Prediction: Aston Villa on FIFA 15


With the new season only two days away, it is prediction time wherever you look. Most of this future-telling is based on the real-life Aston Villa Football Club – and that is how it should be. However, having already shared my thoughts about the upcoming season, I now want to have a look at our computer-based double: the Aston Villa squad on the latest edition of the popular football game, FIFA 15. There is always a lot of speculation surrounding the ratings of players and I want to present my predictions regarding how our players could be valued. Please note that the explanations are written from what I suppose to be a “FIFA-view” and how their ratings are determined.


Brad Guzan has had a solid season with nothing really calling for a change to his above-average rating with our “new” number two, Shay Given, probably facing a small decrease because of age. Jed Steer has moved closer to first team action and, even though he will still be loaned out when the game will be released, he could see his efforts rewarded with an increased rating. Benjamin Siegrist, who is growing out of his talent status but hasn’t progressed by any means, could be devalued, if given a rating.
Brad Guzan – GK – 79
Shay Given – GK – 75
Jed Steer – GK – 65
Benjamin Siegrist – GK – 62


Our captain, Ron Vlaar, is our only defender who has offered enough reasons to earn a higher rating, as solid shifts in the Villa shirt and even better displays at the World Cup are calling for a numerical improvement. Everyone else faced difficulties last season, which were either performance- (Nathan Baker and Ciaran Clark) or injury related (Jores Okore and Joe Bennett) and some players weren’t given a chance to demonstrate their abilities at the highest levels (Alan Hutton, Janoi Donacien and Enda Stevens) or were held back by off-field issues (Matthew Lowton and Chris Herd). Even our newest additions to the back-line (Philippe Senderos and Aly Cissokho) didn’t have the best of seasons and cannot realistically expect to keep their current ratings.
Ron Vlaar – CB – 79
Jores Okore – CB – 73
Ciaran Clark – CB – 72
Nathan Baker – CB – 71
Philippe Senderos – CB – 71
Chris Herd – CB – 68
Janoi Donacien – CB – 60
Matthew Lowton – RB – 72
Alan Hutton – RB – 71
Aly Cissokho – LB – 74
Joe Bennett – LB – 65
Enda Stevens – LB – 62


This is probably the area of the pitch where we will see the most improvement, if it is measured by increased ratings. Fabian Delph, Ashley Westwood and Leandro Bacuna all have good statistics on their side and can expect higher ratings this year. Karim El Ahmadi, Gary Gardner, Kieran Richardson and Charles N’Zogbia should all be able to keep their values, which leaves only Joe Cole facing a decreased rating because of the age factor. Our three midfield youngsters should not be forgotten about and undoubtedly Jack Grealish is the most promising of our young talents so he should see his rating rocket. Jordan Graham could get a slightly increased rating due to the first team experience he gained while Daniel Johnson, who will be on loan when the game is released, should be able to keep his current valuation.

Ashley Westwood – CDM – 73
Fabian Delph – CM- 76
Karim El Ahmadi – CM – 74
Gary Gardner – CM – 68
Daniel Johnson – CM – 62
Leandro Bacuna – RM – 72
Jordan Graham – RM – 60
Kieran Richardson – LM – 74
Jack Grealish – LM – 69
Charles N’Zogbia – CAM – 76
Joe Cole – CAM – 75


Our strikers were far from their best last season, which would leave me rather surprised if any of Christian Benteke, Libor Kozak, Andreas Weimann, Gabriel Agbonlahor and Graham Burke get an increased rating. My verdict is that they will all keep their current values. Darren Bent could see his rating lowered after another disappointing season even though the pre-season has given Villa fans some hope. Already promising last season was rising talent Callum Robinson and he is currently the only one I tip for an increased valuation.

Christian Benteke – ST – 79
Darren Bent – ST – 75
Libor Kozak – ST – 74
Andreas Weimann – ST – 74
Gabriel Agbonlahor – ST – 73
Callum Robinson – ST – 64
Graham Burke – ST – 58

Overall, I think we’ll see a slight increase in the ratings – and rightly so. Even though the addition of Villa Park to FIFA 15 will make us feel at home in the virtual game, it has to be remembered that it is just that: a virtual game. The focus is, and always will be, on the real Aston Villa and I hope the actual lads on the actual pitches mirror the successes that always look so easy to gain in football simulations. In real life, this is hard work and the players will need all our support to climb up the table. The new season is close so get behind the lads. Up the Villa!


  1. I thought this was a tad negative really. I expect Benteke to keep an 81 rating since his injuries, after all if you look at Sergio Aguero they haven’t hacked down his rating because he hasn’t been on the field. I personally would have given the likes of Westwood, Weimann, Vlaar, Guzan and perhaps Cissokho higher ratings because they have shown class at times. Then again this is all up to EA and they look at everything realistically, so they most likely will use ratings similar to yours.
    Great report, though. You clearly know a vast amount about Villa and made a great report here. Keep it up!

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