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FIFA 20 Ultimate Team winter upgrades – Release date & FUT predictions

Published: 4/Feb/2020 15:32 Updated: 4/Feb/2020 21:07

by David Purcell

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EA SPORTS are set to release a number of exciting winter upgrade cards for FIFA 20 Ultimate Team, as is tradition, with a ratings refresh coming soon for top players in the Premier League, Bundesliga, Serie A, and others. 

The game developers have been using rating changes to keep their popular trading card mode interesting since the early days, with cards being given stat boosts following the turn of the New Year.

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While the process of them improving cards is always predictable, what’s not is the players who will be impacted by the winter update, and that’s something decided solely by the footballers’ performances when they play for their teams.

Van Dijk in FIFA 20
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Will Virgil van Dijk be on EA SPORTS’ list for winter upgrades?

The ratings refresh won’t include downgrades, though, as it looks to reward those who are considered to be better players at the time of the update – in comparison to their base card rating, given when the game first came out in September 2019.

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So, let’s take a look at when they will go live and who could be picked…

When will FIFA 20 upgrade cards be released?

This is very much an annual tradition for the FIFA series and just by going back to previous updates, patterns start to emerge about release dates.

In FIFA 19, the update was rolled out on February 19, while FIFA 18 was February 16, meaning that we can probably expect to see the unconfirmed cards released around that time this year – with Friday, February 14, being touted as a possible day of launch.

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Players can’t wait to see which cards are given upgrades in FIFA 20. Last year, Mbappe, Reus and more were included.

FIFA 20 winter upgrade card predictions

Upgrades usually involve – but are not limited to – a one or two overall rating boost. If the upgrade surpasses the overall rating of an in-form card already available, they will be upgraded too, meaning current card owners will be very interested to see who is selected.

One way of predicting who will be given winter upgrades is looking at the live rating database for FIFA 20, which is updated based on form regularly by EA. It doesn’t necessarily tell us anything about winter refresh card stats, but it does show the likelihood of a new card being granted for some players.

The statistics below show upgrades that have been given to players on the database already, with their name, team name, original overall and improved rating included in the list:

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  • Adama Traore – Wolves – 74 to 79
  • Alisson Becker – Liverpool – 89 to 90
  • Erling Haaland– Borussia Dortmund – 73 to 82
  • Gabriel Martinelli – Arsenal – 68 to 75
  • Jadon Sancho – Borussia Dortmund – 84 to 88
  • James Maddison – Leicester City – 79 to 82
  • Jamie Vardy – Leicester City – 82 to 85
  • Lautaro Martinez – Inter Milan – 81 to 85
  • Mauro Icardi – Paris Saint Germain – 85 to 86
Jadon Sancho in FIFA 20
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Jadon Sancho looks destined to be one of the players impacted by FIFA 20’s Ultimate Team Winter Refresh.
  • Ricardo Pereira – Leicester City – 82 to 87
  • Robert Lewandowski – Bayern Munich – 89 to 90
  • Roberto Firmino – Liverpool – 86 to 89
  • Romelu Lukaku – Inter Milan – 85 to 86
  • Sadio Mane – Liverpool – 88 to 90
  • Sergio Aguero – Manchester City – 89 to 90
  • Timo Werner – Red Bull Leipzig – 83 to 85
  • Virgil van Dijk – Liverpool – 90 to 92

These statistics will more than certainly not translate accurately to Ultimate Team mode, as in-form cards have been granted along the way to show each players’ improvements, although it could be an indicator as to who will be impacted.

The likes of Traore, Martinelli, and others look to be certain candidates for upgrades, but we’ll have to wait and see who EA SPORTS chooses for the confirmed list. Once those are announced, we’ll be the first to let you know.

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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)

FIFA 21 Team of the Week 2 leaked

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.