With a new football season upon us, it means that the next edition of the table-topping FIFA franchise is also around the corner. With its release scheduled for later this month, it is fair to say that the anticipation from its fans is continuing to build.
Each year, the franchise’s creators Electronic Arts reveal a whole raft of tweaks and new features to make sure that it wards off competition from its perennial rival, Pro Evolution Soccer, which is crafted by the legendary Japanese studio Konami.
And although this summer there has been a headline-making transfer in the shape of Cristiano Ronaldo swapping Real Madrid for Italian giants Juventus, there has also been a big switch in the digital football environment.
This change comes in the shape of FIFA now having the Champions League licence as part of their latest release. Something that means you can now play in Europe’s elite club competition and lead the likes of Barcelona and Manchester City to glory.
And looking at the football betting for this competition, it is Pep Guardiola’s all-star squad that currently find themselves favourites with Bet365 at a price of 9/2 to win the competition for the first time while Catalan outfit Barcelona are hot on their heels at 6/1. The winner of that tournament won’t be discovered until May 2019, however, you will be able to get your hands on the trophy a lot sooner should you be fortunate enough to lead your team to continental console dominance.
With 32 of Europe’s biggest clubs in the competition, the question will be just who will you take control of?
Will it be Real Madrid who have won the last three editions of the tournament and also an incredible four out of the last five.
However, as mentioned they can no longer rely on the talents of Cristiano Ronaldo who has swapped La Liga for Serie A. The sale of the Portuguese star will undoubtedly make the task tougher for new Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui and it will be a lot more difficult for you too. Or will you plump for Juventus themselves now that they can call on the iconic Ronaldo? Many have felt that the Turin outfit have lacked that true bit of quality to get them over the line. That’s a point reinforced by final defeats in both 2015 and 2017. If he does not prove to be the difference maker, then it could well be PSG who deliver a first Champions League title. Many column inches were written over the course of the summer over the possible sale of both Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.
The fact that the dominant force in France managed to keep hold of both of them is good for news for PSG, but bad news for opposition defences. Especially when you consider that Mbappe will be playing off the back of a win in this year’s World Cup.
Whoever you choose, it will certainly be an element of the game that enhances the FIFA series. Arguably this has been the missing piece of the jigsaw over the past years, and one that is now in place and will further solidify this game’s standing as the master of video game football.