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Last week's score: 13/23
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Pedro Gallese - GK - OVR 74 It will be no surprise that I don't have a top end clear cut goalkeeper IF for an international week. However, the two I do have both make very strong cases. Gallese helped Peru keep a clean sheet away at Argentina thanks to a total of eight saves in their 0-0 draw.
Joshua Kimmich - RB - OVR 81 I took the punt on the first SIF coming in week 3, of which I was wrong on. I am taking the same punt again, just a week later with Kimmich. The German defender scored one and assisted another in a 3-1 win over NI to keep the German's 100% qualifying record.
Andreas Granqvist - CB - OVR 80 There’s no questioning that Berg was the stand out player for Sweden, scoring four of their eight goals but with him out of the picture due to not being in 18 it leaves the question of who next. Granqvist scored twice from CB and kept a clean sheet but with both coming from the spot it’s a slight push.
Kyle Walker - RB - OVR 83 Another OTW item is set to receive an upgrade after England snatched all three points and confirmed qualification via a 94th minute Harry Kane winner. Walker supplied the assist on the goal and with that looks to continue England’s International IF streak.
Yannick Carrasco - LM - OVR 85 Belgium played out a seven-goal thriller with Bosnia which saw them come away as 4-3 winners. Carrasco was involved in three of those goals, scoring once and assisting another two to help continue Belgium's unbeaten campaign.
Leon Goretzka - CM - OVR 82 Germany fielded a significantly weaker side than usual for their game against Azerbaijan but that didn't dent their 100% record as they recorded a 5-1 win to make it 10 from 10. Goretzka scored two of those goals making him a prime candidate.
Christian Eriksen - CAM - OVR 87 Denmark recorded a 1-0 win and a 1-1 draw over the international break which secured them second place in their group. As is often the case Eriksen was behind their success, scoring both the Danish goals over the two games.
Mohamed Salah - RM - OVR 83 Emotions were high in Egypt as they officially qualified for 2018 with a 95th minute penalty goal from Salah. That was the second goal of the game for the winger and with them qualifying via a 2-1 win its common sense to predict an IF Salah.
Gylfi Sigurdsson - CAM - OVR 82 The third and final OTW item to get the nod this week is Sigurdsson. A late addition to the side after coming from a Monday, which in turn makes him the weakest of the three. With a goal and assist to his name, securing top position for Iceland he becomes a strong candidate.
Andrej Kramaric - RM - OVR 81 A late addition for the side with Kramaric after he scored both Croatian goals in a crucial 2-0 win over Ukraine which saw them leap frog Ukraine and snatch second place in the process.
Robert Lewandowski - ST - OVR 91 Lewandowski often appears in the international weeks, regularly scoring goals for his national side. He managed another three of them on Thursday, during a 6-1 win over Armenia. We could also see Grosicki feature but just the one selected for me.
Sergio Herrera - GK - OVR 71 We often see a random second division inclusion for the keeper spot during internationals but Herrera would be one of the few that really deserve a spot after he made two penalty saves, one of which was a retake from an already saved penalty. Osasuna went on to win the match 2-0 but Herrera was the stand out player.
Jason Marks - CB - OVR 53 I'm not a fan of the Irish IF's, largely because they are often a waste of a spot, this one being a prime example. When a defender scores twice, regardless of the league, it is often the case that they receive an IF. Marks scored twice for Bray in their 3-3 draw and thus I shall be predicting the IF.
Junior Negao - LW - OVR 63 Over to the K-League now with Negao. The Brazilian winger scored three of four Daegu goals in a 4-1 away win against Jeonnam which gives them hope of escaping the relegation playoffs.
Ben Whiteman - CDM - OVR 63 Whiteman secured his spot in the side via a quick 10-minute hat trick for Doncaster, which from CDM is quite an achievement. Doncaster went on to win the game 4-1 with Whiteman claiming all the plaudits.
Khalid Boutaib - ST - OVR 71 Although the hat tricks did slow down this week there were still several from strikers. One of which was Boutaib who scored all three Morocco goals in a 3-0 win over Gabon.
Roy O'Donovan - ST - OVR 63 The Australian league was one of only a few still to play over the international break and from it we have O'Donovan who looks set to walk into the side after scoring three and assisting another in a 5-1 win.
Daryl Murphy - ST - OVR 72 Ireland kept their qualification hopes alive with a vital 2-0 home win over Moldova, Murphy scored both of those goals from either LW or ST dependent on where you look but wither way I expect him to feature.
Kari Arnason - CB - OVR 70 Iceland took a huge step towards qualification with an impressive 3-0 away win over Turkey on Friday. Arnason scored the third and final goal of the game and although he is not clear cut I fully expect an Icelandic IF and Arnason is the realistic option.
Mohamed Elyounoussi - RM - OVR 78 Norway recorded one of the more convincing wins of the international break, beating San Marino 8-0. Several players are in contention for an IF but two stand out. Specifically, Elyounoussi who scored three goals from the right side of midfield. Should only one make the cut I fully expect it to be Mohamed.
Steven Zuber - RM - OVR 75 Numerous IF options occurred from Switzerland’s 5-2 home win over Hungary but I believe Zuber is the best by a fair margin after the Hoffenheim player scored twice and assisted another. Shaqiri is also a strong candidate.
Jozy Altidore - ST - OVR 76 Either Altidore or Pulisic could be seen come Wednesday, both of whom played a part in USA's 4-0 win over Panama. Pulisic scored one and assisted another while Altidore went one better, scoring twice and assisting once.
Joshua King - ST - OVR 77 The second Norwegian to make the cut is Bournemouth's Joshua King. It was already mentioned that Norway ran away as 8-0 winners which is still an impressive score line for them despite coming against San Marino. King was involved in three of those goals, scoring twice and assisting another.