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As league seasons across Europe come to a close, the quality and volume of big in-forms is about to come to an end. But it's not all doom and gloom as the World Cup will soon be upon us. Aaron missed nine players from his prediction this week, so let's find out why:
It’s a straight shoot out between Inter and Lazio for the final Champions League spot in Serie A, and the Milan club closed the gap to just two points on Saturday with a resounding 4-0 win against Udinese. The goals were evenly spread making the IF options difficult, but Rafinha makes the TOTW for his goal and strong performance. Both Lazio and Inter have winnable games this weekend before facing off in the final game of the season next week. What a match that could be.
Aaron's View: I personally think Birsa was the better option from midfield after picking up an 8 from Gazzetta, and seeing as though I didn't pick Birsa, I couldn’t then justify Rafinha who picked up a lower rating than that.
Crystal Palace are now unbeaten in their last five Premier League matches; a run which has comfortably secured their top-flight status for next season. And they poured further misery on relegated Stoke on the weekend winning 2-1 at the Bet 365 Stadium. The late winner was scored by Patrick Van Aanholt in the 85th minute, and this performance when combined with last weeks (where he narrowly missed out) see him make the TOTW for continued good form.
Aaron's View: Van Aanolt seriously deserved a TOTW spot last week but was harshly snubbed in my opinion. This weak, he was a much weaker option for my prediction but maybe EA felt a little guilty this time?
Eibar put in one of their better performance of the season on Saturday where they easily beat mid-table rivals Girona 4-1. Kike Garcia scored a brace in the first half hour and then there was a bit of goal drought until the 80th minute when Jordan and then Inui finished off the scoring for the away side. Takashi Inui also picked up an assist to go with his goal, seemingly enough for his second IF of FUT 18.
Aaron's View: I already had Kike Garcia selected from Eibar, and I don’t think many would have expected a second IF from the same game for a goal and assist. Especially when Gomez did exactly the same for a different side this week.
After a rocky few weeks Hannover 96 finally put some daylight between themselves and the bottom clubs in the Bundesliga with a 3-1 win against Hertha Berlin. All three goals came in the first half with Harnik, Fullkrug and TOTW 34’s Salif Sane also chipping in with a goal. Sane also had 7 clearances and 2 tackles to his name, but without a clean sheet to go with it, I can see why he was missed.
Aaron's View: The defenders in general were difficult to predict this week with few notable performances. On top of that the Bundesliga was also a pain. Sane fits in both of those categories and this IF perhaps suggests a Bundesliga TOTS snub is on the way?
Villarreal have just two games left to cling on to a European football spot in La Liga and they put in an impressive display (before being hammered 5-1 by Barcelona) to beat Valencia 1-0 at home. The goal came late on as well with Mario Gaspar rising to head past Valencia keeper Neto after a set piece from Manu Trigueros. Crucial win for Villarreal especially as they lost in mid-week.
Aaron's View: Continuing the theme of difficult to predict defenders. Gaspar on paper looked great after scoring the only goal in a 1-0 win, but literally every match ratings source suggested there were far better options.
Gladbach took on struggling Frieburg and kept them closer to a relegation playoff than they would like after the had a chance to go six points clear of Wolfsburg. But, it was not to be with Gladbach winning 3-1 to continue this week’s unpredictables theme of both teams scoring. So with no clean sheet to his name Yann Sommer makes the TOTW for 7 saves against one of Germany's bottom clubs.
Aaron's View: This one is frustrating as it was between Sommer and the Russian keeper for me. I feel that Kristyuk was the stronger candidate but seeing as both him and Strak were low ratings, Sommer’s higer rating seems to have helped his inclusion.
Even though the Eredivisie title has been wrapped up for some time, Feyenoord have still finished the season strongly with 7 wins on the bounce with have featured no less than 28 goals. And three of those came on Sunday as they beat Heerenveen 3-2 with TOTW 34’s Steven Berghuis scoring a brace in the first half. Berghuis now has 18 goals and 12 assists for the season but this is his first IF of FUT 18. Wow.
Aaron's View: With the ROTW TOTS next 10 unclear, I struggled a bit with this one. Berghuis scored two goals which made him far from a TOTW a certainty, and therefore I wasn’t prepared to gamble on him not being in the next 10 ROTW.
Our second Steven of the week is Steven Maclean who was in great form for St Johnstone on the weekend as they hammered Motherwell 5-1 away from home. Maclean scored a hat trick in this one which he had wrapped up in just 56 minutes to fire his side to victory. Before this game Maclean only had 6 goals all season, but at least he’s finishing strongly I guess.
Aaron's View: It was always likely that I would miss a striker this week as I opted for all five reserves from defence and midfield, but with all those selected scoring hat tricks or more, it became difficult to snub anyone.
And finally, we head to Ligue 1 where Monaco’s latest young prodigy Moussa Sylla scored twice on his first start of the season to see off 15th placed Caen 2-1. The final goal came in dramatic fashion with Sylla netting in the 90th minute to seal all three points. Let the comparisons’ to Kylian Mbappe begin!
Aaron's View: I looked at Sylla and if the other options were not so heavily stacked with goals I would have included him, but with no less than 6 strikers being snubbed after scoring a hat trick, Sylla’s two goals looked miniscule.