FIFA 21 Showdown SBC: Nathan Ake vs Giovani Lo Celso Review

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It's cup final week, and EA have taken full advantage.

They have reignited the Showdown SBC, as they pit Manchester City's Nathan Ake up against Tottenham Hotspur's Giovani Lo Celso.


Both sides have had hectic weeks with regards to the European Super League, whilst Spurs have also got a new manager at the helm after dismissing Jose Mourinho on Monday.

But both sides will look to put off the field problems behind them and secure their first piece of major silverware of the season, which of the two should you select though?

Latest News - Ake secures upgrade

The full-time whilstle has gone at Wembley, and Manchester City have made it four Carabao Cup's in a row!

Aymeric Laporte's header 10 minutes from time means that it is Nathan Ake who will be taking home the upgrade.

An 89 OVR will be applied to the Dutch defender in the coming days.


The two SBC's went live in FIFA 21's Ultimate Team on Wednesday, April 21st and will remain in game for three days before expiring at 6pm GMT on Saturday, April 24th.

Ratings & Upgrades

Both Lo Celso and Ake have seen significant upgrades to their base cards, with the Spurs man jumping to an 88 whilst Ake has been upgraded to an 87.

If either side pick up the win in the 90 minutes regulation time, then their respective player will be upgraded with a +2 to their overall.

Should the game be decided via extra time or penalties, both cards will be upgraded by one, regardless of who goes on to lift the trophy.



The esimtated costs for the two SBC's are quite similar, though it is Ake who comes in at a slightly higher price.

Nathan Ake will set you back 245,000 coins on PlayStaion, 245,000 coins on Xbox or 290,000 coins on PC.

Giovani Lo Celso will set you back 200,000 coins on PlayStation, 195,000 coins on Xbox or 240,000 coins on PC.

You can opt to complete both should you wish and, if you are predicting a draw, then it might not be such a bad idea to do so.


It's been a tough week for both, but we can't look past Manchester City in this one.


Pep Guardiola's side have been dominant in this competition in recent seasons, winning it in four of the last five, and, after disappointment in the FA Cup last weekend, we are expecting them to bounce back.

Spurs are expected to be without talismanic forward Harry Kane, whilst their prepartions will have been heavily disrupted by the sacking of Jose Mourinho on Monday.

Expect to see City in in 90 minutes, and therefore, an 89-rated Nathan Ake should be arriving in Ultimate Team next week.

Who to Complete

Despite us tipping Ake for the upgrade, the Lo Celso card is VERY good!

The Argentine has quality all over his card, with 4* skills to complement his attacking abilites. Though his 3* weak foot is a bit disappointing at this stage of the game.


With an upgrade - albeit unlikely - this could be one of the best central midfielders in the game, and at under 200k, it's not that big of a risk.

Nathan Ake on the other hand, whilst he's more expensive, he is a super meta player.

83-rated pace, 80-rated dribbling and 78-rated passing make the Dutch centre back one of the Premier League's best ball playing defenders, and that's without the expected upgrade.

He's a premium player at a premium cost, but we'll be completing him.