Expected Goals is a new stat in FIFA 22 that pops up at the end of each Ultimate Team and Career Mode match, but what does it actually mean? We’ve got the lowdown on what xG is, and how it’s calculated, right here.
FIFA 22 tracks more stats throughout a match than any other game in the series up to this point.
One of the new stats that has been given a lot of credibility in FIFA 22 is Expected Goals, but what exactly does it mean?
What is Expected Goals (xG) in FIFA 22?
Simply put, Expected Goals is the number of times a team “should” have scored based on its performance in the game.
If your Expected Goals is in the fours and fives but the game finished 1-0, it means that you were either slightly wasteful on the attack or the opponent’s goalkeeper was in top form.
Likewise, if the xG is under one but you ran out with a two-goal win, it means you didn’t make many chances but were devastating when they did arise.
How is Expected Goals calculated in FIFA 22?
Each shot you take in FIFA 22 is awarded a rating between zero and one based on how likely it was to fly into the net. Zero being impossible to score and one being almost guaranteed.
A huge amount of factors are taken into account when working out the xG. It would be impossible to list every single one, but these are some of the most important:
- Distance from goal
- Angle to the net
- Type of assist (through-ball, cross ect.)
- Position of defenders
- Type of shot
- Body part (Foot or header)
- Type of attack (such as a counter-attack)
- One v one
At the end of every match, the probability of every shot you had being a goal is added together, and that is the xG stat displayed in the post-game menu.
While having a higher Expected Goals doesn’t necessarily mean a team deserved to win, it is a good indicator of how one-sided a match was.
If your xG is consistently far higher than the number of times you actually score, don’t be afraid to head onto the training pitch and practice the shooting drills.
These can drastically help a player choose the right shot in any given situation, and will give you a better feel of how to work a chance.
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FIFA 22 Team of the Group Stage: Release date & predictions
Ultimate Team players will get their hands on the new Team of the Group Stage promo shortly. Here’s the release date and some names to expect.
The group stage of Europe’s three major club competitions is coming to a close. Ultimate Team fans can expect a Team of the Group Stage promo to hit FIFA 22 very soon. Here’s when you can expect to test these new items as well as who we think could be included in Team 1.
This year, football fans have had the pleasure of watching three European club competitions as opposed to two. The newly created Conference League joined the likes of the UEFA Champions League, and Europa League. Each year, EA Sports celebrates the most dominant players amongst these European competitions through the Team of the Group Stage promotion.
The top performers across these three competitions are set to be honored in FIFA 22. With massive clubs involved, players can expect to get their hands on some excellent cards. Here’s when FIFA 22 Ultimate Team players can expect Team of the Group Stage as well as predictions on the figures to expect.
- Team of the Group Stage release date
- Team of the Group Stage card design
- Team of the Group Stage predictions
Team of the Group Stage Ultimate Team release date
After receiving some incredibly useful cards through the Signature Signings promo, Ultimate Team players are eager to see what’s next. The last matchday of European club competitions is set to take place next week between December 6-8.
It turns out EA has decided to release the promo before the last matches are complete. They are wasting no time in getting new content to players across Ultimate Team.
December 3 is the date to mark on your calendar. On Friday, December 3 at 0 AM PT / 1 PM ET / 6 PM GMT / 7 PM CEST, keep an eye out for the new promo.
FIFA 22 Team of the Group Stage card design
As with past TOTGS promos we’ve seen, the card design isn’t going to display significant differences from the RTTK promo. So far, we’ve seen the TOTGS through leaks. The one major difference is the direction of the line designs in the background.
- Read more: Best defenders in FIFA 22 Career Mode
The RTTK cards all looked fantastic therefore EA probably won’t be changing much. The lime green of the Conference League certainly pops on screen.
Team of the Group Stage Team predictions
The fact that there are three competitions to choose from this year and the same number of spots available means that some top performers are sure to miss out. Competition is fierce this year and only the best of the best will be showcased.
Here are our predictions for who could be included in Team of the Group Stage:
- Sébastien Haller (Ajax)
- Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)
- Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United)
- Pedro Gonçalves (Sporting Lisbon)
- Antonio Rudiger (Chelsea)
- Florian Wirtz (Bayer Leverkusen)
- Wenderson Galeno (Braga)
- Aaron Cresswell (West Ham)
- Cody Gakpo (PSV)
- Pep Biel (FC København)
- Sehrou Guirassy (Stade Rennais)
- Luis Sinisterra (Feyenoord)
That just about covers everything we know about TOGS in Ultimate Team. Make sure to get a look at the team on December 3 and see how it compares to RTTK. Don’t forget, Ultimate Team players who log into the game between December 15 and January 14 will receive a free Next Generation card.
For more FIFA 22 news, stay tuned to CharlieINTEL.
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Ranking FIFA 22 Ultimate Team Signature Signings from worst to best
The Black Friday promo brought Signature Signings player items to FIFA 22 Ultimate Team. Here’s a look at how each of the 16 items ranks.
Ultimate Team players were spoiled throughout the Black Friday event, receiving several excellent Signature Signings player items. Here are a few of the new faces set to dominate FIFA 22.
Ultimate Team’s Signature Signings player items are designed to celebrate some of the most successful transfers in recent times. Some key players have made their mark at their clubs and have earned drastic upgrades. Furthermore, these upgrades are of a permanent variety.
The following payers enjoyed extraordinary debut seasons at their current club. Here’s a list of the best FUT Signature Signings from worst to best.
Best FUT Signature Signings: ranked list
If you were lucky enough to get one of the 14 Signature Signings player items available in packs, chances are you’ve got an above-average player on your hands.
Even if you’ve packed one of the early names on this list, many of the current SBCs available require a Signature Signings item. Therefore, even a Signature Signings player you don’t intend on using has a lot of value.
- Raul Jiménez
- Jesper Karlsson
- Ridle Baku
- Andrej Kramaric
- Marcus Edwards
- Gelson Martins
- Axel Witsel
- Edouard Mendy
- Diego Carlos
- Milan Škriniar
- Youcef Atal
- Rúben Dias
- Marcos Llorente
- Renato Sanches
- Kevin De Bruyne
- Wissam Ben Yedder
The five best Signature Signings in Ultimate Team
5. Rúben Dias
The 2020/2021 Premier League defender of the year is the first of two Manchester City players to earn a Signature Signings item. This 89 overall Dias is a monstrous defender. The Portuguese international is available at around 310,000 coins.
Players may have concerns with his 76 pace but the defender truly doesn’t feel that heavy or clunky. His defending and physical stats are out of this world. There are a ton of great options at right-back to pair with Dias. His Manchester City teammates João Cancelo and Kyle Walker are fantastic choices.
- Read more: FIFA 22 FUT Team of the Week 11 predictions
The center-back boasts a high defensive work rate and is easy to link thanks to his Premier League association. Also, an underrated short passing stat of 87 makes him feel like a confident option on the ball.
4. Marcos Llorente
Marcos Llorente’s base card was one of the best midfield options at launch. This special item expands on much of what made him a stellar choice. This card works best at CM thanks to the high attacking work rate.
His pace is excellent for a central midfielder. Llorente is the ideal all-rounder at his position. He does most things really well without truly being exceptional in one given category. He can recover lost balls, dribble past the opponent, and set up goals for your forwards.
The one glaring issue is the fact that this card’s price is currently inflated. Players can scoop up Llorente for around 490,000 coins. This is a steep price for a card that boasts minor upgrades.
3. Renato Sanches
Although Renato Sanches’ overall is not as high as most of the players on this list, his current valuation of around 750,000 should tell you a little bit about how excellent this item is. For starters, the high/high work rate is exceptional for a midfielder that can be utilized on both sides of the pitch.
The ability to excel on offense or defense depending on your play style and squad is incredibly valuable. The midfielder’s pace, dribbling, and physicality are top tier while above-average passing stats are also a welcome sight.
Sanches is no slouch in front of goal either – 93 shot power and 84 long shots mean he can strike from distance. With Ligue 1 items running rampant this year, Sanches is an incredibly popular choice as a CDM, CM, or CAM.
2. Kevin De Bruyne
After much deliberation, De Bruyne slots in at the number 2 spot. His influence on the current state of FUT is going to be powerful. Without a doubt, Signature Signings De Bruyne is one of the best midfielders in the game.
Firstly, he’s quite easy to link with his ties to Manchester City. 5* weak foot is a wonderful trait for high-level players to have. This makes De Bruyne a dual-threat driving up the middle of the pitch. Just because De Bruyne’s passing is absurdly excellent, don’t think you won’t be taking your chances in front of goal. The midfielder is more than capable of netting his own goals thanks to amazing shooting stats.
De Bruyne is best utilized as a CAM or CM. Make sure to boost his pace with a chemistry style given that it is the only area that needs an increase. The Belgian is one of the smoothest midfielders in FUT at the moment.
1. Wissam Ben Yedder
Given how amazing De Bruyne’s item is, this may seem like a controversial decision. However, Ben Yedder has all of the qualities to effortlessly torment opposing defenders. One look at the card and it’s clear that Ben Yedder is going to be a nightmare in the Weekend League.
Signature Signings Ben Yedder has received one of the most significant upgrades in comparison to his base card. It’s always nice when a hefty price tag of around 860,000 is justified by a massive upgrade. Still, this item remains an unattainable luxury for most players. Those lucky enough to get their hands on him have a top-class striker at their disposal.
His links to Ligue 1 and his French nationality make him supremely easy to build a team around. The high/low work rate and 5* weak foot is the best possible combination for a striker. A striker’s three most important categories are dribbling, pace, and shooting. Suffice to say, Ben Yedder excels at all three.
Increasing pace and shooting with a hunter chemistry style is going to result in goal after goal for your team. Ben Yedder is an extremely meta option for high-level players and is the best card of the Signature Signings promo.
The positive reception of Ultimate Team’s Black Friday content has FIFA 22 players excited at what’s to come next. Hopefully, EA continues to deliver quality player items that are accessible through various means.
For all of the latest FIFA 22 news keep an eye on Charlie INTEL.
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How to complete FIFA 22 Flashback Chiellini: FUT SBC requirements
FIFA 22 Ultimate Team players have the chance to earn a Flashback Chiellini alongside the well-received Black Friday promo.
The most recent Flashback SBCs in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team are giving players a chance to earn some spectacular high-quality additions. Here’s how to meet the Flashback Chiellini SBC requirements.
Expectations were understandably high before the Ultimate Team Black Friday promotion. As it comes to a close, it’s safe to say most players are satisfied with the items on offer.
Some of the promo cards released during the FUT Black Friday promo are amongst the best in FIFA 22. If you thought Adidas Numbers Up or FUT Heroes were some of the best promos, you’ll be pleased with EA’s latest offer.
With Chiellini, players will receive a centre-back that excels at forcing interceptions thanks to his quick reactions and defensive awareness.
- What are FIFA 22 Flashback cards?
- Flashback Chiellini SBC requirements
- Is flashback Chiellini worth it?
What are FIFA 22 Flashback SBC cards?
Much as the name suggests, Flashbacks are a throwback to a player’s previous cards in past FIFA games.
Sometimes this may be a carbon copy of an old Team of the Season or a card with stats inspired by a past season.
- Read more: FUT EFL Championship Squad Foundations SBCs
In the case of Giorgio Chiellini, his Flashback is an ode to his debut season with current club and Italian giants Piemonte Calcio (Juventus) in 2005/2006.
This is Chellini’s first special item to appear in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team.
Flashback Chiellini SBC requirements
Players have until 10 AM PDT / 1 PM EDT / 6 PM GMT on Friday, December 5, 2021, to complete the three SBCs required for Flashback Chiellini.
At the time of writing, according to FUTBIN, the full group of SBCs is clocking in at around 115,000 depending on which platform you play on.
Of course, this is only if you have to buy every single player and don’t have fodder to apply to the SBCs.
Check out the full list of SBC requirements and each one’s value below.
- Piemonte Calcio (45,000)
- # of players from Piemonte Calcio: Min 1
- SIGNATURE SIGNINGS Players: Min 1
- Squad Rating: Min 82
- Team Chemistry: Min 65
- Serie A TIM (22,000)
- # of players from Serie A TIM: Min 1
- Squad Rating: Min 83
- Team Chemistry: Min 60
- Italy (51,000)
- # of players from Italy: Min 1
- IF Players: Min 1
- Squad Rating: Min 84
- Team Chemistry: Min 60
Is Flashback Chiellini worth it?
Despite a drop in overall rating, Flashback Chiellini is far better than his base card in FIFA 22. A massive upgrade in the pace department makes Chiellini more of a meta choice.
Chellini’s pace can hit 90 when equipped with a Shadow Chemistry Style. The increase in mobility paired with incredible defending and physical stats makes Chiellini a formidable defender.
Unfortunately, an Italian nationality isn’t the easiest to link in squads. There are very few Italian players who play outside of the Serie A, making this card valuable exclusively to those who use Serie A squads.
Furthermore, the price is somewhat steep for the quality of the card. Considering Milan Skriniar’s Signature Signings card costs 123,000 coins, completing Chellini’s SBC makes little sense. Skriniar is the superior card between the two.
Some may even claim that Kalidou Koulibaly’s base card is superior to Chiellini’s Flashback card. Although this is a bit of a stretch, Chiellini isn’t worth the cost unless you’re looking to upgrade your base Serie A centre-backs.
That was everything you need to know about how to complete the Flashback Chiellini SBC in FIFA 22. For more on FIFA 22, be sure to check out the latest on the Next Generation promo.
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