FIFA 15 Prediction: Dortmund Vs. Schalke 04 Who Will Win?

FIFA 15 Prediction has Bundesliga fans on edge ahead of Saturday’s match with Borussia Dortmund going up against FC Schalke 04.

The highly anticipated Bundesliga derby will take place at Dortmund’s home ground Signal Iduna Park. Kick off time is set for 9:30 AM on GOL.

In a FIFA 15 show down between the two arch football rivals, the match ended in a draw 1-1 with Dortmund hitting the back of the net first.

Borussia Dortmund and FC Schalke 04 have in the past mt on 85 occasions and is dead even with 30 wins a piece and 25 draws.

Schalke 04 went down two nil on Wednesday’s Champions League fixtures against Real Madrid. The second leg will be played on March 10.

FIFA 15 Ultimate Team down, say users today

Gamers are reporting that FIFA 15 Ultimate Team is down right now, EA Sports servers are currently offline for a moment because of a scheduled maintenance update happening right now.

Over on the official @EASPORTSFIFA Twittr account the latest tweet shows FIFA Ultimate Team is ramping down for maintenance, and downtime will last around 3 hours.

This means FIFA FUT players will not be able to get online for up to 3 hours and this is already causing a stir on Twitter, many gamers will get to see a message saying on the lines of EA servers are not available at this time, please try again later.

FIFA Ultimate Team on February 11 is most definitely having a scheduled maintenance between 1:00 AM PT, this means gamers will not be able to access FIFA Ultimate Team, Mobile companion app and the Web App, these will all be offline. All other online services for other game modes will not be affected.

eep visiting the official Twitter account above for FIFA 15 FUT updates. How do you feel about the FIFA 15 FUT maintenance update?

FIFA 15 Ultimate Team Teases TOTY Loan Players

EA Sports is hoping to entice players to get into the real world Premiere League transfer deadline day ahead of time with their official Twitter account. The game developer is teasing a few TOTY loan players for FIFA 15 Ultimate Team, their ever popular mobile application for the football video game and real world sport. The company will also give a few of these players away to the community within a new promotion, which you simply need to retweet in order to gain entrance into the running for said players.

Many people within the FIFA 15 Ultimate Team community asked EA Sports who these players would be and when they would be available as loan options. However, the Twitter account simply directed people towards the news and updates page for the mobile application. This implies everyone within the app’s community can get their hands on the loan players and options within a general update in the future.

However, the very same Twitter account for FIFA 15 Ultimate Team is also running a 50 match loan giveaway for four different players from different teams within the Premiere League. The studio is encouraging everyone to retweet for a chance to win loan versions of Kroos, Robben, Messi, and Ronaldo. The tweet in question already has a lot of retweets, so chances of winning any of the aforementioned players dwindles with each passing hour, unfortunately. Within the first minute of being live, the tweet for Ronaldo had over 12,000 retweets.

This is certainly not the first giveaway promotion EA Sports has offered for FIFA 15 Ultimate Team. The game development studio seems to have something new for the community every few weeks or so, as they continue to support their game and the community that loves what they are doing. Of course, a promotion isn’t the only way to get these new players, so keep an eye out for a new update, too.

FIFA 15: 20 Free Transfers You Need To Sign

Since a manager is as only as good as his signings, if he has no transfer budget to make any, it’s unlikely he’s going to be particularly successful with the just the previous manager’s favourites at his disposal. Particularly if those same players got the predecessor sacked. Click Here to buy cheap fifa 15 coins online at xtmmo.

But even with no money, when taking over a new club, a manager needs to put his own stamp on things, and there is good news for FIFA managers looking to do just that without the luxury of playing with a moneybags side where embarrassingly expensive signings are an inevitability.

The sacred Bosman ruling has changed the game of football for the sneakier, allowing players to talk to other clubs and engineer transfers without a fee six months before the deal at their current club expires. So with that in mind, it’s worthwhile looking through the list of players who are in the last year of their deals at the start of career mode. All are talented, and all should be considered genuinely good contenders to offer pre-contracts to in the January 2015 transfer window. And bear in mind, don’t go blowing all of your wage budget when you could have any of these lads a few months down the line.

So if you’re taking over a cash-strapped club or merely love a bargain these are the 20 best players you can pick up for absolutely nothing from the first January in your new game.

FIFA 15 Team Rankings: Our Top 5 Clubs At The Season’s Halfway Point Based On Current Form And Ratings

The European football season is a few matches past the halfway mark at this point of the year, and the transfer window is open. Almost all of the clubs (sorry, Dortmund) you’d expect to be at the top of each league are right it in, and form and injuries have had their effects on the title race.

The best teams have shown off their high-end talent and displayed consistency through the first half of the season, yet the competitions in England, Spain, and France remain as close as ever. EA updates the team and player ratings in FIFA 15 to reflect real-life performance, and this part of the season is as good as any to see who’s on top. Our top five clubs are listed below, a combination of the current Matchday ratings and opinion on how effective the teams are in-game:

1. Real Madrid

As is usually the case, the Spanish giants come in on top of the ratings. While Barcelona may have some more highly-rated players, the style Madrid plays and the speed of its attackers are simply very effective in FIFA. The 92-rated Ronaldo is the easiest player with which to beat defenses and score with in the game, and Bale is even faster on the other wing. Combine those two with the talented dribblers and passers in the midfield, and Madrid can cut opponents apart on the counter or pick out passes to unlock defenses. Right back and goalkeeper are arguably week spots, but Casillas still pulls off great saves and Ramos and Pepe are among the most effective combinations around.

2. Barcelona

While they’re not playing amazingly well in real life, Barcelona’s very highly rated team is quite effective in FIFA 15. The absurd attacking trio of Messi (95), Neymar (88) and Suarez (91) cannot be matched, but it can sometimes be difficult to get the team flowing. Playing as Barcelona always seems to make you play like Barcelona, and a high press passing game can be troublesome to pull off. If you instead take advantage of the attackers’ dribbling skills and pace, you’ll likely be able to beat any defense ahead of you. The midfield is highly rated as well, but it’s a bit slower and more pass-focused than Madrid’s–speed kills in FIFA 15, and that’s why Barcelona sits second.
3. Bayern Munich
The German champions are coasting through the Bundesliga right now, and one look at their roster shows why. The team is stacked from back to front, with the world’s best goalkeeper Manuel Neuer (90) backstopping an already dominating squad. Lewandowski can finish any chance, and he’s flanked by tricky speedsters Robben (90) and Ribery (88). Goetze (86) and Muller (86) can rotate into a number of positions as well, completing an absurdly gifted attacking band. With solid defenders and passers in Schweinsteiger and Alonso (or Lahm if he’s not at fullback) supporting them, this is an extremely difficult team to break down, and the attacking threat is always present.
4. Chelsea

Though they’re playing like the second or third best team in the world, the FIFA 15 ratings don’t quite get that form across. This is due in part to Mourinho’s focus on team effort and tactical efficiency, but there are of course some stand out stars. The 89-rated Eden Hazard is in scintillating form, and can easily beat players on the dribble with his speed in FIFA 15. Goal-scoring machine Diego Costa (87) will convert up top, and Fabregas’ (87, which should arguably be higher given his assist record) passing can launch the perfect attack. The very pacey Willian (82) can provide another outlet, and Matic locks the game down in midfield. Come at your opponents with pressure and speed and Cheslsea can score easily. Courtois (86) is very difficult to beat between the sticks, and a strong defense will help protect any lead you earn.

5. Juventus

Though not named in the same breath as the rest of Europe’s elite in the last few years, the current Juventus side is quite good. You might see more PSG or Manchester City playing online, but this team is better in the game on paper. The outrageously talented Pogba is now an 87 and can score, create, and defend in midfield, while Tevez is as effective as ever up top. Perhaps the world’s best all-around player Arturo Vidal (87) will make this side difficult to break down and can help the scoring. If there’s a weakness to this team it’s in its speed, but the same could be argued for City’s midfield and defense. Juventus may not immediately come to mind as a top team, but they’re currently leading Serie A and are rated well in FIFA 15.

 

FIFA 15’s Ultimate Team of the Year midfielders now available

FIFA 15’s Ultimate Team of the Year card releases continue today with the availability of a trio of dark blue midfielder cards. Time has now expired on the goalkeeper and defender cards that were available on Monday, so they should no longer be popping up in packs.

Those Team of the Year midfielders are, of course, Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta, Manchester United’s Angel Di Maria and Real Madrid’s Toni Kroos.

As with the ‘keeper and back four, these three FIFA 15 Ultimate Team of the Year cards will be around for two days: until 6pm UK time (10am Pacific US.)

Can you guess Gareth Bale’s FIFA 15 Ultimate Premier League Team?

The latest FIFA Ultimate Team Challenge in FIFA 15 tasks players with recreating Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale’s Ultimate Premier League Team.

By choosing from one of three formations and using any of the Gold-Rated Ultimate Team Players, you must build your own Ultimate Team in an attempt to second guess Bale.

The closer you get to matching Gareth Bale’s team the greater your chances of winning. Each team you submit will be given feedback in the form of a clue to help you get a little closer to the correct team.

If more than one person guesses Bale’s team the winner will be chosen at random.

The winner will receive two tickets to a home game of your favourite Premier League team.

‘FIFA 15: Ultimate Team’ Guide – How to Win Without Paying Real Money

FIFA 15: Ultimate Team [Free] can be a bit of a doozy to jump into if you’re just looking for a fun soccer game to play, admittedly. There’s a lot going on, and the game isn’t up-front from the very beginning about all the factors in play. Thankfully, it’s possible to do well at this game and be competitive without spending money, especially since pretty much everything can be accomplished through earning the soft currency. Here’s some tips and strategies to get the most out of FIFA 15: Ultimate Team without spending any money.
Ultimate Team is a misnomer
The first trick to FIFA 15: Ultimate Team is in the name. You might think this is about building the best team possible and then wrecking the world with them. Not so fast, my friend. The game will give you some solid players to build a competent squad early on, but it takes its time to introduce the contracts feature, which makes players a ticking time bomb and a resource to be managed.

Each match you play counts down the number of contracts on a player, and then they’re unusable unless or until you use a contract consumable on them. As such, using your silver and gold players early on is a pathway to the doom of your wallet. As such, your goal needs to not be to build the ultimate team in that you’re building the best team in the universe, but that you’re building the ultimate team for the task ahead of you.

Win with the worst team you can contend with.

Quite simply, you want to run out there with not the best squad, but the squad that fits the lowest classification for as long as possible. This means using bronze players while they’re cheap and effective. In general, based on the difficulty level, you can play well below the computer’s team rating. Novice difficulty is playing soccer against an elementary school team. Amateur is only really slightly better. The AI only really starts picking up in competence once you get to Semi-Pro, and I recommend playing on that whenever possible at least. But whenever you have an easier match? Run out the scrubs and reserves! The higher the difficulty, the less gap you have depending on your skills.

Top-flight, 4 star or above teams, start to get to the point where they’re so physically dominant that unless you’re a FIFA expert, you’re probably going to get manhandled by them if you run a weaker squad out, no matter what. They’ll win more 50/50 balls, get more corners, breakaways, everything, to the point that it’s ridiculous. It will take some feel to know how bad of a team you can roll out there, but you’ll start to get a hang of it. But use your best team as a limited supply of bullets that you only bring out in the most important circumstances. Bronze players are cheap and replaceable, if you can win with them you can save a lot of coins.

Use multiple squads and the squad builder.

Thankfully, you don’t have to build your team every single time you take on a match for different quality opponents. You can have multiple squads, and I generally like to have a squad with just bronze players, silver and bronze players, and then a gold-quality team. You can use the team builder to make this process a lot easier, but I generally recommend going in and playing around with the roster additionally beyond that. You might want to switch around your bench and reserves so that you’re not wasting contracts on players just sitting around. As well, I recommend playing around with different formations.

Sometimes you might get a squad with a higher rating and/or chemistry if you build it to different formations. If you’re a junkie of the sport, you’ll know what each means, but if you’re a more casual fan, I’d say to go with the formation that makes for the strongest team. As well, while it may come at a chemistry deficit, sometimes it’s worth switching out weak players at a specific position with stronger players who, are, say, midfielders, but don’t play CAM position. In general, I’d say that you ideally want to run the most physically capable squad out there.

Remember, you can’t buy coins, so everything is earnable through playing

Don’t spend your coins all willy-nilly, as the only way to get them is to play matches and sell items. It helps keep the economy of the game in order since you can’t directly just effortlessly buy coins and wreck the transfer market. If you’re smart and handle your money wisely, you can buy more valuable card packs instead of spending money on dinky lower-tier packs. And remember: every card pack (the exception being that limited-time RED pack) can be bought with coins.

So don’t be afraid to grind coins with bad teams if you ever find yourself short. You get coins even from losses, so every match has a reward – but optimizing your rewards is key. There are many objectives where the reward is fewer coins than it would cost to buy the item that would trigger the objective’s reward. If you complete it naturally, then that’s fine and dandy. If not, then, you can get small rewards easily.

With your good teams, avoid playing matches without a greater reward.

Quick games, team of the week matches, these can be fun, but confer no greater rewards. Spend your time in seasons and tournaments. Online play is an especially egregious risk. Remember that you’re going to be going up against people on cellular and wi-fi connections that aren’t always stable, and your connection can have issues! These games are incredibly risky to play, even though there are rewards to be had.

Additionally, the people who are playing in these matches are generally way too good, so unless you’re extremely competent at FIFA, I’d just stay away. Tournaments can be risky as you don’t win the prize unless you win the whole thing, but they can often have extremely valuable prizes.

The transfer market is a great way to earn and save money.

Exactly what it says on the tin. Packs come with a lot of players and items. Many them are worthless and disposable, but it’s often quite possible to profit off of packs. You can do so by selling items and players you don’t need from your club, which even for low-level bronze players, is an option. After all, there’s times when someone’s gonna want low-level filler, and if you can pick up a cheap option, hey, good for you. Silver and gold players will often go for a lot more, but you can nab some real bargains.

10 ways FIFA 15 Ultimate Team drives us crazy

By far the most popular game mode on EA’s legendary footie sim is FIFA Ultimate Team (FUT), which since its introduction in 2009 has allowed millions upon millions of gamers to become virtual talent scouts and expert managers. According to EA, this year, 542,000 transfers are listed per hour, with 11,000 matches played each day. So, we all agree it’s great, glad we’ve got that out the way – now, on to what makes us want to stamp on the disc with studded boots.

1. There’s not enough cash

Wealth doesn’t come easy, and after all, it’s coins that matter in a mode that’s basically a footballing stock market, complete with wages to foot. Thankfully EA is addressing dodgy dealing loopholes and bots that have plagued Ultimate Team and made it just downright unfair, but there should be more bonuses for exceptional play and individual skill, instead of having to look online for convoluted ways to hustle another small handful of coin in FIFA. That said, it’s nice to be able to be able to plan future dream teams with the new Concept Squad feature.

2. It’s not often pretty football

Games often play out with high balls being lofted from one end to the other and mad scrambles, with the goalkeeper either making wonder saves or being rounded three times with four minutes to go. Long shots are really difficult to pull off unless you’ve got the most expensive players, tackling is harder so fast strikers simply speed through your defence and penalties come thick and fast (We’ve explored these issues in more depth before). It all gets a bit tiring and it’s sometimes hard to know if you’ve spent your money well when the gameplay can feel so random.

3. Packs are rubbish

Yeah, yeah, it’s a bit of thrill to open a pack and hope for the best, but just as when you were a kid, all you’ll usually get is disappointment (when opening the pack, not just with childhood life in general). Okay, yes, you’ll get great players eventually, but you’ll have to part with a lot of dough. You’re better off in the transfer market building a team packed with affordable players with high chemistry (rather than having one or two big stars), but then that’s all such a headache. Okay, we’ll try just one more pa… OH NOT YOU AGAIN!

4. It’s too rigid

You are free to build your ultimate team, so why can’t you get them to play where you like? Aren’t you meant to be the boss? I mean, it’s us who’s paid for these players (and the game), so you should be able to mix positions and formations up a bit more. Custom tactics are also a fiddly, administrative mess that takes up a lot of time, especially when you have to set everything up repeatedly from game to game.

5. It’s not emotional enough

Yes, the players have got a fresh lick of emotion on the pitch, but it’s quite a sterile environment for actually creating a team; more like a science lesson followed by double maths than the attachment you get from watching a real team develop. Fine, it isn’t real life, it’s a market trading simulation game, but it would be good if players interacted and built chemistry in more human ways, rather than earning loyalty in a cold, stat-based fashion. Basically, we want more reports of hugs and player strops. And we want a virtual Wenger-style Puffa coat while we deal with it.

6. Missing legends

Sure, he only cost £1.2 million when Sir Alex bought him way back in 1992 (and he kung-fu kicked a fan) but Eric Cantona’s name is still sung at Old Trafford week in week out to this day, so how come EA can’t remember him? Also, while we’re at Man Utd, where’s George Best? Yet Robbie Fowler gets the nod… Someone at EA’s obviously a fan of awful punditry and extremely gelled hair.

7. It’s really hard for casual players

FUT is not something you can dip your toe into. Some will never quite understand it, and even though you’re in the minority it can be frustrating to have a game mode on your £45 purchase that you never really get into. It’s especially frustrating when the transfer market still has occasional glitches, you know the sort of thing, like having your gold taken when you didn’t even win the bid. Nothing’s perfect and it’s incredibly smooth when you consider 13 million transfers are listed per day, but it’s very frustrating when you don’t feel in control.

8. It hasn’t changed enough

Disclaimer: Ultimate Team is incredible. But! But is it all starting to get a bit… repetitive? There’s no doubt it’s brought joy to the masses and shifted more copies of the franchise for EA than all the other modes combined, but, with the exception of loan players and Concept Squads, it’s all pretty much the same as last year, just with slightly worse gameplay. In FIFA 16/17 it would be great to see a complete overhaul, maybe a completely new optional mode with the old FUT still in place, before someone else offers one instead.

9. It’s very expensive

Aside from the cost involved within the virtual world of Ultimate Team, and the cost if you actually spend your real money, it’s a dent in the wallet to have to buy a new copy of FIFA every year if all you’re interested in is FUT, which many are (64 per cent according to EA). A standalone FUT game at half the price would be nice.

10. Finally, people who won’t stop

On the other hand, don’t you ever sometimes just get Ultimate bloody Team fatigue? When you just want to stick in the disc and load up a quick game of United v City, in whatever stadium, with whatever kit and… shock horror… whatever old line up you’re offered? But no, there’s always someone wanting to tinker for what seems like hours (because it is hours) before even kicking the ball, by which time you’ve gone to bed. Sometimes it’s good to just play.

FIFA 15: Why is FIFA Ultimate Team down?

UPDATE 19:40: EA have announced that FIFA Ultimate Team is now ready to come back online after the scheduled maintenance planned for today ran over the original deadline.

“FUT is now ramping back up to full online service. Thanks for your patience,” They confirmed on Twitter.

UPDATE 18:20: EA have confirmed FIFA 15 FUT will be offline past the 6pm UK time earlier promised.

“Our scheduled #FUT maintenance has been extended until further notice,” A Twitter post from the dev team explained.

“New #TOTW available once the online service is restored.”

EA revealed they would be performing scheduled maintenance for FIFA Ultimate Team and EA Sports Football Club beginning at 7:00 AM UK.

The original estimated downtime was given at 3 hours but this has had to be extended, the games publisher have confirmed.

During this time, FIFA Ultimate Team, the Web App, Mobile companion app, and EA SPORTS Football Club will be offline but online service for all other game modes will be unaffected.

“Our #FUT maintenance has had to be extended. Apologies for any inconvenience. Our team is working to get you back on the pitch asap!” an EA statement explained.

“Scheduled maintenance on #FUT has been extended by an additional 6 hours. All platforms will be affected. Estimated up time: 6pm UK/10am PT.”

Chelsea star Eden Hazard recently revealed his FIFA Ultimate Legends Team, containing a range of former Premier League stars from Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United.