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FIFA 20 FUT Birthday countdown: Predictions, promo release time, more

Published: 24/Mar/2020 20:05 Updated: 24/Mar/2020 21:45

by David Purcell

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EA SPORTS are set to reveal a brand new selection of FUT Birthday promo cards in FIFA 20 Ultimate Team to celebrate its 11th year running, so run through the start time of the event and our predictions. 

The popular game mode has seen many different player cards given significant boosts to celebrate its birthday, leaving fans wondering who will be picked this time – particularly because many football leagues have been suspended due to the global pandemic situation.

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While no picks have been officially made at the time of writing, we can tell you that this side is usually built up of cards popular in this year’s game or those gone by. Fast players have always tended to be the most popular in the mode, so let’s take a look at when the FUT Birthday promos will be announced for FIFA 20, who could feature, and what other bonus content we should expect to see roll out in the coming days.

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The event is set to officially kick off on March 27 and EA confirmed as much on Twitter, dropping a little teaser. It could even give us an indication of the card color for this year’s team, too, with a light blue background featuring. With TOTW now seemingly canceled in its usual form, this will be a welcome addition of new content – when it arrives.

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Promo teams are usually announced at 3PM (GMT) and put into packs three hours later. We would expect the same to happen this time around.

Many players will know by now that the team that usually comes with it isn’t usually the only part of the celebration. In fact, last year there were 21 player Squad Building Challenges, 10 Prime ICON Moments, 6 players with objectives, and streamers were dropping rewards for watching along on Twitch as well.

Previous years have seen EA SPORTS add SBCs based around End of an Era players, which have featured the likes of Andres Iniesta, Fernando Torres and more. Will we see more of that? We’ll have to wait and see, but let’s jump right into the predictions.

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FIFA 20 FUT Birthday Predictions

There are tons of options for this years FUT Birthday team, with 21 players set to feature in what could be the fastest promo team players will see the game release. That being said, let’s take a look at our picks.

  • Kylian Mbappe (94) – RF
  • Paul Pogba (93)
  • Erling Braut Håland (90)
  • Jan Oblak (93)
  • Sadio Mane (94) – RW
  • Marco Reus (89) – LW
  • Heung Min Son (91)
  • Jadon Sancho (89)
  • Mats Hummels (90)
  • Romain Alessandrini (86) – ST
  • Matthijs de Ligt (90)
  • Neymar Jr (95)
  • Wissam Ben Yedder (91)
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic (91)
  • Kingsley Coman (89) – RW
  • Quincy Promes (86)
  • Radja Nainggolan (89)
  • Thiago Silva (93)
  • Juan Cuardrado (87) – RWB
  • Kyle Walker (88)
  • Pepe (87)
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Whether or not any of these will be included in the actual team remains to be seen, but you can celebrate FUT Birthday by picking up one of the official selections from the market when they’re eventually added to packs.

As noted, SBCs will also be part of this limited time event – which usually lasts around 10 days. Once we know exactly who will feature in this promo, we’ll let you know. Until then, fire over some of your own predictions to us on Twitter @UltimateTeamUK. 

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FIFA 21 TOTW 2 live: Lewandowski, Haaland, Kane, Saint-Maximin, more

Published: 7/Oct/2020 18:05 Updated: 7/Oct/2020 18:11

by Isaac McIntyre

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EA SPORTS have released the second batch of Team of the Week players in FIFA 21 Ultimate Team, and it looks like there are some exciting cards up for grabs this week.

Following the completion of another busy game week across football’s top-flight leagues, a new set of TOTW players has been released, featuring some huge names and valuable cards.

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Dexerto made a number of predictions earlier in the week, included at the bottom of this article, so let’s see how they stacked up with leaks and ultimately, the official team as well.

FIFA 21 Team of the Week 2

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The full Team of the Week #2 in FIFA 21 Ultimate Team!

Just as with the first Team of the Week, the second TOTW squad is stacked with top talent, such as the likes of Lewandowski, Courtois, Kane, and Haaland. While not as high-rated as those studs, the likes of Milan’s Hernandez and Newcastle’s Saint-Maximin should also draw a lot of attention as being “meta” players.

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Here are some of the players you might be interested in:

  • Erling Haaland (86)
  • Robert Lewandowski (92)
  • Harry Kane (89)
  • Thibaut Courtois (90)
  • Ben Chilwell (84)
  • Theo Hernandez (83)
  • Jack Grealish (83)
  • Ollie Watkins (81)
  • Allan Saint-Maximin (83)
  • Renato Sanchez (82)
  • Marcel Halstenberg (84)

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Ahead of EA SPORTS confirming the full TOTW #2, the full squad was claimed to have been leaked – and the leaker even managed to get his hands on the same image that EA would end up tweeting out.

When did TOTW 2 go live in FIFA 21?

EA SPORTS revealed this next FIFA Team of the Week squad at 6PM (UK time) Wednesday, October 7, 2020. As per usual, they were announced and droped into packs at 6pm BST / 12pm CT / 1pm EST / 3am AEST.

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These boosted player upgrades are now being announced at the same time as they drop in-game in FIFA 21, unlike other years where we knew about them three hours prior. 

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This could be a cracking TOTW just in time for the full FIFA 21 release!

FIFA 20 Team of the Week 32 predictions

What a week! Competitions around the world have come back for the 2020/21 season, soon after the end of last year’s staggering campaign. The back-to-back nature of these seasons, it seems, is going to lead to some exciting games.

The biggest news from the Premier League this week was Aston Villa and Tottenham each dolling out huge defeats for Liverpool and Manchester United respectively. Ollie Watkins scored three and assisted one as he led the Villans to a 7–2 victory over the champions, while Heung Min Son was unplayable against United.

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There were a number of other standout performances across the weekend too. Neymar Jr. was at his electric best against Angers, while FIFA 21 cover star Erling Haaland kept up his goalscoring record in a 4–0 win over Freiburg on Saturday.

Here are our TOTW 2 predictions, so let’s see how many we got right this week!

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TOTW 2 predictions

  • GK – Marko Dmitrović – SD Eibar
  • GK – Jiri Pavlenka – Werder Bremen
  • CB – Marvin Friedrich – Union Berlin
  • RB – Facundo Roncaglia – Osasuna 
  • LB – Ben Chilwell – Chelsea
  • LB – Aaron Cresswell – West Ham United
  • LB – Marcel Halstenberg – RB Leipzig
  • CM – Jorginho – Chelsea
  • CM – Mikel Merino – Real Sociedad
  • CM – Dani Di Wit – AZ Alkmaar
  • CM – Mario Pasalic – Atalanta
  • CAM – Jack Grealish – Aston Villa
  • RW – James Rodriguez – Everton
  • RM – Marcus Harness – Portsmouth
  • RW – Galeno – Braga 
  • LM – Allan Saint-Maximin – Newcastle United
  • LW – Neymar – PSG
  • LW – Heung Min Son – Spurs
  • ST – Erling Haaland – Borussia Dortmund 
  • ST – Robert Lewandowski – Bayern Munich
  • ST – Patson Daka –  RB Salzburg
  • ST – Callum Wilson – Newcastle United
  • ST – Ollie Watkins – Aston Villa

As always, make sure to follow us on Twitter @UltimateTeamUK for all the latest FIFA 21 news, updates, leaks, guides, and more.