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The 5 best FIFA 23 budget Premier League centre-backs

FIFA 23 is now finally here! The game is available to play on a 10- hour trial via EA access from the 23rd of September.

Those who have pre-ordered the Ultimate Edition of the game can then start playing the full game from the 27th of September, whilst the full game is out for those who buy the standard edition from the 30th of September.


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One of the biggest selling points of the FIFA franchise is, of course, Ultimate Team. This is a game mode within FIFA that allows players to create their ultimate team, hence the name, through buying players on the transfer market within the game, earning them through objectives or buying packs with either FIFA points or in-game coins.

Best budget Premier League centre-backs on FIFA Ultimate Team

The key to having a successful Ultimate Team throughout the game cycle generally starts with an effective budget team.

The Premier League is one of the most popular leagues to build your starter team with, due to the number of quality players across the division as well as it’s popularity within the real world.

And now, ahead of the full launch of FIFA 23, 101 highlighted the best cheap Premier League centre-backs on Ultimate Team this year.

1. Ben Godfrey (Everton) – 77

If you find yourself really low on coins at the beginning of the game, or want to spend plenty on your frontline and make do with your defence, then Everton’s Ben Godfrey could be a sensible option.

He may well fall short against some of the best attackers in the game, but he should be more than good enough to handle the majority of opponents.

2. William Saliba (Arsenal) – 80

The Arsenal man could be in line for an in-form card in TOTW one, which may make his availability a little less ‘budget’ to start with.

However, in the longer run, 6ft4 centre-back Saliba could prove quite the pick up. 80 rated with 78 pace to his name and 83 interceptions and strength as well as 84 standing tackles, he could be a solid offering. However, he may be let down by his 50 balance, which could prove a problem against the nippier forwards and in wide areas.

3. Moussa Niakhate (Nottingham Forest) – 78

Switching the Bundesliga for a relegation scrap in the Premier League, Niakhate could now become a cheap beast in the English top flight this season.

Blessed with 79 pace, the Frenchman has solid stats in all defending and physical categories, which could make him quite the all round defender.

His pace is both a blessing and a curse, however. He is quick, with 87 sprint speed, but has only 69 acceleration, meaning that catching up to attackers in short bursts may be something of a problem.

4. Joe Gomez (Liverpool) – 81

Though he is struggling on the pitch so far this season, Gomez could be a FIFA players nightmare once more this season if he turns out for their opponents.

Handed 80 pace, including 85 sprint speed, and coupled with 81 defending, he looks set to be a rock at the heart of any starter team defence in the opening weeks of the game cycle.

Where he may let you down is with his passing, with just 78 short passing and a meagre 65 long passing. But, if paired with a better passer, he could be a shrewd addition to your side.

5. Manuel Akanji (Manchester City) – 81

Probably the best option out of the five, Akanji could be on the pricier side to begin with but is likely to come down fast due to his 81 rating, meaning that he will be packed often.

The Manchester City man 77 pace, so he is not the quickest on this list, but he makes up for this with 83 defensive awareness, 84 standing tackle and 83 reactions, while he also possesses 84 jumping and 82 strength.

At 6ft2, he is unlikely to be beaten in the air either, and could score a few himself from set pieces.

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