Although it looks set to be the worst TOTW to date with the Premier League TOTS just around the corner all eyes will be set on that. There is a chance of the likes of Messi, Haaland and Mbappe but more likely than not all three will end up missing out and instead we have the likes of Alex Sandro, Oscar and Griezmann, yep, I told you it was bad.
Koen Casteels – GK - OVR 83>>86
With Kickers midweek POTW going the way of goalkeeper, Casteels it becomes highly likely that he will be the starting keeper. With a probable TOTS just around the corner for the Belgian, it’s a nice little boost before then. Despite conceding late on Casteels was fantastic throughout Wolfsburg’s 3-1 away win over Stuttgart, making several saves to go alongside denying Forster from the spot.
Alex Sandro – LB - OVR 85>>86
De Ligt can feel very hard done by after a goal and an assist from CB is likely not to be enough for his inclusion. That is after another Juventus defender in Sandro excelled during their 3-1 win over Parma. The Brazilian doesn’t score many but managed two on Wednesday to help Juventus to all three points. Although both could happen, I feel that it's unlikely and thus expect Sandro to be the Juventus inclusion.
Jonny Evans – CB - OVR 80>>83
Leicester asserted more pressure upon WBA on Thursday with a convincing 3-0 home win, putting the baggies on the brink of relegation. Vardy scored once and assisted another but with a potential TOTS on Friday I have instead opted for Jonny Evans of whom opened the scoring and played well defensively.
Grimaldo – LB - OVR 84>>86
With Benfica recording a 5-0 win this week against Portimonense it resulted in a few options from the club. Grimaldo and Seferovic seem to be the two best bets and with a lot of strikers performing well I can’t see the latter making it. With two assists and a high rating, Grimaldo is the likely candidate for me
Oscar – LW - OVR 83>>85
The return of the CSL brings slight confusion as far as TOTW goes with name changes for all the sides involved there is slight doubt surrounding potential TOTW changes with EA licensing, but I don’t see it causing an issue personally. Both Oscar and Arnautovic excelled during Shanghai’s 6-1 win but instead of going for Arnautovic’s hat trick I am instead opting for Oscar, who provided four assists from the wing.
Alexis Claude Maurice – CM - OVR 75>>84
With ACM’s NIF being a winger, it has resulted in a CM item with a lot of pace, as seen on his first IF. Once again, the Frenchman played in the middle and with an 8/10 from L’equipe for his goal and assist in Nice’s 3-1 win over Montpellier, he stands a good chance of receiving another IF. That being said there are a lot of potential IF’s from Ligue 1 this week and thus there is a chance that one or two will miss out.
De Paul – CM - OVR 77>>86
De Paul missed out due to a red card the other week after scoring twice. Now back from suspension the Argentine is continuing to perform in the middle of the park for Udinese. This time providing the assist on two of their four goals, beating Benevento 4-2 away from home. Gazzetta named De Paul MOTM with a 7.5 which could see him receive his TIF.
Ruslan Malinovskyi – RM - OVR 79>>84
Although I feel the RM position here is rather debatable with it being what EA classed him as just a few weeks ago it is likely that the same will occur again here. Malinovskyi has been in ridiculous form for Atalanta the past couple of months and with a goal and an assist in their latest 5-0 win, he shows no signs of slowing down. He was named MOTM once again, with a 7.5 from Gazzetta and although it is only a five-week gap between IF’s I can see him sneaking in.
Dimitri Payet – ST - OVR 82>>84
Since making the move to ST for Marseille this season Payet has seen improvements on his goal contributions after what was an eight-game streak without one previous to the move. His latest performance saw him score twice and assist another during a 3-1 win over Reims. L’equipe awarded him with an 8/10 which should be enough for his inclusion.
Antoine Griezmann – ST - OVR 87>>90
I could have easily ignored La Liga entirely this week with no real options presenting themselves, but I am sure that at least one will make it and with the side, in desperate need of a big name Griezmann seems to be the most likely option. The Frenchman scored twice for Barcelona as they managed a 2-1 win away at Villarreal. With other potential big names, a certainty for their retrospective TOTS side I feel that Griezmann is the most likely to make it.
Burak Yilmaz – ST - OVR 79>>84
Once again, we are looking at a narrow four-week gap, this time between Yilmaz’s first IF and this potential one. With L’equipe awarding the striker a 9/10 for his two goals and one assist during Lille’s 3-2 win over Lyon I can’t see him not getting in though. A nine-match rating is very rare and considering the importance of the win with Lille finding themselves two down before fighting back to win Yilmaz simply must be here.
Martin Dubravka – GK - OVR 83>>86
Newcastle has scored some huge late goals in recent weeks and was perhaps unlucky not to take all three with a debatable disallowed goal in the 92nd minute before eventually scoring in the 96th to pull the scores level with Liverpool and share the points. It could have been a different story had to not have been for Dubravka though with the Newcastle stopper making a total of eight saves to deny Liverpool from running away with things.
Davy Klaasen – CM - OVR 77>>84
With two strong Eredivisie options this week I would be surprised to see both miss out. De Leeuw scored three but with one being a penalty and the reserves being very tightly contested I can see it going to the way of Klaasen’s brace. Both players picked up huge match ratings of 8.5 but in the end, the fact that Klaasen is gold should be the deciding factor here.
Jonas Hector – CM - OVR 77>>81
With the Bundesliga playing twice this week there is a flurry of options from the division. Koln managed to shock Leipzig with a 2-1 win on Wednesday, practically killing any hope they had of catching leaders, Munich. Hector was the man to cause the damage scoring both of Koln’s goals, claiming MOTM for doing so.
Grzegorz Krychowiak – CDM - OVR 80>>83
Krychowiak has been on the fringe of a TOTW inclusion on a few occasions the past couple of months and once again the Polish midfielder found himself among the action with two goals from CDM helping Lokomotiv to a 5-2 win over Ural. The RPL often gets snubbed but surely, it’s only a matter of time before Krychowiak gets noticed.
Viktor Tsygankov – RM - OVR 80>>83
Dynamo Kyiv is running away with the league in Ukraine, recording their tenth consecutive win in the division to take a 15-point lead at the top. This time it was a 5-0 home win over Inhulets with Tsygankov once again being within the action, scoring twice and assisting another from RM. I’m surprised the Ukrainian is yet to pick up an IF but this should be the week he finally does
Breel Embolo– ST - OVR 78>>81
Gladbach recorded a comfortable 5-0 home win over Arminia this weekend with Embolo being the player to stand out, with two goals and one assist. The Swiss striker has been rather quiet after receiving a lot of hype in his early days but at just 24 years of age, the best is still yet to come.
Chris Wood – ST - OVR 78>>81
Burnley took a huge leap towards officially confirming their safety for another season in the Premier League by putting four past Wolves without reply. Wood scored three of those goals, taking his tally to double figures this campaign. With the PL TOTS coming this week it limited out options from the division but there will still be a few that feature on Wednesday with Wood being one of them.
Javier Puado – LM - OVR 72>>79
We now enter a highly competitive “battle of the hat tricks” section with a ridiculous amount being scored this weekend. There are a few ways to separate them with one being those who played further back getting preference. Puado’s three goals from LM put Espanyol that step closer to the title, beating Las Palmas 4-0
Joel Pohjanpalo – ST - OVR 72>>79
It’s often the case that the big five leagues get opted for in tightly contested reserve sections so with Pohjanpalo scoring three goals for Union Berlin this weekend it makes sense to include the Finnish striker over other options with three goals from lower divisions.
Tarem Moffi – ST - OVR 69>>77
Another striker from a top five league who scored three is Moffi. The Nigerian scored three of four Lorient goals in their 4-1 win over Bordeaux which could be enough to keep them in the division for another season, with a four-point gap now between them and the drop with just four games remaining.
Will Grigg – GK - OVR 65>>75
It’s safe to say that the famous song came to reality with Will Grigg being on fire during MK Dons 5-0 home win over Swindon. The NI striker scored four of those five goals with the Dons keeping a late play-off push dream alive, just about.
Adam Armstrong – ST - OVR 73>79
With so many hat tricks occurring it could be a good opportunity for EA to include Armstrong as a silver star but with three goals and an assist for me I have to include him in the side. Blackburn went on to win 5-2, with Armstrong taking his total to 24.
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