Another week, another set of predictions, and if we are being honest, this lineup is pretty darn good! We may not have a whole heap of superstar names, however we do see a couple featuring, with the quality of the other players being above average too. It’s all irrelevant though, as there’s only one man people will want in their picks, and that’s Messi!
Now who would have predicted this result! Lyon flying high this season, while Monaco fighting against relegation, but this is football and we should expect the unexpected. Monaco took the points with a 2-0 win, and if we are honest, Subasic didn’t have too much to do. He did however step up and save a penalty, alongside a couple of other strong saves, and in a win of this magnitude, it feels like it may just be enough.
This was a tough selection, as our focus shifts to the massive derby between Manchester United and Liverpool. In a game full of injuries, missed opportunities and solid defensive displays, it only felt right to include a defensive player. Alisson is in with an outside chance, however it was only the one big save that stood out, while Shaw took the man of the match award with a solid display across the 90 minutes during this 0-0 draw.
We find ourselves jumping all the way back to Wednesday for this nomination, and it’s the first of two PSG players to make these predictions. PSG picked up a 5-1 win over Montpellier in the week, and while they didn’t quite manage to keep the clean sheet, Kurzawa had one hell of a match. With one goal, one assist and a man of the match performance, this Frenchman could see his first inform of the season.
Porto cruised to a 3-0 away win against Tondela in their Liga Nos fixture this week, as they continued to show their dominance atop the league. Pepe played his part in this win as he dominated the oppositions attack and ensured the clean sheet was kept. He also showed his qualities going forward, providing one of the goals on the day, and putting himself in with a real chance of his first inform of the campaign.
Over to Germany now, where Bayern kept the pressure on Dortmund with a narrow 1-0 win over Hertha Berlin. The games only goal game from their defensive midfielder Martinez, who has been an absolute rock for Bayern, especially in recent weeks. Usually a single goal isn’t quite enough to make these predictions from a midfielder, but for a CDM, I think he may have just about done enough.
Arsenal have had a strange season so far this year, from patches of incredible form to periods of utter disappointment, you never really know what to expect. This week they took the points with a 2-0 home win over Southampton, and with it a handful of possible nominations stepped forward. Lacazette has a great game, however 1 goal for a second Inform seems a little weak. Leno made some big saves across the match too, but Mkhitaryan picked up a goal and an assist, which sees him steal this spot here.
We’ve heard from Bayern, so let’s head over to the league leaders now, where we find Dortmund narrowly securing a win as well. Dortmund picked up the points with a 3-2 home win over Leverkusen this week, in a game that was anything but smooth sailing. Sancho once again showed just why he is one of the most promising youngsters in the world, after providing an assist for the first goal, scoring an incredible second and taking the man of the match award too.
Crystal Palace were away to Leicester this week in a game that not only secured the points for the visitors, but also enforced the sacking of Leicester’s manager, Puel. The game ended 4-1 to Palace, and also provided us with a handful of nominations for this week’s predictions. For us, Zaha had to take this spot, after scoring twice and dominating from the left.
Wow, I mean, what even needs to be said? If scoring his 50th career hat-trick wasn’t enough, the magnitude of the game and manner in which it was achieved has to do the trick. Twice Barcelona came from behind to beat Sevilla, with the match finishing 4-2. Messi not only scored the first three goals, but then went on to find Suarez with the assist on the fourth. What a player, what a match, what a legend.
Over to Italy next where Napoli were run away winners away to Parma in their Serie A fixture. The match ended 4-0, in a performance that was nothing short of dominance from the visitors. Milik was once again superb, scoring twice and terrorising the opposition from the start. Surely he is due an inform, and possibly this could be that week.
Our final spot within the starting eleven goes to the promising young striker from Frankfurt, Jovic. We’ve already seen a FFS card for this man, however with just one inform so far, it feels like it’s time for a second. Frankfurt took the points with a 3-0 away win over Hannover this week, with Jovic playing his part in every goal. With 2 assists and one for himself, he sails into this lineup, and gives himself every chance of a second inform.
Substitutes and Reserves
Filling these goalkeeper spots was extremely difficult this week, with the nominations changing several times across the weekend. However, the numerous Eredivisie fans have spoken and Apparently leaving Vermeer our would be a foolish mistake, despite Feyenoord conceding during the match. Feyenoord held PSV to a 1-1 draw this week, where despite going down to 10 men the visitors showed strength and resilience. Vermeer pulled off some massive saves across this match, and just about steals this second spot.
Back across to Spain now, where Real Betis took the win with a 2-0 away victory over Real Valladolid this week. Mandi was an absolute rock at the back, shutting down any attacks and completing his job with style and composure. He also showed that he can add to the attack as well, scoring one of the goals on the day, while cementing himself within our 23 man squad.
Over in France Dijon and Saint-Etienne fought out an extremely tight match, with just a single goal separating the two clubs at the final whistle. Subotic was a monster in defence, playing his part in completely shutting down the home side, while also showing his worth at the other end by scoring the games only goal.
Frenkie De Jong
Ajax continued their strong season with yet another masterclass full of goals, action and excitement. They took the points with a 5-1 away win over ADO Den Haag this week, and while De Jong is our selection, it wasn’t easy. Ziyech has another massive game, scoring twice from midfield, however we felt it may be too soon for yet another boost to his headliner card. De Jong took the man of the match award, provided an assist and hasn’t had an Inform yet, but is the lack of goals going to go against him here?
Over to Portugal now where we focus on the Liga Nos fixture between Feirense and Moreirense. On the day it was the visitors who stole the show, picking up a 3-1 win and putting forward a selection of potential team of the week nominations too. Luckily for us there was one stand out performance, and it came from their midfielder Chiquinho. After opening the scoring in just the first minute, Chiquinho went on to assist the second, before scoring the third himself.
AC Milan continued their new found form this week as they breezed last Empoli with a 3-0 home victory. On the day the goals were split, however one mans performance really stood out, creating an easy selection for our nominations here. With 1 goal and 1 assist from the wing, Castillejo was in top gear from the start, and when we combine this with his near perfect match rating, it becomes an obvious inclusion for our predictions.
Back across to France now, where our attention turns to league leaders PSG. Once again they were comfortable winners as they took the points at home to Nimes, where despite Mbappe scoring twice, we don’t feel it was quite enough for yet another Inform. Nkunku however was also sensational, playing out on the wing he scored once, assisted a second and took the highest match rating on the day.
We head back to England now, however it isn’t the top flight of football that catches our attention. Brentford played hosts to Hull for their Championship fixture, and despite fans expecting a fairly close match, it was all one way traffic on the day. Brentford breezed to a 5-1 win, a win where Benrahma was simply incredible. Scoring not once, not twice, but three times, he took home the match ball, whilst also providing an assist and picking up a perfect match rating too.
Back across to the Premier League now, where Watford put on one hell of a show as they stormed to a 5-1 victory away to Cardiff this week. Both strikers were in sensational form, and while he may not have made our shortlist, Deeney did pick up 2 goals and 1 assist on the night. Deulofeu however was simply magnificent, scoring 3, providing an assist, achieving a perfect match rating, and ofcourse, making our predictions here.
Over to Scotland now, and despite massive wins for both Rangers and Celtic, it’s Hibernian that we are looking at here. Hibs were 4-2 away winners over Dundee FC this week, in a match that left fans on the edge of their seats. McNulty was on splendid form for his side, scoring twice and providing an assist for another. He may not have quite managed a hat-trick, but we feel like this could be enough regardless.
We head across to Italy’s second division now, where Cittadella picked up the points with a simple 4-1 win over the travelling Lecce this week. Moncini was on fire, with anything he touched turning to gold. He dominated the opposition from the very start, picking up a hat-trick along the way, taking home the match ball, and earning his spot amongst the elite.
Our final selection this week greets us with yet another hat-trick, and the perfect way to round off our predictions. Sint-Truidense picked up the points with a 3-1 home win over Sporting Charleroi this week, with Boli scoring each and every goal for the hosts. Like with every week, we expect a hat-trick to do the job, so let’s hope Boli gets his deserved recognition.