Pre-match at a misty London Stadium. It was the last 16 of the FA Cup, and we faced West Ham. This one ended 0-0 (as a lot of FIFA19 matches tend to do), so it was all back to a replay at mine – Molton Road – a week later. On that occasion we were defeated 3-4 on penalties. Dammit. I had my eye on a trophy in Season 1, but now I suppose we can concentrate on the league.In the league, we’re well into March now. Yes, Career Mode is getting at least one complete season for the first time since FIFA15. Which already makes FIFA19 a hit, even if all ends now.
There’ll be no promotion in this maiden season, though. Here is the table after 36 matches:
The nearest playoff spot is 12 points away – Wolves on 58 points, just out of shot.
If this was PES I’d still think myself in with a chance of catching them. But FIFA table scripting is not as generous as in the other game, plus my form simply isn’t good enough, as the stats show. Only 25 goals scored says all that has to be said.
I do struggle to score goals in FIFA. It’s partly the hangover of PES muscle memory. In FIFA19 you just cannot move the ball upfield as quickly as in PES, or at least not often. I still find myself trying to bomb forward too much of the time, and losing the ball.
I’m also suffering because FIFA19 is designed to favour the methodical passing game that pulls teams apart, creates space, and aims to set forwards free in the area for close- and medium-range finishes. 21st Century Football 101.
I play that way too, most of the time, but give me a sight of goal from distance, and I’ll ignore every single one of my players lurking in the box, and I will joyfully let fly.
Long-range goals are my not-guilty pleasure in all football games. While nearly everyone else is trying to tippy-tappy the ball across the goal line from two inches out, I’m blasting away from 35 yards in an increasingly forlorn quest to see the ball fly into the net. FIFA19 is currently not the most long-range-friendly football game I have ever played, but I keep trying them.
I have got just one in recent sessions, and here it is – at around 25 yards it’s only just about a long-ranger, but it’s all I have so I’ll take it. The final (thumbnailed) angle gives the most delicious sight of the ball curving into the postage stamp corner of the net.