FIFA 18 TEAM OF THE WEEK 9 PREDICTIONS

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GOALKEEPER

Yann Sommer - GK – OVR 82 The first of two Switzerland players I have in the side is Sommer. The stopper was vital in their second leg draw with NI, making several saves as they held onto their 1-0 advantage from the first leg. It was a valiant effort from NI but in the end Switzerland were just too strong for them and Sommer must take some credit for that.

DEFENDERS

Ricardo Rodriguez - LB – OVR 81 Although most of the internationals are up for debate with the majority coming from friendlies the qualifiers will almost certainly be included. Rodriguez features after scoring the only goal in Switzerland’s 1-0 away in over Northern Ireland in their 1st leg match.

Medhi Benatia - CB – OVR 84 Another set of competitive internationals came over in Africa with their World Cup qualifiers. Morocco picked up an impressive 2-0 away win over Ivory Coast of which two defenders scored. Benatia was one and thus makes it into my prediction.

Marcelo - LB – OVR 87 A bit of a punt now, despite Marcelo conceding against Japan, with the lack of big name players available I can see this one happening. Brazil went on to win the match 3-1 with Marcelo scoring the second of those three goals.

MIDFIELDERS

David Silva - RM – OVR 86 Under similar circumstances a couple of years ago EA opted to include friendly matches and with only a handful of competitive games played I wouldn’t be surprised to see the same again. Silva scored two and assisted another in a convincing 5-0 win over Costa Rica.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan - CM – OVR 85 After a superb start to the season Mkhitaryan has slowed down in terms of goals and assists for United. Those fans will be hoping that his international form will carry back over to his domestic games after the Armenian scored twice and assisted another over his two games this week.

Christian Eriksen - CAM – OVR 87 Eriksen is one of those players that never fail to impress. After a closely fought 0-0 in the first leg it was all to play for between Denmark and Ireland. After the Irish took an early lead it was always going to be an uphill battle, but it was one which Denmark were more than up to. More brilliance from Eriksen saw him pick up a hat trick as they went on to win 5-1.

Carlos Bacca - RW – OVR 82 It’s very rare that Tuesday games count in terms of FIFA TOTW’s however on the very rare occasion they do it always comes on these sorts of weeks and thus I have opted to take the punt on a few Tuesday matches. The first comes with Bacca after he scored one and assisted another two in Colombia’s 4-0 win.

FORWARDS

Romelu Lukaku - ST – OVR 86 Lukaku is on a goalless run for United but when put back in the international scene he delivers, scoring twice for Belgium in their 3-3 draw. Although they failed to pick up the win I can see him still making the cut with only a few big-name players being options.

Heung Min Son - ST – OVR 82 Son seems to play in a different position each week and still perform to a high standard, but he is at his best when deployed in an offensive role. The South Korean played a ST role against Colombia, scoring both their goals in a 2-1 win.

Alexandre Lacazette - ST – OVR 85 I can only stress to take this one with a pinch of salt. Tuesday games are going to be very hit and miss and with Lacazette falling into that category it makes investing in his OTW item very risky indeed. Should EA consider them, which I feel they will than Lacazette should be nailed on after scoring both French goals in a 2-2 draw with Germany.

SUBSTITUTES

Robin Olsen - GK – OVR 74 To keep two clean sheets in two games against Italy to qualify for the World Cup was quite an achievement for both Olsen and Sweden. In particularly the second match of which Olsen made a total of six saves as they held onto their WC spot. As with many of the qualifying matches it may not be an ordinary IF.

Danny Grainger - LB – OVR 63 With the new rating system in place it was always likely that we would see a bronze NIF to gold IF overtime. Grainger looks set to be the first player to manage that after he added another two goals to his tally during a 4-0 Carlile win.

Gheorghe Grozav - LM- OVR 70 Despite the match only being a friendly Romania can take a lot of positives from their 2-0 home win over Turkey. Grozav scored both the goals and should these matches count I am sure he will be included.

Jakob Johansson - CM – OVR 74 The second Swedish player to make the cut from their superb qualification over Italy is Johansson. The AEK midfielder scored the only goal over the two legs and although their defense played a huge part in the qualification the goal was still a huge goal.

Harry Anderson - RW – OVR 59 Anderson picked up player of the week in the ELL’s after he grabbed himself a double in a 4-1 away win for Lincoln. I fully expect to if not more from the English leagues considering the lack of games.

Robin Lod - RM – OVR 73 After a poor run of form Finland are now unbeaten in five after a routine 3-0 home win over Estonia. Lod scored both the second and third of those goals which could well be enough for him.

Armando Sadiku - ST – OVR 66 We have seen some random additions after a brace and assist in recent weeks but with the lack of games Sadiku wouldn’t fall under that category. The Albanian striker was involved in all three of their goals in a 3-2 win.

RESERVES

Jordan Pickford - GK – OVR 77 Of course, we have an England feature, it wouldn’t be an international side without one, right? Pickford was outstanding for England in their 0-0 draw against Germany with two saves particularly standing out. Should Hart be the number one with both Pickford and Butland behind him? I’m not so sure.

Sime Vrsaljko - RB – OVR 79 From the world cup playoff matches it appears defenders were the stand out players in almost every game. This one was no different with Vrsaljko assisting two of four Croatia goals in a 4-1 win over Greece.

Nabil Dirar - RB – OVR 76 I mentioned that both Moroccan goals came from defenders and I have included both. Dirar opened the scoring and with him being a gold makes him an attractive option in a week with minimal games being played.

Fedor Smolov - ST – OVR 00 My final predicted IF from Tuesdays fixtures comes with Smolov who continued his goal scoring form over to internationals. The striker seems to be in consideration almost every week recently and with two goals against Spain in a 3-3 draw, it’s another has considered for.

Diafra Sakho - ST – OVR 75 It’s not often I will predict a striker with just the one goal but under the circumstances and the fact that Sakho’s goal resulted in Senegal’s qualification to the WC I can see it becoming a reality.