To start off with, we will go down the common route and look at domestic, non-cup matches. Keep in mind that as cups progress, the likelihood of them being included increases!
FC Nantes vs Stade Rennais
First up we head over to France, where Nantes and Stade Rennais go head to head in a battle towards the middle of the table. Now this may seem like a fairly unimportant game, however the historic rivalry between the clubs sends it straight into our shortlist. The game goes by the name of the “Derby De la Bretagne” or Derby Breton. Investing here should be done for discard and you should have no problems buying golds.
Dortmund vs Leverkusen
Over to Germany next where we see two sides desperately fighting to secure their spot within the Champions League places. With Leverkusen in fourth and Dortmund currently fifth, a loss here could see them slip down the table and a big performance from both sides is to be expected. Investments are simple, gold with a solid rating.
Atlas vs Guadalajara
Next up we have a derby between the Mexican sides Atlas and Guadalajara. The fixture is known as “El Clasico Tapatio” and according to Wikipedia is the oldest Mexican derby on record. With Guadalajara also receiving a mention for a Cup game this week, they become a double investment for the price of one, making this one of my favourite selections.
Standard Liege vs Anderlecht
Standard Liege and Anderlecht is or next pick, as they go head to head in the Pro League play-offs. There is no derby or heated rivalry with the clubs, however the fact that they are two of the larger clubs in the league brings my attention to this fixture. Investing in gold players shouldn’t be an issue, just be careful of prices.
Zulte Waregem vs Kortrijk
Now if the above playoff doesn’t tickle your fancy, then let’s take a look at one in the bottom half. Not only does this match hold importance in regards of the result, but the rivalry between these two sides adds to the significance and gives us yet another reason to possibly invest.
Salt Lake vs Colorado
Over to America next where we find Real Salt Lake and Colorado Rapids going head to head in a battle for the Rocky Mountain Cup. The Cup is given to the side with the most points (on a head to head basis) at the end of the season. Investments here are unlikely to be gold, silver players for discard are perfect, but if the market dries up there is no harm in picking up some bronzes.
Gamba Osaka vs Cerezo Osaka
Japan is our final stop with this week’s predictions, where we find Gamba Osaka and Cerezo Osaka go head to head in a derby known as, and you may have already guessed it, the Osaka Derby. Investments here are fairly simple, you will struggle to find a gold player, hence aim for discard value bronze and silver’s to reduce any risk.
Now while EA usually avoid cup matches, we have some big games on the cards! I would seriously consider the possibility of these being included this time around!
Man United vs Tottenham (FA Cup Semi-Final)
Chelsea vs Southampton (FA Cup Semi-Final)
Galatasaray vs Akhisar (Turkish Cup Semi-Final)
Fenerbahce vs Besiktas (Semi-Final)
Sporting vs Porto (Taca de Portugal Semi-Final)
Avangard Kursk vs Shinnik (Russian Cup Semi-Final)
Spartak Moscow vs Tosno (Russian Cup Semi-Final)
Schalke vs Eintracht (DFB-Polka Semi-Final)
AZ Alkmaar vs Feyenoord (KNVB Cup Final)
Toronto FC vs Guadalajara (CONCACAF Champions League Final)