EA FC 24's 15 highest-rated defenders predicted with two players joint-best

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EA FC 24: 15 highest-rated defenders predicted with two players joint-best (Image: EA SPORTS)
EA FC 24: 15 highest-rated defenders predicted with two players joint-best (Image: EA SPORTS)

We can expect a shake-up to the best-rated defenders in EA FC 24 after a thrilling 2022/23 campaign, but who could the 15 highest-rated defenders be in EA FC 24?

Last season saw some of the highest-rated defenders in FIFA 23 struggle at times whilst lower-rated defenders went up a gear, meaning the best defenders in EA FC 24 could look very different from the current rankings in FIFA 23. EA FC 24 will be released in just a few weeks, meaning we can expect official player ratings to be released soon, one of the most exciting announcements in the build-up to a new game.

We've already received some updates from EA Sports regarding EA FC 24, including a bunch of new features coming to Career Mode, Clubs and Ultimate Team. One of the biggest Ultimate Team updates is that men and women will be mixed in the game mode, which opens up even more avenues to build your squad, and new players to challenge for the title of the best player in the game.

FIFA 23's highest-rated defender Virgil van Dijk suffered a drop in form last season, whilst Manchester City's Ruben Dias was vital in his side's Treble win. A few of the higher-rated bunch from FIFA 23 really dropped off, whilst the introduction of women's players could see a collection of Barcelona Femini's backline feature as some of the best defenders in EA FC 24.

15 highest-rated EA FC 24 defenders predicted

None of these ratings are official for EA FC 24, with each rating a prediction, although we'd like to think they are correct! Here are the 15 defenders we predict to be the best in EA FC 24, both men and women with the two set to be mixed in Ultimate Team in EA FC 24:

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  1. CB: Ruben Dias (Manchester City) - 89 OVR (+1)
  2. CB: Wendie Renard (Lyon Women) - 89 OVR (-1)

  3. CB: Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool) - 88 OVR (-2)

  4. RB: Lucy Bronze (Barcelona Femeni) - 88 OVR (-2)

  5. CB: Irene Paredes (Barcelona Femeni) - 88 OVR (0)

  6. RB: Ashley Lawrence (Paris Saint-Germain Women) - 87 OVR (0)

  7. CB: Matthijs de Ligt (Bayern Munich) - 87 OVR (+2)

  8. CB: Marquinhos (Paris Saint-Germain) - 87 OVR (-1)

  9. LB: Theo Hernandez (Milan) - 87 OVR (+2)

  10. CB: Eder Militao (Real Madrid) - 87 OVR (+3)

  11. CB: Milan Skriniar (Paris Saint-Germain) - 87 OVR (+1)

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  12. CB: Ronald Araujo (Barcelona) - 86 OVR (+3)
  13. LB: Andrew Robertson (Liverpool) - 86 OVR (-1)
  14. RB: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) - 86 OVR (-1)
  15. LB: Selma Bacha (Lyon Women) - 86 OVR (0)

We predict that City's Dias and Lyon Women's Wendie Renard could both claim the number one spot in EA FC 24 as best defender, with both potentially being rated 89 overall. Van Dijk could drop 2 ratings to 88 overall which has potentially been revealed in EA FC 24's Career Mode deep dive trailer, whilst Barcelona Femeni duo Lucy Bronze and Irene Paredes could also be rated 88 overall.

Six defenders could be rated 87 overall in EA FC 24, including Milan's Theo Hernandez, Bayern Munich's Matthijs de Ligt, Paris Saint-Germain's Milan Skriniar and Real Madrid's Eder Militao who could all be in for upgrades. Ronald Araujo could be boosted three ratings to 86 overall whilst Liverpool duo Andrew Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold could both drop one rating each to 86, and we expect a big number of players to also have the same rating, with Lyon Women's Selma Bacha one of them.

Lewis Barton

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