FIFA 21 Showdown SBCs: Dates, Players, Squad Builders, Upgrades, How They Work And Everything Explained

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The fan favourite Showdown Squad Building Challenges are back for FIFA 21 Ultimate Team, giving FUT players the opportunity to use their real world footballing knowledge to predict outcomes of real world fixtures, for potential high end, upgradeable cards!

The first Showdown SBCs have been released this year, with Coquelin and Acuna from Villarreal and Sevilla respectively dropping on December 26th!

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What Are Showdown SBCs?

Showdown SBCs are a fan favourite concept that started back in FUT 20 and allow players to complete SBCs for cards that have the potential to get upgraded based on the outcome of their upcoming real-world fixture.

This concept became a real hit, tying in real-world football into FUT in a new and innovative way, and drew attention to certain fixtures that wouldn’t previously have received such hype, given that upgrades to special cards were on the line!

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How Do Showdown SBCs Work?

Showdown SBCs are a very simple, but very clever concept, that relies on real-world footballing fixtures and results to determine upgrades to cards.

To start off, 2 cards are released as Showdown SBCs for a limited time for an upcoming fixture, usually pitting two relatively equally matched teams against each other that have an interesting or important fixture upcoming.

FUT players can complete both SBCs if they wish if the cards are heavily upgraded from their base versions, or they can ‘bet’ on which teams they think will win the fixture by completing their SBC in hope of a further upgrade.

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Once the SBC expires and the game is played, the Showdown SBC cards receive upgrades based on the result of the fixture.

For the team that wins the fixture, the corresponding Showdown SBC card in-game will receive a +2 OVR Upgrade, further boosting the card to new heights, while the card from the team that lost will remain the same rating.

If the fixture results in a draw, then both cards will receive a +1 OVR Upgrade.

Given the Showdown SBCs already have a boost on the base version of their cards, the fact that there are even more boosts up for grabs make the concept very exciting and engaging!

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Showdown Card Designs

The card designs for Showdown SBCs have been announced!

From left to right, we have the Base Showdown SBC card, which will be the version of the card that is released into SBCs, before the game is played, whereas on the right we have the Upgraded Showdown SBC card, which will be handed out to any cards that receive an upgrade after the fixture has been played.

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Showdown SBC 1 - VILLARREAL (Coquelin) vs SEVILLA (Acuna) - December 26th 2020

The first Showdown of the year has been released, pitting Coquelin of Villarreal and Acuna of Sevilla together.

You can check out Coquelin’s SBC card, requirements and SBC solutions here.

You can check out Acuna’s SBC card, requirements and SBC solutions here.

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To view our full predictions on the fixture, as well as reviews on both cards and all the information on upgrade potential and times, check out our piece here!