FIFA 20 Pre-Season promo countdown: predictions, start time, more - Dexerto

FIFA 20 Pre-Season promo countdown: predictions, start time, more

Published: 27/Jul/2020 23:38 Updated: 28/Jul/2020 17:36

by Bill Cooney


EA SPORTS are set to kick off a new Pre-Season promo on Wednesday to potentially give players who might already be looking ahead to FIFA 21 a reason to stick around for a while longer in the current installment.

Following the Summer Heat promo wrapping up, players weren’t exactly sure how long they would have to wait and see if there would see another before the release of FIFA 21 later this Fall. Check out all of our predictions for the mysterious new Pre-Season promo below.


When does the Pre-Season promo go live in FIFA 20?

EA SPORTS are set to take the Pre-Season promo live on Wednesday, July 29, 2020.

As other events have done in the past, this looks set to kick off at about 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET / 6 PM BST.


What exactly is coming remains unknown, although we’ll go over all the possibilities for what could be headed our way. So, be sure to keep an eye on our official Twitter account for all the latest info as soon as the event goes live.

FIFA 20 Pre-Season promo predictions

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Many players might have expected to have their heads fully turned to FIFA 21 at this point – but no. Something interesting is happening.

There’s nothing outright explaining what this event will be, although a good amount of people believe that it’ll be a way for players to unlock rewards they’ll be able to use in FIFA 21, which seems to be a pretty likely scenario.

We’ve seen plenty of loading screens for the Pre-Season event in FIFA 20 already, and a few of them could give us a good indication of the types of new player cards we’ll see when things get going.


One of the loading screens included player card backs that feature the Champions and Europa League’s logos, so if you’re looking for an idea of what stars we could see included with the promo, those would be a good place to start.

FIFA 21 Pre-Season teasers explained

Aside from the first generic image, showing just the name, we have since seen several teasers posted.

The most interesting one, at first at least, was this below. It shows Europa League and Champions League cards, giving some players the thought that updating cards obtainable in this title to take to the next may be the surprise.

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One of the Pre-Season loading screens indicated the promo could have to do with the Champions and Europa Leagues.

Since that time, another has been published showing TOTSSF and Team of the Year card designs.

There’s not any official explanation behind this at the time of writing. Then again, it could foreshadow Team of the Year cards being re-released in the game. This would be the first time this type of thing has happened in the game mode’s history.

New FIFA 20 Pre-Season teaser
Here’s another teaser, which was released shortly after one showing just a purple card.

The door is honestly completely wide open as far as Pre-Season is concerned. It could be pretty much anything at this point.

This sort of thing has been unveiled in FIFA Mobile and other EA games in the past, with late-game rewards.

This event is also coming at an interesting time in the title’s life cycle. This period is usually when things cool off and the community somewhat loses interest. However, all eyes are still on the current installment – for now.


How to complete FIFA 21 Marquee Matchups SBC Week 3: solutions, cost

Published: 16/Oct/2020 3:41

by Isaac McIntyre


The third week of Marquee Matchups SBCs are now live in FIFA 21, and this week’s puzzles take us back to club-land following an extended international break. Here’s everything you need to know about the latest FUT SBCs.

After a weekend off from the 2020/21 season for international stars to jet-set around for friendlies and qualifiers with their national teams, we’re back to the nitty-gritty of the leagues for the third week of Marquee Matchups in FIFA 21.


The headlining matchup this time around is from the Premier League. Arsenal (fourth place with nine points) are up against regular title contenders Manchester City (14th, four points), and that means there’s packs to be earned in SBCs.

Arsenal will be looking to capitalise on their ladder position against Manchester City this weekend.
Arsenal will be looking to capitalise on their ladder position against Manchester City this weekend.

Scotland’s biggest derby, Celtic vs Rangers, is also on the menu, as is Sporting vs Porto in the Primeira Liga. Marseille playing Bordeaux rounds out Week 3’s puzzles. Without further ado, here’s everything you need to know.


Celtic vs Rangers

The first Marquee Matchup this week sees bitter Scottish rivals Celtic and Rangers go head to head in the Old Firm derby. The SBC itself is based around silver players, and rewards any players who finish it with a Jumbo Silver Pack.

According to FUTBIN, this opening puzzle will set you back around 4k on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Origin PC players will have to fork out a heftier 18.7k due to extinct players.


  • Players from Scottish Premier League: Min 1
  • Leagues in squad: Min 3
  • Rare Players: Min 1
  • Silver players in squad: Min 7
  • Team Chemistry: Min 75
  • Players in the Squad: 11
Screenshot via FUTBIN.
Here’s one possible solution for Celtic vs Rangers SBC in FIFA 21 Marquee Matchups Week 3.

Marseille vs Girondins de Bordeaux

The French clash between Marseille (10th after six) and Bordeaux (ninth) turns the dial back to gold players for the Marquee Matchups. If you can finish this Week 3 puzzle, you’ll get one Small Rare Mixed Players pack for your troubles.


This Ligue 1 SBC will cost Xbox players 5.8k, while PlayStation 4 puzzle-solvers will have to pay around 4.2k to complete it. The price on Origin PC is up around 9k.


  • Players from Ligue 1: Min 2
  • Players from same club: Min 3
  • Rare players: Min 2
  • Gold players: Min 1
  • Overall team rating: 74
  • Team Chemistry: 77
Screenshot via FUTBIN.
Here’s one possible solution for Marseille vs Bordeaux SBC in FIFA 21 Marquee Matchups Week 3.

Sporting CP vs FC Porto

Porto and Sporting are locked in a battle for the top four in the Primeira Liga so far in the 2020/21 season. Both clubs boast six points, and will be looking for a huge win over their rivals when they finally meet on Saturday evening.

FUTBIN suggests this SBC will set you back around 5-6k on Xbox and PlayStation, and will be just a little dearer ⁠— around 7.8k ⁠— on PC. If you finish the puzzle, you’ll be given a Small Prime Gold Players pack to crack open at your leisure.



  • Sporting CP or FC Porto players: Min 1
  • Players from same league: Min 3
  • Players from same nation: Min 3
  • Gold players: Min 8
  • Minimum silver players
  • Team Chemistry: 80
Screenshot via FUTBIN.
Here’s one possible solution for Sporting vs Porto SBC in FIFA 21 Marquee Matchups Week 3.

Manchester City vs Arsenal

Here’s the big one ⁠— English rivals Arsenal and City meet at the Etihad after split starts to their seasons. The northern giants have chalked up a 1-1-1 record, and will be eager to close the gap with their London opponents on Saturday afternoon.

This is the toughest puzzle to do, and will cost you around 6k on all three platforms. For your efforts though, you’ll be rewarded with a Prime Electrum Players pack.



  • Manchester City or Arsenal players: Min 1
  • Premier League players Min 2
  • Players from same league: Min 5
  • Rare players: Min 2
  • Overall team rating: 75
  • Team Chemistry: 85
Screenshot via FUTBIN.
Here’s one possible solution for Manchester City vs Arsenal SBC in FIFA 21 Marquee Matchups Week 3.

For completing the group of SBCs, you will receive a Rare Electrum Players Pack, which could come in handy seeing as OTW Team 2 cards are being released.

If you manage to get anything nice as a reward from the Marquee Matchups Week 3 SBCs, be sure to let us know and tweet us over at @UltimateTeamUK.