The launch of the latest instalment of the world’s biggest football video game is upon us, armed with new gameplay features like VOLTA Football, but what most gamers will be more worried about is assembling their Ultimate Team starter squad.
Where are you going to be able to find players that will be competitive without costing an arm and a leg? We’ve been digging into the stats to find some clues.
First up, we take a look at how gold players are distributed across FIFA 20’s various leagues. Chemistry is key in Ultimate Team, and the easiest way to achieve the maximum rating is to build a squad from the same league – you won’t be able to tack a single MLS star on to your Serie A-filled team and expect him to play like Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Premier League leads the way with 348 gold players, which is almost twice as many as can be found in Ligue 1. These players are well spread around the pitch, too, with at least five players in the 80-84 ratings bracket at each position. La Liga may be trailing behind England’s top-flight when it comes to the overall number of gold players, but they can boast half of the game’s 90+ rated players (5/10).
If we dare to dream for a moment and imagine the best pack luck anybody has ever had, the top-rated team of standard players that can be assembled with 100 chemistry is a La Liga-dominated hybrid. A core of six players hail from from Real Madrid and Barcelona, with three from Liverpool and two from PSG filling things out in defence and on the flanks.
The 3-4-2-1 formation that they fall into is not usually one of the most popular, but this team doesn’t look like it would be involved in many boring matches! In case you don’t fancy a team so reliant on Spain’s ‘big two’, we have laid out the top-rated player in each major position in each of Europe’s ‘Big 5’ leagues, so you can start dreaming about your own ‘World XI’.
Despite Real Madrid’s recent woes, no club in the game can assemble a higher-rated line-up from their best 11 players in a valid formation: Los Blancos’ top talent can be combined into a 4-3-3 with an average rating of 87.3. Barcelona edge out Manchester City to take second place, while Juventus rank fourth, PSG sixth and Bayern seventh.
Within the Premier League, the average rating of 85 assigned to Tottenham’s best 11 suggests that they’re the best bet to finish third in the Premier League this season. We’ve also run the rule over EA’s assessment of every EFL team, with the implication being that Fulham, Sunderland and Mansfield should be the champions in each division come May.
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