It looks set to be among the worst TOTW’s of the year with only Courtois and Llorente being what can be classed as Meta. That being said there is a lot of “fodder” with seven players being at least 86 rated while the likes of Greenwood and Bailey are fun options to use.
Thibaut Courtois – GK - OVR 89>>91
A 0-0 draw with Getafe was the last thing Real Madrid would have wanted while chasing league leaders Atletico, but it could have been a whole lot worse for them if it wasn’t for the heroics of Courtois. Thanks to six saves from the Belgian they find themselves just three points behind instead of four which although they have a slightly inferior goal difference is significantly better than needed Atletico to slip up twice. Courtois is a name that will stand out in what is potentially a weak side this week, which also helps his chances.
Berat Djimsiti – CB - OVR 76>>84
Atalanta recorded a huge win over Juventus this weekend which puts them in a great position for European qualification while Juventus sit in fourth, just two points ahead of fifth after a narrow 1-0 loss to Atalanta themselves. Malinovskyi scored the only goal of the game but I can see the IF going to Djimsiti of whom was the only defender to pick up a 7-match rating for a brilliant display at the back.
Christopher Trimmel – RWB - OVR 75>>81
With Trimmel starting the year as a gold I still find it hard to believe that he is yet to receive an IF. The Austrian defender continues to offer a threat down the right-hand flank for Union Berlin. Providing assists on a regular basis. He took his season total to eight this weekend providing both the assists during their 2-1 win over Stuttgart. With a lack of defensive options and the fact, he was awarded a 1.5 I would be very surprised if he went on to miss out on TOTW 30.
Christian Gunter – LWB - OVR 78>>84
There is a risk involved with this suggestion seeing as Gunter only has four weeks since his last IF but with a perfect 1 match rating from kicker, I simply cannot ignore the German. Gunter scored twice for Freiburg once again as they recorded a comfortable 4-0 win over bottom of the table Schalke. Sallai is the other option should they opt against Gunter, but we have seen smaller gaps before and thus I can’t see him missing out
Gylfi Sigurdsson – LM - OVR 79>>86
Although it was Kane who went on to receive MOTM during Tottenham’s 2-2 draw with Everton with a lack of Premier League matches to select from I can actually see it going to Sigurdsson, with Kane unlikely to pick up another IF for two goals in a draw. Sigurdsson on the other hand is much more realistic, also scoring twice but from a LM role. The Icelandic midfielder picked up the same match rating and should pick up his third special of the game.
Parejo – CM - OVR 85>>88
Chukwueze was the obvious IF from Villarreal’s 5-1 win after the Nigerian scored twice and claimed MOTM but with a recent Europa League MOTM to his name, it rules him out. I can’t see the match being ignored completely though and thus we move onto the next best option in Parejo. There were limited options for big names this week and although Parejo is not really a big name, he is still 88 rated which does stand out. His two assists are likely to see him pick up that third IF.
Mason Greenwood – RM - OVR 77>>81
Greenwood’s natural finishing is a sight to behold with goals seemingly a sense to the youngster. Next season is likely going to be the year in which he becomes a regular scorer for the club with a strong finish to the 2020/21 campaign. A further two goals were managed on Sunday in a tight affair with Burnley from which the red devils managed a 3-1 win.
Leon Bailey – LM - OVR 80>>83
There were a lot of goals scored in the Bundesliga this weekend and thus those likely to get an IF are quite obvious, none more so than Bailey though. The Jamaican midfielder was involved in all three of Leverkusen’s goals during a 3-0 win over Koln. With goals on either side of Diaby’s of which he provided the assist on. With Leverkusen continuing to battle for the top four Bailey looks to play an important part of that push.
Marcos Llorente – ST - OVR 82>>87
Although it's likely going to be a case of changing Llorente’s position in game for a more defensive role as for the IF he will be receiving it as a ST. Playing a 4-4-2 formation Llorente was named as the second striker in their 5-0 demolition of Eibar, as Atletico remains top of the division. The IF decision was not an easy one with Llorente scoring twice, Correa getting two goals and an assist while Carrasco managed a goal and two assists. Correa is likely to feature in community TOTS though while Carrasco’s rating was lower than the other two, making Llorente the most likely to get in for me.
Ciro Immobile – ST - OVR 87>>89
Immobile’s match rating was rather mediocre but with Lazio managing a 5-3 win over Benevento it’s a match which really stands out and thus I fully expect a Lazio IF on Wednesday. Although Immobile missed a penalty he is still the best option from the match after scoring two of their five goals. Additionally, he is another high rated item that EA can include to go alongside their opening TOTS promo.
Roman Yaremchuk – ST - OVR 75>>86
There were some ridiculously high scoring games this week but none bigger than that of Gent’s 7-2 win over Waregem. Obviously, it was a match that offered a plethora of IF options, but it looks to be a familiar face who will receive the IF with Yaremchuk in line for his third of the game. The Ukrainian scored two of the seven as well as providing the assist on another. What’s more, is that he also hit the woodwork twice in a match which could have easily see Gent score ten.
Agustin Marchesin – GK - OVR 82>>84
It is usually the case that we see two keepers from the top five leagues in TOTW with it being rare that we see one outside of those, let alone predict one. We saw Guilherme last week and once again we could see one outside with Marchesin looking to be a good bet. The Argentine saved four shots in total with one being from the spot as Porto went on to record a 1-0 win, keeping the chase alive.
Joachim Andersen – CB - OVR 76>>81
Fulham seriously needs wins now with relegation looking more and more likely for the club as the weeks go by. It looked as though they were going to shock Arsenal on Sunday, leading 1-0 thanks to a Maja penalty for the majority of the second half. With practically the last kick of the game, Arsenal managed to equalize which could be that for Fulham. As for the result though a draw is still good on a game-by-game basis and they defended very well throughout. Andersen was named MOTM for his performance with a 9/10 making him the highest rated Prem player of the week.
Paqueta – CAM - OVR 76>>84
Ligue 1 options were few and far between this week which is why I am opting to include Paqueta for just one assist. It was another strong performance from the Brazilian though who managed to pick up an 8/10 from L’equipe, the joint highest of the week. Lyon went on to win the match 2-1 against Nantes and although Depay scored both it was Paqueta who claimed the headlines.
Jonas Hofmann – LW - OVR 77>>84
Although Hofmann is nominated for the community TOTS with this side being released after the announcement of that side it shouldn’t impact his position in TOTW 30. That is presuming he fails to make the cut, which I expect to be the case. Some remorse will be shown if that is the case with him being very likely to make the following TOTW. He recorded both a goal and an assist in Gladbach’s 4-0 win with Kicker awarding him a 1.5.
Jean Pierre Nsame – ST - OVR 78>>86
The substitute strikers were ridiculously easy to select this week with all three being obvious. The first is Nsame, who looks set to pick up his third IF of the year after scoring all three of Young Boys goals in their 3-0 home win over Lugano. Taking his season total to 18.
Jamie Maclaren – ST - OVR 73>>82
With nineteen goals in his last fifteen games, Maclaren is a regular among the goals in the A-League but this was perhaps his most memorable performance to date. With both Melbourne sides sitting at opposite ends of the table it was never going to be the most competitive derby to date but for Melbourne City to record a 7-0 win is a huge statement. Maclaren scored five of those seven goals and although it would mean he would technically be illegible for the Community TOTS you simply can’t ignore this performance.
Smail Prevljak – ST - OVR 71>>82
Although Prevljak was still likely to make TOTW 30 without being a gold option the fact he makes it that much simpler to include him. The Eupen striker made it 16 for the season, scoring all three of their goals in a narrow 3-2 away win over Charleroi.
Pol Lirola – RWB - OVR 71>>78
There was some debate about whether Lirola would be classified as a RWB or a RM but with L’equipe listing him as a RB in their TOTW, he must be a RWB. The Spaniard scored twice for Marseille in their 3-2 win over Lorient and picked up MOTM with an 8/10 from L’equipe for doing so. There were a couple of defenders with two goals to their name but with Lirola being in a top 5 league he will likely get preference from EA.
Brennan Johnson – CM - OVR 59>>77
This would actually be Johnson’s SIF should he make the cut, the first to do so without being a gold after the second. The youngster increased his tally to ten for the season with a hat trick against MK Dons during a 4-0 win. I am not certain about the position but regardless of where he played, he should make TOTW 30.
Mattias Svanberg – CM - OVR 68>>77
This was the only non-obvious position for the reserves this week with Svanberg being the player I ended up opting for after he scored twice for Bologna in their 4-1 win. The Swedish midfielder went on to be named player of the week in Italy with an 8/10 for his performance. Considering this is from a top five league I am happy to take the punt over other options from lower divisions.
Blair Turgott – ST - OVR 62>>72
After failing to score in their first game Ostersunds obviously fixed their problems, managing five without reply in their second. Turgott scored three of those five goals which are likely to result in yet another English silver IF.
Jefferson Duque – ST - OVR 67>>76
The Conmebol cards have struggled when it comes to IF’s this FIFA although there have been a couple of exceptions which is why I am still willing to take the punt. If Duque fails to get in on Wednesday, we can confirm that they will no longer be picking up IF’s though after he scored four times and provided an assist during Nacional’s 7-1 win at home to Patriotas.