TOTW 18 prediction

EA Sports have released the 18th edition for the season of their Team of the Week on FIFA Ultimate Team and the headline news is that Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez is chosen to play on the left hand side of the attack.

Goalkeeper
Stéphane Ruffier – GK – 83 OVR
Ruffier was brilliant for Saint Etienne during their 2-1 victory away at Reims with the only thing beatin him being a last minute own goal. Ruffier made a total of six saves.

Defenders
Paul Konchesky – LB – 68 OVR

Konchesky helped struggling Leicester to a home win against fellow strugglers Aston Villa. Konchesky scored the only goal of the game and was later said to be deserving of an England call up by Garth crooks, not that that means a lot but either way Konchesky should make the team this week.

José Fonte – CB – 74 OVR

Just when people were starting to think that Southampton’s bubble had burst they have came away with 7 points from three games which were against Arsenal, Chelsea and finally United. Fonte had a brilliant game during their 1-0 victory away at United which I believe will be enough this week.

Nemanja Vidic – CB – 83 OVR

Vidic scored the final goal to secure a 3-1 win for Inter at home to high flying Genoa. He claimed a 7.5 rating from Gazetta which was one of the highest this week. Not many gold defenders put in a performance worth mentioning which I believe will secure Vidic’s slot in this weeks team.

Midfielders
Alexis Sánchez – LW – 84 OVR

What a signing Sanchez has turned out to be for Arsenal, after Ozil can only been described as a disappointment Sanchez had to be a big signing in order to save Wengers credibility and that is exactly what has happened. Sanchez scored twice and assisted the first as Arsenal beat Stoke 3-0. Laurent Koscielny is also in with a chance however two players from the same team for a game like that is not for me.

Iborra – CDM – 79 OVR

With not many gold midfielders putting in a performance worth mentioning this week it was a chance for the players who actually put in a brilliant performance rather than scoring a couple of tap ins a chance to be included. Iborra did exactly that and although he did score he was influential for the whole game as Sevilla won 2-0 away at Almeria.

Carlos Eduardo – CAM – 74 OVR

If memory serves me correctly Eduardo will be the first silver to receive a gold IF this year should he get in as predicted. Although not as impressive as his previous IF for scoring 4 he still played a brilliant game getting a goal and assist for Nice in their 3-1 win at home to Lorient.

Oscar – CAM – 84 OVR

Not the most impressive of performances however a midfielder and a big name was needed, which Oscar fits perfectly after he was involved in both of Chelsea’s goals as they beat managerless Newcastle 2-0 with a goal and assist to his name.

Forwards
Oribe Peralta- ST – 76 OVR

Peralta scored twice for Club America in a 3-2 home win against Leon to start their season off with three points. Although a lot more games were played this week options were still limited up top and all around this week.

Marcus Berg – ST – 77 OVR

Panathinaikos did what was needed of them early on with all five of their goals coming in the first half. Berg scored three of those five goals which should secure his place this week.

Francesco Totti – ST – 80 OVR

No Totti, No Party. Totti scored both of Roma’s goals as they came from two goals down to level the game 2-2. He received the joint highest score from Gazetta this week with the evasive Anderson of which it seems whenever I select him EA snub him so watch him be included this week!

Substitutes
Diego Alves – GK – 81 OVR

The sub keeper position was possibly the hardest position to fill this week with not many keeper with a performance worth mentioning. Alongside the lack of BBVA option I felt that Alves was therefore perfect for this spot. Alves saved a first half “penalty” and three over saves to keep Valencia in the game and ultimately drew 1-1 with Celta Vigo.

Leiton Jiménez – CB – 65 OVR

Jimenez scored both of Veracruz’s goals i their 2-1 away win. As I have said multiple times in the past two goals from a defender is very hard to ignore for TOTW.

Billy Ketkeophomphone – RM – 65 OVR

Billy which we will call him for obvious reasons scored twice away to shock high flying Dijon with a 3-0 win. I struggled to fill this position and decided on Billy purely down to the fact of the difference in team position.

Julian Palmieri – LM – 68 OVR

After Bastia fell 2-1 behind to PSG not many will have expected them to get a draw against PSG, let alone a win. Palmieri was the man of the moment and helped to inspire Bastia to maintain their superb home form with what will be a goal of the season contender. Palmieri scored two of Bastia’s four goals and will 100% be in this weeks team.

Sergio Araujo – ST – 68 OVR

Although Araujo was in TOTW just four weeks ago I believe that he has done enough to claim a SIF after scoring twice and assisting another in Las Palmas’s 5-3 win. What makes this result even better is that LP ended the game with 8 men, they even scored while with 8.

Jonathan Kodjia – ST – 65 OVR

Kodjia scored a hat trick for Angers on Friday night as they managed a 3-1 win at home to Nancy. I am told that Kodjia played up top instead of the wing however I am not 100% on his position.

Clayton Donaldson – ST – 66 OVR

Another hat trick,this time as Birmingham managed a 3-1 home win against Wigan to pile even more pressure on struggling Wigan.

Matt Harrold – GK – 64 OVR

Yes this selection does make it 19 players instead of the usual 18 however it has happened once before and for an near identical reason. Melo was once included as the 19th man after he saved a penalty after Gala’s first choice keeper was unable to continue/ sent off. Harrold was in a similar situation after Crawley’s keeper was injured late in the first half forcing Harrold to take the gloves. Although Harrold did concede twice he was named MOTM and received the keeper spot in the Npower TOTW.

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