TOTW Predictions - Week 19

A strong week ahead including nine players with a rating of 85 or more which include Ramos, Cavani and Lewandowski

Last weeks score 14/23

Formation: 4-3-3 - http://www.futhead.com/17/squads/4120993/

Goalkeeper

Vincent Enyeama - GK - 83 OVR

Ligue 1 never fails to deliver with their keeper options and once again L'equipe have decided to give out an 8/10. This time it goes to Lille's Nigerian stopper for his four saves in their 0-0 draw away at Dijon. Maybe not impressive on paper but that match rating will sway the decision.

Defenders

Seamus Coleman - RWB - 82 OVR

As we saw with both Alonso and Antonio last week this system is being classified as a RWB and thus I believe Coleman has a chance rather than if he was classified as a RM. The Irish defender scored the only goal of the game in the dying embers of the game to help Everton snatch a 1-0 win away at Palace.

 

Federico Fazio - CB - 77 OVR

Although it is often the case that defenders need to contribute offensively to claim a spot within the big leagues as a result of match ratings actual defensive performances are easier to reward. Fazio falls into that category after he was excellent for Roma in their 1-0 home win over Cagliarli with his 8 aerial duels won being the standout stat.

 

Shkodran Mustafi - CB - 83 OVR

I don't think that Mustafi should actually get in but with the OTW factor taking into account it is a good chance for the Arsenal defender to get in. He has been very impressive throughout the season so far and as he continues to impress he looks set to pick up a TOTS spot.

 

Sergio Ramos - CB - 89 OVR

Ramos has been scoring a lot recently and managed to add another two to his tally during Madrid's 2-1 win over Malaga. Pretty straight forward selection which also means EA won't have to go searching for big names.

Midfielders 

Iborra - CM - 82 OVR

For the second time this season Iborra found the back of the net three times, unfortunately this time one was in his own net but either way the Spaniard was superb once again. He was among one of only a few players to shine in Spain which should give him the nod despite the OG.

 

Hakan Calhanoglu - CAM - 80 OVR

There is some debate surrounding the position of Hakan with it largely coming down to interpretation. My opinion is that he was given a free role and have thus opted for the central position however LM is also very viable. Onto his performance and the talented youngster scored twice for Leverkusen as they managed a 3-1 home win over Hertha.

 

Pizzi - CM - 81 OVR

An 86 rated Pizzi seems bizarre to me but with the new IF system this year it does look like a reality now after the Portuguese midfielder bagged a brace for Benfica during their comfortable 4-0 home win over Tondela. There were a few options from Portugal this week however I don't expect to see more than two tops.

Forwards

Robert Lewandowski - ST - 90 OVRl

There were a handful of fringe top class players shoved in for the sake of making the side good last week. Due to that I think Lewan is all but a lock for this side after the Polish international scored both Munich goals in a 2-1 away win over Freiburg which saw him claim kickers player of the week.

 

Edinson Cavani - ST - 85 OVR

Personally I feel as though this is slightly pushing it seeing as it will be Cavani's third IF and his fourth special item. Either way he does have a chance of being included after scoring both PSG goals in a 2-0 win over Nancy. His performance saw him claim an 8/10 as he chases an 89 rated item.

 

Andy Carroll - ST - 78 OVR

Coming off the back of his superb bicycle kick Carroll continued his goal-scoring form with two against Middlesborough. The Hammers went on to win 3-1 and if Carroll can replicate the form he has shown in previous years he could be the answer to West Ham's troubles.

Substitutes

Ludovic Butelle - GK - 78 OVR

I seriously struggled to find a sub keeper and thus have opted for the route of two golds, which has happened before. I believe that Enyeama is a secure spot but Butelle also makes a strong case. The Frenchman made a total of eight saves and also chipped in with an assist as Club Brugge won 3-0 away at Liege.

 

Sonny Bradley - CB - 62 OVR

For the second time this season Bradley has found the net twice in one game, this time it came as Plymouth scraped a 2-1 win away at Cheltenham. There are several options for this position but two goals is usually what gets the nod and I can't see that changing anytime soon.

 

Boschilia - LW - 68 OVR

Monaco have two potential players which could make the cut with both Boschilia and Germain scoring two goals each and both claiming an 8/10 from L'equipe. I have opted for the Brazilian seeing as he made the official TOTW while Germain didn't.

 

Blerim Dzemaili - CM - 74 OVR

The Swiss midfielder put in arguably the best performance in Calcio A this weekend after he scored both of Bologna's goals in their 2-0 home win over Torino, claiming an 8/10 from Gazzetta.

 

Chuks Aneke - LW - 69 OVR

Another player with a debatable position now with either a LW or ST role being occupied. With the lack of ST options available he could actually make the cut regardless for his brace and assist although if he was in fact on the wing I can't see him being ignored.

 

Ismael Sosa - ST - 77 OVR

Another side which has two potential IF's is Tigres and once again in comes from two players both scoring twice. I believe that due to it being against Club America that there will be an IF as a 4-2 win against them is an impressive feat. 

 

Reza Ghoochannejhad - ST - 67 OVR

Personally I would understand a hat trick in a loss resulting in a TOTW inclusion but with Lacazette getting in for an average brace really does set the bar low. It also forces their hand with Reza though after the Iranian scored three in his sides 4-3 away loss to PSV and in turn picked up Dutch leagues player of the week.

Reserves

Alex Telles - LB - 77 OVR

Telles bizarrely was not actually the MOTM from this game however for me it is pretty much impossible to ignore three assists from a defender, especially as a gold. That is exactly what the Brazilian managed and although Porto did concede twice he will inevitably stand out during the selection process.

 

Quaresma - RW - 83 OVR

I'm not a fan of including Monday night games but I was struggling with the last few spots and thus have taken the Quaresma punt after he scored one and assisted another two during their 4-1 away win.

 

Anthony Knockaert - RM - 75 OVR

In previous sides we have seen the Friday night televised fixture gain some preference in terms of championship games and I can see that trend continuing after Knockaert, who has been superb this season, scored another two goals to claim MOTM in Brightons 2-1 away win over Sheffield Wednesday.

 

Llorente - ST - 79 OVR

Llorente got snubbed a few weeks back in favour of his teammate but there will be no doubt surrounding his inclusion this time as the Spaniard once again scored twice. The impressive part about this one is the fact the goals came against Liverpool in a shock 3-2 away win for the Swans. EA could also include Firmino who scored both for Liverpool but surely not with the losses again?

 

Alessandro Matri - ST - 78 OVR

I personally feel that Matri was robbed of an IF last week but surely we wont see the same in two consecutive sides. The Italian striker once again scored twice for his side in a 3-1 win over Pescara and once again he received an 8/10 for doing so.

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