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Another solid week of predictions sees just eight players missed from TOTW 25 and we have a big one too, in the form of Leroy Sane, who is probably the most in form winger on the planet right now. Plus we check out the opening week of the MLS and some goalkeeping heroics from the Liga MX.
With two matches potentially in the mix for City this week, and given their imperious form they were likely to snag a few IFs. However, we missed Leroy Sane who scored one and assisted another against Arsenal in their 3-0 win on Thursday night. Sane was less impactful in the Sunday game against Chelsea, but if there’s a winger in form right now in the EPL. it’s Sane.
Aaron's View: *A goal and an assist for a City player is often enough for a TOTW entry but with Ederson already in the side I couldn't justify a second City player. *
Real Sociedad are reasonably comfortable in La Liga currently occupying 15th place, but they will need to secure a few more wins this season to not risk a relegation battle. The latest points came from a 2-1 win against Alaves where both goals for the home side were scored in the first ten minutes. Hector Moreno scored the opener but with no clean sheet this is a tough one to predict.
Aaron's View: The two-star match rating for Moreno put me off, especially when several other players picked up the maximum three stars from La Liga this week.
Burnley are doing their level best to chase down Arsenal in 6th place, and a 2-1 win against Everton (whilst Arsenal lost) was just the tonic they needed. TOTW IF fullback Matt Lowton played well in this one but only recorded a single assist for Ashley Barnes. Along with Moreno the lack of clean sheet to go with the goal or assist makes this a tough one for predictions.
Aaron's View: This is one I just don't understand. Burnley scraped a 2-1 win from which Lowton assisted one of the goals. Surely Dunk who scored one in a 2-1 win over Arsenal is the better option?
However, if Lowton and Moreno were difficult to pick-up the same cannot be said for Tiago Volpi who put in a magnificent goalkeeping display for Querétaro against Cruz Azul in the Liga MX. Querétaro picked up the 1-0 win, but it was all thanks to Volpi who made seven saves including a penalty to deny Cruz Azul’s forward line. Great performance.
Aaron's View: Seven saves with a penalty included looks like an obvious miss but with Ederson and Alisson both picking up huge match ratings, I couldn't ignore either. Alisson is the unfortunate player who misses out.
Sometimes amazing performances get you in to the TOTW and sometimes amazing goals do, and the latter was certainly the case for Leo Dubois who after starting the move from his own half, popped up later to rifle home FC Nante’s opener from the edge of the box against Marseille. However, the result was taken away from them right at the end as Florian Thauvin equalised in the 94th minute.
Aaron's View: I almost selected Dubois, however it would have been over Traore who also got in to the TOTW. I tried to be clever with Rugani and Mariano, who were my other choices for this spot. Turned out not to be the case.
The MLS is back and with it comes a guaranteed day one IF, for which we get Valeri Qazaishvili who scored one and assisted two others for the San Jose Earthquakes against Minnesota United. Danny Hosen was the recipient of those assists and even after a late flurry of goals from Minnesota, San Jose held on for the 3-2 win.
Aaron's View: The midfield was packed this week which made proceedings very difficult, the MLS starting seemingly helped Qaz despite a goal and two assists looking good on paper.
When a team win 7-0, predicting in forms gets very tricky and as such we missed Feghouli and his three assists in Galatasaray’s thumping victory against Kardemir. Gomis scored four but with an IF for him last week he was exempt which made it a straight shootout between two players which Aaron will explain. That win keeps Gala top and provides a healthy goal difference boost.
Aaron's View: I opted for team mate Mariano getting this spot after recording two assists (one less than Feghouli), mainly due to how many midfielder options there were in comparison to defenders this week.
Vitesse took on the mighty Ajax in the Eredivisie and put in a fantastic home performance to win 3-2. Bryan Linssen scored two second half goals in twenty minutes to push the score out to 3-1 before Sim De Jong made it a nervy last five minutes for the hosts. But, Vitesse held on and Linssen makes the TOTW. Good times all-round.
Aaron's View: We end with another cheap inclusion. Linssen played well, but with six silver or bronze hat tricks coming in this week, I don't feel that you can justify his selection.