The transition from 2016 to 2017 in the football world was seamless, with goals going in all over the place. This week we are without action from most of Europe, so FIFA 17’s Team of the Week has a very British feel about it, with the Premier League dominating. In the English top flight, Liverpool dented Manchester City’s title hopes with a 1-0 win at Anfield, only for strugglers Sunderland to take two points off them in a draw at the Stadium of Light. The big scorers were Chelsea, who defeated Stoke 4-2, and Burnley who did their survival hopes a world of good by defeating Sunderland 4-1. We are now at the halfway stage in the Premier League, and players are finding top gear as the fixtures stack up. RealSport brings you FIFA Ultimate Team’s Team of the Week.
The Premier League dominates the starting line-up, with nine players representing the English top flight.
Kasper Schmeichel (OVR 86)
Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel kept two clean sheets this week as The Champions slowly climb away from relegation. Schmeichel made five saves in the important 1-0 win over West Ham, and never came close to being tested in the 0-0 draw with Middlesbrough. The Danish number one improves by five overall points to 86 this week, with 90-rated kicking, 89 reflexes and 87 diving.
Leighton Baines (OVR 85)
Everton left back Leighton Baines may just about be back on the road to an England recall after some impressive form, and the former Wigan man scored from the penalty spot and kept a clean sheet in the 3-0 victory over Southampton. Everton still have a lot of work to do if they wish to catch the top six however, with the Toffees nine points off sixth place Manchester United. Baines improves by two from 83 to 85 this week, with his passing now 86 and defending 84.
James Milner (OVR 86)
James Milner continues to shine in his new position of left back, and the Liverpool man looked like he’d played there all is life in the massive 1-0 over fellow title contenders Manchester City. The former England picked out Roberto Firmino with a sublime ball that cut the defence, but the Brazilian’s touch costed him a goal scoring opportunity. Milner earns his second in form card of the season, and he once again moves from central midfield to left back, with his rating jumping up from 81 to 86. This week his passing is 89, and his dribbling now 85.
Kieran Trippier (OVR 81)
Kieran Tripper got a rare start for Tottenham in the absence of the suspended Kyle Walker, and the Englishman really did himself justice as Spurs switched to five at the back, preparing for the heavyweight clash against league leaders Chelsea. Former Burnley man Tripper grabbed two assists for Harry Kane in the 4-1 romp at Watford, which has seen his overall rating jump from 77 to 81 this week. Tripper moves from right back to right wing back this week, with his passing now 83.
Cesc Fabregas (OVR 87)
100 Premier League assists now on the board for Cesc Fabregas, an amazing feat considering he spent three seasons at Barcelona. The Spanish international set up two goals as Chelsea won a topsy-turvy encounter 4-2 with Stoke, and he may now have displaced Nemanja Matic in Antonio Conte’s midfield. Ex-Arsenal man Fabregas improves by one this week, with the central midfielder’s passing now 91 and dribbling 85.
Dele Alli (OVR 83)
After a stuttering start to the season, it’s great to see England man Dele Alli back in form. The attacking midfielder scored four times in two games for Tottenham this past week, and The Lilywhites’ new form may just put them back in title contention. Alli hit braces against Southampton and Watford, but it will be a tougher task when they meet in form side Chelsea on Wednesday evening. The former MK Dons midfielder improve by three to 83 this week, with his dribbling and physicality both 83.
Scott Sinclair (OVR 81)
Scott Sinclair scored the winner as Celtic overcame Glasgow rivals Rangers in the Old Firm Derby. The Englishman’s strike means The Bhoys are now 19 points ahead of Rangers at the top of the Scottish Premiership, with still a game in hand. With the Scottish League Cup already secured, and one hand and four fingers on the Scottish Premiership title, manager Brendan Rodgers will look to concentrate on the Scottish Cup and secure a famous treble in his first year in charge. Sinclair moves from left winger to left midfielder this week, with his pace now 89 and dribbling 83.
Diego Castro (OVR 81)
Diego Castro scored twice as Perth Glory drew 3-3 with Melbourne City in the A-League. With Sydney FC already seven points clear after just 13 matches, many of the Australian teams are playing for pride, and 5th placed Glory couldn’t afford to fall any further behind 4th placed City. Left midfielder Castro improve from 75 to 81 this week, with the Spaniard now holding 84 dribbling and 82 shooting.
Willian (OVR 86)
Chelsea man Willian has had to be patient to break into the starting line-up this season, with the preferred attacking trio of Pedro, Eden Hazard and Diego Costa in scintalling form. But with Spaniard Pedro suspended, the Brazilian took his chance by smashing home two goals in an enthralling 4-2 victory over Stoke City at Stamford Bridge. That was Chelsea’s 13th win on the bounce, and Willian & co. will be looking to break Arsenal’s Premier League record by defeating Tottenham on Wednesday evening. Willian improves by one from 85 to 86 this week, with his pace now 90, dribbling 88 and passing 85.
Harry Kane (OVR 87)
It may just be coincidence that Dele Alli has returned to form at the same time Harry Kane came back from injury, but with the England pair in such fine form, they can get the better of any defence in the Premier League. Last season’s top scorer Kane scored three times this past week, two coming in the 4-1 victory over Watford, along with an assist. The striker now has 10 goals in 11 games since returning from injury, with his Ultimate Team rating improving from 84 to 87 this week. His shooting is now rated at 90, with his physicality at 86.
Andre Gray (OVR 81)
Burnley front man Andre Gray bagged a hat-trick in the 4-1 demolition of Sunderland, taking The Clarets firmly away from the drop zone. The Lancashire outfit are now eight points clear off the relegation zone, and manager Sean Dyche may suffer a nosebleed with the club enjoying the dizzy heights of 11th in the Premier League. The rapid Gray improves from 75 to 81 this week, with his pace now 93 and shooting 84.
As per usual, the subs bench is full of near unknown talent, with players from the Football League and Australia featuring.
Jason Steele (OVR 64)
Jason Steele was magnificent in the Blackburn goal as The Rovers pulled off an improbable 1-0 win over then league leaders Newcastle in The Championship. Steele made 5 saves as The Magpies rained down 25 shots at his goal, and his performance has earned him a place in the Team of the Week. His 64 overall rating has not increased, but he now has 74 positioning, 71 handling and 70 diving.
Kieron Freeman (OVR 64)
Sheffield United’s Kieron Freeman scored two goals in two games as The Blades saw off both Northampton Town (1-0) Bury (3-1) in League One. The striker against Northampton was the key one, as the defender popped up in the 89th minute to win it for his side. Welshman Freeman moves from right back to right wing back this week, with his pace, defending and physicality all rated 70.
Brennan Dickenson (OVR 64)
Brennan Dickenson also scored twice in as many games, with the Colchester man notching strikes in the 4-2 win over Stevenage and 2-0 triumph over Cheltenham in League Two. The Essex side are now seven games unbeaten, and Dickenson’s efforts see his FUT rating improve by two to 64. The left back also becomes a wing back this week, with his pace now a scintillating 88.
Ollie Watkins (OVR 64)
Exeter City smashed in eight goals this past week, with Ollie Watkins bagging a hat-trick away to rock bottom Newport County in League Two, with The Grecians winning 4-1. The English central midfielder improves by four to 64 this week, with his pace now 83.
Fahid Ben Khalfallah (OVR 74)
Tunisian Fahid Be Khalfallah grabbed two assists and a goal this week in Melbourne Victory’s wins over Central Coast Mariners and Newcastle Jets. The left winger grabbed his goal in the 4-1 victory over The Jets, before setting up two for Marco Rojas in the 4-1 over The Mariners. Ben Khalaffah improves by three this week, with his dribbling now 81 and passing 80.
Josh Magennis (OVR 71)
Northern Ireland striker Josh Magennis hit a hat-trick as Charlton defeated Bristol Rovers 4-1 in League One. The target man now has eight goals for the season, with Charlton now 11th in the table, five points off the play-off places. Magennis is rated 71 this week, an increase of six from 65 and he has 85 pace and 85 physicality making him a real handful for defenders.
Omar Bogle (OVR 64)
Grimsby Town striker Omar Bogle scored twice in the 3-1 victory over Carlisle in League Two. The newly promoted Grimsby are holding their own in the Football League, and are 12th in the division, just five points away from a play-off spot. Bogle improves from 58 to 64 this week, with his pace now 71, shooting 70 and physicality 70.
Outside of the match day squad it’s a mixed bag, with Premier League stars mixing it with men from the A-League, Belgium and The Championship.
Liam Reddy (OVR 64)
Perth Glory goalkeeper Liam Reddy saved two penalties in the thrilling 3-3 draw with Melbourne Victory in the A-League. The Australian improves from 61 to 64 this week, with his diving and positioning now both 70.
Alejandro Pozuelo (OVR 74)
Genk’s Alejandro Pozuelo scored in the 2-0 victory over Gent in the Belgian Pro League. The Spaniard’s rating remains at 74, but he now has 81 dribbling and 80 passing.
Matty Phillips (OVR 74)
West Bromwich Albion man Matty Phillips scored and set up Hal Robson-Kanu in the 2-1 victory over Southampton. The Scottish right midfielder remains with a 74 overall rating, but now has 90 pace and 80 dribbling.
Romelu Lukaku (OVR 87)
Everton’s Romelu Lukaku scored once again, his 11th of the season, in the 3-0 win over Southampton. The Belgian striker improves by three to 87, with his physicality now 90 and shooting 89.
Nelson Oliveira (OVR 74)
Former Portugal international Nelson Oliveira is still putting them away, and the Norwich City striker bagged himself a hat-trick in the 3-0 win over Derby in The Championship. The striker’s overall rating doesn’t improve this week, but his shooting is now 81, with dribbling and physicality both 80.
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