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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 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.