With both Serie A and Ligue 1 TOTS’s just around the corner there are going to be some questions asked this week with Paqueta, Marquinhos and Donnarumma all ignored due to probably TOTS inclusions and Sancho missing out for a current TOTS. while the heroics of Alisson also snubbed due to an inclusion in TOTW 33. We do however have room for the likes of TAA, Fabian Ruiz and another upgrade for Ferran Torres.
Timo Horn – GK - OVR 77>>81
Many of you are probably expecting this position to be filled by Alisson after his heroics for Liverpool this week but as much as I would love to include the Brazilian his current TOTW practically rules him out. We then move on to Horn who made just the one save but what an important save it could be. Koln are on the brink of relegation but due to their 0-0 draw this weekend there is still hope for them, needing a win on the final day of the season which luckily for them Is against Schalke. Koln was named MOTM and keeper of the week for his one save so although it doesn’t sound a lot on paper the importance of it could well see him included
Domagoj Vida – CB - OVR 78>>84
There have been some seriously tight title races this season, one of those being in the Super Lig. Fenerbache, Galatasaray and Besiktas all stood a chance of winning the title. Besiktas were the side to end up claiming the title though thanks to a mere one goal difference on Galatasaray. Vida scored in a 2-1 win to claim it and I fully expect a hero card to occur from the match. Although Vida received average match ratings due to the situation, I find it difficult leaving him out.
Caglar Soyuncu – CB - OVR 80>>86
What a week it has been for Leicester City not only did they manage an FA cup win over Chelsea on Saturday but also recorded an impressive 2-1 win over Manchester United in the league. Soyuncu scored the winner in that match, which should be enough to see top four secured. What a job Rodgers has done for them and with all the hype surrounding the club t the moment I would be surprised not to see them feature in one way or another.
Trent Alexander-Arnold – RB - OVR 87>>89
Originally, I had planned to put Firmino in this side after he scored twice during a 4-2 win over United. The main issue there was the number of strikers scoring three times. It made competition for those places tough and thus I couldn’t justify the Brazilian over other options. Alisson is the next Liverpool player in question but after EA decided to include him last week it means he will not make this side despite his heroics. That leaves one more option with TAA. Trent was actually named MOTM against United after he provided one assist and was a constant threat down the right-hand flank for them
Vincenzo Grifo – LM - OVR 78>>82
With practically no options from the Bundesliga this week we have had to select the only possible cards with the division highly unlikely to miss out altogether. Grifo was named MOTM during Freiburg’s 2-2 draw with Bayern Munich after the Italian provided both assists on their goals. Grifo however failed to make Kicker’s TOTW but considering the limited options I still expect him to feature.
Carlos Soler – CM - OVR 79>>86
I feel that Soler’s omission from TOTS was harsh but with EA cutting down on the number of players getting in it was always going to be difficult to fit him in. It does allow an easy TOTW selection this week however with the Spaniard scoring twice and assisting another during Valencia’s 4-1 home win over Eibar.
Fabian Ruiz – CDM - OVR 82>>87
Serie A TOTS is set to be next Friday which limits our selections for the division. I don’t expect Ruiz to feature, especially in a 15-man squad and thus he looks set to pick up his TIF. Napoli managed a 5-1 win over Udinese, with five different goal scorers. The Spaniard went on to pick up MOTM though and from CDM I can see that being enough for him.
Ferran Torres – RM - OVR 81>>86
All the talk was about Scott Carson pregame of whom made his first appearance in the Premier League in ten years. That soon changed the way of Torres though, after the Spaniard managed a hat trick, one of which will probably be goal of the season. Obviously in terms of IF’s the big talking point here is the gap with Torres receiving his first IF in TOTW 32. We have seen a two-week gap previously this season though and under circumstances like this I can see EA included Torres again
Ante Rebic – ST - OVR 79>>84
With the fight for top four in full swing over in Italy goal difference could end up playing a factor, AC Milan helped their case on that front this week with a 7-0 win over Torino. Several players could pick up an IF from the result but thankfully for me the likes of Hernandez, who scored twice from LB can be ruled out due to a likely TOTS. Instead, we look the way of Rebic who scored three times and provided an assist during the convincing victory.
Santi Mina – ST - OVR 76>>81
Santi Mina narrowly missed out on my predictions last week but another two goals for the Spaniard, this time against Barcelona, should be enough to see him feature in TOTW 34. Barcelona are now winless in three with their title chase collapsing late on as a result. The latest result was a 2-1 loss to Celta Vigo of whom made it five consecutive wins.
Arkadiusz Milik – ST - OVR 81>>84
I have never seen the amount of gold striker hat tricks that we have had this week before, with three goals at times even being debated for selection. Milik was one of many to score three with his coming during a tightly contested 3-2 win against Angers, a result which confirms European football for Marseille next season.
Aaron Ramsdale – GK - OVR 75>>81
Sheffield United picked up a rare three points to upset Everton via a 1-0 win on Sunday. It was far from straight forward though with Ramsdale performing brilliantly between the sticks for them, making six saves in total. There were once again only a handful of goalkeepers available and with Alisson featuring last week, I feel that Ramsdale can make the cut.
Nacho – CB - OVR 80>>83
The Spanish title race is now down to two sides with one remaining fixture and the only reason as to why Atletico do not already have it secured is thanks to a Nacho goal. The Spaniard scored the only goal of the game as Madrid recorded a crucial 1-0 win away at Bilbao, piling the pressure onto Atletico by doing so.
David Moberg Karlsson – RM - OVR 77>>81
With champions league football in serious threat for Sparta Prague next season their match against Mlada was a must win with Jablonec chasing them into the final stages of the season. It was no easy feat, but Prague managed to come out on top of a nine-goal thriller, winning 5-4. Karlsson was heavily involved in the match, scoring once and assisting another three. With the Swede already featuring in a previous TOTW it makes him significantly easier to fit into the side.
Christian Fassnacht – RM - OVR 75>>84
There are always a lot of goals towards the end of domestic seasons with teams playing a somewhat friendly type of fixture with limited pressure for results. Young Boys have had the title wrapped up for quite some time now, but the results keep on flowing. The latest being a 5-2 win over Luzern. Fassnacht managed both two goals and two assists from RM and thus cements his spot in this week’s side.
Carlos Bacca – ST - OVR 77>>81
With Sevilla now out of title contention it was always going to be a good chance for Villarreal to pick up some points as they continue to chase European football for next season. They took their chance well and recorded a convincing 4-0 win over 4th placed Sevilla. Bacca scored three of those four goals and thus walks his way into the side.
Mario Gavranovic – ST - OVR 68>>81
There were a lot of hat tricks scored this weeks which make the competition for places very tight. With Gavranovic already receiving an IF this year it makes the decision easier though as he now classifies as a gold item and thus his three goals in Zagreb’s 3-0 win is almost certain to see him feature on Wednesday.
Serdar Dursun – ST - OVR 72>>82
Another silver NIF which looks set to pick up their SIF is Dursun. The Darmstadt striker managed to bag himself four goals as his side went on to beat Heidenheim 5-1, claiming POTW by doing so. The substitute strikers picked themselves in truth this week
Rhys Healey – ST - OVR 64>>74
Although it is very unlikely that we will see five strikers included in the reserves section, in the end I opted to play the numbers game and thus Healey opens up the reserves. The Englishman scored all three goals for Toulouse in their 3-3 draw. With the match ending in a draw, I feel that he is the most likely to miss out if EA decide to include a defender, as they often do.
Ellie Youan – ST - OVR 63>>73
It is very rare to see the likes of the Swiss league get two candidates while the main five leagues are all in action, but I simply couldn’t ignore either option this week. The second comes with Youan after the Frenchman was involved in four goals during St Gallen’s convincing 5-0 home win. Scoring two himself alongside providing the assist on two others.
Shoma Doi – ST - OVR 71>>78
Kashima Antlers played out an enthralling eight goal thriller this weekend from which they managed to come away with a 5-3 win from. Doi was an integral part of that result, scoring three times to ensure they came away with three points. One was from the penalty spot which is often a separator between hat tricks but with the majority coming from gold options this week it should be enough to see Doi included.
Ohi Omoijuanfo – ST - OVR 70>>78
Molde have taken an early lead in the Eliteserien, winning two and drawing one from their opening three fixtures. The latest was a convincing 4-0 home win over Brann from which their striker, Omoijuanfo managed to score three within.
Bogdan Stancu – ST - OVR 73>>79
The Turkish Super Lig saw a plethora of goals scored over the course of the week, with the division coming to an end it seemingly let sides relax and as a result it became a spectacle for supporters. It was almost inevitable that one of the matches would have seen a hat trick scored and that went the way of Stancu, who actually came off the bench during Genclerbirligi’s 5-2 win over Gotzepe