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Marc-Andre ter Stegen - GK - OVR 89 With the goalkeeper selection on offer, Ter Stegen is the most attractive in FUT terms by some distance. As we saw with Courtois last season, despite not being the best option when it comes to who necessarily deserves the item, he will likely end up as one of the keepers. That being said, with Barcelona winning the La Liga title alongside competing in the semifinals of the Champions League, they have been brilliant once again this year; the defensive side of their game has impressed once again as well and thus Ter Stegen does have good statistics to back the selection up.
Jerome Roussillon - LB - OVR 80 Roussillon has been fantastic in the Bundesliga all season and despite playing for Wolfsburg, who sit outside the main sides this season, has impressed throughout and is widely regarded as the best LB this season. He has recorded three goals and five assists and with several TOTW snubs. I expect him to win a vote, especially as one of the most used Bundesliga LB's in-game too.
Toby Alderweireld - CB - OVR 87 Continuing on the theme of high rated players, I expect most, if not all of the highest 10 rated players to feature. One of those being Alderweireld, who has been a rock at the back once again for Spurs. Who although have dropped off some in recent weeks, have been impressive overall this campaign.
Niklas Sule - CB - OVR 84 Sule has been a rock at the back for Munich, developing as their starter this season and shows no sign of giving his spot up, with him arguably being their most important defender this season, although Hummels will have a lot to say about that statement. He has missed out on a TOTW spot a few times which only signifies his importance to the side.
Alex Telles - LB - OVR 84 Another player who falls under the high rated category is Telles. But despite that, I probably would have included him regardless. The Brazilian has impressed as usual for Porto, constantly being a threat down the left-hand side, which has seen him record three goals and seven assists for Porto so far.
Yannick Carrasco - LM - OVR 83 With most the high rated midfielders coming from central options, I feel that it will work in Carrasco's favour with voters often roughly sticking to positions. Carrasco is a popular player in FUT, and although going to China has halted his selection from many sides, the thought of a Carrasco TOTS item is still one many will go for. The Belgian has 11 goals and 6 assists to his name in total, so he wouldn't be too undeserved either.
Sergio Busquets - CDM - OVR 89 Busquets is a player of whom this type of side is made for. Although he rarely gets noticed for a TOTW selections, his consistent performances are vital for Barcelona with the Spaniard controlling the midfield and breaking up the play in front of the back four. He can boast a 90% passing accuracy over the season and remains as Barcelona's unsung hero once again.
Allan - CM - OVR 84 Allan is usually a player which is very hyped when it comes to FIFA, and once again he has a very good all round item. With him not only being one of the highest rated on the shortlist, but also being in the Serie A, I can't see him being ignored. There's not really much to say about him when it comes to deserving the item, but he has been consistent for Napoli this season.
Thiago - CM - OVR 87 One of the biggest mistakes I made for last year's prediction of this side was including the players who deserved selections despite having no backing when it came down to a vote. Although I disagree with how that works, when it comes to predicting, it's something I have adapted for this year and thus we have Thiago. That's not to say that the Spaniard doesn't deserve some recognition; he has been somewhat impressive. I'm just saying that perhaps there have been better options. With Thiago being 87 rated and pretty usable on FUT, I would be shocked not to see him make the final squad.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic - ST - OVR 85 Regardless of what Ibra managed, I would have expected him to make the cut after seeing his name on the list with the Swede being an instant FUT fan favourite. The best part of this selection is that he actually deserves to be there to boot. He lit MLS up with some fantastic solo goals, with 22 being his tally in total, and has continued his form onto the early matches of the latest LA Galaxy campaign.
Sebastian Haller - ST - OVR 81 Haller has been robbed time and time again for TOTW, and with an underwhelming item in the game, I just hope he doesn't get snubbed for this as well. With 14 goals and ten assists in the Bundesliga, he is one of the stand out options for the side. Due to playing in a big league, I can see him sneaking in.
Roman Burki - GK - OVR 81 With just 29 goals conceded in 30 games, the Swiss stopper has a superb record to his name and has made multiple highlight reels with some magnificent double and even triple saves throughout the season. I would be shocked not to see Burki in the side this year. I also expect Burki to be popular in the fan voting system with the stops being in peoples mind from viral clips featuring the Swiss international. He is also one of the higher rated goalkeepers on offer, which going from last year, will also work in his favour.
Aaron Wan Bissaka - RB - OVR 76 Wan Bissaka has been one of the breakthrough youngsters in the Premiership this season, with the RB being pretty much unheard of prior. With AWB receiving a Winter upgrade item, and in turn making him Gold, I expect that this will be enough to get the nod. For a 76-rated item, his in-game stats are impressive, and in general, he is a very hyped player coming into this.
Oscar - CM - OVR 83 Although Oscar's career path was rather questionable, his performances have not been. The Brazilian has excelled over the Chinese Super League, developing into one of the league's most impressive talents. He's dominated the division with 12 goals and 18 assists last season making him one of the best statistical options, and alongside the nostalgia factor, he seems a logical choice for the side.
James Maddison - CAM - OVR 77 I fully expect the maximum cap of 5 per league to be hit by a couple of division, with one of those being the Premier League. Maddison is a fringe player for me with seven goals and six assists, but the Leicester midfielder is a decent FUT item, which should work in his favour.
Steven Bergwijn - LW - OVR 80 On the other end of the spectrum, we have a player in Bergwijn, who with 13 goals and 12 assists from LW, thoroughly deserves to be included. But due to playing in the Dutch league, he could well be one of the unfortunate few that misses out. That being said, with 89 Pace on his NIF, he does stand out for that reason. With several lower rated players having to be included, Bergwijn could easily be one of them.
Bafetimbi Gomis - ST - OVR 81 When it comes to selecting between the similar statistics of players, I ended up going the route of popularity. With Gomis being a ex-Premier league player known for his celebration, I feel that that will work in the Frenchman's favour. With an impressive 19 goals to his name alongside 7 assists, he has made a name for himself in Saudi Arabia.
Francesco Caputo - ST - OVR 75 Although I do feel that there are better options in both Silver and Bronze items, the fact that Caputo is a pacey Gold in Italy will mean more to the voting system. With 15 goals to his name, he has been one of the surprise stars in Italy.
Lukasz Fabianski - GK - OVR 80 We saw three keepers feature last year, and I expect the same to happen this time around with three clear options standing out under the system EA have us operating under. Fabianski has made the highest amount of saves in the PL with 133 to his name, and although he has only managed five clean sheets without him, West Ham would be in a significantly worse position without. With the Polish stopper playing in the Prem, I feel that this will also help him via the voting process.
Jesus Navas - RWB - OVR 81 With an RM to RWB positional change for Navas on a potential TOTS item, it offers an alternative selection for your La Liga sides. With high pace, shooting and dribbling stats on the RWB, I can see him sneaking into the selection. Navas has one goal and five assists to his name for Sevilla this season and has been a constant threat down the right-hand side for them. But perhaps more impressively, he has actually done fairly well on the defensive side of his game too.
John Stones - CB - OVR 82 I actually disagree that Stones should be anywhere near the shortlist for this side, but due to the way the side is decided after the initial shortlist, I can see him making the eventual squad. Stones has missed part of the season with injury, but did impress while more fit for City. My issue with the selection is that there have been other players who have performed for the entire season, but regardless, I can see Stones making it.
Ever Banega - CDM - OVR 83 Another Sevilla option, we are now looking at a positional change. Banega was deployed in a more defensive role throughout the current campaign and adapted well to it. He consistently controlled the game and broke up plays, something which he has not been used to doing in previous seasons. With the Argentine being one of the higher rated players as well, I expect him to be voted in.
Mbaye Diagne - ST - OVR 75 I debated this one for a while, simply because Diagne is not a usable player in FIFA and thus is not likely to get much traction. But really, if you are ignoring a striker with 28 goals this season, you probably shouldn't be able to cast a vote. Diagne has been simply outrageous, sitting on double the number of goals of second place in the Golden Boot standings for Turkey, and without a doubt is one of the most deserved inclusions to this side.