FIFA 20: Top 100 ratings predictions 70-61 – Rodriguez, Vertonghen, Verratti & more

The countdown continues with some familiar faces receiving some serious downgrades.

Alastair Pusinelli by Alastair Pusinelli

The Top 100 player ratings predictions is gaining pace, with all players now rated 86 or higher.

When you pack them on Ultimate Team, it will be tough to sell them even if they don’t fit your team chemistry, so give yourself a couple of games to enjoy them a little bit.

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70. Marcelo (OVR 88 – 86)

Position: LB

Age: 31

Club: Real Madrid

Country: Brazil

This time last year, it would have been hard to argue against Marcelo’s being the best left back in the world, but there are signs that the wheels are coming off for the Brazilian. As one of the leaders of the dressing room at Real Madrid he must share the blame for their woeful 2018/19 campagin, a season in which he was often dropped from the starting 11 in favour of youngster Sergio Reguilon (OVR 64).

With now a more apt replacement at the club in Ferland Mendy (OVR 79), the pressure is on Marcelo, with is FIFA 20 OVR likely to drop to 86.

69. James Rodriguez (OVR 88 – 86)

Position: CAM, CM, RW

Age: 28

Club: Real Madrid

Country: Colombia

It’s also been a strange year for James Rodriguez. At the end of the 2017/18 campaign he was the Bundesliga player of the season, but fast forward a year – and he requested Bayern Munich to not make his loan deal permanent. He has the task of salvaging a ropey Real Madrid side, and an early season calf injury hasn’t helped his cause.

A drop to 86 is the minimum we can expect for James, but at 28, there is still time for him to push back towards the 90s.

68. Dries Mertens (OVR 87 – 86)

Position: CF, ST

Age: 32

Club: Napoli

Country: Belgium

Dries Mertens is one of the most consistent performers in Europe, but age may now be against at 32. The Belgian forward still bagged 19 goals in all competitions last season, as well as 12 assists, but that is still a smaller return than the he managed this season before.

It may seem harsh, but expect him to be docked a point to 86.

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67. Casemiro (OVR 88 – 86)

Position: CDM

Age: 27

Club: Real Madrid

Country: Brazil

A third Real Madrid player already, but whereas the other players have injuries and age to blame, Casemiro does not. The 27-year-old should be about to enter the prime of his career, but struggled to pick up the slack with the aging legs of Luka Modric next to him. The Brazilian had a huge rise into the Real Madrid side – recalled from a loan spell at Porto, to becoming a invaluable figure under Zinedine Zidane, winning four Champions League titles.

His 88 overall should drop to 86, but with Zidane back in charge, there is no reason he cannot get back up to heights of the late 80s.

66. Ciro Immobile (OVR 87 – 86)

Position: ST

Age: 29

Club: Lazio

Country: Italy

A deadly finisher, it’s about time world football started respecting Ciro Immobile. The striker scored 19 goals last season, but this wasn’t quite the crazy 40 he managed the season before. With just seven goals in 35 Italy caps, there is clearly something missing, but give him an inch and he will hurt any defence.

A drop to 86 seems likely, after halving his goal output last season.

65. Milan Skriniar (OVR 86 – 86)

Position: CB

Age: 23

Club: Inter Milan

Country: Slovakia

A centre half who has risen to the top over the past two seasons, and it very fortunate for Inter Milan that the transfer market obsessions were over the likes of Matthijs De Ligt and Harry Maguire this summer rather than Milan Skriniar. Now with defensive coach Antonio Conte at the helm, expect the Inter man to only improve, playing alongside Miranda (OVR 85) and Stefan de Vrij (OVR 84) in a back three.

An 86 overall should remain for the 23-year-old, and that could rise by January if the defence clicks into place.

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64. Thomas Vertonghen (OVR 87 – 86)

Position: CB

Age: 32

Club: Tottenham

Country: Belgium

He may be Tottenham’s most experienced defender, but it could be the beginning of the end for Jan Vertonghen. With Davinson Sanchez (OVR 84) waiting in the wings, you wonder how much longer the 32-year-old will remain in Tottenham’s back four.

A drop to 86 seems natural at his age, and in-game that could fall further if he is dropped by Mauricio Pochettino.

63. Fernandinho (OVR 87 – 86)

Position: CDM

Age: 34

Club: Manchester City

Country: Brazil

Fernandinho was central to Manchester City’s success last season, and without him they would have lost the title. A long-term replacement has finally been found for the aging Brazilian in to form of Rodri, but still expect him to be solid when used in rotation.

His in-game rating will fall further throughout the course of FIFA 20, but for now he drops to just 86.

62. Toby Alderweireld (OVR 87 – 86)

Position: CB

Age: 30

Club: Tottenham

Country: Belgium

Now at the prime of his career, expect Toby Alderweireld to lead Tottenham’s defensive line this season after deciding to stay at the club. A shortage of right backs has seen deputise at right back already this term, but Pochettino will want his best defender at the heart of the backline as they look to challenge the Premier League top two.

A winter boost from 85 to 87 seemed generous for Alderweireld, with 86 are more apt rating for FIFA 20.

61. Marco Veratti (OVR 86 – 86)

Position: CM, CDM

Age: 26

Club: PSG

Country: Italy

Marco Verratti is a nightmare to play against. Constantly nipping at opposing defenders’ heels and then stroking the ball around the park when in possession, the Frenchman is the best midfielder in France. At 26, it’s time for him to show off is quality, but it may take a big money move to get the acclaim he deserves.

An 86 overall should remaining, with an 87 rating in touching distance.

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