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FIFA 21 cheap beasts predictions | FUT 21 best starter players

Published: 27/Sep/2020 14:18

by Connor Bennett


FIFA 21 is almost here, which means everyone will be eyeing up the early moves to get their team in place. So, here are a few players who we believe could be cheap beasts in Ultimate Team.

Before the start of every year, FIFA players have an idea of the squad they’d like to build. Some get around to it thanks to pack luck, while others grind through FUT Champs, Squad Battles, and SBCs. 

When the Web App and Early Access periods finally release, it’s a scramble to get coins together so that you’re ready to join when the full game is available to everyone. 

Though, there are always a few starter players who go under the radar that can be labeled as cheap beasts because of their impressive stats. So, here are a few players who we believe will be helpful early on. 

Kylian Mbappe in FIFA 21
Graphics: EA SPORTS
Not everyone will be able to afford Mbappe right away.

Best cheap goalkeepers in FIFA 21

When it comes to getting a goalkeeper in the early days of FIFA, you typically have to try a few different ones before you settle on a cat. 

Ultimately, you don’t want someone who is going to be a liability, so we’ve got a few names who could easily slot into a number of squads thanks to the shot-shopping skills. 

Dean Henderson might be the pick of the bunch, but keep an eye on Udinese’ Juan Musso too. The Argentine isn’t far off Henderson’s skills and can easily fit into a few different squad given his nationality and league.

  • Dean Henderson – 80 – GK, Manchester United
  • Mathew Ryan – 78 – GK, Brighton and Hove Albion
  • Miguel Ángel Moyá Rumbo – 78 – GK, Real Sociedad
  • Juan Musso – 80 – GK, Udinese

FIFA 21 best cheap defenders

In the case of defenders, everyone wants pace. You don’t want to be caught out by a rapid striker who could cause you headaches. Yet, you have to balance it too with someone who can actually defend. 

You might not find Dan-Axel Zagadou for a discard price in the early days, but he’s a stellar choice for the backbone of a Bundesliga side. Ike Opara, the MLS star, is finally a gold and is as rapid as ever. 

  • Dan-Axel Zagadou – 79 – CB, Borussia Dortmund
  • Nico Elvedi – 78 – CB, Borussia Monchengladbach
  • Bouna Sarr – 77 – RB, Marseille
  • Ike Opara – 75 – CB, Minnesota United
FIFA players battling for a header
Defending is always tough in the first weeks of FIFA.

Best cheap midfielders in FIFA 21

Picking a midfield in the early days depends on what formation you’re playing. You’ll a balance between players who can break through the lines by themselves and others who are just dominant. 

When it comes to a do it all midfielder, you can’t really look past Corentin Tolisso or Franco Vasquez. They’re both pretty balanced. If you want to kick on a little more, the ever-reliable Max Kruse should go under the radar. 

As for wingers, Marcus Thuram is the pick of the bunch with three stats in the 80s, but Daniel Podence is also impressive despite being a 78-overall. Viktor Tsygankov is a quick winger but playing for Dynamo means he might not fit many starter teams. 

  • Renato Sanches – 78 – CM, Lille
  • Jean-Philippe Gbamin – 78 – CDM, Everton
  • Max Kruse – 81 – CAM, Union Berlin
  • Franco Vasquez – 77 – CM, Sevilla
  • Corentin Tolisso – 80 – CM, Bayern Munich
  • Viktor Tsygankov – 80 – RM, Dynamo Kiev
  • Hirving Lozano – 80 – LW, Napoli
  • Marcus Thuram – 80 – LW, Borussia Monchengladbach 
  • Daniel Podence – 78 – LW, Wolves
Mason Mount pulling off a pass in FIFA 21
You’ll want midfielders who can pull off the new creative runs.

FIFA 21 best starter strikers

As for goal scorers, there are always plenty of options. You can take advantage of pace or just bully set pieces with a more physical forward. 

For strikers, we’ve got our eye on Franck Ribery – given that he’s got five stars skill and five-star weak foot. Donyell Malen and Michail Antonio are also solid choices thanks to their pace and finishing. 

On top of those two, if you want to stretch your budget, Lyon’s Moussa Dembele looks solid – and Hulk is still going strong in China.

  • Franck Ribery – 81 – CF, Fiorentina
  • Donyell Malen – 78 – ST, PSV
  • Moussa Dembele – 81 – ST, Lyon
  • Hulk – 80 – ST, Shanghai SIPG
  • Breel Embolo – 79 – ST, Borussia Monchengladbach 
  • Luka Jovic – 80 – ST, Real Madrid
  • Danny Ings – 80 – ST, Southampton
  • Neal Maupay – 77 – ST, Brighton and Hove Albion

Once the new FIFA releases, you’ll be able to find more and more helpful tips and guides over on Twitter @UltimateTeamUK.


Zlatan Ibrahimovic blasts EA over FIFA 21 game face rights

Published: 23/Nov/2020 18:01

by David Purcell


AC Milan’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic has had the whole world talking about him due to his insane scoring run in Serie A, but has opened a new debate with FIFA 21 makers EA SPORTS over his game face rights. 

His team is sitting pretty at the top of the table in Italy’s top flight, and after scoring two goals in Milan’s 3-1 victory over Napoli on November 22, much of the talk surrounding the player was about a possible inclusion in Team of the Week 9.

That being said, if there’s one thing Zlatan does better than anybody, it’s control the conversation about him.

Ibrahimovic challenges EA over image rights

He certainly did that on November 23, as he took to Twitter to blast EA SPORTS for using his game face without “permission” – he says.

In a series of tweets, the player said: “Who gave FIFA EA Sport permission to use my name and face? I’m not aware to be a member of Fifpro and if I am I was put there without any real knowledge through some weird manouver. And for sure I never allowed or Fifpro to make money using me.

“Somebody is making profit on my name and face without any agreement all these years. Time to investigate,” he adds in a follow-up.

As expected, the move has sent shockwaves on the social media platform.

The Swede is accusing EA SPORTS of using his face to make money, though his club AC Milan actually signed an exclusive agreement this year to allow the developers to use accurate face scans for the entire team. The same goes for other EA Official Partner Clubs, such as Real Madrid and Inter Milan.

FIFA 21 milan
AC Milan are one of many EA Official Partner clubs.

There appears to be some confusion about the situation, between player, club and developer, and this story is likely to be a developing one. Should we hear more from Zlatan or other official sources, we’ll be sure to keep this article updated.

Fans of AS Roma will know the feeling of seeing their club restrict devs from using their player likenesses and official club branding in FIFA 21. Should Ibrahimovic pursue this further from a legal standpoint, there’s a chance his likeness could also be restricted for FIFA games in the future.