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FIFA 23 Top 10 Predictions for Best Defenders

Looking to bolster your backline? Here's our predicted top 10 centre backs in FIFA 23.
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As the role of the center-back develops year after year, the position is becoming more and more vital as teams want to play out from the back and start attacks from their respective backlines.

 As the old-school defender and the dark arts are slowly dying down, we see an increasing number of technically gifted defenders who in possession show great capabilities but when defending it is clear that they have some frailties when they’re called to arms to try and stop their opponents to score.

Not to worry! Here we’ll list our predictions for the top 10 rated center-backs in FIFA 23. Do you want a tall, strong no-nonsense defender to clear the lines? Or a composed ball-playing center-back? Here’s our predictions.

FIFA 23 Top 10 Predictions for Best Defenders

10) Joel Matip (Liverpool F.C) – FIFA 22 OVR 83

After a full season under his belt without any injury interruptions, Cameroon former international Joe Matip has shown why he’s the perfect partner to Virgin Van Dijk. Close to a potential quadruple and 2 domestic trophies under his belt, it was an incredible season for the former Schalke 04 centre back.

Prediction – 85 OVR (+2)

9) Fikayo Tomori (A.C. Milan) – FIFA 22 OVR 79

A crucial part for A.C. Milan as they conquered their first Scudetto in 10 years, FIkayo Tomori has been a revelation since his transfer to Milan was made permanent from Chelsea in the last summer transfer window. A quick and intelligent defender, he’s perfect for any FUT team.  A massive upgrade is due to for the Englishman.

Prediction – 85 OVR (+6)

8) John Stones (Manchester United) – FIFA 22 OVR 83

Drastically improving under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, former Everton man John Stones has become a more composed and secured option at the back for the Cityzens. He might not consistently start for his club side but when he’s called to action, he rarely disappoints. We could see Manchester City has a vast array of defensive options for you to choose from.

Prediction – 86 OVR (+3)

7) Matthijs De Ligt (F.C. Bayern Munich) – FIFA 22 OVR 85

German champions Bayern Munich decided to splash out £60 million on Dutch defender Matthijs De Ligt and you can see why. Still only 22, the former Ajax captain still has a lot of football ahead of him and could be perfect for Julian Nagelsmann. Could he be perfect for your Ultimate Team?

Prediction – 86 OVR (+1)

6) Thiago Silva (Chelsea F.C) – FIFA 22 OVR 85

Ageing like a fine wine, Brazilian veteran Thiago Silva is making the English Premier League look easy. Settled in Thomas Tuchel’s back 3, he’s a defender with great leadership capabilities and a sound technical level. He might be deceptable to long balls as he isn’t the tallest when it comes to defenders as the former PSG man stands at 6ft. A great option, nonetheless.

Prediction – 86 OVR (+1)

5) Alessandro Bastoni (F.C Inter Milan) – FIFA 22 OVR 80

One of the most promising center-backs in Europe, Alessandro Bastoni has become of the first names on the team sheet for Inter Milan over the past couple of seasons. Frist under the stewardship of Antonio Conte and now Simone Inzaghi, the left-footed player is praised for his defensive awareness as well as his ability to help his team in attacking transitions. Perfect for your FIFA 23 Career Mode.

Prediction – 87 OVR (+7)

4) David Alaba (Real Madrid C.F.) – FIFA 22 OVR 84

A jack of all trades, Austrian David Alaba has been instrumental in Real Madrid’s Champions League and La Liga’s double. Whether it is in attacking midfield or at center back. You can always put your trust in Alaba. Possibly the best center-back in the game if you want to build an extremely offensive back 4 or back 3.

Prediction – 87 OVR (+3)

3) Marquinhos (Paris Saint Germain) – FIFA 22 OVR 87

An ever-present figure for the Paris club. Marquinhos has developed into a leader since taking the captaincy from Thiago Silva. Deployed across the backline as well as in CDM at times. He’s perfect to start attacks from the back and looking to build a possession-based team.

Prediction – 88 OVR (+1)

2) Ruben Dias (Manchester City) – FIFA OVR 87

Big strong and physical, Portugal’s Ruben Dias has been a revelation for Manchester city and the Portuguese national team. Securing another title at Manchester City is just a testament to how good the former Benfica man is. Unfortunately for him, there’s a standout number in this position on the football pitch.

Prediction – 88 OVR (+1)

1) Virgil Van Dijk (Liverpool F.C) – FIFA OVR 89

Arguably the best defender in the world since joining Liverpool from Southampton, the Dutch colossus has been instrumental last season in their quadruple charge. Expect a lot of FUT players to have Van Dijk in their squad, an unstoppable defender.

Prediction – 90 OVR (+1)

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