FIFA Ultimate Team: where to start

Ultimate Team can be daunting when you first load up FIFA 16. However, if you want a place to start, look no further than a familiar looking Scottish Premiership side.

In this article, I will explain why a 4-2-3-1 (2) formation is the way to go and earn some easy coins in the season campaign and the first few cup competitions.

Let us look at a goalkeeper first. You are looking for the carded stats that are well rounded. Speed is not too important as is kicking, you can get away with them being a little lower.

I chose Neil Alexander to stand in between the sticks, his diving, handling, reflexes and positioning is of a tier higher than his overall ranking. With that in mind, it is a no-brainer that he is the stopper you want right at the back and with a three-star weak foot, he can dispell any pressure with a pass back with ease.

In defence, speed is not as important as it was in previous iterations of the game. However, you do not want a slouch and you want the type of physicality that can mix it with the most difficult of target men.

At centre-half, you want a pair that is ideally left footed and right, one the more ball-playing defender, the other more the rough and tumble type that can ease the striker off the ball.

A combination that I have found that works well is St.Johnstone’s Tam Scobbie and Motherwell’s Louis Laing. The Scot is your more traditional clogger, that can press the ball a bit and get amongst the attacker.

The Steelman can sit back a bit and clean up anything that get past Scobbie. He is a handful of inches taller than his partner at the back and is more of the modern day defender who can get around the pitch with relative ease but has the physicality to get up and win headers in both boxes.

In the full-back area, you can balance it out with one being more attacking than the other. If you take Kilmarnock’s Darryl Westlake and Aberdeen’s custodian Andrew Considine. Westlake will overlap the wide midfielder and give his opposite number a headache with the overload. Considine will sit in and play narrower, and be a makeshift centre-back when you are in the ascendancy.

The midfield is where the excitement comes into play. You can change the formation to a 4-1-4-1 and fit the midfielders into the side. However, you may prefer to get the best out of the side by playing Morgaro Gomis and Pallard√≥ defensively and playing Barry Robson in an attacking role. I say this because the latter pairing have a high work rate when it comes to the opponents controlling possession, whereas the Dons’ elder statesman is a threat from set pieces with some of the best stats for dead balls that you will come across in the game. His range of passing at that level is second to none as well.

In the wide areas, pace and directness is what will give you the best chance to create goals. David Amoo and Tobi Obadeyi are real merchants of speed, and will help the front man create some space when these two and pulling the defence all around the shop when they are bearing down into the box.

Josh Magennis is a real good option as a striker. The Northern Irishman is much maligned in real life for his seeming inability to hit the back of the net on a regular basis. However, Magennis is the athlete that you want in a one up top system. A strong, fast individual gives him a complete forward feel, as he is adept at holding it up to bring others into play or run onto a well-timed through ball from Robson. Yes, his shot is nothing spectacular, but in a straight shoot-out between himself and Mario Bilate, it is the Killie hitman every day of the week for me.


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