After a string of successful weeks we come across a dreaded international TOTW and after the fiasco of last time I have decided to include international friendlies in the prediction. Headlining we have Rodriguez, Matuidi and Dier.
Last weeks score 16/23
Formation: 3-4-2-1 – Part one: http://www.futhead.com/16/squads/11440474/
Part two: http://www.futhead.com/16/squads/11440693/
Ciprian TÄƒtÄƒruÅŸanu – GK – 75 OVR
The vast majority of international game weeks include the dilemma of who to include in goal. This is no different with a real lack of options available. Romanian stopper Tatarusanu is arguably the best of a bad bunch making a total of four saves to keep a clean sheet in a 0-0 home draw with Spain.
Ciaran Clark – CB – 77 OVR
I would imagine that we will see at least three gold defenders included however that is a very hard task with not many standing out. Clark is the easy pick however after scoring the only goal in a 1-0 home win against Switzerland.
Nicolas Nkoulou – CB – 81 OVR
Although Cameroon failed to win their match Nkoulou late goal in level it at 2-2 means that they go to the top of their qualifying group. That alongside the fact that he is gold could well go a long way in the selection process. He is a bit of a punt however there is logic behind the selection.
Álvaro Pereira – LB – 76 OVR
Now if you felt that Nkoulou was a punt you have another thing coming. I have selected Pereira for an assist in Uruguay’s 2-2 away draw with Brazil. I am not very sure on this selection to say the least however there are very few alternate options available.
Sofiane Feghouli – CAM – 81 OVR
Algeria showed once again why they are one of the strongest sides in Africa with a 7-1 drubbing of Ethiopia. I expect two players from a possible four candidates to make the cut, the first of which is Feghouli who scored the first and third Algerian goals. I believed he played CAM which would make him quite expensive.
Blaise Matuidi – CM – 84 OVR
Matuidi was the main performer in one of the biggest games of the weekend. France came away as 3-2 winners when they traveled to the Netherlands with the PSG CM claiming both a goal and an assist which include an 87th minute winner.
Kamil Grosicki – RW – 75 OVR
The first of two Polish players included this week is Grosicki who scored and assisted twice during a 5-0 home win against Poland. Finland look to be a side in all sorts of trouble this season and considering that Poland didn’t even use Lewandowski this can be classed as a very poor result for them.
James Rodríguez – LW – 87 OVR
You could easily argue that Rodriguez played in the CAM role however it can be taken both ways and with EA specifically giving him a LM Colombian item last week I can’t see them then making him a cam for an international performance. He is included for his goal and assist during a 3-2 away win against Bolivia
Cenk Tosun – ST – 77 OVR
Turkey managed to register a 2-1 home win against a weakened Sweden side, when I say weakened I mean a squad without Ibra. Tosun should be picking up the IF should friendlies be counted again after scoring both Turkish goals.
Nicolai Jørgensen – ST – 75 OVR
Talking of braces in 2-1 wins that is also exactly what Jorgensen managed during a 2-1 home win against Iceland. With the Danish striker being a gold I can’t see him missing out.
Islam Slimani – ST – 80 OVR
I mentioned that Algeria were getting two IF’s via my prediction and the second of those two is Slimani. He scored two of Algeria’s seven and would be one of the bigger names in the side. Alternatively we could see either Ghoulam or Mahrez as the other player.
Allan McGregor – GK – 74 OVR
Another keeper which is rather hit and miss now as is Scottish stopper Mcgregor. Scotland managed to upset the Czech with a 1-0 away win and a lot o that praise should be given to their keeper who made a total of six saves to keep a clean sheet
Gabriel Mercado – RB – 73 OVR
There were a lot of silver defenders I could have selected this week however because Mercado managed to perform in a big qualifying match I have opted to go with the Argentine over other potential options. He scored the winning goal in a 2-1 away win against Chile. This goal could well prove to be massive come the end of qualifying.
Tom RogiÄ‡ – CM – 67 OVR
When Australia came away as massive 7-0 winners against Tajikistan there were always going to be a few contenders for this spot. Luckily that was narrowed down by the fact that half of them are not in the game and thus can’t pick up an IF. Burns with two goals and Giannou with four assists specifically. This leaves us with Rogic who scored twice as being the only real candidate left.
Michael Barrios – RM – 69 OVR
The MLS was another league which still played this week and with it arguably being the biggest league still playing domestically it is likely that we will see an IF. Barrios is the obvious option after scoring twice for Dallas in a 3-0 win.
PaweÅ‚ WszoÅ‚ek – RM – 67 OVR
The second Polish player to mke the cut from their previously mentioned 5-0 home win against Finland is Wszolek who scored twice and assisted another. I fully expect both Polish players to make the cut with them both being among the best options this week.
Hakeeb Adelakun – ST – 57OVR
It was looking like another bronzeless week again until Monday when Scunthorpe striker Adelakun was involved in four goals with a goal and three assists in a massive 6-0 home win against Swindon. I am without the Npower TOTW as things stand however I am certain that Adelakun will claim a place.
Natalio – ST – 68 OVR
Natalio, otherwise known as Poquet was the only player to find the back of the net three times this week which does make the selection process a lot harder however it should also make Poquet a certainty to be included.
Eric Dier – CDM – 74 OVR
England managed a magnificent comeback against the world champions to see them turn around a two goal deficit to win 3-2 courtesy of a last minute Eric Dier winner. Obviously it is only a friendly so I am not going to be one of those “England are going to win the Euro’s” people however there were definitely positives to be taken form an English POV.
Hiroshi Kiyotake – LM – 77 OVR
There are two potential players from the Japanese game however with golds being hard to come by this week I just had to opt for Kiyotake who scored once and assisted another two. Yoshida is the other option who scored one of their goals in a 5-0 home win.
Susaeta – LM – 65 OVR
Also from the second tier of Spanish football we have Susaeta who assisted all three of Real Oviedo’s goals in a 3-0 home win against Ponferradina. I am unsure as to how much league football will be included however if they are looked at I would be surprised to see Susaeta miss out
Stéphane Sessègnon – CAM – 77 OVR
Back to the golds now and we have a bit of a forgotten man in Sessegnon. At one stage he was lighting up the BPL each week however now he is on the fringe of WBA’s side. He seems to still have the ability after scoring three goals over two games for Benin this week. He is mainly included for his brace in a 4-1 win against South Sudan.
Bruno Fornaroli – ST – 71 OVR
Fornaroli looks set to pick up a SIF which will mean that he will be a gold. That will significantly help his chances in a week like this. I have selected him for his two goals and an assist on Monday morning. He did miss a penalty however from what I can tell he scored directly from the rebound so score or miss you decide.