions, predicting that EA would follow their Europa League selection with Champions League ties. Going 4/4 is always nice, but there was still a major curveball with EA making the reward FUT Swap Fellaini. This unexpected twist gave the community mixed feelings, but regardless, it raised the value of the featured clubs’ players tremendously. Going forward, we would love to see more special cards be part of Marquee Matchup rewards. If that continues it’ll be even more important to get in on investments early.

Top Picks

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

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

Manchester United vs Tottenham

Match Info: We start this week with a big time cup match in England. The semifinals of the FA cup feature this match, as well as Chelsea vs Southampton, and last year EA dropped a Marquee Matchup including FA Cup fixtures last year. So, looking back at that example, pick up a few of these cards on open bid. They should hold their value due to League SBC.

Predicted Requirements:

  • Team Overall Rating: Min. 78 rated

  • Player Requirement: 1 to 2 players from either team

  • Team Chemistry: Min. 95 chemistry

Juventus vs Napoli

Match Info: Turning our attention to Italy, a huge matchup between the league’s top two sides highlights their match week. Napoli needs the win to stay in the race with Juventus, and a matchup of this caliber should warrant EA’s selection even though Juventus is currently featured in this week's matchups. If they forgo this game because of the Old Lady’s current inclusion, look to Fiorentina vs Lazio as the next best bet.

Predicted Requirements:

  • Team Overall Rating: Min. 78 rated

  • Player Requirement: 1 to 2 players from either team

  • Team Chemistry: Min. 95 chemistry

AZ Alkmaar vs Feyenoord

Match Info: Another cup match makes its way into our predictions; however, this one is the final of the Dutch domestic cup. Cup finals have made their appearances in this SBC recently, and we think this will follow suit. Stock up a some non-rare gold options here.

Predicted Requirements:

  • Team Overall Rating: Min. 76 rated

  • Player Requirement: 1 to 2 players from each team

  • Team Chemistry: Min. 95 chemistry

Dortmund vs Leverkusen

Match Info: Bayern may have wrapped up the Bundesliga title this past week; however, there is still plenty to play for in the German top flight. This week, two top-four clubs in Dortmund and Leverkusen square off in a heated battle to secure Champions League football. This is just the type of match up EA’s alley, so a few investments can’t hurt here.

Predicted Requirements:

  • Team Overall Rating: Min. 78 overall

  • Player Requirement: 1 to 2 player from either team

  • Team Chemistry: Min. 90 chemistry

Sleeper Picks

There’s never four clear locks for Marquee Matchups, and we would not be doing our due diligence as investors if we didn’t consider additional fixtures. With already plenty of writing above, we’re going to keep this section short this week, and just hit you with the essentials:

Arsenal vs West Ham

Predicted Requirements:

  • Team Overall Rating: Min. 76 overall

  • Player Requirement: 1 to 2 player from each team

  • Team Chemistry: Min. 95 chemistry

Midtjylland vs Brondby

Predicted Requirements:

  • Team Overall Rating: Min. 72 overall

  • Player Requirement: 1 player from each team

  • Team Chemistry: Min. 95 chemistry

Real Salt Lake vs Colorado

Predicted Requirements:

  • Team Overall Rating: Min. 74 overall

  • Player Requirement: 1 to 2 player from either team

  • Team Chemistry: Min. 90 chemistry

Liege vs Anderlecht

Predicted Requirements:

  • Team Overall Rating: Min. 74 overall

  • Player Requirement: 1 to 2 player from either team

  • Team Chemistry: Min. 90 chemistry

Deep Sleeper Picks

This cycle has an interesting mix of derbies and high profile matches, so we are going to go with a pick from the former in this slot. Serie B players from these teams should be low risk and high reward, just don’t go crazy here.

Foggia vs Bari

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 picks below! Also, feel free to share your thoughts on any games we missed.

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