With the NRL season currently on hold, the Brisbane Broncos have found a way to satisfy their competitive urges by creating an intraclub FIFA20 challenge.
Our in-house EA Sports Savant has taken a look at a couple of the opening matchups and provided his best betting plays below!
We’re set for backline battle between Jordan Kahu and Jesse Arthars in the opening round of the Brisbane Broncos FIFA Challenge.
Jordan Kahu has selected to play with Borussia Dortmund, a team full of talented and versatile attacking players much like himself.
Dortmund have a FIFA20 rating of 83 and are led by their talisman striker Marco Reus (88), other key players include Jordan Sancho (84), Mats Hummels (87), Axel Witsel (85), among a raft of other international stars.
Wing bolter Jesse Arthars will be playing with Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspurs, an interesting choice from the youngster who would have still been in primary school the last time the Spurs claimed a piece of silverware (That is if you consider the Carling Cup a worthwhile trophy).
Despite their lack of trophies the Spurs are also ranked 83 overall on FIFA, with superstars such as Harry Kane (89), Cristian Eriksen (88) and Heung Min Son (87) leading the charge at the top of the field.
With little to no insight into Jordan and Jesse’s actual gaming abilities I’ll be basing my tip off team selection.
When it comes to rank amateur FIFA matchups, speed is everything and Dortmund possess a handful of attacking live wires of which the very best defensive sides would struggle to keep at bay.
My tip is that Kahu will be bombing the ball long and wide to the likes of Reus, Hazard and Sancho, with the crafty wingers set to make Hugo Lloris’s life a living hell between the sticks.
Next up we have the injury stricken utility Jack Bird going toe to toe with Brisbane veteran Andrew McCullough.
Jack Bird has no doubt had his fair share of couch time following an ACL rupture during preseason, whether or not he has taken this opportunity to brush up on his FIFA skill is yet to be determined.
The Broncos star signing has decided to play with German Champions Bayern Munich, who are rated 85 overall and are spearheaded by one of if not the world’s best striker in Robert Lewandowski (89)!
Bayern are an extremely well balanced team, from their powerful striker, to their zippy wingers in Gnabry and Coman and their technically gifted midfielders in Coutinho, Thiago and Muller, not to mention one of the best goal keepers going around in Manuel Neuer!
Andrew McCullough on the other hand has decided to play with Real Madrid, a piss weak move if you ask me.
The 30 year old fossil probably thinks Ronaldo still leads the line for the Los Blancos (and I’m talking about fat Ron).
Without Cristiano gracing the Bernabeu Real Madrid look a class below the likes of Bayern, despite out-ranking them 86 to 85, largely thanks to midfield duo Modric (90) and Kroos (88).
Andrew will no doubt have his arthritis riddled hand full with the dynamic attacking unit of Jack Bird’s Bayern Munich side (assuming they remain injury free).
I’m tipping a Jack Bird to fly away with this one, with McCullough begging for a rematch on FIFA 98.