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TOTW 26 Predictions

Although once again it’s not an elite side this week it is full of usable players with potential headliner upgrades for both Benzema and Haaland, alongside solid options such as Lucas, Gnabry, Mertens and Fekir. It’s not a week to turn your nose up at, that’s for sure!
 


 

Goalkeeper

Yassine Bounou – GK - OVR 76>>84
I’m sure you have probably seen it by now but for those who haven’t Bounou managed to level the score for Sevilla with the last kick of the game to help secure a 1-1 draw. It was a scrappy goal but when keepers score it’s often the case that they are included in TOTW and with Bounou being in a big five league I would be very surprised to see him snubbed here.

 

Defenders

Marquinhos – CB - OVR 85>>86
There were three players who could have made TOTW from PSG’s 4-2 win over Lyon with Marquinhos, Mbappe and Verratti all claiming an 8/10. I think Mbappe can be ruled out due to his recent POTM card which leaves us with two. With EA’s clear bias towards Ligue 1 defenders and the fact, I will usually lean towards them over midfielders I can see the Brazilian getting to nod after he provided one assist and played well defensively.

Sergino Dest – RWB - OVR 75>>81
With Messi and Ronaldo only having one spot left excluding TOTS’ cards it appears that EA is waiting to use them and thus I can’t see the Argentine making TOTW 26 despite being named MOTM with two goals and one assist. Instead, he turns our attention to the youngster, Sergino Dest. The American scored twice from what will be a RWB position, going from how they classified Alba. When a gold defender scores twice it's rare that he misses out, especially from a side as high profile as Barcelona is.

Jonathan Clauss – RWB - OVR 72>>82
Going from L’equipe ratings along Clauss has been among the best players in Ligue 1 this season. He almost always features in their TOTW, even more so than Mbappe. His inevitable TOTS item will be one to look out for, especially if he manages to pick up a couple more IF’s between now and then. He gets the shout this week after providing both assists during Lens’s 2-1 win over Strasbourg. L’equipe awarded him an 8/10 and with EA previously classing him as a RWB I would expect the same to happen again here.

 

Midfielders

Lucas Moura – LM - OVR 83>>86
With a lack of Premier League options, largely due to the FA cup I had to take a punt on Moura. Although he only provided one assist on paper, he was largely influential throughout Tottenham’s 2-0 win over Aston Villa and rightfully so claimed MOTM from the game with an 8/10. A positional change will likely also come should he make the final team with the Brazilian switching wings to play on the left rather than the right, offering something different when it comes to FIFA.

Nabil Fekir – CAM - OVR 83>>85
The last time I predicted Fekir he went on to receive a TOTY nominee in which was probably the worst suggestion I have seen. Either way, it means his first IF can be more lenient and thus, I can see him getting in for a singular goal this week after picking up high match ratings. The Frenchman scored the opening goal during Real Betis’s 2-0 home win over Levante.

Leandro Trossard – CAM - OVR 78>>82
Brighton made it back-to-back wins as they put breathing space between both them and the relegation zone this weekend via a 3-0 win over Newcastle of whom are starting to drop down the table at quite some pace. Trossard made it back-to-back games from which he provided both a goal and an assist which with just four Premier League games taking place this weekend makes him very likely to be included.

Serge Gnabry – LM - OVR 85>>87
Lewandowski once again stole headlines as he scored three times in Munich’s comfortable 4-0 win over Stuttgart. The Polish international makes a case for practically every TOTW though and thus with just a three-week gap from his TIF I can see him being snubbed. That being said I still expect a Munich player to feature and thus both Gnabry and Sane stand a chance. With one goal and one assist, I am leaning towards Gnabry though and thus I expect hi SIF on Wednesday.

 

Forwards

Erling Haaland – ST - OVR 84>>90
Although Dortmund failed to pick up all three points via a 2-2 draw with Koln, Haaland still impressed, scoring both Dortmund goals, with the second being a last minute equaliser. Kicker awarded him with a 1.5, putting him among the best of the week and although he has a ton of special items this would actually only be his third IF with the last one coming way back in week nine.

Dries Mertens – ST - OVR 85>>86
Mertens secured himself a What If upgrade by scoring two goals during Napoli’s 2-0 win away at Roma. Although I am unsure what that will mean for his chances in TOTW with his IF only being 86 rated, I still think he will be able to be included. Without the ironically named What If promo, the Belgian forward would have walked into the side. With it being a high profile win I would still expect a Napoli inclusion even without the obvious Mertens though.

Karim Benzema – ST - OVR 89>>93
I feel that Benzema was very unfortunate not to feature in last week's side but this time around there should be no doubt whatsoever after he scored twice and assisted another in Madrid’s 3-1 away win over Celta Vigo. With a now eight-week gap from his previous IF he should be enough to get the prolific Frenchman his fourth IF of the season

 

Substitutes

Jeroen Zoet – GK - OVR 76>>81
I’m never overly confident when it comes to predicting Serie A keepers with a poor history on them but Zoet really does stand out after picking up an 8/10 from Gazzetta. He was awarded the high rating after keeping Spezia in the match, making six saves in total to secure the three points via a 2-1 win. The competition was quite high for keepers this week but when you are among the highest ratings of the week as a keeper you really should be making TOTW.

Christian Gunter – LB - OVR 78>>82
Usually, I would say that Gunter was a certainty after being named MOTM for his assist and strong defensive performance in Freiburg’s 2-0 home win over Augsburg. Especially with a 1.5 from Kicker. However, with a plethora of defensive options available to me this week, many with multiple goal contributions he is a tough call. I do still expect him to sneak in though, offering another usable option at LB in the Bundesliga.

Simon Kjaer – CB - OVR 80>>83
Although AC Milan conceded twice, and a defender’s main job should be to stop the opposition from scoring I can still see EA opting for Kjaer. The Danish defender provided assists on two of AC Milan’s three goals as they picked up all three points with a narrow 3-2 win over Fiorentina. I don’t actually have Gazzetta ratings for this one though and thus the Serie A selections may be a little off.

Luis Romo – CM - OVR 75>>81
Romo’s base card is a CB but it looks to me as though he played in a more advanced CM role on Sunday. Regardless of where he was deployed for Club America, I am positive he will feature on Wednesday though. That is after he provided three assists for the Mexican outlet as they went on to win 3-1.

Patrick Bamford – ST - OVR 71>>84
There was only a handful of Premier League matches played this week due to the FA cup fixtures but despite that, I would still fully expect to see at least three features from the division. That will likely result in a couple forced in though and I can see Bamford being one of those players. The Englishman was unlucky to be called up in the latest England squad but continues his good domestic form with a goal and an assist during a 2-1 away win for Leeds.

Andre Silva – ST - OVR 79>>86
Although Silva was snubbed from Kickers official TOTW he was still named MOTM from the individual fixture and with two goals and one assist I can see that being enough for inclusion, especially with Bundesliga options being few and far between. Frankfurt is now up in fourth after a 5-2 home win over Union Berlin, putting them in a good position for European qualification.

Rafael Borre – ST - OVR 78>>82
The Argentine division has been very difficult to predict with AEA seemingly largely ignoring the division, especially those who have Conembol cards rather than NIF’s. Borre falls under the category that simply can’t be ignored though. The Colombia striker scored four goals for River Plate as they cruised to a 5-1 away win over Godoy Cruz

 

Reserves

Steffen Puttkammer – CB - OVR 66>>75
Bundesliga player of the week went the way of Puttkammer this week after he scored twice from the back to help his side to a 2-1 win. He was actually lucky to feature in this side though despite that with a Saudi league hat trick from CB being ruled out simply as he’s not in the game. Taking nothing away from Puttkammer though as it was still a superb performance from the CB.

Aurélien Tchouaméni– CM - OVR 71>>78
With only one non-gold hat trick occurring this week it left the door open for those who would usually get snubbed to sneak into TOTW 26. Tchouameni is a prime example of this after he picked up both a goal and an assist during Monaco’s 4-0 win. L’equipe awarded him the joint highest score of the week with an 8/10 as this young French talent continues to excel. Obviously, silver stars are also a strong possibility with Tchouameni.

Yu Kobayashi – RW - OVR 73>>80
Kawasaki has started their title defense convincingly, going unbeaten in their first seven games, from which they have managed to win six. Kobayashi has been an important factor in a few of those and having recently missed out on a spot in TOTW should easily walk in this time around. The Japanese forward scored twice and assisted another which in a week with a limited number of hat tricks should easily be enough.

Amine Gouiri – LW - OVR 70>>78
Another Ligue 1 option that could sneak in is the highly talented Gouiri. Had Gouiri have started the year as a gold this would be at least his TIF of the year as he consistently performs to a high standard. His latest performance saw him pick up both a goal and an assist as Nice beat Marseille by three goals to nil.

Tomas Pekhart – ST - OVR 67>>76
We end the week with another player of whom scored four goals, with Pekhart. The Czechia striker helped make it five consecutive league wins for Legia by scoring all their goals in a 4-0 win over Zaglebie, as they remain nine points clear at the top of the table.

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