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Another really solid round of predictions from Aaron leaves us with just five measly players to investigate for TOTW 21. But, one of the key things we did miss were the goalkeepers, with both of TOTW 21's stoppers finding their way in to the Unpreditables. So, lets find out why we missed the goalkeepeing heroics around the globe this week.
Monaco are now unbeaten in 9 Ligue 1 matches after their hard fought 3-2 win against Lyon for which they played the entire second half with 10 men after Keita saw red just before half time. It looked like Falcao’s missed penalty prior to that was going to cost Monaco all three points until Rony Lopes slammed home the winner in the 87th minute. Just a solitary goal for the IF here, but a very crucial one at that.
Aaron's View: Three midfielders got an 8/10 from L’equipe this week (Gradel, Cabella and Lopes) and all three of them scored a single goal making it very difficult to predict.
Fiorentina recorded their first win in four in Serie A on Sunday away to Bologna, where another single goal from a winger would be enough to secure the IF. Federico Chiesa (son of legend Enrico Chiesa - thanks for the Championship Manager memories) scored the goal with a swish of his left foot in the 70th minute. Due to the single goal this is yet another tough IF to pick-up on the predictions.
Aaron's View There was a major lack of Calcio A options this week which looks to have helped Chiesa, but I'm going to stick with my Khedira decision, who picked up two goals and an assist over Chiesa's singular goal.
Toulouse made it back to back wins in Ligue 1 on Saturday thanks to a strike from Max Gradel in the 67th minute. But the inform instead goes to Alban Lafont who picked up his second clean sheet in a row the league. Just the two saves in this one however makes him a very difficult option to pick-up.
Aaron's View: With keepers being a hard position to select this week, Lafont was always a potential option after claiming 7/10 from L’equipe and featuring as their keeper of the week. The deciding factor for me was that Gradel was also in the side with a better rating of 8/10.
We take a rare trip to the Swiss Super League now where FC Lugano put in an impressive performance to beat FC Basel 1-0 away from home. Alexander Gerndt scored the early goal but David Da Costa gets a deserved IF after saving Mohamed Elyounoussi’s penalty some 20 minutes later. Penalty save + clean sheet + beating a big team = TOTW 21.
Aaron's View: A penalty save against the league leaders Basel was enough for Da Costa and I probably should have taken a punt on this one, but with the Swiss league regularly overlooked for the TOTW, I didn't.
After a nine-game winless run, Oldham Athletic find themselves in a relegation dogfight in League 1. But, there was a glimmer of hope for a return to form as they recorded a decent 2-1 win against a Bradford side stuck in the middle of a slump of their own, losing 5 on the bounce. Right back Dummigan opened the scoring on Saturday and that’s enough for the N.Irishman to make TOTW 21.
Aaron's View: Dummigan scored but without a clean sheet or a spot in the ELL TOTW this is basically impossible predict.