FIFA 18: Team of the Week 43 Predictions

GOALKEEPER
Sebastian Sosa – GK – OVR 75 Sosa has been close to the side on numerous occasions recently which surely must help towards his selection after yet another top performance from the Argentine keeper. This time he made a total of eight saves to keep his clean sheet which was among the best gold keeper options.

DEFENDERS
Marcos Alonso – LB – OVR 82 Arsenal have now played two games and look set to have conceded two IF items against them. They showed promise this time around but, in the end, it was Chelsea who came out on top with a 3-2 win. Alonso, as he often is, was involved in the goals, scoring one and assisting another. This time there is no questioning his position at LB after Chelsea deployed a 4-3-3.

Steve Cook – CB – OVR 77 There was not a lack of options when it came to defenders this week as you can tell by how many are predicted but with so many performing it was hard to look elsewhere. Cook was vital as Bournemouth recorded back to back wins with a 2-1 away win over West Ham, scoring once and assisting another.

Carvajal – RB – OVR 84 With La Liga now back in action I expect at least one of the big sides to feature in TOTW. For me Carvajal is the best option with a goal and clean sheet from RB. Messi is obviously an option but I just can’t see two goals being enough for him and thus Carvajal is the man I shall be going for.

MIDFIELDERS
Quaresma – RM – OVR 83 With the likes of Fenebache dropping three points a 3-1 win for Besiktas was a huge result for them with it usually being a close affair at the top come the end of the season. Quaresma was the man behind the points picking up a goal and two assists in their 3-1 away win. Although the goal came from the spot his two assists should be enough to see him over the line.

Nani – RM – OVR 83 You must look all the way back to FIFA 15 for Nani’s last actual IF but that all looks set to change with the Portuguese midfielder scoring twice in Sporting’s 2-1 win over Vitoria. It could have been more with the woodwork denying him from his hat trick but I believe that two goals will be enough for him on this occasion.

Alejandro Gomez – CAM – OVR 84 A late addition to the side with this one being a Monday fixture but seeing as though it comes from a main league I can this this one counting despite them being ignored the past few weeks. Gomez scored two and assisted another two as Atalanta went on to beat Frosinone 4-0.

Theo Walcott – RM – OVR 80 I was a little hit and miss about Walcott’s inclusion to the side before I saw that he owns an OTW item and after that he was in regardless. The Pacey winger was involved in both Everton goals with both a goal and assist as they made it four points from two with a 2-1 win over Southampton.

FORWARDS
Sergio Aguero – ST – OVR 89 Aguero for me is the best striker in the Premier league, ahead of Kane by some way which I am sure will be argued against but he shows what he is capable of every season despite being limited on game time. The 6-1 win against Huddersfield was yet another example of this with the Argentine scoring three times and assisting another while also hitting the woodwork to deny him from four. There’s no questioning his position in this side.

Kylian Mbappe – ST – OVR 84 I’m unsure of the eventual rating of Mbappe should he get in with so many special items already to his name but after scoring a late brace to save PSG from an embarrassing start I can see him making the cut. L’equipe awarded him MOTM with an 8/10 and once again Ligue 1 was limited on gold options.

Andre Silva – ST – OVR 78 I’m not entirely sure why AC Milan loaned Silva out with the striker being more than capable of making the first side. Either way he is now playing for Sevilla and opened his account in style, scoring three times to help Sevilla to a 4-1 away win.

SUBSTITUTES
Neil Etheridge – GK – OVR 68 It looks set to become back to back Premier league silver keepers making the cut after Cardiff’s Etheridge produced a 94th minute penalty saves to deny Newcastle from snatching three points late on. Etheridge made a total of six saves, helping him to claim MOTM.

Kendall Waston – CB – OVR 74 Although Vancouver failed to win the match via a 2-2 draw I can still see Waston making the cut after he really couldn’t have done much more for the side. The Costa Rican scored both of his sides goals and stopped them from coming away empty handed with a clearance off the line so despite conceding twice he was pivotal in the final score.

Diego Angelo – CB – OVR 75 It is always difficult to ignore a defender after scoring twice eve when other statistics go against him. Angelo is a prime example of that with the defender scoring his two goals in a 3-3 draw. After all a defender’s main job should be to keep the clean sheet with the offensive statistics being a bonus, especially from a CB. As is usually the case I still expect an IF Angelo to appear on Wednesday though.

Matt Phillips – RM – OVR 77 With the scores tied at 1-1 when the game went to HT it looked as though it was going to be a tight affair between WBA and QPR but the hosts had other ideas. WBA eventually went on to score another six goals in the second half, resulting in a final score of 7-1. Multiple IF options occurred as you can imagine from such a score line but the best of the bunch seems to be Phillips who scored twice from RM, it could even be classed as RWB.

Jasmin Kurtic – CM – OVR 76 This one is arguably my only real punt of the week with Kurtic scoring just the one goal in a 1-0 win for Spal. The main reasoning for him however is the lack of Calcio A options so with Kurtic picking up POTW (before Gomez’s performance) it makes him the prime candidate for the spot.

Morales – ST – OVR 78 Levante opted to start their season with Morales in a more advanced role of ST which is safe to say paid off with the man himself scoring two of their three goals as they opened their account with a 3-0 away win over Real Betis. A very respectable result indeed.

Fabricio – ST – OVR 73 With most leagues now back in action selecting midweek options is dangerous but when they come in the form of hat tricks there is very little you can do. Fabricio looks set to pick up his SIF of the season which would make him 81 rated.

RESERVES
Ghislain Konan – LB – OVR 76 Reims recorded a shock 1-0 win over Lyon to open their season up in impressive fashion and as you can imagine it was largely down to the defensive display as to why they managed it. Konan was the stand out defender from the match and seeing as he is also a gold item I can see him getting the nod from EA.

Michael Liendl – CAM – OVR 72 There were a few players from Wolfsburger’s 6-0 win that stood a chance of an IF but none were better than Liendl who was amazingly involved in five goals from CAM. Three of those came from himself while he also picked up the assist on a further two goals. By far the best performance of the week.

Lee Seok Hyun – CM – OVR 66 Jeonbuk don’t lose many games in the K-League so a win alone would have been impressive for Pohang but they managed a convincing 5-2 win against them. Midfielder, Lee Seok Hyun scored three of those goals and added an assist for good measure.

Marc Andre Schmerbock – ST – OVR 65 I remember a similar situation to this one a few years back when both Salzburg ST’s grabbed a hat trick in the same game. A lot has changed since then but it’s still a punt I am willing to take. Not many hat tricks occurred this week so Schmerbock’s really does stand out despite Lindl also featuring in the side.

Alex Fisher – ST – OVR 61 Yeovil picked up their first win of the season on their 3rd attempt, winning away at Nott’s County 4-0. Fisher was the main man behind the goals, scoring three of those four which ultimately makes him likely to pick up an IF.

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