FIFA 18 Team of the Week on hiatus

In an ahistoric surprise, EA's live team has suspended Team of the Week releases while they focus on the World Cup:

It's not immediately clear when TOTWs in FIFA 18 will resume, but a source tells Futhead to expect it in mid-July.

Aaron's original TOTW prediction intended for 6 June appears as follows:


Last week's score: 15/18
Formation: 3-4-1-2
Squad Link:
https://www.futhead.com/18/squads/3369005/

Goalkeeper

Beto - GK - OVR 76 It's very rare that I will predict both keepers during an international break but I do feel like there is a chance of that happening here. The first keeper selected is Beto after his saves resulted in a clean sheet during Portugal's 0-0 away draw with Belgium. He was awarded Man of the Match, and in a week with minimal options, that should go a long way.

Defenders

Martin Hinteregger - CB - OVR 77 We start off the defense with the first of a trio which although conceded I feel did enough to earn a selection in the side. Hinteregger managed to score one of two Austrian goals as they shocked Germany with a 2-1 win. His performance earned him multiple headlines after what was a superb goal by the CB.

Gary Cahill - CB - OVR 84 Although it was far from convincing, the fact that England won their game against Nigeria is likely to result in an IF and that player is an obvious selection in Cahill. The defender scored one of those two goals and by doing so picked up the official MOTM award.

Samuel Umtiti - CB - OVR 83 With France v Italy being one of the bigger games played this week, I can't see EA overlooking it. France came away with a convincing 3-1 win, but there was no stand out performances. With Umtiti scoring one of the three goals, alongside a recent TOTS snub, I feel as though that will be the route EA take.

Midfielders

Andriy Yarmolenko - LM - OVR 81 The first of two Ukrainian players I have selected in the side is Yarmolenko, who is also the stronger of the two options. The Dortmund winger was involved in all four Ukraine goals, scoring two and assisting two in a 4-1 win over Albania.

Yevhen Konoplyanka - RM - OVR 79 Continuing the theme of Ukraine, we move onto Konoplyanka, who was on the other wing. Although not as convincing as his teammate his brace should be enough to allow two Ukrainians into the side with options being few and far between.

Andre Carrillo - RM - OVR 77 This one was a little more difficult to find information on and thus the assist could easily be overlooked when selecting the side. EA have been good in recent times with the international fixtures though and thus I am more than happy to go with Carrillo who picked up a goal and assist in Peru's 3-0 win against Saudi Arabia.

Joel Campbell - RM - OVR 77 Although it’s safe to say that Costa Rica won't come close to the level of that they managed four years ago now they will be hoping to cause some damage. A convincing 3-0 win over Northern Ireland is what they managed in a warm up game with the usual threat of Joel Campbell doing the damage with both a goal and assist.

Edin Visca - RW - OVR 79 Visca has made a name for himself in the Turkish league this season, consistently performing to a high level. He has now taken that form to an international level for Bosnia, scoring all three of their goals in a 3-1 win over South Korea.

Forwards

Josef Alexander Martinez - ST - OVR 78 I can only imagine what Martinez's MLS All-Star item is going to look like with all these upgrades he has already picked up. Another hat trick from the Venezuelan which will probably result in him picking up his third IF of the season alongside a tasty 86 rating. Although the side is going to be dominated by international fixtures I believe the MLS will still feature.

Joshua King - ST - OVR 77 Although a player with as little game time as King rarely manages to make the eventual cut with the lack of striker options available his impact appearance off the bch could be all that is needed. Norway managed to snatch the win over Iceland late on, mainly thanks to King. The Bournemouth man ended with both a goal and assist.

Substitutes

Wayne Hennessey - GK - OVR 74 The international games never fail to give goalkeeper dilemmas and although this was different Hennessey's performance made things easier despite not being gold and coming during a mid-week fixture. The Welsh stopper made a total of nine saves in their 0-0 draw with Mexico.

Ryan Hollingshead - RB - OVR 66 Although EA could easily go back to a squad of 23 this week I do not expect them to keep switching between the two and thus come Wednesday I only expect the 18 players to be announced. As for the gold and silver ratio I also expect that to be much more lenient now and thus I have selected Hollingshead as the sub defender. The Dallas fullback scored one, assisted another and made a clearance off the line in a hard fought 3-2 win over LA Galaxy.

Robbie Benson - CM - OVR 62 Talking of weaker options, we now head over to the Irish league from which we find the usual suspects in Dundalk throwing some IF options our way. The best of the bunch is Benson after he scored twice and assisted another in a 5-2 win.

Matthew Leckie - RW - OVR 72 Although it was only a friendly Australia's 4-0 win away to Czech Republic is not something you can just shrug off. Not many expect them to do well in the summer but this result will help their confidence going forward. Leckie scored two of those four goals from the wing and thus makes my side.

Paolo Bartolomei - CM - OVR 00 Cittadella progressed with the scores level at 2-2 after extra time thanks to some bizarre rules in Calcio B's playoff system but regardless of that Bartolomei was the player who allowed them to do that scoring both of their goals, one of which was a freekick. Could well be a hero item.

Arber Zeneli - LM - OVR 73 It's been a short history for Kosovo but after recording their 4th consecutive win they have already proven that they are taking things seriously. The latest win came over a decent Albania side with a 3-0 win. Zeneli scored two of those goals from the wing and makes my side in the process.

Alvaro - ST - OVR 67 I could have quite easily just not selected a substitute striker but I felt like that would have been unrealistic and thus we have Alvaro after he scored twice for Alcorcon in a 3-0 win. Gama is also an option from the same match but we needed a striker to round the side out.

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