Team of the Week 38 (TOTW) predictions

The World Cup may lie ahead, but players from across the globe are still fighting it out for a place in the Ultimate Team of the Week.

A World Cup is on the horizon, but that doesn’t stop the Team of the Week. Domestic action is still taking place across the globe, with the MLS looking to show that there is still plenty of quality Stateside despite the US not qualifying for the World Cup in Russia.

Action also comes this week from the Spanish Segunda Division, with the normal season finishing ahead of the playoffs. RealSport looks at which players could make the starting line-up for FIFA 18’s Team of the Week. 18 players will receive an in-form boost on Wednesday, June 6 at 6pm BST. These players can be challenged for a coin bonus on Ultimate Team, can be found in packs on the FUT store or bought and sold on the transfer market.

Jokin Ezkieta (OVR 65 – IF 73)

Barcelona B may have lost to Real Zaragoza 2-0, but goalkeeper Jokin Ezkieta saved two penalties to keep his side in the game. Barca B had already been condemned to relegation for the Segunda Division, with Zaragoza qualifying for the play-offs.

Ezkieta’s 65 overall could increase to 73 this week, and you can pick up his silver base card for 200 coins on PS4 and 300 on Xbox One. 

Otar Kakabadze (OVR 68 – IF 77)

Staying in Spain, Otar Kakabadze picked up two assists in Gimnastic Tarragona’s 2-0 win over Rayo Vallecano. The Georgian’s performance ensured a superb performance over champions Vallecano, giving the Catalans confidence for next season. 

Kakabadze should improve from 68 to 77 on the back of his display at right back. You can pick up his base card for 900 coins on PS4 and around as much as 1,800 on Xbox One. 

Fran Cruz (OVR 68 – IF 74)

Lorca centre back Fran Cruz grabbed a goal in the 2-1 win over Sevilla Atletico. Sadly, it was too little too late for Lorca, who have been relegated alongside basement club Sevilla Atletico. 

Cruz’s overall could now improve from 68 to 74, and you can claim his normal rating for 200 coins on PS4 and at least 400 coins on Xbox One. 

Ryan Hollingshead (OVR 66 – IF 79)

In the MLS, FC Dallas earned a 3-2 win over LA Galaxy with left back Ryan Hollingshead scoring and notching an assist. Dallas sit second in the Western Conference, six places above Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s Galaxy, with the Swede scoring twice in the defeat.

Hollingshead, usually a right back, should improve from 67 to 77 this week. His base card costs 3,500 coins on PS4 and 3,000 on Xbox One.

Darwin Machis (OVR 74 – IF 81)

Darwin Machis scored both goals for Granada in their 2-1 victory over Cadiz. Granada missed out on the play-offs by four points, whilst the defeat proved costly for Cadiz who finish the season one point outside the play-off spots. 

Machis should improve from 74 to 81 on Ultimate Team, and you get the left midfielder’s base rating for 350 coins on PS4 and 1,000 on Xbox One. 

Victor Vazquez (OVR 74 – IF 79)

Toronto and Columbus Crew played out a thrilling 3-3 draw in the MLS, with Victor Vazquez scoring one and setting up another for Columbus. The Black & Gold are third in the Eastern Conference, with Toronto down in tenth.

Central midfielder Vaquez should improve from 74 to 79 this week, and you can claim the Spaniard’s base card for 400 coins on both consoles.

Federico Higuain (OVR 76 – IF 80)

Staying in the same game, Federico Higuain matched Vazquez’s return with a goal and assist of his own for Toronto. The Canadian side are having a tricky patch, having only picked up one win in their last five matches.

Attacking midfielder Higuain should see his overall rating improve from 76 to 80 on Ultimate Team, and you can claim the Argentine’s base card for 400 coins on both consoles. 

Ismael Tajouri (OVR 66 – IF 76)

On the left side we have New York City’s Ismael Tajouri who scored twice in the 3-0 win over Orlando City. NYC are flying in the Eastern Conference, lying in second, whilst Orlando are down in sixth. 

Right midfielder Tajouri is rated at 66 on Ultimate Team, which should improve to 76 this week. The Austrian costs 3,000 coins on PS4 and around 4,000 on Xbox One. 

Alvaro Gimenez (OVR 67 – IF 77)

Alvaro Gimenez scored twice in Alcorcon’s 3-0 victory over Reus. Alcorcon finish the Spanish Segunda Division season in mid-table, just ahead of the 14th placed Reus on goal difference.

Striker Alvaro should improve from 67 to 77 this week, and his base card will set you back 500 coins on PS4 and 750 on Xbox One. 

Josef Martinez (OVR 76 – TIF 85)

Josef Martinez leads the attack, with the Atlanta United striker netting a hat trick in the 3-1 victory over Philadelphia Union. It’s now 12 goals in 14 games for the Venezuela forward, firing Atlanta to the top of the Eastern Conference.

Martinez’s two in-form cards on FIFA 18 means his 76 overall will improve to at least 85. His base card is priced at 700 coins on both consoles, whilst his 84 second in-form will cost 12,350 on PS34 and 14,000 on Xbox One. 

Yordy Reyna (OVR 66 – IF 77)

Finally, we have Vancouver Whitecaps forward Yordy Reyna, who scored and grabbed an assist in the 2-1 win over Colorado Rapids. Vancouver sit in sixth position in the MLS Western Conference with Colorado rock bottom of the table in 12th. 

We expect Reyna’s 66 overall rating to improve to 77 this week, and you can claim the centre forward’s base card for 300 coins on PS4 and 600 on Xbox One.

RealSport’s Team of the Week prediction

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