Australia welcome back captain Mile Jedinak as the Socceroos face undefeated China PR in the AFC Asian Cup quarter-finals on Thursday, with Korea Republic and Uzbekistan also squaring off for a semi-final berth. For AFC Asian Cup,of course, you can also take part with FIFA 15 coins to play in FIFA 15.
Jedinak returns for the Socceroos after injuring an ankle in the tournament’s opening fixture, while talisman Tim Cahill and forwards Robbie Kruse and Mathew Leckie are also expected to start. Australia boss Ange Postecoglou rested the trio for Saturday’s 1-0 final Group A loss to South Korea but the coach cannot take any risks against the Chinese with a last-four spot up for grabs.
Postecoglou is also expected to replace suspended centre-back Matthew Spiranovic with K-League defender Alex Wilkinson for the match in Brisbane. China boss Alain Perrin will wait to the last minute to see if his inspirational skipper, Zheng Zhi, is fit after the midfielder injured his back in Sunday’s win over Korea DPR. The 34-year-old captain is crucial to China’s bid for a first-ever Asian Cup title as they look for a fourth consecutive victory Down Under.
Former Portsmouth boss Perrin believes the Aussies are the favourites, however, because they are at home and have had more time to prepare. “We have one day less recovery time than Australia,” said the Frenchman. The winner could meet defending champions Japan in the semis on Tuesday, with Samurai Blue tackling United Arab Emirates on Friday.
Mirallas appeared to ignore his team-mates when he picked up the ball to take a penalty instead of spot-kick expert Leighton Baines just before half-time at Goodison Park. And the winger’s risky decision backfired as his penalty hit a post and he was then taken off by Everton manager Roberto Martinez moments later at half-time. And you can’t ignore oueself team with FIFA 15 coins to play with our best friends in FIFA 15.
Mirallas’s actions, which came just days after he was linked with a potential move to Tottenham or German side Borussia Dortmund, will be interpreted as a selfish attempt to seize the spotlight. But more significantly, his miss means Martinez’s troubled team are now without a win in their last eight matches in all competitions and sit only four points above the Premier League relegation zone.
With a scene from Sylvester Stallone’s new Rocky movie being filmed at half-time, both Everton and Albion were sorely lacking a knockout punch in a dour encounter. Unsurprisingly given their recent struggles, Martinez’s men looked short of confidence and when Baines had their first shot, the left-back was unable to get enough power behind it to trouble Albion goalkeeper Ben Foster.
It was a huge blunder by the Belgian and Martinez appeared to waste little time laying down the law to his rebellious star as he hauled off Mirallas at half-time and sent on Bryan Oviedo in his place. The controversy could have destabilised Everton, but they pushed hard in the second half and Lukaku’s shot was blocked when the burly striker tried to bulldoze his way through.
EA has now released the TOTY midfielders into FIFA 15 Ultimate Team and you can grab them now from Gold packs if you are lucky enough. Next up, is the FIFA 15 TOTY strikers release time for Ronaldo and Messi. And you can play with Ronaldo or Messi with some FIFA 15 coins in FIFA 15.
We hope you have saved up your coins since launch, as you are going to need millions if you plan to get hold of Ronaldo or Messi on Friday. Once again, we can tell you that the FIFA 15 TOTY strikers release time for UK is 6pm on Friday January 16 – the same time when the midfielders will disappear.
For Pacific Time, that is 10am PST or 1pm Eastern Time for FIFA fans over in the US. We have to apologise firstly, as we thought Robben would be released yesterday with the midfielders. In actual fact though, EA are going to put him in the strikers pot so you will be able to pick up all three tomorrow starting at 6pm GMT.
How lucky are you feeling though? We already told you about the ‘world’s first’ Iniesta in a pack live reaction, as one lucky YouTuber managed to pick out Iniesta’s amazing 95 TOTY card within hours of EA launching. Hopefully some of you will get lucky with Ronaldo TOTY or Messi TOTY for FIFA 15 too. Let us know how your luck has gone so far with opening packs and how much coins you’ve spent.
All football fans are currently celebrating the reveal of the winner of the Ballon d’Or award and the of the ideal team of the year and those who are also playing FIFA 15 with FIFA 15 coins can at the moment pick up the special packs that EA Sports is putting together in order to show off its own Team of the Year line-up for the Ultimate Team mode.
Manuel Neuer, the much lauded goalkeeper of Bayern, is the first player that all gamers will notice in the top eleven created by the development studio. His defensive line is made up of four players, each of them a solid performer during the past year: David Luiz, Thiago Silva, Philip Lahm and Sergio Ramos, with a mix of tackling power and offensive bursts.
In midfield the three players that need to create phases and deliver passes are: Angel Di Maria, Kroos and Andres Iniesta. The attack was already confirmed as involving Cristiano Ronaldo, who managed to win the Ballon d’Or, and Lionel Messi and the pair is joined by a surprise pick: Robben.
FIFA 15 are already discussing the merits of all the players involved, who are being made avaialble starting with the goalkeeper and the defenders.
FIFA relies on the popularity of Ultimate Team
Since the Ultimate Team for the football sim series was introduced it has attracted a solid number of active players, some of which are willing to spend real world money in order to give their own team a boost and make them more competitive in the long term. This has created a good and constant new revenue stream for Electronic Arts.
The launch of the Team of the Year for Ultimate Team is designed as a big event around which the community can coagulate, discussing the picks made and how each of the players can be used to boost a player first eleven. EA Sports is at the moment also working on a full patch for FIFA 15, which will reflect all the transfers that take place in the January window in the big championships.
We are excited about the upcoming FIFA 15 January transfer update as anyone else, but one potential transfer that could be happening this Summer has become the talk on social media overnight. But if we have some FIFA 15 coins to play, then we can the talk on social media overnight.
Messi to Chelsea is what everyone is talking about at the moment, after Lionel Messi ‘followed’ the official Chelsea FC instagram page as well as several Chelsea players hours ago.
As you can imagine, Chelsea fans have gone into social overdrive on this, taking this as a confirmation that he will be leaving Barcelona to join the London club – if you can believe that.
Reports elsewhere suggest that the club are willing to pay ￡250m to make it happen, but even then we still don’t see Messi ever leaving Barcelona. FIFA 15 players love to keep an eye on transfer activity in January and the upcoming Summer, but we think this is one prediction that sadly will never come true.
It’s also worth pointing out that Messi also follows Manchester City on Instagram as well, but this appears to be a classic case of a rumor catching alight and all hell breaking lose.
Fans have already started to dream of seeing Lionel Messi in a Chelsea shirt, but are you more realistic in believing that this move will never happen?