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Last week's score: 13/23
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Benoit Costil - GK - OVR 78 Annoyingly Costil didn't feature as L'Equipe's keeper of the week, and instead that went the way of Stephane Ruffier. Seeing as though Ruffier lost 1-0, I can't see EA giving him the IF despite the superior match rating. Costil was MOTM from his match after making eight saves to keep his clean sheet; with Ligue 1 offering very little, I can see him sneaking in.
Ismaily - LB - OVR 79 The defensive side of the prediction was extremely difficult to select and I am only confident on one of my selections with the rest being somewhat punts. Ismaily comes after he picked up two assists in a 5-0 win for Shakhtar. It's been a while since the Ukrainian league has picked up an IF though and is often forgotten.
Pepe - CB - OVR 85 With a lack of high rated defenders being available for selection, I had to take a punt on one. Pepe is that punt after he was the only real Portuguese league option, claiming MOTM for his goal in Porto's 2-1 win.
Nico Elvedi - CB - OVR 77 The Bundesliga was a difficult league to select from this week, not due to a lack of options but simply due to the strange Kicker MOTM choices. Thankfully Elvedi was an expected one, and is thus one I am confident in making the final cut. The Swiss CB scored the only goal of the game which saw Gladbach come away with a 1-0 win over Mainz.
Julian Brandt - CM - OVR 82 After Brandt had spent a couple of seasons as Leverkusen's super-sub and having to show how talented he was from off the bench, he looks to have cemented himself as a first team player. He plays to a high standard almost every week, and once again saw himself being pivotal for Leverkusen in their 3-2 win over Hannover picking up two of the assists.
Andrej Kramaric - CAM - OVR 83 Although one of Kramaric's goals were from the penalty spot, the fact his other goal was impressive and the fact he picked up MOTM from what looks to be a CAM role, I can't see him being ignored. His goals turned out to be crucial with Hoffenheim only scraping a 2-1 win which only adds to the Croatians case.
James Rodriguez - CAM - OVR 88 The rating system seriously confused me for this one; with Ribery claiming three assists and a Lewandowski brace both occurring in Munich''s 6-0 romp over Wolfsburg, it was Rodriguez who not only claimed MOTM but also POTW for his singular goal. It's very rare that Germany's POTW misses out, and thus I simply have to follow the match ratings here.
Raheem Sterling - LW - OVR 87 Although Sterling's first goal was rather controversial, the English winger was simply magnificent throughout his Man City's 3-1 win at home to Watford, securing a hat trick all in the space of 13 minutes. Those three take him up to 15 goals for the season, just three behind teammate Aguero who currently leads the way. It's going to be a close battle for the Golden Boot this season.
Sadio Mane - LW - OVR 86 The IF was between both Mane and Firmino for this spot, with both players scoring twice during Liverpool's 4-2 win over Burnley ensuring that the title race is kept to the single point. Mane was awarded the official MOTM award making it difficult to look beyond the Senegal international. But with so many midfielders this week, it really is a free for all.
Andrea Belotti - ST - OVR 82 There were a few Serie A options when it came to strikers this week with Gazzetta being generous on the match ratings. Belotti is a player who looks set to benefit from that after his two goals for Torino in their 2-1 away win over Frosinone saw him pick up an 8/10.
Wissam Ben Yedder - ST - OVR 82 It was an important match to win for Sevilla who are on the edge of European spots with Sociedad just two points behind them prior to their match. With Sevilla recorded a 5-2 win, it allowed them to create a gap between the two sides. But with so many sides battling for those final places, the win was the most important aspect. Ben Yedder scored three of the five Sevilla goals making him a certainty for this weeks side.
Zack Steffen - GK - OVR 75 The MLS often sneaks a spot into the side when in action, especially with more and more gold options going to the division now. Should Steffen get the nod it would be his SIF and after a penalty save and a clean sheet to his name. With a lack of goalkeeper options, Steffen looks to be a safe bet.
Ismaila Sarr - LM - OVR 76 Continuing on the theme of two assists we move onto Ligue 1 where Rennes, off the back of their superb win over Arsenal, backed it up domestically with a 3-1 win at home to Caen. Sarr picked up the assist on two of those goals and thus L'Equipe awarded him with an 8/10.
Yannick Carrasco - LM - OVR 83 I was surprised that there was not a shock addition from the CSL last week with the league returning to action. But I would be even more surprised not to see one this time around with several options occurring from the league. Carrasco scored twice and assisted another from LM and although the score ended level at 3-3, I fully expect that to be enough for him.
Hans Vanaken - CAM - OVR 78 The competition on midfield spots was rife this week with so many players putting in high attacking contributions. Brugge came away with a comfortable 4-0 win, with Vanaken scoring twice and assisting another within the said match. The Belgian has been previously snubbed on numerous occasions, but surely not this time?
Ayoze Perez - RW - OVR 76 With Newcastle being two down at home to Everton at half time, it all looked as good as over. But what happened next was simply magnificent, with Rondon opening the toons account in the 65th minute due to a Perez assist before the Spaniard then added two goals of his own, in both the 81st and 84th minutes to secure a magnificent turnaround victory.
Jamie Vardy - ST - OVR 82 It's been a while since we have spoken about Vardy after several magnificent seasons for Leicester; the English striker has seemingly slowed down drastically. With two goals to his name in their 3-1 home win over Fulham, he does look set to pick up his first IF of the season. But with a league SBC item already available it doesn't really offer that much.
Simon Terodde - ST - OVR 76 Koln made it four consecutive wins to remain top of the second division in Germany via a convincing 5-1 win over Arminia. Terodde was yet again the player behind the goals, scoring three of those five, taking his tally to 26, double the amount of second place!
Maurice Trapp - CB - OVR 63 I stopped including defensive braces from silver and bronze items in recent weeks due to a long period of EA ignoring them. But they seemingly are back to including them, and thus we have Trapp predicted, who scored twice in his sides 3-0 win.
Sarpreet Singh - CAM - OVR 65 One of the biggest results of the weekend came from Australia with Wellington Pheonix recording a ridiculous 8-2 away win over Central Coast. There were a few IF options, but with two goals and two assists to his name, I would be surprised to see Singh miss out.
Anderson Lopes - ST - OVR 69 I'm sure many of you will have seen the celebration of Lopes jumping over the billboard from which he highly under-anticipated the fall the other side. Well, that was for his third goal of the match and he didn't stop there either. In total, the Brazilian managed to score four times in his sides 5-2 home win and walks into the side as a result.
Roberto Gutierrez - ST - OVR 72 The Chilean division has always been a difficult one to predict with the licensing issues EA have had over the past couple of years; it often leads to players being snubbed, as we saw with last week's hat trick. With only a handful of players scoring three this week, I can't see them snubbing the division again with Gutierrez being the man with the hat trick.
Moise Kean - ST - OVR 72 This is going to be a name that football fans will know for years to come. The 18-year-old Italian striker has been hyped up for a while now with a decent loan spell at Parma last year and was given a run in Juventus's starting eleven this week, something I expect the youngster to appear in often now that the title is all but won. Kean repaid the faith by scoring twice in The Old Lady's 4-1 home win over Udinese.