FIFA 17 TOTW Predictions - Week 16

Welcome to your annual week of BPL goodness. With no more than nine leagues playing there could even be more than predicted as crazy as it seems!

 

Last weeks score 16/23

Formation: 3-4-2-1 - http://www.futhead.com/17/squads/3607015/

Goalkeeper

Vito Mannone - GK - 75 OVR

The first of two Sunderland players to make my cut is Mannone who was actually very poor in their first game against Burnley. The Italian went on to redeem himself making a total of 13 saves in a 2-2 draw with Liverpool and is actually the first of two predicted players from the match which actually seems bizarre for a week which the black cats picked up just one point from two games.

Defenders

Gael Clichy - LB - 80 OVR

When you see Manchester City hosting Burnley you wouldn't really expect a tight affair but that is exactly what happened with the blues narrowly coming out on top by two goals to one. Clichy scored the first of those goals and with the lack of a BPL LB so far this year I think that will work in his favour.

 

Leighton Baines - LB - 83 OVR

After waiting for no less than 16 weeks for a BPL LB to pick up an IF we could well be seeing two in the same one. Baines contributed in both Evertons matches with an assist in their draw with Hull before scoring from the spot as they beat Southampton 3-0.

 

Gareth McAuley - CB - 76 OVR

Many BPL sides can easily pick up two IF's from winning both their games this week and WBA are one of those who may well do just that. McAuley is the first to be predicted after his continuously set piece threat rewarded him with yet another goal in their 3-1 win over Hull City.

Midfielders

Anthony Martial - LM - 82 OVR

With United picking up two more wins to their name to make it twelve games undefeated in the BPL I would expect them to feature in some way in this side. Martial is probably the best of a bad bunch after his goal helped to swing the game around which saw united come away with a 2-1 win over Middlesborough.

 

Dele Alli - CAM - 80 OVR

With goal contributions in his last three matches now it looks as though Alli is getting back to his best, something of which we have not see yet this season. He will inevitably be picking up an IF after scoring twice in two games this week. Firstly in a 4-1 away win over Southampton before before another two in the same score against Watford.

 

Georginio Wijnaldum - CM - 81 OVR

With Liverpool vs Manchester City being by far the highest caliber game of the weekend I would fully expect a player to feature from it. I believe the two options come from either Milner who claimed many plaudits for keeping Sterling quiet or Wijnaldum who scored the sole goal. With Milner already having picked up an IF I have opted for the Dutchman of whoms goal could prove pivotal at the end of the season.

 

Cesc Fabregas - CM - 86 OVR

Fabregas has found himself out of favour in Conte's system which has seen the Spaniard gain minimal game time. When he does play he always looks capable of doing something though and this was no different as he picked up another two assists in their 4-2 win which puts him onto the big 100 mark for all-time assists.

 

Willian - RW - 85 OVR

I for one am pretty annoyed at the inclusion of Willian simply for the fact I splashed out a lot on his SBC not that long ago. Despite that tragic incident I have now accepted that we will be seeing the Brazilian feature after he scored twice for Chelsea in their 4-2 win over Stoke to equal the record for most consecutive wins at 13. 

Forwards

Harry Kane - ST - 84 OVR

Although I would still class Alli as the favourite for the spot I would imagine that both will make the eventual cut. Kane just like his counterpart found the net twice in Spur's previously mentioned 4-1 win over Southampton. Trippier also deserves a mention after finding two assists but three players would really be pushing the boat.

  

Jermain Defoe - ST - 80 OVR

The amount of points that Defoe picks up for Sunderland just could be the difference in them staying up or not this season. His consolation goal meant nothing in their mid week game but the two he scored on Monday meant that a vital point was picked up against the IF Liverpool

Substitutes

Liam Reddy - GK - 61 OVR

Its a tad annoying that this match was played on a Tuesday as it reduces the actual chance of it occurring however with the lack of games there is a chance that EA will look back to make up the numbers. Despite conceding three goals in a 3-3 draw Reddy still deserves recognition after the Aussie made a total of eight saves which included two penalty stops. One of which was the last kick of the game.

 

Charlie Daniels - LB - 72 OVR

One of the harder games to pick a player from was Bournemouths 3-0 home win over Swansea and although I doubt every BPL game will see an IF from a 3-0 win I think it would be a mistake to ignore. Daniels picked up the assist on the final goal to finish of the game, sending the Swans to the bottom of the table.

 

Ollie Watkins - CM - 60 OVR

Back to the British trend now and we move our focus to League 2 where Watkins played a pivotal part in Exeters 4-1 away win over Newport. The English midfielder scored both the first and second goals of the game before securing his hat trick in the 95th minute.

 

Matt Phillips - RM - 74 OVR

Phillps has to be one of the stand out performers this season outside of your obvious candidates. The Scotsman further increased his tally with one goal and three assists over the two games he played of which WBA recorded another six points from.

 

Omar Bogle - ST - 58 OVR

This particular position could have gone to a number of players and thus can be classed as a bit of a punt. In the end I opted for Omar Bogle after he picked up both two goals and an assist during Grimsby's 3-1 away win over Carlisle 

 

Nelson Oliveira - ST - 74 OVR

It's never ideal for me to have to predict a Norwich IF but credits where its due, Oliveira playing outstandingly well in their 3-0 win at home to Derby. The Portuguese striker scored all three of their goals to record only their third win in fourteen games.

 

Josh Magennis - ST - 65 OVR

Another hat trick now, this time from League 1 as Charlton's Magennis scored three of their four goals in a 4-1 home win over Bristol Rovers. A result which now sees Rovers lose their last five away games on the bounce.

 

Reserves 

Erik Sviatchenko - CB - 75 OVR

Sviatchenko scored from roughly 30 yards as Celtic managed a 2-0 win over Ross County. you would expect that with only 9 leagues playing a gold defender with a goal and a clean sheet would walk into the side although there is a risk with the old firm derby also being played that one Celtic player could miss out.

 

Scott Sinclair - LW - 75 OVR

The second Celtic player is of course Sinclair after he scored the winner in the Old Firm Derby. I would be highly surprised if EA snubbed this game and with there being no real stand out performances you would expect Sinclair to be the man in favour.

 

Diego Castro - CM - 75 OVR

As mentioned with Reddy a Tuesday game is never ideal to include but I have gone even riskier by including a player from both sides in the match. Castro was able to beat Reddy and in fact did it twice! With the Spaniard being gold in the game he fills up the reserves very nicely.

 

Andre Gray - ST - 75 OVR

The only hat trick in the BPL came from Burnley's Andre Gray which was both his and his sides first in the division. Not only does it end his personal goal drought but also helps to maintain Burnley's superb home form of which lies among the best thus far.

 

Leo Bonatini - ST - 75 OVR

With the lack of gold players available outside of the BPL a Bonatini brace pretty much cements his spot in the side. The Brazilian strikers double in a 4-2 home win for Al-Hilal sees them maintain their three point lead at the top of the table.

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