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FIFA 21 Ultimate Team major downgrades: Predictions

Published: 29/Jun/2020 15:15 Updated: 29/Jun/2020 15:17

by Joe Craven


With FIFA 21 edging ever closer, we take a look at a number of players who are set for huge OVR drops in EA’s upcoming football simulation title. 

Player ratings are a significant topic for discussion every time a new FIFA rolls around. Who will be the highest rated card in the game? Who will get the biggest downgrade on their previous rating?

On the topic of the latter, we’ve chosen a group of players who have struggled to make an impact in the 19/20 campaign, and are set to be worse off in FIFA 21. This isn’t necessarily the largest downgrades we’ll see, but they’re the ones that seem most likely given their performances.

It goes without saying that there’s a degree of subjectivity in these predictions, and you’ll probably disagree. Without further ado, let’s get into the list.

FIFA 21 major rating downgrades: Predictions

Edinson Cavani

Rating: 88 > 84

Edinson Cavani and Mbappe in FIFA
Edinson Cavani has struggled to impress during the last 12 months at PSG, and is reportedly looking for a move elswhere.

We previously predicted a modest upgrade for Kylian Mbappe, but his PSG teammate Edinson Cavani is certainly destined for a significant downgrade.

The Uruguayan international has been a staple forward in FIFA for as long as we can remember, but an 88 OVR in FIFA 20 looks bizarre when considering he has only managed seven league appearances this year. We’re going for a downgrade of 4, to 84 OVR.

David Luiz

Rating: 83 > 79

The one thing that’s plagued David Luiz throughout his career is consistency. Arsenal fans won’t need us to comment on how much he’s struggled since his move to the Emirates, with the Gunners’ defensive issues being exacerbated through injuries and suspensions.

We’re predicting a hefty downgrade to 79, to reflect just how much he’s struggled. It’s fair to assume he’ll be down the pecking order when next season starts.

Philippe Coutinho

Rating: 86 > 84

Philippe Coutinho in FIFA 20
EA Sports
Philippe Coutinho might be in for a downgrade in FIFA 21.

Philippe Coutinho is one player who was actually rumored to be joining Arsenal last summer. Instead, the ex-Liverpool midfielder made his way to Munich in Germany, where he’s struggled to impress in a Bundesliga winning side.

We’re going for a moderate downgrade of two, to 84 OVR. This will reflect his talent, but also his struggle to adjust to life away from Anfield.

Jesse Lingard

Rating: 82 > 78

Lingard, Man United and England attacking midfielder, has been some way off the mark this campaign. His lacklustre form and mediocre performances have seen him relegated to cup fixtures only, some way behind Bruno Fernandes or any of the Red Devils’ other midfielders.

We’re going for a downgrade to 78 OVR, to reflect just how poor he’s been in the 19/20 campaign.

Eden Hazard

Rating: 91 >88

Eden Hazard for Real Madrid in FIFA 20
EA Sports
Eden Hazard could take a tumble in overall rating next time.

Eden Hazard hasn’t necessarily been abysmal at Real Madrid, but he certainly hasn’t hit the heights that made him such an unstoppable force at Chelsea. Not suggesting he be made an average gold card, but 91 seems far too high.

Other 91s are players like Kevin De Bruyne, Virgil Van Dijk and Kylian Mbappe. While Hazard was once considered in the league of those players, he’s fallen behind at Real Madrid, and needs to work hard to get back to being considered one of the world’s best forwards.

Mesut Ozil

Rating: 84 > 81

Next on our list is Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil, whose appearances for Arsenal have only become harder to come by since the appointment of Mikel Arteta. He’s clearly a man of incredible talent, but a host of football fans have questioned his attitude and work ethic in recent seasons.

A turnaround in prospects seems a long way off for the German CAM, who we’re predicting will fall to 81 OVR.

So, there we have it! That’s our list of possible downgrades for major players in FIFA 21. Do you agree with our picks, and most importantly the size of the downgrades? Let us know @UltimateTeamUK.


FIFA 21 Team of the Week 9 live: release time, TOTW leaks, predictions

Published: 25/Nov/2020 7:02

by Isaac McIntyre


The next FIFA 21 Team of the Week, TOTW 9, is now on its way in Ultimate Team ⁠— here’s everything we know about the new upgraded team so far, including any EA SPORTS leaks, the promo’s release time, and more.

Last week’s TOTW, the eighth in FIFA 21, was undoubtedly the best we’ve seen yet, so it’s going to be a tough ask for Team of the Week 9 to go one better.

There’s a good chance it could come close, however, is a huge stack of international stars in line for IF cards, including Cristiano Ronaldo, cover star Erling Haaland, and Romeulu Lukaku. Zlatan Ibrahimovic ⁠— who is planning to sue EA over his rights ⁠— could be included too.

Forwards weren’t the only stars to shine this week either. Tottenham shot-stopper Hugo Lloris and Everton’s Lucas Digne could get in-form cards, while Monaco centerpiece Cesc Fabregas pulled the strings in a 3-2 win over PSG.

Here’s everything we know about the mid-week promo so far, including when the newest Team of the Week lineup will drop in FIFA 21 Ultimate Team, possible in-form card leaks, and Dexerto’s weekly TOTW predictions.

Cristiano Ronaldo could get his first FIFA 21 in-form in TOTW 9.
Cristiano Ronaldo could get his first FIFA 21 in-form in TOTW 9.

Team of the Week 9 start time

On November 25, FIFA publishers EA SPORTS will release the ninth batch of Team of the Week cards for this year. The TOTW 9 promo will begin at 6pm (UK time), as per usual.

That means 6pm BST, 12pm CT, 1pm EST, 3am AEST for those around the world.

These boosted TOTW 9 player upgrades will be announced at the same time as they drop in-game. Keep your eyes peeled on our official Twitter account — we always make sure to share the new FIFA 21 team as soon as it’s live.

FIFA 21 Team of the Week 9 leaks

So far, EA SPORTS hasn’t let any early Team of the Week 9 cards slip ⁠— after TOTW 7, when they accidentally shipped 11 upgraded cards early, they’re likely playing it extra safe.

If any leaks drop ahead of the official TOTW 9 reveal, we’ll keep you updated.

Hugo Lloris was immense in Tottenham's 2-0 win over City last weekend.
Hugo Lloris was immense in Tottenham’s 2-0 win over City last weekend.

Our FIFA 21 TOTW 9 predictions

While you wait, make sure you check out Dexerto’s TOTW 9 predictions. We’ve compiled a list of all the players that could get those IF cards this week; let’s see if you agree with our tips.

Here’s our list of predictions. Once the official team has been released, you’ll be able to see how many we guessed correctly:

  • Hugo Lloris – Tottenham Hotspur
  • Anthony Lopes – Lyon
  • Conrado – Lechia Gdańsk
  • Lucas Digne – Everton
  • Marcos Senesi – Feyernoord
  • Aleksandar Dragovic – Bayer Leverkusen
  • Jules Kounde – Sevilla
  • Atiba Hutchinson – Beşiktaş
  • David Brooks – AFC Bournemouth
  • Henrikh Mkhitaryan – AS Roma
  • Yannick Carrasco – Aletico Madrid
  • Diego Perotti – Fenerbahçe
  • Cesc Fabrega – AS Monaco
  • Rodrigo De Paul – Udinese
  • Yusuf Yazici – Lille
  • Zakaria Labyad – Ajax
  • Erling Haaland – Borussia Dortmund
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic – AC Milan
  • Cristiano Ronaldo – Juventu
  • Romelu Lukaku – Inter Milan
  • Andy Delort – Montpellier 
  • Jean-Phillipe Mateta – Mainz
  • Danny Johnson – Leyton Orient

So, there you have it ⁠— Dexerto’s full list of predictions for Team of the Week 9. Once we have our hands on the confirmed list of upgrades, we’ll be sure to add them to this article and let you know. Until then, enjoy a few games of FIFA!