FIFA 21 Showdown SBC: Francis Coquelin vs Marcos Acuna - Cheapest Solutions, Who to Pick, Player Review & more

The Showdown SBC has returned!

The promo pits two players who are set to face off in real life against each other in a limited-time squad building challenge.

This week it's Villarreal vs Sevilla as Francis Coquelin and Marcos Acuna go head to head.

Showdown Coquelin vs Acuna Information

The two LaLiga sides are coming up against each other on Tuesday afternoon, but which one will come out on top?

Here is all the information that you need to know.

Start & Expiry Date

Start Date: Saturday, December 26 - 6pm GMT

Expiry Date: Monday, December 28 - 5pm GMT


As we have already alluded too, there are two separate SBC's depending on which player you are going to opt for.

Marcos Acuna

We'll start with the home side and their Argentinian fullback, Marcos Acuna.

EA are asking for two squads in return for the Sevilla man, the requirements for both are as follows.


  • LaLiga Players: Minimum One
  • Team of the Week Players: Minimum One
  • Squad Rating: Minimum 83
  • Team Chemistry: Minimum 80
  • Reward: One Small Prime Gold Players Pack


  • Argentinian Players: Minimum One
  • Team of the Week Players: Minimum One
  • Squad Rating: Minimum 85
  • Team Chemistry: Minimum 70
  • Reward: One Prime Mixed Players Pack

Francis Coquelin

Representing the visitors is Villarreal's Francis Coquelin.

Here is what EA are wanting in return for the French holding midfielder.

National Duty

  • French Players: Minimum One
  • Squad Rating: Minimum 84
  • Team Chemistry: Minimum 70
  • Reward: One Jumbo Premium Gold Pack


  • LaLiga Players: Minimum One
  • Squad Rating: Minimum 86
  • Team Chemistry: Minimum 50
  • Reward: One Rare Mixed Players Pack

Estimated Costs

At the time of writing, the estimated costs for both SBC's are as follows.

Marcos Acuna

  • PlayStation: 170k
  • Xbox: 170k

Francis Coquelin

  • PlayStation: 254k
  • Xbox: 258k

Who to Pick?

The biggest question of all though, is who to pick?

We will start by saying that they are both very impressive cards in their own right, although we're not sure that we need another special Argentinian fullback!

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Coquelin however, is a very good addition.

LaLiga lacks in top quality central midfielders, especially ones with decent pace, with Coquelin likely to be a very popular choice.

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But another key element to consider, is that the winner of this game will see a +2 to their overall, with both players jumping up one rating in the result of a draw.

Sevilla is the bookmaker's favourites for the game, but Villarreal are no mugs.

In fact, the visitors hold a three-point advantage over their opponents and have lost just once all season.

We'd say a draw is the most likely result tomorrow, but in a game as close as this, it really could go either way.

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