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With International week done and dusted and real football back on the TV, Aaron's predictions are back in the low numbers with just eight players missed from TOTW 11. But as always a few biggies have slipped the net including a few who responded to our incorrect predictions from the last week to make the TOTW proper this time around.
Ten-man Huddersfield put up a brave fight at the John Smith’s Stadium last weekend but after the red card for La Parra was awarded, you sensed the result would only end up one way. And that it did, with man of the moment Raheem Sterling netting yet another late winner in the 83rd making it 11 on the spin for City. Sterling now has 8 goals and 3 assists in 13 league games and a second FUT 18 IF.
Aaron's View: Just the one goal for Sterling which wasn't enough for me, but with the lack of Premier League options there was always going to be a couple of iffy choice this week.
Aaron picked him for TOTW 10, but this time the Brazilian general has made the cut for his contribution in Real Madrid’s hard fought 3-2 win at home to Malaga. Casemiro scored this week which combined with an impressive showing against Atletico the week prior gets him in to TOTW 11 on accumulated good form. But even with Real’s recent up-turn in results they remain fourth, and eight points adrift of leaders Barcelona.
Aaron's View: I punted on Casemiro last week and it turned out to be wrong but another good performance from him this week looks to have done the trick.
There was a flurry of 3-2 results in La Liga this week as it happens, with Sevilla and Villarreal duking it out in yet another hotly contested match. Sevilla came out on top in this one with Ever Banega remaining cool under to pressure to net his sides winning goal from the penalty spot. Banega also assisted team mate Lenglet in the win which see’s Sevilla climb to fifth.
Aaron's View: MARCA only gave Banega a two star rating and usually three are needed for an IF which put me off him this week. Especially with the midfield already being packed with good options for TOTW 11.
When they aren’t being carved up by Jesse Lingard, Watford are doing rather well this season and that form continued last weekend against Newcastle where they ran out comfortable winners 3-0. Zeegelaar grabbed just a single assist here on only his third start for Watford in the league this season making this IF is perhaps a little premature. But that said, face mask IF’s don’t come around that often so I’m willing to let this one slide.
Aaron's View: Zeegelaar played well but with only one assist I opted for a second Southampton player in Ryan Bertrand.
Lazio came within an inch of a win against Fiorentina but were denied late on by a Babacar penalty to tie the game up at 1-1. Lazio’s goal came from De Vrij who powered the ball in to the net after a set piece from Luis Alberto. But with no clean sheet he does not have the TOTW defender criteria fully met. So perhaps a slightly generous pick.
Aaron's View: A goal and a seven from Gazzetta always put De Vrij in with a chance, but with so many defenders already in my prediction I just couldn’t find space for him.
There are tough picks, and then there are impossible picks, and this one is certainly the latter. Fenerbacha recorded a 1-0 win against Antalyaspor but in a match with nothing really to write home about Demirel made three saves and grabbed a clean sheet. But that is literally it. Odd.
Aaron's View: Three saves and a clean sheet for Demirel in an obscure league in terms of finding ratings. Next to impossible to get this one right.
Hamburg are flirting with the relegation places in the Bundesliga but that didn’t stop them putting in an impressive home performance beating Hoffenheim comfortably 3-0. Filipe Kostic scored the second goald of the three and was Hamburg’s best player on the day by some distance. But as with De Vrij this is perhaps generous given Kostic has no recent good form to back up his single goal.
Aaron's View: Just the one goal for Kostik and so I instead opted for POTW Harit, but seeing as he was a silver it looks as though EA have gone down the list to Kosik, who was the highest rated gold in terms of Kicker.
Twin brother of Everton’s Ramiro Funes Mori; Rogelio Fune Mori put in a fine strikers display for Monterrey in an all action display against Atlas in their 2-1 win by grabbing both goals. Funes Mori also scored again three days later against the same side this time in a 4-1 win. So all-in-all not a bad week for the Argentinian.
Aaron's View: This one has no logic whatsoever. I opted for Hurtardo, who played LW, scoring twice and assisting another. Instead EA opted for Funes Mori who scored one and assisted another in the same match. Hurtardo also picked up MOTM. Can’t really be justified.