An Ultimate Team cannot be taken seriously until 100 percent chemistry is enjoyed.
This is the simplest way of gaining an advantage over an opponent. It can also be achieved quickly and with little cost.
What is Chemistry?
To put it simply, chemistry is the driving force behind any decent Ultimate Team. Expect players to react slowly, pass sloppily and provide less runs if you aren't in the green.
How to Improve Chemistry
Formations: Before purchasing any player or manager, you must decide on your formation. Only purchase players who prefer the formation you have chosen. They will receive an immediate head start when placed in the team.
Remember: 4-1-2-1-2 cards are extremely popular and far more expensive than other choices. This setup is extremely versatile, but prepare to pay if you choose it.
Managers: A team is only as good as the man in charge. While you can't suit up and head to the dugout, plenty of managers can be employed to do the job for you. Make this your first choice once you've decided on your formation. Any player bought in the same formation as your manager will provide a greater chemistry boost.
Remember: Your coaching staff are just as important as those on the pitch. The manager should be viewed as the seed from which your team grows. If he is the wrong formation or non-existent, problems at the root of your team will harm your chances of success.
Players: The easiest way to gain top marks for chemistry is by building a team of players from a single league or nation. Teammates will interact even sharper with each other, often providing extra runs and opportunities to make an impression.
Remember: Take notice of the green links between players. This will indicate who is going to work hard for each other. If you've got a player surrounded by orange links you need to change things up.
Strength in depth: Building a Gold Premier League side is all well and good until you come across Bronze and Silver tournaments.
Ultimate Team is most fruitful when you can compete in every competition. Don't be afraid to mix Premier League players with those from other English championships (especially if the players are all from the same nation). The same goes for any country that has more than one league on the game.
Remember: An average side with full chemistry trumps a team of unlinked superstars. They will play with greater tempo, tenacity and become favourites for every challenge.