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So far the best strikers I've used this year are Diego Costa and Rebic, CL Jonas isn't far behind
IF Mandzukic is the most expensive ST I've used but couldn't get on with him at all


Other really good cheap players I've used

Kessie, Balde, Gelson Martin's, Ndidi, Gotze, Kepa, Rudiger, Bakambu and Lavezzi
Couldn't stand Diego Costa. Felt far too clunky for me. Don't get me wrong, he had 3 goals in 3 games, but I was having to change my game to get him to fit. Tried Rodrigo, but he was the polar opposite, super smooth, but 0 strength so he was bullied around completely and couldn't finish so well. Then tried Lacazette who was a happy medium between the two, but I got on with Benzema better who is the same style player, so Benzema is back in my team.

Not messed around with my other squad, unless I pack IF Immobile untradeable later, Icardi isn't going anywhere for a long time. Much better than Higuain and was half price when I got him.

Belotti and Volland are the best cheap strikers I've used, pretty sure Belotti could still do a job for me. Brandt was one of my super subs recently, he's great, little heavy but his runs make up for it. Vogt and Laporte as defenders are super super solid. Toulisson was great for me also.

However by far the best cheap player I've used is Criscito, he's that solid I can't justify upgrading to Alex Sandro. Slightly more expensive is Allan, but I think only Matuidi or Nainggolan are upgrades on him. Rabiot is also class.

Also had a crack at the squad building challenges and on the whole was left pretty disappointed with this game mode, ended up giving up too many decent players for too little reward though one positive was I unpacked a TOTW Ross Barkley who fits nicely straight into my EPL team and scored with him on his debut.
That's why you don't give up decent players! Min bids and lowest rated possible ones. Futbin is your friend.

For this WL I'll be rolling with

Icardi
Perisic - Gomez - CL Di Maria
Allan - Rabiot
Criscito - Miranda - Silva - IF Lala
Ederson

Benzema
Lemar - IF Ben Yedder - Aspas
Tolisso - Saul
Alaba - Hummels - Nacho - CL Carvajal
Neuer
Super subs: Thauvin and O.Dembele.

Tried Dembele instead of Aspas who is by far the weakest of my front four in that team (and probably any of my front eight), but his stamina killed him.

To give an idea of what works for me, ,y tactics are the same for both:

Full backs - stay back (can change via dpad in game to attacking full backs if need)
DMs - cover centre, cut passing lanes and Allan/Saul stay back to compliment M/H work rates
Wingers - Get in behind
CAM - Stay forward
ST - Get in behind.

Width defensively: 4
Depth: 4
Balanced

Width offensively - 6
Players in box - 6
In box for free kicks and corners - 1 (I worry about counters)
Balanced (I play a possession game, but possession tactic stifles me)

My ultra defensive is a 4-2-3-1 wide with everyone staying back apart from wingers and cf, long ball instruction, pure counter basically. Rarely use, only if someone is kamakaze attacking me.

Defensive is a 4-2-3-1 narrow with a quick build up that I switch to if I can't get out my half well enough, it's a lot more attacking than my default.

Attacking is a 4-3-3 (4) which is basically everyone up.

Ultra attacking I need to settle on, was a 4-2-4 but it was too rushed when playing. Don't really think I need a fifth tactic tbh.
 
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Couldn't stand Diego Costa. Felt far too clunky for me. Don't get me wrong, he had 3 goals in 3 games, but I was having to change my game to get him to fit. Tried Rodrigo, but he was the polar opposite, super smooth, but 0 strength so he was bullied around completely and couldn't finish so well. Then tried Lacazette who was a happy medium between the two, but I got on with Benzema better who is the same style player, so Benzema is back in my team.

Not messed around with my other squad, unless I pack IF Immobile untradeable later, Icardi isn't going anywhere for a long time. Much better than Higuain and was half price when I got him.

Belotti and Volland are the best cheap strikers I've used, pretty sure Belotti could still do a job for me. Brandt was one of my super subs recently, he's great, little heavy but his runs make up for it. Vogt and Laporte as defenders are super super solid. Toulisson was great for me also.

However by far the best cheap player I've used is Criscito, he's that solid I can't justify upgrading to Alex Sandro. Slightly more expensive is Allan, but I think only Matuidi or Nainggolan are upgrades on him. Rabiot is also class.



That's why you don't give up decent players! Min bids and lowest rated possible ones. Futbin is your friend.

For this WL I'll be rolling with

Icardi
Perisic - Gomez - CL Di Maria
Allan - Rabiot
Criscito - Miranda - Silva - IF Lala
Ederson

Benzema
Lemar - IF Ben Yedder - Aspas
Tolisso - Saul
Alaba - Hummels - Nacho - CL Carvajal
Neuer
Super subs: Thauvin and O.Dembele.

Tried Dembele instead of Aspas who is by far the weakest of my front four in that team (and probably any of my front eight), but his stamina killed him.

To give an idea of what works for me, ,y tactics are the same for both:

Full backs - stay back (can change via dpad in game to attacking full backs if need)
DMs - cover centre, cut passing lanes and Allan/Saul stay back to compliment M/H work rates
Wingers - Get in behind
CAM - Stay forward
ST - Get in behind.

Width defensively: 4
Depth: 4
Balanced

Width offensively - 6
Players in box - 6
In box for free kicks and corners - 1 (I worry about counters)
Balanced (I play a possession game, but possession tactic stifles me)

My ultra defensive is a 4-2-3-1 wide with everyone staying back apart from wingers and cf, long ball instruction, pure counter basically. Rarely use, only if someone is kamakaze attacking me.

Defensive is a 4-2-3-1 narrow with a quick build up that I switch to if I can't get out my half well enough, it's a lot more attacking than my default.

Attacking is a 4-3-3 (4) which is basically everyone up.

Ultra attacking I need to settle on, was a 4-2-4 but it was too rushed when playing. Don't really think I need a fifth tactic tbh.
Clunkiness wasn't really an issue for me as I played to his strengths. Didn't have him run with the ball, just hold it up and lay it off to the other attackers and then take advantage of his positioning, strength and extremely good shooting ability.


I've been using CL Jonas more now and I love him. Finishes every chance he gets in the box and being 5 star weak foot he can score finesse shots from outside the box on either foot.


I've got Alex Sandro as an untradeable and idk. He's decent I guess but isn't worth the 100k or whatever he costs.



Actually picked up an expensive team to use last night during the rewards.

88 Lampard and 86 Nakata were the main expenses. Tried playing Lampard in midfield with instructions to get forward and Nakata as a false 9 but it really didn't work well at all

Then had a galaxy brain moment and set it to change in game to a 4222 with Nakata as a wide CAM and Lampard dropping deep with the false 9 setting. It worked amazingly. Nakata worked both as a false winger and nicking the ball at the edge of the box. Lampard was starting forward and coming deeper and being in perfect shooting opportunities or being able to play easy passes to the other attackers. Really rated him but sadly I struggled like hell defensively.

Sold the team up and got about 100k profit at least from it. Now I know how to use Lampard when I do get him for real.
 

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EPL team was torn apart by my stupid foray into the squad building challenges again in a futile attempt to obtain the POTM Lucas Moura.

New look EPL team is

Schmeichel
Aurier - Rudiger - Stones - Christensen - Mendy
Milner - Barkley
Adama - Bernard
Arnautovic

This team is actually better than the last overall so I kind of benefited from fucking about in the squad building challenges to be fair.

Won all four of my squad battles yesterday, which is a first for me, so decided to venture into online rivals for the first time in a while and won my first three games but then after it levelled me up I lost two and drew one.

I don't usually get stressed by computer games but the manner in which I'm losing (or in the case of the draw when I conceded an equaliser with the last kick of the game and a ridiculous goal) is starting to boil my piss. I know I'm the one controlling these players but in a football simulation game you'd expect the AI to be a little more helpful than it is, when I press the through ball button I expect the ball to be sent to the player unmarked not the one with two defenders on him. I also played a single player seasons game against some Scandinavian club which I needed to draw to avoid relegation and conceded two wonder goals to a player I've never heard of with his only two touches of the fucking game.

Reckon I'm going to stick with rivals and squad battles from now on as single player seasons rewards just aren't worth the time invested. I'll also be taking the coin option every reward day in rivals seeing as I chose the enticing looking packs this week and got shafted.
 

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I think I got to the 39,000 coin reward last week and chose the packs instead. Managed to pack Willian and a few others who I sold and got more coins than the 39,000.
 

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Yeah I need to delve into the transfer market more often to sell players, I've only really bought players so far. I did sell a Milinkovic-Savic for 27,000 not long after I started playing and before I created the Serie A team but other than that I've not made much profit.
 

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Yeah if you can take advantage of the market you can definitely make some coins

I've made about 800k with just silvers in the past 2 weeks.
 

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Just had someone rage quit on me in rivals, absolutely brilliant feeling. 2-2 and I scored from about 30 yards out with a screamer from Barkley right on 90 minutes.
 
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Division Rivals is weird. In Division 3 currently, can play the best player I've ever faced one game and then utterly destroy someone the next. Just played someone where I got a rage quit at 3-1, the game was that easy I was mainly practising skilling.

Game before that, got utterly humped and had one shot on goal. One of the pros I've played thus far finished 19th in the world at the weekend, the game v him (3-2 loss) was much easier compared to what I just faced. What is going on??
 
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Decided to splash the cash I had laying around, so I've now got one really good team, and also a team that does a job.

IF Immobile
Mertens - Dybala - IF Insigne*
Matuidi - Saul
Alaba - Hummels - Nacho - FB Juanfran
Neuer
*I will buy IF Insigne after rewards drop tomorrow and he will slot in right wing, slotting Gomez in there for now.

It plays so, so, so well. Been knocking out a few rivals games tonight to get Rank II, came up against a Ronaldinho God squad and absolutely dismantled it 6-1. I'm something like W6 L1 this evening, almost at D2 level now.

Still have the alternate team:

Icardi
Perisic - Gomez - Di Maria
Allan - Rabiot
Telles - Miranda - Silva - Meunier
Ederson
The difference with how they play is too much, so whilst trying to chase rank and for WL I'll only be using the first team. Team two needs a big game changer, someone like Dybala who is crazy good. The midfield of Allan and Rabiot is good, but it's not dominant against a Kante/Pogba etc. Full backs are also an issue, but I'm not upgrading to Sandro or IF Meunier yet. Also have big issues with Ederson, but there isn't really anyone else.

On a side note Relentless - if you like Diego Costa, IF Immobile is the same style player, except he's really really good and complements how I play. I think you would really like him.
 
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I've built a Prem team with the exception of a champions league edition Modric:

4-5-1

OTW Alisson

Bellerin
Alderweireld
CL Stones
Alonso

OTW Jorginho

POTM Lucas
Gundagon
CL Modric
POTM Hazard (loan)

Lacazette

Really want Firmino and convert him to a CM next.
 
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Are Gabriel and Allan untradeable? If yes, you're good to go. If no, sell immediately. The +1 upgrade to all stats is the worst value I've ever seen.

I wonder if Dybala would be wasted playing deeper. Hamsik is almost certainly worth an upgrade to Matuidi.

I haven't played with or against Alvaro, but he looks good on paper.
 
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Are Gabriel and Allan untradeable? If yes, you're good to go. If no, sell immediately. The +1 upgrade to all stats is the worst value I've ever seen.

I wonder if Dybala would be wasted playing deeper. Hamsik is almost certainly worth an upgrade to Matuidi.

I haven't played with or against Alvaro, but he looks good on paper.
They’re not, I’ve not bought the team yet. Where else should I invest the money? I love Alvaro I’ve used him in a few teams, proper solid centre back.

I’ve used Matuidi and hated him, wanted to fit James Rodriguez into my team somewhere but couldn’t manage it.
 

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You on Xbox? If so give us a game later on, me and my mates are in D1 already.
Yeah.

Tried to get to 60 unbeaten and win D1 without a loss but had one of those games where no shot went in, so lost on 57. Still won the title with one loss though.

Don't think we're on until Sunday. What's your club name I'll search you up
 

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