FUT 17 TOTW 52 Predictions

Last week's score: 12/23
Formation: 3-4-1-2
Squad Link:http://www.futhead.com/18/squads/23803/

Goalkeeper

Salvatore Sirigu - GK - OVR 82 We look set for back to back Serie A keepers after Sirigu put in a top performance for Torino which saw them run away as 1-0 winners away to newly promoted Benevento. The Italian does like to switch clubs but potentially could settle in his home country. He picked up a 7.5 for his five saves which resulted in a clean sheet.

Defenders

Davide Astori - CB - OVR 81 When it came to gold defenders to say there was a lack of them would be a massive understatement. Had Fiorentina not have won convincingly I feel as though Astori would have been nailed on but considering he scored just the one goal in a 5-0 win it could become overlooked. With not many Serie A options alongside the fact that no single player from Fiorentina stood out he has positive factors in his favour.

Arnaud Souquet - RB - OVR 73 On most of occasions this spot goes to a defender with multiple attacking contributions, however, this time I am going for a big-league name in Souquet. The Nice defender playing an important role in their impressive 4-0 home win over Monaco, picking up an assist alongside a brilliant defensive performance.

Javier Pinola - CB - OVR 76 To complete a rather lackluster defense we have another player which won’t be used by the majority in Pinola. The Argentine more than deserves his spot though after picking up both a goal and assist in a 3-1 home win for River Plate.

Midfielders

Jose Callejon - RW - OVR 82 A bit of a punt now but with not many Serie A options Callejon picked up one of the higher ratings with a 7.5. The Spaniard scored once and assisted another as Napoli went on to beat Bologna 3-0.

Illarramendi - CM - OVR 79 Illarramendi is now 26 believe it or not and although he is no longer the hyped-up Madrid talent he is still more than capable of playing. The Spaniard scored two of Sociedad's four goals as they recorded a 4-2 win over Deportivo picking up a perfect match rating in the process.

Danny Welbeck - CAM - OVR 80 Welbeck has started the season well for Arsenal, consistently performing for them in the opening few games, something of which he always struggled with. He was involved in all three of their goals, scoring twice and assisting another as Arsenal bounced back from their demoralising loss to Liverpool with a 3-0 home win over Bournemouth.

Kevin De Bruyne - CM - OVR 88 KDB has been largely disappointing thus far in the 2017/18 campaign but he was finally given a more attacking role for their game against Liverpool and pulled the strings in the middle to help them to a 5-0 win. Multiple players could get the nod here with Jesus, Sane, KDB and even Aguero being potential selections. De Bruyne picked up two assists and was voted MOTM by many. I can't see City missing out but if that is KDB or not is yet to be seen.

Forwards

Ciro Immobile - ST - OVR 81 There were huge expectations for Milan this season after the summer window and the transfers they made. Lazio knocked them back to reality though putting in a performance which saw them run away as 4-1 winners. Immobile scored three of those four goals and picked up a huge 9/10 from Gazzetta for doing so.

Edinson Cavani - ST - OVR 86 It could have been significantly better for Cavani considering that he hit the woodwork twice but with two goals and an 8 from L'equipe to his name he is well and truly in line for another IF to end the year. Neymar once again stood out and continues to prove that he doesn't need Messi to look good.

Lionel Messi - ST - OVR 93 Once again, I am going with the big name in Messi. The last couple of times have been punts with it being towards the end of the game but this one is almost a certainty. Messi has one spot left for a special item and with a hat trick on the final week of FIFA what more could you want. Barca ran away as 5-0 winners and although they could easily pick up two from the match it's just Messi for me.

Substitutes

Andre Hansen - GK - OVR 71 A bit of a punt now but if EA consider this one they will see that although Hansen only made 5 saves in a 2-0 away win he was one of if not the main reason they came away with three points. Several of his saves were crucial and he became big in the crucial moments of the match receiving multiple plaudits for this match.

Krystian Pearce - CB - OVR 65 With EA confirming a deal with the Npower leagues in the last few days we are more than likely to see one if not two Npower IF's feature in this side. With no hat tricks present for the first time this season that leaves it down to the defensive side. Pearce scored twice for Mansfield in a 4-1 home win. Alternatively, Daniel Jones grabbed a goal and an assist in a 2-0 win.

Jamaal Lascelles - CB - OVR 71 Another silver defender and once again he makes it with just the one attacking contributions to his name. Lascelles scored the only goal of the game to help Newcastle to all three points against Swansea. Not only did he score the goal but he also saved one, clearing the ball off the line and went on to claim MOTM as you would expect.

Lee Seung Gi - CM - OVR 69 The easiest selection of the week came over in the K-League after Jeonbuk's central midfielder found the net three times in a closely fought 4-3 win at home to Gangwon. Not the most convincing performance form the reigning champions but three points and an inevitable IF nonetheless.

Steven Berghuis - RW - OVR 75 Feyenoord continued their 100% start to the season with their fourth win from four coming via a 4-2 away win. Berghuis scored two of those four goals and picked up the joint highest Dutch rating by doing so.

Pierre-Michel Lasogga- ST - OVR 77 The quality of the championship is forever increasing and Leeds have tackled that by signing a big-name striker in Lasogga from Hamburg. The German looked deadly for them, scoring twice and assisting another in a convincing 5-0 win for the former Premier league side.

Stefano Pettinari - ST - OVR 64 Pettinari was snubbed just a couple of weeks ago after scoring a hat trick. The Italian has done it again though, scoring all three of Pescara's goals in their 3-3 draw with Frosinone. Surely not two hat trick snubs?

Reserves

Pascal Gross - CAM - OVR 76 Whoever watched German football knew that Gross was capable of big things, pulling the strings for Ingolstadt. This was his first top end performance in England though almost singlehandedly giving Brighton their first win of the season. The 25-year-old midfielder scored twice and assisted the other in their 3-1 home win over WBA.

Ryota Morioka - CM - OVR 67 Waasland-Beveren recorded an impressive 5-1 home win on Saturday from which two players could get the nod from, firstly striker Thelin who picked up three assists alongside scoring a penalty, secondly, as you can see is Morioka. The Japanese midfielder is often behind their wins and this one was no different with him scoring twice and assisting another.

Mark Uth - ST - OVR 76 There are a few players who could make the cut from Hoffenheim's shock 2-0 win over Bayern Munich but I have gone for the easy option in Uth. The German scored both goals and picked up a perfect 1 rating from Kicker. Multiple strikers performed though which does go against him.

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting - ST - OVR 78 Another Premier league new boy getting the nod now after it was Stoke who were the first team to stop Manchester United's 100% record. Moting was the player with both the Stoke goals and although they didn't manage to pick up all three points it should be enough for him to receive the nod.

Alfreo Finnbogason - ST - OVR 77 The days are long gone where Finnbogason would be scoring week in week out but he showed that the ability is still there for Augsburg on Saturday, scoring all three of their goals in a 3-0 home win.

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