FIFA 18 Ultimate Team: TOTW 9 COUNTDOWN predictions for PS4 and Xbox One | Gaming | Entertainment

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The new FIFA 18 TOTW will be launched at around 6pm GMT today, on PS4, Xbox One, PC and Nintendo Switch.

EA Sports reveal their official lineup a few hours before release, with international football dominating the footy scene this week.

The chosen players will get a special stat boost from EA, based on how well they have performed during real-life fixtures.

Ultimate Team fans will then be able to get them in Gold, Silver or Bronze packs.

There’s no way for certain of knowing which 23 players will be in the FIFA 18 TOTW line-up, although predictions have been made.

With the majority of nations taking part in friendlies and World Cup play-offs, there’s been plenty of top class performances which could be worthy of a ratings boost.

Croatia cruised past Greece while Sweden edged out Italy to secure their spots in next summer’s tournament, while Belgium and Mexico played out a thrilling 3-3 draw in Heysel.

Meanwhile, despite the Premier League taking a weekend off there was still decent action in the lower divisions as players from the third and fourth tiers caught the eye.

The official FUT Team of the Week will be released later today, but Express Sport have had a go at predicting which red-hot stars could make up the latest squad.

You can find those FIFA 18 TOTW 9 predictions in the gallery above.

It follows news of a new FIFA 18 patch being rolled out on nearly every major platform this week.

The FIFA 18 1.05 update looks to remove a new exploit found by fans to help beat the computer when it comes to FUT battles.

EA Sports explains: “This update includes the following change, which was made because some players were using an unintended gameplay mechanic to beat the computer on higher difficulty levels in FUT Squad Battles.”

As mentioned above, EA have now removed the chance for the CPU AI controlled player to receive a second yellow card when trying to push or pull an opponent, with the exception of an attacker who is through on goal and 1 on 1 with the keeper.

This was apparently being used by enough people to warrant a response from the development team, who also confirmed that this would not impact on human controlled players.

While this was one of the only major things changed in the last build of the game, EA have released patch notes to explain how things with the AI works.

To better explain the changes, EA provided some additional context around how the CPU team plays the game.

“The CPU plays the game as you would, limited by the same input restrictions as a human player is,” the patch notes explain.

“This means that the CPU team has an active player, just like you do, which we call the CPU AI controlled player.

A CPU AI controlled player exists in the following circumstances:

  • On a team with no human players.
  • For example, the CPU controlled team in Squad Battles.
  • On a team with human players who are all locked to specific players, that also has CPU teammates.

“For example, a Pro Clubs team, with less than 11 human players, with no ANY player.”

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