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FIFA Futmas: SBC player predictions based on shirt number

  • Every year, the FIFA Futmas winter event brings new challenges and rewards
  • This year, the Futmas SBCs are counting shirt numbers down from 30 to 1
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By Matt Porter For Mailonline

Published: 11:07 EST, 19 December 2017 | Updated: 11:07 EST, 19 December 2017

On the first day of Christmas EA gave to us: Squad Builder Challenges for Michail Antonio, Serge Gnabry, and Cesar Azpilicueta.

Up until December 24, three new SBCs are being released every day for a limited time with some tasty rewards.

We won't know exactly who will be involved each day, but the shirt numbers are counting down from 30 to 1, so we can make a few educated guesses.

Every year, the festive event in FIFA brings a number of new challenges and winter rewards

Every year, the festive event in FIFA brings a number of new challenges and winter rewards

This year there are three new Squad Builder Challenge per day, counting down from 30 to 1This year there are three new Squad Builder Challenge per day, counting down from 30 to 1

This year there are three new Squad Builder Challenge per day, counting down from 30 to 1

While it would be easy to simply go for the most expensive or the most popular player for each shirt number, a lot of them have special cards already.

So far, EA Sports has been giving a few under appreciated players the nod, and we expect that to continue.

December 19 – #18-16

A number of Premier League options for #18, including Jermain Defoe, Nacho Monreal, Gareth Barry, and Gylfi Sigurdsson. Sigurdsson has a couple of special cards already though, as does Defoe. It's possible we could see Jordi Alba making an appearance.

There are a lot of popular options for #17 too, including Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Kevin De Bruyne. Jerome Boateng could be a monster is he gets an upgraded card though.

Plenty of players wear the #16 shirt, but there aren't many stand out choices. For a Serie A option, why not Daniele De Rossi of AS Roma?

December 20 – #15-13

Daniel Sturridge got a special Halloween card, so he probably won't get a Christmas themed one. It could be a centre back in the form of Eric Dier or Andrea Barzagli.

As for the number #14, Chelsea's Tiemoue Bakayoko is certainly a popular pick in FIFA 18 right now.

A lot of keepers use the #13 shirt, so it's likely we'll see one here. Thibaut Courtois is an obvious choice, and he hasn't got a special card yet this season.

December 21 – #12-10

The #12 SBC could go to either Olivier Giroud, Chris Smalling, or Marcelo, it's tough to call.

As you can imagine, the next few shirt numbers are absolutely stacked with players from all over the world. #11 alone has the likes of Ozil, Rodriguez, Bale, Di Maria, Salah, Dembele, Reus, and Martial. We reckon they're going to go for the Manchester United man.

As for #10, it's even tougher to choose. Harry Kane already has plenty of special cards, as does Lionel Messi. One slightly more obscure option is Dutchman Quincy Promes who's been having a stellar year for Spartak Moscow.

December 22 – #9-7

Take your pick from just about any striker for the #9 shirt SBC. Someone like Lewandowski would be an obvious choice, but what about Mario Balotelli, who has been banging in goals recently?

Up until his recent injury, Aaron Ramsey was quietly having another one of those excellent runs of form for Arsenal. He could soon be rewarded with a festive card.

Cristiano Ronaldo hasn't had an In-Form card yet this season, which is uncharacteristic. So far EA hasn't been going for the most obvious choice though, so we expect someone like James Milner.

December 23 – #6-4

We're getting into defender territory now, although the likes of Pogba and Marco Verratti wear the #6 shirt. Burnley have a pretty good defensive record this season, and we think Ben Mee will get this one.

West Ham have seen a revival under Sam Allardyce, and could their newfound defensive skill see Pablo Zabaleta rewarded with a festive SBC?

Serie A teams would love to see an upgraded Radja Nainggolan, but it's possible we could see another defender. What about Manchester United's Phil Jones?

December 24 – #3-1

Surprisingly, Pique hasn't had a special card this season, despite Barcelona starting to run away with La Liga. Perhaps he could see one in a few days time.

Swansea's Wilfried Bony managed to bag his first couple of goals of the season recently, so maybe he'll get a Christmas present a day early.

Only goalkeepers wear the #1 shirt, and picking the right one out of the scores to be found in FIFA 18 is an impossible task. Despite letting in four goals against Hannover, Bayer Leverkusen are having a decent season so far, so let's go for Bernd Leno.

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