FIFA 16 Great Players – Don’t give them a chance

There’s no getting away from the fact that in football, and FIFA 16, goals are the only thing that matters. It’s a simple game and in FIFA 16 it can often come down to which side has got the better finishers. With that in mind we decided to create the best FIFA 16 Finishing XI for our latest Squawka FIFA 16 Challenge.

This challenge is slightly different to our bad positioning XI. Whereas that one focused on building a terrible team that would be difficult to play with this is trying to assemble a team that is going to ooze goals. This team has goals from all areas and you should be looking to outscore your opponents rather than focusing on defending.

We’ve kept this at just Premier League players and we’ve also kept it as gold players although we may care about the latest Fifa 16 news and below one later on in the year. Your challenge is to try and assemble this team either in Ultimate Team or in kick-off and just have a go playing with them. This is the FIFA 16 Finishing XI.

GK: Ben Foster – West Bromwich Albion
Foster has never scored in the Premier League, although he was lobbed by Paul Robinson when at Watford but yet his finishing stat of 18 is the highest of any gold keeper in the Premier League. We’re a bit surprised we’ll be honest but maybe one day Foster will show exactly what he can do in front of goal.

RB: Seamus Coleman – Everton
Just like last year Coleman is in the team at right-back with a very impressive finishing stat of 65. He is one of the best right-backs in the Premier League and he has nine goals in the league since the start of 2013-14 season. A lot of attacks for Everton go through Coleman and it’s easy to see why.

CB: Chancel Mbemba – Newcastle United
Like Coleman Mbemba hasn’t scored this season but he too has nine goals since the start of the 2013-14 season. He has shown himself to be a bit of a threat from set-pieces and if Newcastle’s form continues to pick up his goal tally could rise as well. His finishing stat is 57.

CB: Jan Vertonghen – Tottenham Hotspur
Rather awkwardly Vertonghen the fourth player on this list who hasn’t actually score a goal this season in the league and after an initially bright start his goals have dried up a bit. Nevertheless his finishing stat of 60 is the most of any centre-back in the league and we’re still not sure why this wasn’t allowed.

LB: Leighton Baines – Everton
Baines is the third member of the back four who was in the team last season although his finishing stat of 70 was closely challenged by Aston Villa new boy Jordan Amavi (69). Baines hasn’t actually played in the league due to injury and we’re a little surprised his finishing is so high when the majority of his goals come from set-pieces.

RM: Alexis Sanchez – Arsenal
Ah finally, someone who has actually scored some goals this season. Sanchez has nine in his last five for both club and country and he really is in excellent form at the moment. His finishing stat is up at 85 and give he scored 25 goals in all competitions last season it’s easy to see why.

CM: Kevin De Bruyne – Manchester City
Okay so De Bruyne isn’t technically a central midfielder but in this team we had to have him in. He’s already scored three goals in the Premier League since joining Manchester City and the first strike against West Ham was a fantastic finish.

CM: Yaya Toure – Manchester City
Alongside De Brune in the middle is his City team-mate Toure who matches his finishing stat of 82. Both players have reputations for goals and the sheer number of goals from across the team is part of the reason why City are such a dangerous team.

LM: Eden Hazard – Chelsea
Last season Hazard managed 14 goals in the Premier League and although he’s yet to get off the mark this season there’s no doubting the Belgian’s ability, he’s just in a bad patch of form. In fact if anything he’s probably guilty of not shooting enough and looking for the pass instead.

ST: Diego Costa – Chelsea
When Diego Costa doesn’t try to wind-up defenders and focuses on his football he is actually rather good at football and is one of the best strikers around. The joy of FIFA 16 is that unless you tell him to he won’t go off trying to fight someone. It is no surprise that he is back in this team with a finishing of 90.

ST: Sergio Aguero – Manchester City
It was absolutely ridiculous that Aguero wasn’t on this list last season and it’s still a bit dodgy that his finishing isn’t ahead of Costa’s (for reference they’re both level at 90). Maybe EA have docked him a point because he can’t stay fit for more than a month at a time. Just imagine if he could though…


Against a bunch of players in FIFA 16

My guess is that the matchmaking is designed for more than just giving you a fair match.

Sure, you’ll get matches in your division against other players with a similar skill level.

But I also think that matchmaking also takes into account connection quality. I don’t know about you guys, but I’d rather play someone a little bit better or worse with a solid connection than play someone on the other side of the world that has an identical skill level, but has an absolutely shitty connection that makes the game a lag fest.

Also, I think EA wants to keep your Fifa 16 account safe. I bet they put you against a bunch of players at a lower skill level than you so that you win a bunch of matches in a row, and then after going on a big winning streak, they put you against better players until eventually they put you back against inferior players. Half the games you play will be against players at your actual skill level, so when you’re being put against better players, the best you can really hope to do is hold your division.


See, EA says they do this, but I am constantly paired up with people who have utterly shitty connections (I know it’s not mine because if it was I would never see green latency or have a smooth game). This could easily be due to EA’s own shitty servers but I thought 1v1 matches were peer to peer.

I bet they put you against a bunch of players at a lower skill level than you so that you win a bunch of matches in a row, and then after going on a big winning streak, they put you against better players until eventually they put you back against inferior players.

That’s basically what happens with the ELO system. Let’s say your ELO rating is 1000. You may play and win a few games with people within 10 points of 1000 (similar skill level). Each win gives you rating points so lets say after a bunch of wins (some pretty lucky) youre at 1100. The players you are matched up with around 1100 Fifa coins now are actually better than you and you lose several games and are now back to 1000.

The reasons you usually play people in 1 is probably because there are less divisions around you when you’re in Div 1 and there are more people in there than the divisions I was playing in. I don’t know why you’re arguing this point. Look at the f-ing data. Being thrown in with players with crappy connections has nothing to do with how players are ranked and matched based on that ranking. Nothing is going to fix that besides everyone playing on the same quality connection.