FIFA 18 Team of the Week 21 Predictions

Last week's score: 17/23
Formation: 3-4-1-2
Squad Link:
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Goalkeeper

Ivan Cuellar - GK - OVR 75 Both goalkeeper and La Liga options were slim pickings this week and thus when Cuellar was awarded with three stars from MARCA for his performance in a 0-0 draw, he became the best option. Although he only made the one save, he also produced a brilliant last man tackle which really stood out.

Defenders

Jardel - CB - OVR 80 Despite conceding in Benfica's 5-1 home win over Rio Ave, I would still be surprised to see Jardel excluded from the side on Wednesday. The Brazilian defender scored one and assisted another, picking up MOTM in the process and helping to maintain the gap at the top to just two points.

Mats Hummels - CB - OVR 88 Some may say that a SIF for Hummels without an offensive contribution is cheap, but as a defender, it's not your job to score goals but instead help keep the clean sheet. Hummels was brilliant for Munich this weekend helping to ensure Mainz failed to score and was rewarded with the joint highest rating from Kicker this week. With a lack of Bundesliga options, it makes Hummels an attractive one to go for.

Alex Telles - LB - OVR 80 Alex Telles has always impressed from defense, both in Turkey and in Portugal, but there’s not many performances which can rate with his most recent. Porto ended up winning the match 3-1 but with Telles providing the assist on all three of those goals, without him it could well have been a much different story.

Midfielders

Henrikh Mkhitaryan - LM - OVR 85 The first of two Arsenal players selected for their 5-1 win over Everton comes in the form of both a new signing and a OTW item. Mkhitaryan had always shown a creative side to him while at United, but with a lack of game time provided resulted in him being unable to show his best. Early signs from Arsenal suggest he could get that opportunities and with three assists to his name this week, he has made his case for it

Aaron Ramsey - CDM - OVR 82 For me, both Arsenal players should make the cut from their 5-1 win against Everton. But should it be the case that only one makes it, that just has to be Ramsey. The Welshman has impressed in stages over the past few years and looked at the top of his game on Saturday, scoring three goals from CDM.

Sami Khedira - CM - OVR 84 The first of two Juventus players I have selected, which does mean that Alex Sandro narrowly misses out, is Khedira. The German was the official MOTM despite there also being a hat trick. With two goals and an assist from midfield in a 7-0 win, he has every right to that claim. He could miss out, but with him being Italy's POTW, I couldn't ignore him.

Florian Thauvin - RM - OVR 82 I have incorrectly predicted a SIF Thauvin on a couple of occasions. However, there is no questioning his spot this time around. The Frenchman was involved in four Marseille goals in their 6-3 thriller with Metz, scoring three himself alongside assisting another.

Mohamed Salah - RW - OVR 83 Completing a OTW and PL orientated midfield, we have a familiar face in Salah. The Egyptian has lit up the Premier League this season and continues to perform week in-week out. Another two goals to his name this week saw Liverpool pick up a point against Tottenham.

Forwards

Gonzalo Higuain - ST - OVR 90 Despite the fact the match was already over when Higuain showed up, the matter of the fact is that the Argentine scored three goals and realistically that means he will be included. Juventus ended the match as 7-0 victors and there could well be more than just Higuain making the cut.

Michy Batshuayi - ST - OVR 80 Yet another OTW to make the side. Batshuayi was unlucky at Chelsea due to lack of game time, which is often the case with them as a club, but even when he did play he was among the goal scorers. Now with the departure of PEA, he looks set to become the main man at Dortmund. He excelled on his debut, scoring twice and assisting another in a narrow 3-2 win over Koln. Already worth the transfer.

Substitutes

Beto - GK - OVR 76 A late addition to the side and one which comes at great relief for myself. The keepers were beyond scarce this week and thus nine saves on a Monday night to keep a clean sheet is more than enough for me to select Beto to pick up his SIF of the season.

Nathan Ake - CB - OVR 75 There were a couple of surprising midweek results in the premiership, one of which was Bournemouth's 3-0 win over Chelsea. Wilson excelled again scoring one and assisting another but due to the proximity of recent IFs I believe that will rule him out. The other option is Ake, who scored and helped keep their clean sheet, of which I feel is enough.

Damien Da Silva - CB - OVR 77 With so many defenders performing to a high standard this week, Da Silva was nearly excluded from side. But with two goals to his name, it was difficult to ignore him, especially when you consider that those goals were pivotal with Caen ending up as 3-2 winner.

Fabian Orellana - RM - OVR 80 Several options from Eibar, particularly in defense with three defenders contributing offensively, two of which proving two offensive contributions. But it's midfield I am going for with Orellana, who scored twice in their 5-1 win.

Illarramendi - CM - OVR 81 The midfield was not short of options this week, which will result in one or two players missing out who would usually breeze into the side. I do think Sociedad's Illarramendi will scrape into the side though, after he scored two of their five goals, picking up MOTM in the process.

Theo Walcott - RM - OVR 80 Although Walcott and his new side Everton were thrashed by his old side Arsenal this weekend, Walcott is still very likely to make the cut due to his midweek performance. The winger scored both Everton goals as they picked up a 2-1 home win over Leicester. A good start to his Everton career and to those early OTW owners.

Luuk De Jong - ST - OVR 76 We end the substitutes with an easy selection courtesy of Luuk De Jong. The PSV striker was involved in three of their four goals in a 4-0 win at home to Zwolle. All three of his contributions came in the form of goals which resulted in him picking up player of the week in the Eredivisie.

Reserves

Raphael Wolf - GK - OVR 66 It's not often that we see a goalkeeper pick up the perfect Kicker rating of 1, but that is exactly what Wolf managed in Dussledorf's 1-0 home win. The keeper made a total of five saves, one of which was a penalty, which saw him claim player of the week.

Michele Rizzi - CAM - OVR 67 Words can't quite do this performance justice; Rizzi came off the bench at half time to see his side fall two goals behind with things looking bleak for the away side. He then managed to find the net four times from midfield to turn the game around and eventually win 4-2. Yes, four goals in 45 minutes from midfield. That did happen.

Lautaro Martinez - ST - OVR 72 Football Manager players will recognise this name -- and it turns out he’s decent in real life. The young Argentine scored a hat trick for Racing club as they raced away with a 4-0 win.

Francesco Caputo - ST - OVR 71 Empoli's unbeaten run was largely down to their defensive display picking up draw after draw, but recently they have added goals to their game. Now with three wins on the bounce, and back-to-back 4-0 wins, they look a force in the Italian second division. Caputo scored three of four in their latest win and thus makes this side.

Henry Martin - ST - OVR 69 The Oribe Peralta Club America-era seems to be coming to an end now. Martin was the player given the chance to shine this week, and he well and truly delivered, scoring three of their five goals in a 5-1 home win.

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