A final international break of 2018, and boy, was it a special one. The inaugural UEFA Nations League came to its climax, with various permutations meaning both promotion and relegation were possible for many countries going into their final fixtures.
In the top tier, three countries have secured safe passage to the National League finals next summer. Hosts Portugal only needed a 0-0 draw against Italy to qualify, as England came back from a goal down to defeat Croatia, and Switzerland producing the biggest result with a 5-2 rout over Belgium.
So, from all the exciting international fixtures, which individuals have done enough to secure a spot in the FIFA 19 Team of the Week? A squad of 23 in-form players will be selected on Wednesday, 21 November at 6pm, and be available on FIFA Ultimate Team. You can challenge the TOTW for a coin bonus and look to get hold of these in-form players from packs on the FUT store. You can also buy and sell them individually on the transfer market.
RealSport predicts the starting lineup for the side, looking at all the international action from the weekend as well as the English Football League.
Jak Alnwick (OVR 67 – IF 72)
A penalty save for Scunthorpe goalkeeper Jak Alnwick gives him the number one shirt in our side. With the scores at 1-1, he saved Bristol Rovers man Chris Lines’s penalty in the 76th minute and just two minutes later Scunthorpe led 2-1 through Matthew Lund to give them the three points.
Alnwick’s 67 overall rating could rise to a fantastic silver 72 card this week. His base item costs just 350 coins on PS4 and 600 on Xbox One in Ultimate Team.
Kevin Mbabu (OVR 76 – IF 80)
Emerging as a fantastic right back, Kevin Mbabu enhanced is growing reputation with a superb performance for Switzerland against Belgium. The Young Boys man first won a penalty to get the Swiss back in the game at 2-1, before crossing for Haris Seferovic to seal the result at 5-2 late on in the second half.
Mbabu’s 76 overall could improve to an 80 in-form rating on Wednesday. He will set you back just 700 coins on both consoles in Ultimate Team, with his Champions League 77 item valued at 3,900 on PS4 and 8,300 on Xbox One.
Kendall Waston (OVR 74 – IF 78)
Over to Central America, with Costa Rica picking up a surprise 3-2 victory over Chile to pile more misery in a terrible year for their opponents. Centre back Kendall Waston was the hero scoring twice as his country broke their nine-game winless run.
A 74 base rating of Waston should improve to 78 this week, with the Vancouver Whitecaps defender priced at 750 coins on PS4 and 1,200 on Xbox One.
Tin Jedvaj (OVR 76 – IF 79)
Tin Jedvaj had to fill in at left back for Croatia’s clash against Spain, and boy, did he make an impact. The versatile defender scored his first goals for his country, including an injury time winner to claim a 3-2 victory for the World Cup finalists and keep their Nations League hopes alive.
Jedvaj’s 76 overall rating should now improve to at least a 79 overall rating this week, and his centre back position could move to left back. The Bayer Leverkusen centre back will set you back 550 coins on PS4 and 500 on Xbox One in Ultimate Team.
Serge Gnabry (OVR 82 – IF 84)
Already relegated from their Nations League group, capping a woeful year for Germany, they gave the fringe players a chance in their friendly against Russia. The opportunity was grasped by Bayern Munich winger Serge Gnabry, who picked up a goal and an assist in the 3-0 victory. The former Arsenal man now has four goals in four games for his country.
Left midfielder Gnabry could switch over to right wing for the TOTW, with his 82 overall expected to creep up to 84. His base card will set you back 2,100 coins on PS4 and 2,200 on Xbox One, with a Champions League 83 rating worth 28,500 on PS4 and 32,000 on Xbox One.
Jay O’Shea (OVR 65 – IF 72)
Back into the English Football League, as Bury midfielder Jay O’Shea netted a brace in the 4-0 thrashing over Stevenage. Bury are now doing well in League Two, positioned just a point outside the play-off places and with a +14 goal difference, the third best in the league.
O’Shea’s double could make him an outside bet for the Team of the Week, where his 65 overall could climb to 72 and his attacking midfielder role could slide back into central midfield. The Irishman’s base item costs 200 coins on PS4 and 600 on Xbox One.
Ryan Christie (OVR 71 – IF 77)
Scotland were one of those sides who could have been promoted or relegated going into the final fixtures of the Nations League, but a comprehensive 4-0 victory over Albania now means progression to League B is within their grasp. Ryan Christie set up two goals in the away win, and a repeat performance against Israel would finish a difficult year on a high for the Scots.
Christie could also move from attacking to central midfielder this week, with his 71 overall rating set to rise to 77. The Celtic man costs 550 coins on PS4 and 600 on Xbox One.
Jesse Lingard (OVR 82 – IF 84)
Jesse Lingard played a huge role in both of England’s victories this week. The utility man started on the left wing in the 3-0 friendly win over the USA, and opened the scoring with a beautiful curled effort. The Manchester United star then came off the bench against Croatia, tying the game up at 1-1 before making a goal line clearance as the Three Lions turned it around to pick up the victory.
Lingard’s position is likely to move from attacking midfield to left wing if he makes the side, with his 82 overall rising to 84. His base card costs just 1,000 coins on PS4 and 1,200 on Xbox One, whilst his 83 Champions League item is worth 24,000 on PS4 and almost 29,000 on Xbox One. As for his UCL Road to the Final (improving after each round of the Champions League) card, you will need 99,000 coins on PS4 and 101,000 on Xbox One.
Michy Batshuayi (OVR 81 – IF 83)
On to the attack, and before Belgium suffered that shocking defeat to Switzerland, Michy Batshuayi was making things look easy in the 2-0 win over Iceland. The Valencia man scored both goals in the victory, but couldn’t turn things around when he was brought on with 25 minutes remaining against the Swiss.
Batshuayi’s brace could take his 81 overall up to 83 this week, with his base card costing just 700 coins on both consoles. An 82 Champions League item costs 12,500 on PS4 and 13,000 on Xbox One.
Haris Seferovic (OVR 73 – IF 79)
The biggest performance of the week came from Haris Seferovic, who netted a hat trick as Switzerland came from 2-0 down to defeat World Cup semi-finalists and world number one ranked side Belgium 5-2. The Swiss had to score at least four following Thorgan Hazard’s brace to reach the Nations League Finals, and this newfound spirit will make them a tough nut to crack in Portugal next summer.
Seferovic of Benfica should improve from 73 to an in-form 79 on Ultimate Team on the back of his treble. You can currently pick him up for 8,000 coins on PS4 and 5,400 on Xbox One.
Harry Kane (OVR 89 – IF 90)
Harry Kane completes the lineup, and it is fitting that the England captain does so after a memorable year for the Three Lions. The striker first set up Jesse Lingard to bring the scores level against Croatia before his 84th winner ensured England will be on the plane to Portugal next summer and reach another international semi-final.
Tottenham’s Kane is likely to creep up just one overall point from 89 to 90 this week. His base card costs 85,000 on PS4 and 94,000 on Xbox One, with his 90 Champions League card setting you back 230,000 on PS4 and 300,000 on Xbox One.
RealSport’s TOTW 10 Prediction
Who was this week's top performer?
- Kendall Waston
- Tin Jedvaj
- Jesse Lingard
- Haris Seferovic
- Harry Kane
- Other (comment below)
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