Last week, Leyton Orient invited 63 other clubs to take part in a FIFA 20 tournament named Ultimate QuaranTeam (restricted to teams included in the game, of course).
Spots were quickly filled, which resulted in Leyton Orient expanding the tournament to 128 teams, involving sides from around the world.
The 128 teams went into the hat and 64 matches were drawn live on Leyton Orient’s Twitter account. As the days went on, more clubs announced who will be representing them with a mixture of professional FIFA players and actual squad members getting involved.
How to live stream Ultimate QuaranTeam
Bet365* are streaming some QuaranTeam fixtures live for account holders. Those without a Bet365 account already who are interested in streaming the QuaranTeam tournament live can take advantage of this service by following the simple steps below.
- Click on this link.
- ‘Join now’ and enter details.
- Log in and fund the new account.
- Pick the desired event from among the ‘live now’ or ‘schedule’ sections in Bet365’s ‘live streaming’ category.
*Geo restrictions apply, 18+ only, must have a funded account, BeGambleAware.
Some participating clubs are also streaming fixtures on Twitch.
- Round of 128 – To be played from Sunday 22nd March – 7pm
- Round of 64 – To be played from Tuesday 24th March – 7pm
- Round of 32 – To be played from Thursday 26th March – 7pm
- Round of 16- To be played from Saturday 28th March – 7pm
- Quarter-finals – To be played from Monday 30th March – 7pm
- Semi-Final – To be played from Wednesday 1st April – 7pm
- Final – To be played from Friday 3rd April – 7pm
As well as watching the games, some fans have been getting involved with picking the favourites for the FIFA Ultimate Quaran-Team tournament and placing bets. For the tournament, SportNation.bet are offering six different markets, from the overall winner to top Premier League club and separate round betting.
But who are the favourites?
QuaranTean tournament betting tips
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FIFA Ultimate QuaranTeam overall favourites
With some of the clubs opting to use their official eSports teams or professional FIFA players to try and win the tournament, it will come as no surprise to see Manchester City as one of the favourites at 8/1.
The Citizens are being represented by one of their eSports players, Shellzz who is currently ranked 63rd in the world for PS4 on the FIFA 20 Global Series. They were drawn against Belgian club KV Kortrijk in the first round, winning 3-0.
Man City were joined by AS Roma as one of the faruvrites, who also boast their own eSports team consisting of professional players Damie, SpiderKong and Zelonius, but they recently lost 2-1 to Walsall.
Also high up the list are Championship clubs Sheffield Wednesday and Millwall. Shortly after their participation was confirmed, the Owls signed professional FIFA Player Delee.
Meanwhile, Millwall will be represented by professional Jamie O’Doherty, also known as FUTWIZ Jamie and ZerkaaHD, a YouTuber and part of the UK group The Sidemen, who built his name playing FIFA — both Millwall fans.
Tournament creators Leyton Orient, represented by goalkeeper Sam Sargeant, were 100/1 before play started and are already out, losing 3-6 to Lokomotiv Moscow.
A SportNation.bet spokesperson said: “The tournament is bringing together football fans in an unusual but fun way in the absence of real sport taking place.
“The tournament is perfect for punters in the absence of any live sport and we are already seeing a great deal of interest from customers.
“City being favourites in any competition is no shock and they are once again the team to beat alongside Italian giants AS Roma.”
Top Premier League club for FIFA Ultimate QuaranTeam
As one of the favourites to win the tournament overall, Man City are of course also backed to be the Premier League’s best-performing team at 8/1, ahead of Sheffield United.
Including Man City and Sheff Utd, there are 11 Premier League teams involved in the tournament with Norwich City (Todd Cantwell), Brighton (Neal Maupay) and Crystal Palace (Andros Townsend) all being represented by players.
- Manchester City – 8/1
- Sheffield United – 12/1
- Wolves – 16/1
- Newcastle – 20/1
- West Ham – 20/1
- Norwich – 100/1
Top Championship club for FIFA Ultimate QuaranTeam
Like Man City and Sheff Utd, both Middlesbrough and QPR are backed to be the highest-performing Championship sides, with the former the current favourites to win the tournament.
- Middlesbrough – 6/1
- QPR – 80/1
- Preston – 100/1
- Brentford – 100/1
- Reading – 100/1
- Blackburn – 100/1
Top League One and League Two clubs for FIFA Ultimate QuaranTeam
Moving further down the English leagues, Mansfield are the favourites, represented by professional player AC_RedLac, who is ranked 257 in the FIFA 20 Global Series on Xbox. Sunderland are in the mix for League One sides. The Black Cats are represented by FUTWIZ Dan.
- Mansfield – 25/1
- Southend 40/1
- Sunderland 40/1
- Cheltenham 40/1
- Rotherham 40/1
- Scunthorpe 50/1
- Stevenage 66/1
- Wycombe 100/1
- Walsall 100/1
- MK Dons 100/1
- Forest Green 100/1
- Grimsby 100/1
- Coventry 100/1
Odds correct at time of writing (11:00, 25/03/20). 18+ only. Be Gamble Aware.
QuaranTeam results so far
AFC Wimbledon 0-2 West Ham
Bristol Rovers 1-3 Southend
Derry City 1-2 QPR
Djurgarden 0-3 PSV
Fiorentina 4-1 Nottingham Forest
Fortuna Sittard 1-0 Newport
Leyton Orient 3-6 Lokomotiv Moscow
Manchester City 3-0 Kortrijk
Mansfield 6-1 Gent
Newcastle 3-0 Gillingham
Orlando City 0-5 Feyenoord
Orlando Pirates 2-3 FC Sion
Oxford Utd 0-4 Lille
PAOK 1-2 FC Midtjylland
Preston 2-1 Doncaster
RB Salzburg 4-0 Derby
Scunthorpe 2-1 Charlton
Sheffield Utd 3-0 Carlisle
Sheffield Weds 2-1 Cambridge
Standard Liege 4-1 Bolton
Stevenage 3-1 Blackpool
Vitesse 2-0 Atalanta
Waterford 0-10 Angers
FC Emmen 10-0 Port Vale
Burton 0-2 Sligo Rovers
Cheltenham 3-0 Salford
Morecambe 2-3 Hamilton
Birmingham 0-2 Sunderland
Marseille 1-4 Istanbul
Colchester 3-4 Rotherham
Huddersfield 0-3 Middlesbrough
Portsmouth 1-3 Dundalk
Aston Villa 1-2 VVV Venlo
Reading 4-1 Crystal Palace
Exeter 2-0 Peterborough
Nantes 2-1 Swindon
Brentford 6-2 St Mirren
Forest Green 4-1 Northampton
Brighton 0-2 Sparta Rotterdam
Oldham 1-6 Finn Harps
Hibernian 0-3 Millwall
Central Coast 2-1 Shamrock Rovers
Melbourne Victory 4-3 Ipswich
Port Vale 0-4 Emmen
Gent 1-6 Mansfield Town
PSV 3-0 Djurgardens
Plymouth 0-2 Troyes
Lille 4-0 Lorient
Nottingham Forest 1-4 Fiorentina
Newport County 0-1 Fortuna Sittard
Walsall 2-1 Roma
Cheltenham Town 1-0 Salford City
Burnley 4-3 Shrewsbury