FIFA Mobile 18 Matchups Predictions: Week 23

After a very odd week which saw a or near a FIFA Mobile Season 2 high three draws, we have another week of derbies, including one of the biggest in Germany. This one sees the return of one of the best games of the season, that we also correctly predicted back in the fourth week of Matchups.

And for the fourth week in a row, there is a chance for one of the teams that we are trying to predict the result of to win the league this weekend.

Rather than the normal four games, we have an extra game to predict to try to get right this week to help get you the four tokens needed to pick up the reward of your choice.

So, let's get into this weeks games.

Schalke v Dortmund

We start off with what was perhaps the most insane game of the season which we had the difficulty of trying to predict the first time the sides met. Of the three Dortmund games that we have had to predict, I have managed to get each one correct, but I have to admit that this is the one I'm least confident about by a long shot.

Schalke suffered a shock defeat last weekend at the hands of relegation-threatened Hamburg, ending their six game winning streak in which they conceded just one goal. They have a one point advantage over their rivals, and will be hoping to keep or extend that advantage to help them stay ahead due to their inferior goal difference. Their recent form has matched Bayern in terms of points and goals conceded in the last five games, and a win this weekend will help them move four points ahead of their rivals and should almost guarantee them an automatic Champions League spot for next season with just four games remaining.

Dortmund suffered a demoralising thrashing at the hands of Bayern a couple of weeks ago, but came back, thanks a rather lucky opening goal, to beat Stuttgart 3-0 the following week. Away from home, Dortmund were on a seven game unbeaten run until that defeat in Munich, but they had been lacking conviction, and haven’t reached their high scoring streak that they had at the start of the season. With a nearing full strength team at their disposal, they will be hoping to take confidence from their win last weekend to push for the three points with Batshuayi’s scoring run continuing. Three wins from three in their last home games will no doubt give them a much needed boost ahead of what is perhaps their second toughest game of the season, and the one that fans want to wins most.

The last four Revierderby games have ended in draws, with Dortmund winning the two prior to that, and I can see this game being just as close. I feel like this one will also end as a draw, maybe not quite as exciting as last time, but it will certainly be a game worth watching.

Game played: Sunday 15th, 2:30 p.m. (BST) / 9:30 a.m. (EST)

My prediction: Draw

Benfica v Porto

Our second game this week is one that won’t necessarily decide the title, but could prove crucial as the two teams are separated by just one point and two goals in goal difference.

Hosts Benfica are currently at the top of the table, having scored three more goals than their opponents. They are in fine form, and will be looking to win their 10th game in a row, which would extend their unbeaten run to 18. In Jonas, they have the only player who has outscored Messi and Salah in their respective leagues, including eight goals in his last five appearances. This season, only third place side Sporting have managed to take anything away from the Estádio da Luz. One thing worth noting is that he missed last week due to injury, and I haven't been able to see any news about his fitness this week to be able to tell if he's going to play this Sunday.

Porto boast the second best away record in the Primeira Liga, picking up 30 points from a possible 42. Their incredible defensive record, which has seen them average a goal conceded every 163 minutes in the league, is a league high, and a record they will be hoping to keep this week. However, their away form of late has been poor, losing their last two in the league after drawing 0-0 in their Champions League second leg against Liverpool.

The last three games between these two have ended in stalemate, with Porto winning the two games before that. Although the bookies are predicting a very close game, I feel like Benfica’s excellent home form will help them get the three points, but it may be worth waiting to see what news surfaces about Jonas’s fitness.

Game played: Sunday 6:00 p.m. (BST) / 1:00 p.m. (EST)

My prediction: Benfica win

Lazio v Roma

Next we move over to the Derby della Capitale as the two teams from Rome battle it out for far more than just points. This game is extra special, as the two teams are currently tied on 60 points after 31 games, separated by 11 goals on goal difference, so a win for either side could prove crucial as they both battle it out with Inter Milan for the automatic and qualifier spots in next season’s Champions League.

Lazio have the best attack in Calcio A, mainly thanks to the incredible form of Ciro Immobile. With 27 goals, the most in the league, and 9 assists, the second most in the league, the Italian striker has proved all doubters wrong after some disappointing years in Germany and Spain. To put that into perspective, he’s directly contributed to more goals than nine other Calcio A teams have scored this season, and only Messi and Salah have been involved in more goals than him in Europe’s top five leagues this season. Lazio face a tough game against RB Salzburg on Thursday night in the second leg of their Europa League quarter final, so how easily they can overcome their opponents may help them rest a few players ahead of this crucial league game. With four wins and three draws in their last seven games, they are in fine form, having scored two or more in six of those games.

Roma come into the game after one of the biggest shocks of the year as they came from 4-1 down in the first leg to beat Barcelona 3-0 to reach the Champions League semifinals. That result comes as more of a surprise as their league form hasn’t been that impressive since the winter break, having won just half of their league games since the winter break. That result will no doubt give them a massive psychological boost which, along with a couple of days extra rest, may prove decisive in this game. Although they are not as threatening in attack, Roma’s impressive defensive record is what is helping them stay battling near the top of the table. Just nine goals conceded in all 15 of their away games this season shows how difficult they are to break down, something that a top tier attack like Lazio will no doubt see as a good challenge to take on.

Roma have won the majority of recent games between these two, winning seven of the last 11 meetings compared to Lazio's two. I feel like this will be a very close game and very tough to call, but Roma’s two day extra rest may prove decisive and will give them the advantage that they need to help get ahead, but Lazio’s goal scoring prowess will help them stay in the game, so I feel like this one will end as a tie.

Game played: Sunday 15th, 7:45 p.m. (BST) / 2:45 p.m. (EST)

My prediction: Draw

Austria Wien v Rapid Wien

A bit of a more obscure game just now as we head to Austria for the Wien derby between Austria Wien and Rapid Wien.

Hosts Austria Wien are currently sixth with seven games left to play. With nine points to try and gain in that time to be in with a chance of a Europa League qualifier, they will be hoping that a win against their city rivals will help start that chase. Four wins in their last five has seen them recover from a horrendous run which saw them fail to win in nine games in a row, and they will no doubt be hoping to build on that going into the business end of the season. Three home wins in a row will no doubt give them confidence against their opponents, but with those wins all being against the three sides currently at the foot of the table, it remains to be seen how they cope against a tough opponent.

Rapid Wien are sitting in the first of two Europa League spots in the A.Bundesliga, ten points clear of their opponents in third. With just one clean sheet in their last seven games, they can be thankful that their attack is as impressive as it is, with 11 goals in their last four games. Their away form has been fairly in recent weeks, with just one win from five, but they will no doubt be hoping that their good home form can finally carry over on their travels.

Games between these two have been fairly interesting recently, with the home side having only won one game out of the last 12 meetings, with the visitors winning on eight of those occasions. Rapid have been particularly successful when playing at the Ernst-Happel-Stadion, with five wins and a draw in their last six games away to their city rivals. I feel like recent form overall may favour the hosts, but the visitors record against them and their confidence will help carry them to victory.

Game played: Sunday 15th, 3:30 p.m. (BST) / 10:30 a.m. (EST)

My prediction: Rapid Wien win

PSG v Monaco

Lastly, we head to France where the two biggest teams in the country face off in a top of the table clash.

After Bayern Munich and Manchester City failed in the last couple of weeks, PSG have a great chance of sealing the Ligue 1 title, needing only to prevent their opponents from winning to take the title. The hosts will come into the game high in confidence after winning the Coupe de la Ligue against Monaco just two weeks ago. Home and away losses to Real Madrid may be in the back of their minds still, but they are clear favourites for this game, having scored an average of 3 goals per game in the league, and conceding a goal every 131 minutes on average. On top of that, they have not dropped a point at home all season, in an incredible run that has seen them score 61 goals in 16 games at the Parc de Princes in the league.

Monaco are the only team who can technically catch the Paris giants, but with 14 points to gain over just five matches, it looks like an impossible task. They have proven difficult to beat though, and are unbeaten in the league since the new year. However, their defence has been struggling of late with no clean sheets in their last seven games. Away from home, Monaco haven’t been too impressive this season, picking up just 26 points from their 15 games on the road this year.

As expected, PSG are big favourites for this game, and recent games between these two would favour them massively as well. PSG have won the last five encounters against last years champions, winning 16:3 on aggregate over those games. I expect that run to continue and the hosts to claim the Ligue 1 title.

Game played: Sunday 8:00 p.m. (BST) / 3:00 p.m. (EST)

My prediction: PSG win

That’s what I think might happen this week, with good mix of games to try and predict this week. As a reward, you can pick yourself up an 85 Overall CM Andrija Zivkovic, or some ever important coins to help you with SBC’s or get to the next level with your team.

As always, good luck and happy predicting!

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