FIFA 21 Team of the Week 9 Predictions
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Manuel Neuer GK - FC Bayern - 89 -> 90 Rated: After getting tormented by Spain in Tuesday's 6-0 defeat with Germany, the sweeper-keeper was back to his best again. In his 400th game for the club, Neuer made a superb double save in the first-half when the game was still goalless and he also smothered Sargent's effort from close range to prevent a late winner for Bremen.
Kurt Zouma CB - FC Chelsea - 80 -> 83 Rated: Chelsea cruised to another victory in the Premier League with most of their player having a great game. It appeared as though Chelsea did not have much to do off the ball bt it was the way they were recycling possession that ensured their dominance. One aspect that fuelled the same was Zouma's superiority in the air. The center-back won every battle on the pitch and smoothly went about his business in possession.
Andrew Robertson LB - FC Liverpool - 87 -> 88 Rated: Liverpool ran out a comfortable 3-0 win against Leicester at home to go level with leaders Tottenham. In a Liverpool defence plagued by injuries, Robertson led the pack admirably well. He was his usual self on the left in both attack and defence, a well-measured cross to Jota for Liverpool's second goal being the icing on the cake.
LB - AC Milan - 83 -> 85 Rated:
AC Milan continued their unbeaten start to the campaign after an emphatic 3-1 victory over Napoli.
Ibrahimovic got awarded with MOTM but with the amount of options for strikers this week i've decided to go with the french Defender Hernandez who was solid defensively and incredible when going forward. He kept Lozano at bay and caused all sorts of problems when going forward, assisted the first goal and drew Bakayoko's second yellow to send him off.
Lo Celsco CAM - Tottenham - 82 -> 84 Rated: Tottenham Hotspur went top of the League after producing a display of clinical efficiency and tactical discipline to beat Manchester City. Despite not being named MOTM Lo Celso had impact when he got subbed on. He scored a few seconds after coming on to make it 2-0 for his side and calmed things down on the ball. This and a 8/10 could be enough for him to pick up an inform.
De Paul CM - Udinese - 77 -> 81 Rated: It was an early relegation fight between Udinese and Genoa as both teams were in the bottom three with just one win to their names and Udinese came away with a close 1-0 victory in a game which ended crazy with a disallowed goal for Genoa. De Paul was unlucky not to complete his brace in 84 minutes as a free kick dipped onto the crossbar but with him scoring the only goal from CM and a 7.5 from Gazzetta i can see him picking up an inform from that game.
D. Berardi RM - Sassuolo - 80 -> 83 Rated: This was an intriguing showdow between the two high-flying sides who insisted on attacking football. Sassuolo rode their luck as Verona hit the woodwork four times but Domenico Berardi was crucial for his side with scoring a goal and assisting another for Boga to make it 2-0.
Y. Carrasco LM - A. Madrid - 82 -> 84 Rated: Atletico Madrid announced themselves as genuine title contenders with a crucial victory against Barcelona that sees Simeone's team move to within touching distance of the top of the table. Carassco thoroughly enjoyed his return to the Atletico Madrid starting eleven and was a constant threat on the left flank. The forward scored the only goal of the game with an excellent piece of skill and proved his mettle against Barcelona which got awarded with 3 stars from Marca, the high rating. He started from the LWB Position but heatmaps have shown him more as a LM, could go both ways.
Romelu Lukaku ST - Inter Milan - 85 -> 86 Rated: Inter came back from behind to beat Torino 4-2 in an eventful match which saw the Granata dominate the hosts for 60 minutes before melting when the three points looked within their grasp. Lukaku once again proved decisive by putting his name on the scoresheet twice and assist another two and although he was largely ineffective during the first 60 minutes and failed to score from close range he was the main man to help his side coming back.
Erling Haland ST - Borussia Dortmund - 86 -> 87 Rated: After a sluggish first half which saw Borussia Dortmund go a goal down to Hertha's Cunha, Erling Haland was once again the difference for Borussia Dortmund. On the day he won the Golden Boy award, Haland put in a world class performance and scored four second half goals to lift his side to a come from behind victory. This simply incredible performance got awarded with 1 and POTW from Kicker and should result in Haland's SIF of Fifa.
C. Ronaldo ST - Juventus - 92 -> 93 Rated: Juventus recorded a 2-0 victory against Cagliari as Cristiano Ronaldo's brace proved the difference between the two sides in Turin. We have seen top players being robbed earlier this Year for the same performance but with Black Friday just around the corner and a 8 from Gazzetta i can't see Ronaldo not picking up the inform this week.
A. Bodart GK - Standard Liege - 71 -> 78 Rated: There have been a few choices this week for the second goalkeeper spot but i can't ignore Bodart who scored the late equalizer with 10 men down against Eupen to level the game in the second-half injury-time.
Marcelo CB - Lyon - 76 -> 81 Rated: Olympique Lyonnais continued their revival as Kadewere's late goal handed Garcia's side a 1-0 victory against Angers SCO on Sunday. Altough not being named MOTM, Ligue 1 often provides options for defenders and so it is this time. Marcelo was one of the reasons Lyon came away with a close win against a strong Angers side and got awarded with a 7 from L'equipe which might be enough this week to grab an inform.
Fabregas CM - AS Monaco - 75 -> 81 Rated: PSG's eight-game winning run came to an untimely end after Monaco fought-back two goals down to win 3-2 at the Stade Louis II. It was an inspired substitution from Kovac as the former Barcelona and Chelsea man assisted Volland's equalizer and dispatched the match-winning penalty with a plomb.
Diego Perotti LM - Fenerbahce - 79 -> 82 Rated: This is one of two serious options this week coming from the turkish Süper Lig. Diego Perotti managed to score a brace in Fenerbahce's 5-1 victory over Genclerbirligi which could see him getting an inform.
Yusuf Yazici ST - LOSC Lille - 76 -> 81 Rated: LOSC moved back to within two points of Ligue 1 leaders PSG after cruising to a 4-0 win over FC Lorient on Sunday. Yusuf Yazici scored twice for his side and also got an assist to help put the game to the bed before the hour mark which was awarded with a 8 from L'Equipe.
Mateta ST - Mainz 05 - 76 -> 81 Rated: It was an important win for Mainz 05 in the bottom of the league against Freiburg where the french striker Mateta got himself an hat-trick and thus claimed 1 and Man of the Match from Kicker.
Andy Delort ST - Montpellier - 79 -> 82 Rated: The Montpellier striker was an important player in his team's 4-3 victory against Strasbourg. By his desire and percussion, he undermined the Strasbourg defense. Not just scoring twice with a header, he also assisted Laborde's goal with a header and got awarded with a 8 from L'Equipe.
R. Schlegel GK - Orlando City - 61 -> 71 Rated: Another week, another potential hero card and it's coming from a crazy MLS play-off game. Orlando's main Goalkeeper got send off during the penalty shootout against New York City FC after his second yellow card and defender Schlegel made the decisive save in a 6-5 win for Orlando which put Orlando into the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Marco Mancosu CAM - Lecce. - 72 -> 79 Rated: Usually the reserves are filled with players scoring hat-tricks but this time it's a quadruple of assists. Lecce steamrolled Reggiana 7-1 and Mancosu got himself four assists which should be enough for him to pick up an inform.
Kevin Molino LM - Minnesota FC - 71 -> 78 Rated: We haven't seen as much hat-tricks as previous weeks and therefore reserves are a bit of a dice roll this week. I've decided to go with Molino who scored a goal on each side of halftime for his side in a 3-0 win over Colorado in a Western Conference first-round match.
Maurice Malone ST - Saarbrücken - 62 -> 72 Rated: This is only the second hat-trick this week and it's coming from the third German League. Maurice Malone scored all three goals in Saarbrücken's 3-3 draw against Wiesbaden but this is definetly one i can see missing out due to the fact it would be the second silver inform and the game ended in a draw.
Danny Johnson ST - Leyton Orient - 59 -> 69 Rated: Danny Johnson's hat-trick guided his side back to winning ways as they sealed a 3-0 victory over newly-promoted Harrogate Town. He continued his impressive start to the season to make it 12 goals this season.
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