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Mike LaBelle shows how FUT Birthday João Cancelo can be a great striker

Published: 30/Mar/2020 23:00

by Bill Cooney


Pro FIFA player Mike LaBelle has demonstrated how João Cancelo’s FUT Birthday card can actually be utilized as a pretty decent striker in the game.

With the FUT Birthday celebrations finally hitting FIFA 20 Ultimate Team, EA SPORTS have revealed an all-new set of cards for players to unlock and collect.


The annual FIFA Birthday in-game celebration is in its 11th year for FIFA 20, and the card available for Portuguese defender Cancelo actually seems to make a fairly potent striker as well, according to LaBelle.

EA Sports
Cancelo’s birthday card is rated 87 with a five-star SM and four-star WF.

To challenge himself with the new FUT Birthday packs, LaBelle put together a team composition with Cancelo up top in the striking position. Coming out as a Right Back in the starting 11, the first major downside to putting the Manchester City defender in attack is his abysmal 59 finishing.


To counter this, the FIFA pro employed the sniper chemistry style, which upgraded Cancelo’s finishing ability by an extra 15.

“We’re hoping this chemistry style gives him that bump that is necessary, absolutely necessary,” LaBelle explained. “In-game, we’re gonna roll with the 4-4-2. We are not sitting back, we are not waiting. Aggressive defense equals easy offense.”

Despite plenty of opportunities, LaBelle’s attacking Cancelo failed to find the back of the net in the first game, which left all the heavy lifting up to Antoine Griezmann, another that’s available as a FUT Birthday special card.


As the matches go on, it becomes clear that João has plenty of potential as a striker, but you really shouldn’t be relying on his dribbling skills to get anything done.

Instead, he seems to perform better when feeding crosses or passes to his other attackers, or taking shots off of the rebound – which sounds a lot like a modern full back, anyway.

Mike LaBelle
Scoring with Cancelo is certainly possible, though.

While the Portuguese defender will probably never be an elite striker, how well he’s able to fit into the position in FIFA 20 Ultimate Team goes to show how powerful the new FUT Birthday cards are this year.


Just don’t go putting somebody like Kylian Mbappé as your keeper, because there’s no team chemistry bonus in the world that would make that a viable strategy.


FIFA 21 TOTW 2 live: Lewandowski, Haaland, Kane, Saint-Maximin, more

Published: 7/Oct/2020 18:05 Updated: 7/Oct/2020 18:11

by Isaac McIntyre


EA SPORTS have released the second batch of Team of the Week players in FIFA 21 Ultimate Team, and it looks like there are some exciting cards up for grabs this week.

Following the completion of another busy game week across football’s top-flight leagues, a new set of TOTW players has been released, featuring some huge names and valuable cards.


Dexerto made a number of predictions earlier in the week, included at the bottom of this article, so let’s see how they stacked up with leaks and ultimately, the official team as well.

FIFA 21 Team of the Week 2

The full Team of the Week #2 in FIFA 21 Ultimate Team!

Just as with the first Team of the Week, the second TOTW squad is stacked with top talent, such as the likes of Lewandowski, Courtois, Kane, and Haaland. While not as high-rated as those studs, the likes of Milan’s Hernandez and Newcastle’s Saint-Maximin should also draw a lot of attention as being “meta” players.


Here are some of the players you might be interested in:

  • Erling Haaland (86)
  • Robert Lewandowski (92)
  • Harry Kane (89)
  • Thibaut Courtois (90)
  • Ben Chilwell (84)
  • Theo Hernandez (83)
  • Jack Grealish (83)
  • Ollie Watkins (81)
  • Allan Saint-Maximin (83)
  • Renato Sanchez (82)
  • Marcel Halstenberg (84)

FIFA 21 Team of the Week 2 leaked

Ahead of EA SPORTS confirming the full TOTW #2, the full squad was claimed to have been leaked – and the leaker even managed to get his hands on the same image that EA would end up tweeting out.

When did TOTW 2 go live in FIFA 21?

EA SPORTS revealed this next FIFA Team of the Week squad at 6PM (UK time) Wednesday, October 7, 2020. As per usual, they were announced and droped into packs at 6pm BST / 12pm CT / 1pm EST / 3am AEST.


These boosted player upgrades are now being announced at the same time as they drop in-game in FIFA 21, unlike other years where we knew about them three hours prior. 

FIFA 21 Ultimate Team Season 1 Rewards
This could be a cracking TOTW just in time for the full FIFA 21 release!

FIFA 20 Team of the Week 32 predictions

What a week! Competitions around the world have come back for the 2020/21 season, soon after the end of last year’s staggering campaign. The back-to-back nature of these seasons, it seems, is going to lead to some exciting games.

The biggest news from the Premier League this week was Aston Villa and Tottenham each dolling out huge defeats for Liverpool and Manchester United respectively. Ollie Watkins scored three and assisted one as he led the Villans to a 7–2 victory over the champions, while Heung Min Son was unplayable against United.


There were a number of other standout performances across the weekend too. Neymar Jr. was at his electric best against Angers, while FIFA 21 cover star Erling Haaland kept up his goalscoring record in a 4–0 win over Freiburg on Saturday.

Here are our TOTW 2 predictions, so let’s see how many we got right this week!


TOTW 2 predictions

  • GK – Marko Dmitrović – SD Eibar
  • GK – Jiri Pavlenka – Werder Bremen
  • CB – Marvin Friedrich – Union Berlin
  • RB – Facundo Roncaglia – Osasuna 
  • LB – Ben Chilwell – Chelsea
  • LB – Aaron Cresswell – West Ham United
  • LB – Marcel Halstenberg – RB Leipzig
  • CM – Jorginho – Chelsea
  • CM – Mikel Merino – Real Sociedad
  • CM – Dani Di Wit – AZ Alkmaar
  • CM – Mario Pasalic – Atalanta
  • CAM – Jack Grealish – Aston Villa
  • RW – James Rodriguez – Everton
  • RM – Marcus Harness – Portsmouth
  • RW – Galeno – Braga 
  • LM – Allan Saint-Maximin – Newcastle United
  • LW – Neymar – PSG
  • LW – Heung Min Son – Spurs
  • ST – Erling Haaland – Borussia Dortmund 
  • ST – Robert Lewandowski – Bayern Munich
  • ST – Patson Daka –  RB Salzburg
  • ST – Callum Wilson – Newcastle United
  • ST – Ollie Watkins – Aston Villa

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