FIFA 21 Winter OTW countdown: Release date, predictions, more

Published: 21/Feb/2021 17:31

by Connor Bennett


EA SPORTS might go back to the well and release a round of winter transfer Ones to Watch cards for FIFA 21. So, we’ve got predictions and an estimate on when they could release. 

Over the years, FIFA Ultimate Team has followed real-world performances closer and closer with promos like Team of the Week, Headliners, Future Stars, and more.

In the past few years, they’ve also released Ones to Watch cards based on real-life transfers. These cards are based on the biggest transfers in world football and upgrade if a chosen player grabs an in-form card.

Seeing as there is also a January transfer window, EA have also dropped Winter OTW’s as well, and they might do so again in FIFA 21. So, here’s what we know.

Some cracking players have OTW cards in FIFA 21.

FIFA 21 Winter OTW release date

Just like a few promos from years gone by, there’s no confirmation that Winter OTW will be releasing soon – if at all. Though, there are spaces in the promo calendar for it.

FIFA fans are still expecting Winter Refresh after the end of Future Stars, and given that they’re both winter-based, a new batch of OTW cards could slot in there.

Future Stars has concluded, so we could see it between February 22, and February 26, depending on when EA want to kick off their promos. Again, it’s not confirmed to happen, but there is space.

FIFA 21 Winter OTW predictions

In terms of who could get in the new batch of cards, that’s a little easier to figure out, given they’re based on real-world transfers.

Dominik Szoboszlai swapped RB Salzburg for RB Leipzig and would surely be a shoo-in. As would Papu Gomez, Seb Haller, and Morgan Sanson who joined Sevilla, Ajax, and Aston Villa respectively.

There probably won’t be 23 or 25 released, but at least starting XI would be nice.

  • RB: Joakim Mæhle – Atalanta
  • RB: Ainsley Maitland-Nile – West Brom
  • CB: Ozan Kabak – Liverpool
  • LM: Demarai Gray – Bayer Leverkusen
  • CM: Morgan Sanson – Aston Villa
  • CM: Geoffrey Kondogbia – Atletico Madrid
  • CAM: Papu Gomez – Sevilla
  • CAM: Dominik Szoboszlai – RB Leipzig
  • CAM: Jese Lingard – West Ham United
  • CAM: Martin Ødegaard – Arsenal
  • LW: Stephan El Shaarawy – Roma
  • RW: Takumi Minamino – Southampton
  • ST: Seb Haller – Ajax
  • ST: Jean-Philippe Mateta – Crystal Palace
  • ST: Moussa Dembélé – Atletico Madrid

As noted, this promo isn’t confirmed yet, but EA have plenty of content to work with if they want to.

If there any updates on the promos, you can find the latest updates on our Twitter pages – UltimateTeamUK and FUTWatch.


FIFA 21 Team of the Week 22 live: release time, leaks, predictions

Published: 24/Feb/2021 7:35

by Isaac McIntyre


The next FIFA 21 Team of the Week, TOTW 22, is now on its way in Ultimate Team ⁠— here’s everything we know about the next in-form team of 2021, including any EA SPORTS leaks, the promo’s release time, and more.

Right off the bat, we’ll admit this Team of the Week lineup has no clear star headliner crowning the squad. That said, it does look like a pretty cracking team, all up.

We don’t think FIFA 21 players will be complaining too much, however ⁠— derby heroes Richarlison and Jadon Sancho lead a potentially forward-slanted squad after ousting their opponents Liverpool and Schalke 04 in local clashes over the weekend. Real Madrid maestro Casemiro may also be splashed in too.

Lautaro Martinez could be a headlining star in TOTW 22 as well after the Inter striker dismantled local title rivals Milan in yet another February grudge match. The 3–0 win, which saw Martinez score twice, put Inter in first place.

Wolverhampton keeper Rui Patrício could also be included.

Here’s everything we know about the mid-week FIFA 21 promo, including when the Team of the Week lineup will drop, and Dexerto’s weekly predictions.

Jadon Sancho missed out last week, but the young Englishman may be included in TOTW 16 instead.
Jadon Sancho may have earned his spot in TOTW 22 after demolishing Dortmund’s local rivals Schalke.

Team of the Week 22 start time

On Feb. 24, FIFA 21 publishers EA will release the twenty-second batch of Team of the Week cards. The TOTW 22 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 22 player upgrades will be announced at the same time as they drop in-game in FIFA 21. Keep your eyes peeled on our official Twitter account — we always make sure to share the team as soon as it’s live.

FIFA 21 Team of the Week 22 leaks

So far, EA SPORTS hasn’t let any early Team of the Week 22 cards slip ⁠— the last time they accidentally pushed out upgrades early was TOTW 7, and more recently 10. The last two months have been fairly sparse in that regard.

If any leaks drop ahead of the official TOTW 22 reveal, we’ll keep you updated.

Richarlison sunk defending champs Liverpool with an 86th minute goal at Anfield.
Richarlison sunk defending champs Liverpool with an 86th-minute goal at Anfield.

Our FIFA 21 TOTW 22 predictions

While you wait, make sure you check out Dexerto’s TOTW 22 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:

  • Daniel Cárdenas – Levante
  • Rui Patricio – Wolves
  • Birger Meling – Nimes
  • Filip Mladenovic – Legia Warszawa
  • Dani Calvo – Elche
  • Jerry St Juste – FSV Mainz
  • Marcel Sabitzer – RB Leipzig
  • Casemiro – Real Madrid
  • Gaetano Castrovilli – Fiorentina
  • Bernardo Silva – Manchester City
  • Daichi Kamada – Frankfurt
  • Mario Gotze – PSV
  • Renato Steffen – Wolfsburg
  • Jadon Sancho – Borussia Dortmund
  • Lucas Piazon – SC Braga
  • Yusuf Erdoğan – Kasımpaşa
  • Stephy Mavididi – Montpellier
  • Dusan Tadic – Ajax
  • Harvey Barnes – Leicester City
  • Lautaro Martinez – Inter Milan
  • Richarlison – Everton
  • Patson Daka – RB Salzburg
  • Alexander Isak – Real Sociedad
  • Sander Van de Streek – FC Utrecht 
Casemiro was the difference with a lone goal against Real Valladolid last Saturday.
Casemiro was the difference with a lone goal against Real Valladolid last Saturday.

So, there you have it ⁠— Dexerto’s full list of predictions for Team of the Week 22.

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!