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13 Dec 2019

FIFA 20 Ultimate Team Buying Guide: Tips from a pro

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Who should you buy?

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What stats are important?

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Work Rates

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Skill Moves

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Play for Fun

Welcome to the eight instalment in our series of 10 tutorial articles from FIFA pro club Hashtag United. This week Hashtag Shawrey is here with his Ultimate Team Buying Guide.

First things first - it is extremely easy to become consumed in wanting the best possible players for your FIFA 20 Ultimate Team. However this is not the be all and end all.

Remember that Ultimate Team is meant to be a fun and and enjoyable experience for you (the player). Be open to new ideas for your teams and trying out special cards that are released throughout the year. 

A prime example would be myself using the SBC Battaglia item. Although I have players who are MUCH higher rated than him (84), in game he is absolutely unreal and definitely a player that can cause some real damage to some of my opponents (even the top-tier players).

Who should you buy?

When looking for a player to fill a vacant position in your squad, there are a number of things to think about. Firstly their position needs to be considered.

For example, if they play on the wing, they will need to have decent pace stats (I recommend anything above 85), decent passing/crossing stats to supply your striker, and above average shooting stats to be able to put the ball into the back of the net if the opportunity arises.

What stats are important?

To make things easier for you guys and to make it more simplistic, I will list each position and what stats you should consider looking at before purchase:

GK - High Reflexes, High Diving, High Handling, High Positioning

PLAYER EXAMPLE: Marc-Andre ter Stegen

CB - High Pace, High Defending, High Physicality

PLAYER EXAMPLE: Rio Ferdinand (90)

LB/RB - High Pace, Semi-Decent Dribbling, High Defending, High Passing, Semi-Decent Physicality

PLAYER EXAMPLE: Alex Telles (In-Form)

CDM - Semi-Decent Pace, High Defending, High Physicality

PLAYER EXAMPLE: Fabinho (In-Form)

CM - High Passing, Semi-Decent Pace, Semi-Decent Shooting, High Passing, High Dribbling - PLAYER EXAMPLE: IF De Jong

PLAYER EXAMPLE: Frenkie de Jong (In-Form)

CAM - High Pace (Above 80), High Shooting, High Dribbling, High Passing


LW/RW - High Pace, High Shooting (Above 80), High Dribbling, Semi-Decent Passing


ST - High Pace, High Shooting, High Dribbling


Work Rates

Another important thing to look at when purchasing a player is their work rates. These will massively affect the impact the player will have on the virtual pitch.

A prime example would be Prime Didier Drogba (91). His stats are absolutely insane, however his work rates are High/High, meaning that he will be bombing up and down the pitch, using more energy.

This can ultimately result in him missing a vital chance because he becomes more tired as the game progressing, or he may be too slow to break with your counter attack, meaning you are missing a vital player in your quick attack to score a goal.

Skill Moves

Skill Moves also play a big part in the picking and choosing of the players in your Ultimate Team. For your attacking-midfielders, wingers and strikers, it is highly recommended that your players have 4 star skills or higher.

This makes them more unpredictable when your opponent attempts to dispossess you. To learn more in-depth about skill moves, check out my previous article.

Play for Fun

One of the most important things I must stress is the fun aspect of the game. Don’t keep a player in your team or club just because he has high stats or a high overall rating.

If he isn’t doing the job for you or you’re not enjoying his item, sell him and experiment with new things. Try not to get too invested in how many coins you have, just enjoy the game - because essentially that’s the entire reason why you purchased it in the first place.

The more you experiment, the more likely you’re going to find hidden gems who are ‘broken’ on the game and play WAY better than their stats will suggest.