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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.


FIFA 21 Ones to Watch Team 1 countdown: OTW release time & players

Published: 7/Oct/2020 13:17

by Jacob Hale


With the launch of FIFA 21 seeing millions of football fans across the globe start competing to try and become the best in FIFA Ultimate Team, the first Ones to Watch promo team is fast approaching. Here’s everything we know about it.

Ones to Watch follows players that have transferred to other teams, promising them upgrades for every time they make a new promo such as Team of the Week, Team of the Tournament and more.


As such, OTW cards are highly desirable, and if you get a decent one at the start of the year, you could see a lot of improvements as the season unravels.

So, here’s everything we know about Ones to Watch in FIFA 21, including release dates and times, the players included and more.

Nathan Ake Manchester City FIFA 21
Nathan Ake is a confirmed OTW player after his transfer from Bournemouth to Manchester City.

FIFA 21 Ones to Watch release date & time

We now know that the Ones to Watch is going to be up and running soon, with its first availability on the weekend of launch. Here are the dates for the cards being released:

  • October 9-16: OTW Team 1
  • October 16-21: OTW Team 2
  • October 21 onwards: OTW Teams 1 and 2

It’s worth noting that you will get a Guaranteed OTW Item if you preordered the game before August 14, and the card you receive will be based on which date you open the pack, in correspondence with the dates above.

Most FIFA promos drop at 6pm BST (11am PDT / 12pm EDT / 5am AEDT), so expect packs to be available from that time starting October 9.


Confirmed OTW players

So far, a small selection of players have been confirmed as Ones to Watch cards, though we expect more to be announced over time.

AC Milan FIFA 21
A number of players and clubs are featured in the first OTW team of FIFA 21.

Here are the confirmed players that will feature in the opening weeks of FIFA 21 Ones to Watch:

  • Timo Werner – 85 – RB Leipzig to Chelsea
  • Gareth Bale – 83 – Real Madrid to Tottenham Hotspur
  • Hakim Ziyech – 85 – Ajax to Chelsea
  • Thiago – 85 – Bayern Munich to Liverpool
  • Martin Odegaard – 83 – Real Madrid
  • Achraf Hakimi – 83 – Real Madrid to Inter Milan
  • Allan – 83 – Napoli to Everton
  • Nathan Ake – 79 – AFC Bournemouth to Manchester City
  • Luis Suarez — 87 — Barcelona to Atletico Madrid
  • Kai Havertz — 85 — Bayer Leverkusen to Chelsea

Tonali OTW SBC

As well as these, Sandro Tonali (77 OVR, on loan from Brescia to AC Milan) is the first OTW SBC in FIFA 21.


We’ve written up a guide on the cheapest way to complete the SBC if you’re looking to get Tonali in your squad.

Ones to Watch predictions

On top of the confirmed players above, there are several we expect to see have their OTW cards announced soon.


Here’s who we’re expecting to see included:

  • Leroy Sane – 85 – Manchester City to Bayern Munich
  • Ferran Torres – 81 – Valencia to Manchester City
  • James Rodriguez – 82 – Real Madrid to Everton
  • Blaise Matuidi – 83 – Juventus to Inter Miami
  • Ben Chilwell – 81 – Leicester City to Chelsea
  • Jude Bellingham – 69 – Birmingham City to Borussia Dortmund
  • Gabriel – 78 – Lille to Arsenal
  • Victor Osimhen – 79 – Lille to Napoli
  • Willian – 82 – Chelsea to Arsenal
  • Rodrigo – 82 – Valencia to Leeds
  • Donny van de Beek – 83 – Ajax to Manchester United
  • Miralem Pjanic – 85 – Juventus to FC Barcelona
  • Arthur – 84 – FC Barcelona to Juventus
  • Jonathan David – 79 – Gent to Lille
  • Dani Parejo – 85 – Valencia to Villarreal
  • Reiner Jesus – 71 – Loan, Real Madrid to Borussia Dortmund
  • Everton – 81 – Gremio to Benfica

As these are only our predictions, don’t put too much stock into that list, but we would be surprised if at least a few of these players don’t get OTW cards.

In the meantime, you can check out @UltimateTeamUK on Twitter for all the latest news and updates regarding FIFA 21.