FIFA 16 Winter Upgrades Prediction – Players Shortlist

FIFA 16 Winter Upgrades Prediction - Players Shortlist

 
 
 

Everyone wants to know which players will be improved in FIFA 16. Here it is our FIFA 16 Winter Upgrades players shortlist.

 
 
 
 

FIFA 16 Winter Upgrades Introduction

 

Unlike what happens in another game modes, the players in FIFA 16 Ultimate Team aren’t automatically updated throughout the season according to their appearances in real life. Some may receive In Form cards, but most players remain with the characteristics they were given at the start of the season. In Ultimate Team, upgrades are made through the release of new cards in determined periods: in Summer and in Winter Upgrades seasons. This last one happens in February and rewards the players who stood out the most along the first half of the season.

The community wants to know who are the players that will be upgraded and we are here to help them. We conducted an analysis to the IF cards assigned to each player compared to the H2H rating improvements. We also combined these conclusions to the stats of several leagues in the current season to create a players shortlist with good chances to get an UP card. Remember that this is only a prediction. It doesn’t mean that these players will be upgraded. They have good chances but it is not guaranteed.

 
 
 
 

FIFA 16 Winter Upgrades Prediction

 

In order to keep things simple, we will analyse only gold players and the best silver players.

 
 
 
 

JAMIE VARDY

Position: ST
League: Barclays PL
Club: Leicester City
IF: 82 (RB)
Prediction: 71 -> 75

If he doesn’t get a new card, no one will get. Vardy scored for an 11th consecutive Premier League match to break former Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record. He is also the BPL top scorer. Not bad for a silver player…

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RIYAD MAHREZ

Position: RM
League: Barclays PL
Club: Leicester City
IF: 74 | 77 | 80
Prediction: 73 -> 76

Vardy is not the only responsible by the amazing campaign of Leicester this season. Mahrez scored almost as many goals as his team mate but made more assists.

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ODION IGHALO

Position: ST
League: Barclays PL
Club: Watford
IF: 74
Prediction: 72 -> 76

This has been a great season for silver players. Ighalo is a good example of that. He doesn’t need to play in one of the most important clubs to have a good performance. He is one of the best scorers in the most amazing league of the world.

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JULIAN WEIGL

Position: CDM
League: Bundesliga
Club: Bor. Dortmund
IF: –
Prediction: 67 -> 74

Weigl made his official debut for Dortmund in August and since then he has been indispensable. He is the biggest surprise of Bundesliga this year.

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KINGSLEY COMAN

Position: ST -> LW
League: Bundesliga
Club: FC Bayern
IF: –
Prediction: 69 -> 77

He’s only 19 buy already played for PSG, Juventus and Bayern. He has been another good surprise, earning a place in the all powerful German champion.

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DELE ALLI

Position: CM
League: Barclays PL
Club: Tottenham Sours
IF: 72
Prediction: 67 -> 72

Yes, another silver player. Alli has been one of the best Tottenham players this year. That should be enough to get a nice upgrade this Winter.

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KELECHI IHEANACHO

Position: ST
League: Barclays PL
Club: Manchester City
IF: –
Prediction: 67 -> 70

It isn’t easy to play in a club like Manchester City, one of the richest of the world. Iheanacho did it and for several times, scoring more than once.

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ANTONIO SANABRIA

Position: ST
League: Liga BBVA
Club: Sporting Gijón
IF: 74 | 78
Prediction: 73 -> 75

Here it is another very young striker who will be upgraded. With so amazing performances, almost sure he will be back from loan to Roma again next season.

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CHRIS SMALLING

Position: CB
League: Barclays PL
Club: Manchester United
IF: –
Prediction: 79 -> 82

As you can see, almost every player we shown here are forwards. Smalling is the exception. His solid performances this year will lead him to an upgrade.

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JACK BUTLAND

Position: GK
League: Barclays PL
Club: Stoke City
IF: 74 | 78
Prediction: 74 -> 79

If you usually play the career mode, then you already know Butland a long time ago. He’s not anymore a wonderkid. He’s a top-quality goalkeeper now.

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KURT ZOUMA

Position: GK
League: Barclays PL
Club: Stoke City
IF: 79 | 80
Prediction: 76 -> 79

It has been a difficult season for Chelsea fans, but they can’t blame Zouma. He’s making a good season.

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LEROY SANÉ

Position: RM
League: Bundesliga
Club: Schalke 04
IF: –
Prediction: 70 -> 75

This young player is one of the surprises of this season. There are rumours that Real Madrid and Barcelona are trying to buy him.

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PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG

Position: ST
League: Bundesliga
Club: Bor. Dortmund
IF: 83 | 84
Prediction: 82 -> 84

Insane. That’s all you nee to know about Aubameyang’s season. He’s the Bundesliga top scorer, with more goals than Lewandowski.

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DOUGLAS COSTA

Position: RM
League: Bundesliga
Club: FC Bayern
IF: 82
Prediction: 81 -> 83

It’s not easy to stand out in a team where Robben and Ribéry play but Douglas Costa did it. Well done, Bayern FC: a great signing.

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KEYLOR NAVAS

Position: GK
League: Liga BBVA
Club: Real Madrid
IF: 80
Prediction: 79 -> 82

Do you remember how good was Navas in the World Cup ? Well, now that Casillas is not anymore in Madrid, his good performances are back!

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HATEM BEN ARFA

Position: RM
League: Ligue 1
Club: OGC Nice
IF: 80
Prediction: 79 -> 81

For who loves 5 star skillers, this one may be one of the most interesting winter upgrades. Ben Arfa is showing in France what Newcastle’s supporters are missing.

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ROMELU LUKAKU

Position: ST
League: Barclays PL
Club: Everton
IF: 81
Prediction: 80 -> 82

This is the year of Lukaku. He is scoring a lot. It is unfair to see him with a lower rating than Benteke. Let’s fix this…

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HÉCTOR BELLERÍN

Position: RB
League: Barclays PL
Club: Arsenal
IF: 74
Prediction: 74 -> 77

He is another good surprise in the Barclays Premier League. A winter upgrade will turn him into a gold player.

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HARRY KANE

Position: ST
League: Barclays PL
Club: Tottenham Spurs
IF: 81 | 82 | 83
Prediction: 78 -> 81

Kane was superb last season. This year he is again one of the best scorers in Barclays PL and already have three in form cards.

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NEYMAR

Position: LW
League: Liga BBVA
Club: FC Barcelona
IF: 89 | 90 | 91 | 97
Prediction: 88 -> 90

Last but not least, Neymar. He was nominated to the FIFA Ballon d’Or which make him the third best player of the world. In that case he needs to be upgraded.

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These 20 players will get an upgrade. But they will not be the only ones.
Here tey are other 20 players with good chances of being upgraded:

    Paulo Dybala 78 -> 81
    Gonzalo Higuaín 84 -> 86
    Jonas 82 -> 83
    Henrikh Mkhitaryan 81 -> 83
    Antoine Griezmann 83 -> 84
    Lorenzo Insigne 81 -> 82
    Laurent Koscielny 83 -> 84
    Diego Godín 85 -> 86
    Serge Aurier 80 -> 81
    Giacomo Bonaventura 78 -> 80
    Jan Oblak 81 -> 82
    Kostas Manolas 82 -> 83
    Domenico Berardi 80 -> 81
    Ángel Di Maria 85 -> 86
    Mesut Özil 87 -> 88
    Robert Lewandowski 87 -> 88
    Islam Slimani 78 -> 80
    Granit Xhaka 81 -> 82
    Joel Matip 80 -> 81
    Ivan Rakitić 84 -> 85

 
 

Remember that these are only predictions. They are based in solid elements but this is not a final list. You probably agree with a few ones and disagree with another ones. Share with us who do you think should be improved in the FIFA 15 Winter upgrades.

 
Note
This list is sorted by the chances of getting an UP card

 
 
 
 
 
 

19 thoughts on “FIFA 16 Winter Upgrades Prediction – Players Shortlist”

  1. Can’t wait for Dybala’ and Griezman’s upgrade! They’ll be beast in my Serie A/BBVA Hybrid!

  2. Hi Rodrigo,
    FIFA posted the upgrades..
    Will this upgraded will effect the one we have..
    Meaning..I already have Aguero and Aubameyang..are they going to be upgraded also or they will just post a new cards to the market..thanks

    1. Rodrigo Lopes (Admin)

      Only IF cards will be upgraded. NIF cards are never upgraded (new cards will be released in packs).
      Check here which cards will be upgraded.

    1. Rodrigo Lopes (Admin)

      We only published the 40 most secure upgrades. There will be much more.

    1. Rodrigo Lopes (Admin)

      He has decent chances to be upgraded. I always loved that player. Pure talent.

  3. Nice article, looks like some good predictions.

    I wonder how many of these players will actually end up in people’s teams…

    Most have of course already rocketed in price, I wonder if they have hit their peak yet, I have a feeling they will rise a little more, but it could be difficult to offload them the closer we get to the upgrade day, I know last year, their prices went insanely high before the upgrades came in and then everyone tried to sell immediately after, but the prices went down as there wasn’t enough demand and everyone was selling for profit.

    E.G. Lukaku I believe came out in high volume as there were a lot of pack offers that week, same with Koscielny (especially!).

    Still, Lukaku will surely be upgraded, but if he ends up at around 100k, would people really choose him for their team instead of 87 rated Aguero, it is an interesting question.

    Kane’s 3rd IF seems a bit rarer – but he is not much more expensive than Lukaku 1st IF at the moment.

    Lukaku has good pace, shooting and physical, I wonder how well the actual upgrade card will perform (the only thing that lets him down a little for me is his dribbling, but I find him a very good player as he is in my fitness squad and scores plenty of goals.

    Rodrigo, I assume that Martial probably won’t get an upgrade as he wasn’t mentioned, he doesn’t have a great rating (77 Regular card), but surely he performs better than this rating?
    He has been very inconsistent though, and even if he gets an upgrade, his first IF card is 2 above his regular, so the IF it may not even get increased?
    I just wonder if his position moves to LM – the ST In-Form @ 79 rating could be worth a bit more, but probably not, as there are better BPL strikers.

    I am most eager to find out if Koscielny gets an upgrade, if he does he will surely be the best defender in the BPL (if his 2nd IF goes from 85 to 86). He could end up as a very good card.

    I assume there will be no more predictions on top of what has been posted so far?

    Thanks again.

    Ed.

    1. Rodrigo Lopes (Admin)

      Hi. Sorry the delay.
      Last year Price ranges were not implemented yet when upgrades came out and that makes a big difference.
      The most experienced players will pick Aguero but there are many people who will choose Lukaku.
      Martial was upgraded. We only mentioned the 40 most secure upgrades but more than 100 players will be upgraded. Both of his IF cards were upgraded and he is still a ST.
      IF Koscielny will be a must buy card for any top BPL squad.
      Yes, this was the only prediction.
      Regards

      1. Thanks, interesting stuff so far, all IF players (that are not top rate) appear to have dropped in price.
        Not sure Lukaku IF will be worth 80k when he is upgraded if it is only by 2 points, he is currently a good player rated at 81, but probably Aguero UP/88 is the best option.

        In the meantime I’m using Alan Shearer, despite having some average-ish stats… dribbling, pace and passing, he seems to outperform these, seems to finish everything, a little over priced but great.

        Rotation fitness team has IF Lukaku and IF Martial up front, seem pretty good.

        Just need to see if IF Payet is worth buying when he is upgraded 🙂

        Thanks.

        Ed.

  4. Hi Rodrigo

    I have the 80 rated Cared (IF) Mahrez. Now if Mahrez gets an upgrade like you predicted to 76, will de 80 rated IF get an upgrade too? Or how does these upgrades work?

    Should I sell the 80 rated IF now, or wait until the release of the upgrades.

    Thank you for your help.

    1. His 80 IF will only get an upgrade if his upgraded card is 77+ (his first IF). So let’s hope, that his upgrade will be +4 minimum…

    2. Rodrigo Lopes (Admin)

      Hi.
      Sorry for the delay.
      As we predicted, he was upgraded to 76.
      We hope you have sold him because he is now much more cheaper.

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