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Last week's score: 16/23
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Ederson - GK - OVR 86 After the disappointment of exiting Europe to Tottenham, the last thing Manchester City wanted was for Spurs to then put a major dent in their Premier League title bid. Thankfully for City fans, they were able to record a 1-0 win, retaining them as favourites for the title. But had it not have been for the Brazilian's heroics between the sticks, we could have been looking at an entirely different situation.
Alex Sandro - LB - OVR 86 Under any normal circumstance, I would have ignored Sandro's goal after only picking up a 6.5 match rating. But with Juventus officially lifting the Scudetto once again because of it, I can see him being given his third special item of the season, which will make his Headliners' owners happy.
Niklas Sule - CB - OVR 84 Without Kicker to rely on for Germany, the selections became a lot harder to make from the German divisions. One which still stood out, however, was Sule, of whom scored the only goal of the game as Munich recorded a 1-0 win over Werder Bremen.
Marcel Halstenburg - LWB - OVR 78 Continuing with the Bundesliga, we seemingly have another easy selection in the defence after Halstenburg scored both Leipzig goals in a narrow 2-1 away win over Gladbach. You could easily argue LM on this one but the line-ups do suggest an LWB role was in operation.
Sofiane Boufal - LM - OVR 77 The Spanish division only really offered a couple of suggestions and thus I feel that Boufal could sneak into the side, especially with a lack of gold midfielders to select from. Although he has just one goal and one assist to his name -- which is less than other candidates -- he also went on to pick up three stars from MARCA, which I feel will help push him in.
Marco Reus - CAM - OVR 88 I almost opted to ignore Reus with the number of special items he's already obtained, but with a Headliners item out there for him, it provides EA with that additional motive to pull the trigger after his goal and two assists performance. That being said, the lack of match ratings did make it difficult to justify.
Gylfi Sigurdsson - CAM - OVR 82 United's form has severely dropped off in recent weeks and now pundits are even questioning OGS's abilities (which I personally find simply astonishing only weeks after he was being praised left right and centre.) There's no questioning that this was a poor result for the Red Devils though, with Everton running away as 4-0 winners. Sigurdsson looks set to pick up the in-form from the match after scoring one and assisting another.
Ayoze Perez - RM - OVR 76 Perez was literally robbed of an in-form after scoring twice and assisting another a few weeks back. But the same simply can't happen again after the Spaniard scored three times from RM in Newcastle's 3-1 home win over Southampton on Saturday.
Kylian Mbappe- ST - OVR 88 It's been a while since Mbappe has even come into consideration for a TOTW spot but after scoring a hat trick in a PSG 3-1 win over Monaco there's no question surrounding his inclusion for a Hero item this week and with a 9/10 from L'Equipe, it only further cements that claim.
Karim Benzema - ST - OVR 85 From one big name player to another. This time over in Spain with Madrid's Benzema scoring a hat trick as Madrid recorded a 3-0 win at home to Bilbao. It looks as though we are in for a strong TOTW, and with hat tricks from big names, it could be even better with the inevitable big name or two being forced in alongside the clear ones.
Abderrazak Hamdallah - ST - OVR 74 Im actually speechless when it comes to Hamdallah, although it is only the Saudi league what he is producing week in week out is simply magnificent. He was denied of a fourth IF a couple of weeks ago, seemingly due to being too close to his previous IF, but this time, particularly after making league history, I can see the gap being enough and with two goals and three assists to his name.
Salvatore Sirigu - GK - OVR 82 I fully expect to see a Torino IF come Wednesday. However, who that will be is up for debate between both Sirigu and Ansaldi. On paper, Ansaldi looks to be the better bet with the defender scoring the only goal of the match, where as Sirigu only has four saves to his name. But Gazzetta's ratings are what I am going off here, and with an 8/10 and MOTM, I can't ignore Sirigu who in fairness has impressed all season.
Diego Carlos - CB - OVR 78 Midweek games are still extremely inconsistent in terms of selection -- which I find ridiculous after so many years -- but I believe they should count and thus Diego Carlos should be a certainty for the side after scoring the opening goal in Nantes shock 3-2 home win over PSG. Carlos went on to be awarded the official MOTM with an 8/10, and with him also being a gold item, he should walk into the side.
Houssem Aouar - CM- OVR 78 It was a highly competitive week when it came to Ligue 1 IFs this week, with several options standing out. Another to add to that list was a future star in Aouar. The young French midfielder provided the assist on both Lyon goals during their 2-1 win over Angers, picking him up an 8/10.
Saleh Al Shehri - LM - OVR 62 Another Saudi addition which can be classed as controversial as Al Shehri's SIF came in TOTW 29 which is a mere three-week gap. But after scoring three goals from LM, I just can't ignore him. With him starting off as a 62 rated item, his TIF would be 82, which is quite the jump.
Phillip Max - LM - OVR 78 With Augsburg recording a ridiculous 6-0 win this weekend, I am expecting an IF to occur. But as previously mentioned, without the likes of Kicker to fall back on, it becomes a difficult selection process. I am happy to take the punt, however, and with Max scoring two of those six goals from LM, it looks as though the MOTM award could easily go his way.
Lucas Zelarayan - CF - OVR 75 You can argue for numerous positions on Zelarayan this week with CAM, CF and RW all coming into the question. But with two goals and one assist to his name during a 3-3 draw, regardless of what EA decide to classify the position as, he stands a chance of making the cut.
Roy Krishna - ST - OVR 72 Although Krishna will be difficult to fit into sides, he could easily be another one to add to those cheap superb sub-lists after he looks to be set to pick up his SIF for scoring three times in Wellington's 3-2 win. With a potential 93 pace and 85+ shooting on the way, he could do some real damage late into matches.
Brice Samba - GK - OVR 65 Had Samba have started the season as a gold item, we would be looking at a ridiculous amount of IFs for this keeper with him performing week in week out,with several 8/10s occurring for the Caen stopper. He finally went that extra mile this week though and put in a performance which simply can't be ignored. With eight saves and a penalty save to his name in Caen's 1-0 win, L'Equipe awarded a 9/10, which should be enough.
Massimo Coda - ST - OVR 71 A late addition to the same came with Coda, who scored a hat trick during a Monday match. But with it being a Bank holiday in England, I can see Monday games counting with EA likely deciding the TOTW on Tuesday instead.
Patrick Mortensen - ST - OVR 67 Seeing as this match falls under a relegation playoff schedule, I am unsure as to if it will actually count. But after Mortensen managed to score a hat trick, I am happy to take the punt on it counting. His goals came in a 4-2 away win for Aarhus leaving them top of said group.
Bryan Linssen - ST - OVR 73 The Dutch player of the week is often the only player in contention for a TOTW spot and once again that looks set to be the case. With a hat trick to his name, Linssen also looks set to make EA's side. Vitesse went on to win the match 4-1 over Zwolle.
Dan Kelly - ST - OVR 55 We end the prediction in unexciting fashion via a 55-rated Irish league striker. Kelly managed to score a hat trick for Dundalk in a 3-0 win over Finn Harps and deserves his spot for doing so.