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A few more "Unpredictables" than normal this week with nine players missed, but that's perhaps more down to EA's own selection choices than our predictions. As always there are big names and big confusion inside, so read on to find out who we missed from TOTW 8, and why we missed them. Lets go!
Aaron went for Fekir in his TOTW 8 predictions, and after two goals last week and another two this week that made a whole lot of sense. But instead EA have selected Bertrand Traore from Lyons huge 5-0 win against St. Etienne. Traore grabbed a goal and an assist for the predicted Fekir in what was Lyon’s fourth win in a row in Ligue 1.
Aaron's View: I opted for Traore's teammate, Fekir. Once again, EA felt it was too soon for a SIF, and similarly to last week, they decided to opt for the next best thing instead.
Speaking of teams inform, Valencia are absolutely flying in La Liga with their seventh straight coming last weekend at home to Leganes, who have been over achieving themselves. Danny Parejo opened the scoring on 13 minutes, and was Valencia’s all-round star man on the day to pick up his first IF of the season.
Aaron's View: Just the one goal to his name, but with a 3-star rating from MARCA, Parejo was always a valid option. It was between him and Kevin De Bruyne, and I went for the wrong option this week.
Bayern successfully navigated their most difficult away game of the season at Dortmund with a convincing 3-1 win. The goals came from Robben, Lewandowski, and Alaba, all of which could have been selected. The IF, however, is awarded to Hummels, for no other reason that he’s a very good centre half it seems. No clean sheet, no goal, no assist. Very tough to predict, but a great IF for FUT 18.
Aaron's View: A big game between Dortmund and Munich always has IF potential, and Hummels was named MOTM. But with 0 goals, 0 assists, and no clean sheet, I think this IF is pushing it a bit.
Wolfsburg are on a quite incredible run of seven straight draws in the Bundesliga, the latest of which was a 3-3 thriller against Hertha Berlin. Liverpool loanee Divock Origi grabbed one goal and an assist, but just like Hummels above, this is yet another tough IF to predict from Germany this week. Single goal, single assist and only a draw, rather than a win. EA generosity is at peak levels.
Aaron's View: I was under the impression that Origi played as a striker last weekend, which is why I didn't seriously consider him for TOTW 8.
Holding free-scoring Napoli to a 0-0 draw is no mean feat, and Chievo managed exactly that last week to allow Juventus the opportunity to close the gap on the Serie A leaders. Any of Chievo’s defence could have been in the IF mix this week, and Tomovic gets the nod. However goalkeeper Sorrentino can feel a little aggrieved after making five saves in this one.
Aaron's View: Another random Serie A addition this week. Chievo shocked Napoli, holding them to a 0-0 draw. But was anyone really IF worthy from this game?
Besiktas made it back-to-back wins in the Turkish Superlig with a well fought 3-1 win away at Goztepe. Predictably Brazilian schemer Anderson Talisca was at the heart of his sides attacking threat, opening the scoring on 7 minutes and then later assisting Cenk Tosun to wrap up the three points.
Aaron's View: With there being a lot of options in midfield this week, I just couldn't justify a second Turkish league player with just a goal and an assist to his name.
The MLS playoffs are nearing their grand finale in America, but EA’s hometown club Vancouver Whitecaps have failed at one of the final hurdles losing 2-0 to regional rivals Seattle Sounders. Clint Dempsey did the damage scoring both goals, and the Sounders now move on to play Houston Dynamo in the Western Conference Finals after the International break.
Aaron's View: *With it being a playoff match, I was unsure whether EA would include it or not, especially with Waston being ignored a couple of weeks ago after a goal and assist from centre back. Obviously, EA decided that they do count MLS playoffs, and thus we saw Dempsey in TOTW 8. *
Over to Russia now where last Friday FC Ural grabbed a 2-2 draw against Dinamo Moscow, who currently occupy one of the relegation places. In an unspectacular game, centre half Balazic grabbed both his sides goals including the 90th minute equaliser. Not a bad day's work for the Slovenian defender.
Aaron's View: Two goals for a defender is usually enough to make my prediction. But with Monaco's right back getting three assists, I just couldn't see two silver (NIF) defenders making the cut; I was wrong.
The most obscure IF this week comes from Austria where LASK Linz forward Mergim Berisha scored twice and assisted another in his sides 4-2 win against SCR Altach. Those were the Kosovan’s first two goals of the season. And yet another very, very, tough player to predict for TOTW 8.
Aaron's View: It's not often you see an Austrian striker make the TOTW for anything less than a hat trick, and because of that, I overlooked Berisha entirely.