You’ve just got to love the FA Cup. You never know what to expect from the competition, and there were some more surprises this past weekend. League One side Millwall dismantled Premier League Bournemouth, The Championship’s Wolves defeated Stoke City, and Plymouth Argyle shut out Liverpool to force a replay at Home Park after a 0-0 an Anfield. Elsewhere, Real Madrid tightened their grip on the La Liga title after a comfortable 4-1 win, with Barcelona needing a late Lionel Messi equaliser in the 1-1 draw with Villarreal. It was business as usual for Juventus over in Serie A with a 3-0 triumph over Bologna, and Roma kept the title race just about alive by picking up a 1-0 win over Genoa. Great results come with great individual performances, and the cream of the crop will be recognised in FIFA Ultimate Team’s Team of the Week. RealSport has a look at who could be selected this week.
Adam Davies (OVR 63)
Not one of the classic cup ties, League Two side Blackpool entertained Championship side Barnsley, but it was the higher ranked side who had more work to do in the 0-0 draw. Barnsley goalkeeper Adam Davies was called upon six times to deny the Blackpool attack, and in the end his side and manager Paul Heckingbottom will be relieved to have a replay back at Oakwell. Davies’s heroics could see him make it into the Ultimate Team of the Week, and the Englishman’s current 63-rated bronze card costs just 200 coins on either console.
Lorenzo Tonelli (OVR 79)
Lorenzo Tonelli has had to wait almost six months to make his Napoli debut, but with Faouzi Ghoulam now at the African Cup of Nations, the centre back had his opportunity. The Italian scored the match winner in the 95th minute as his side overcame Sampdoria 2-1, marking an incredible debut for the centre back. Tonelli has a respectable 79 rating on FIFA 17, and the Italian will cost you 800 coins on Ultimate Team.
Sonny Bradley (OVR 62)
We simply had to recognise Plymouth Argyle’s heroics at Anfield, and centre back Sonny Bradley encapsulated the Devonian’s doggish defensive display. The Englishman headed ball after ball away from the penalty area, and never looked unsettle against a talented, but inexperienced Liverpool side. If The Pilgrims repeat that performance back at Home Park, they will at least have a chance of knocking the Premier League high flyers out of the tournament. The 62-rated Bradley will cost 200 coins on Ultimate Team.
Ben Davies (OVR 78)
Tottenham left back Ben Davies scored his first goal for the club in the unconvincing 2-0 win over Aston Villa. The Welshman’s header came at a crucial time, as with 20 minutes to go a replay was looking all the more likely. But Davies diverted Georges-Kevin N’Koudou’s cross brilliantly into the far corner, and made Villa chase the game. The 23-year-old’s current FUT card is rated at 78, costing just 850 coins.
Pedro (OVR 83)
Pedro was the stand out man for Chelsea as they cruised past League One side Peterborough in the FA Cup. The Spanish international scored twice and set up another, but he will be disappointed by hitting the cross bar from only a few yards out. The left midfielder now has five goals and six assists this season, which is more than he managed in the whole of the last campaign. The former Barcelona man has an 83 rating on Ultimate Team, and will cost around 2,000 coins on either console.
Wayne Rooney (OVR 84)
Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney equalled Sir Bobby Charlton’s goalscoring record at the club, notching his 249th effort in the 4-0 win over Reading in the FA Cup. The England man managed to get a knee on Juan Mata’s cross-shot, diverting the ball past Ali Al-Habsi, and got the ball rolling for United on a comfortable afternoon at Old Trafford. Rooney has an 83 rating on Ultimate Team, costing around 17,000 coins on PlayStation 4 and just north of 13,000 on Xbox One.
Isco (OVR 84)
Real Madrid attacking midfielder Isco scored twice as Los Blancos smashed Granada 5-0 in La Liga. With Barcelona only managing a draw, Real now have a four point lead in the division but with a game in hand. Zinedine Zidane’s man have now gone 39 games unbeaten, a tied Spanish record, but this will be tested with three matches on the spin against in form Sevilla in the Copa del Rey and in the league. Isco is currently in and out the side under Zidane, but with his quality he will still play a big part in the rest of Real Madrid’s season. The Spaniard has an 84 rating on Ultimate Team, costing 5,000 coins on PS4 and 4,300 on XB1.
Ivan Perisic (OVR 83)
Over in Italy, Ivan Perisic scored twice as Inter Milan defeated Udinese 2-1, and continued to put pressure on the Serie A top six. Inter’s poor start to the season gave them plenty of catching up to do, but the San Siro side are now just three points off a Europa League spot, and five away from Champions League football. The left midfielder’s brace takes his tally to six for the season, and if he and Mauro Icardi maintain their form, coach Stefano Pioli will be confident they can catch those ahead of them. The Croatian Perisic is rated at 83 on the game, and will set you back nearly 3,000 Ultimate Team coins on PS4, and 2,400 on XB1.
Ahmed Musa (OVR 78)
Leicester City forked out clos to £17 million for Ahmed Musa in the summer, and Foxes fans have seen little from the Nigerian to justify that price tag. But the striker showed them what he can do with two goals in the FA Cup, as the Premier League Champions came from behind to defeat Everton at Goodison Park. The cup won’t be high on Claudio Ranieri’s priorities, but with their league form all over the place this season, the manager might just want to give the supporters something to shout about. The pacey Musa will cost 2,500 coins for his 78 rating on Ultimate Team.
Gonzalo Higuain (OVR 88)
The move from Napoli to Juventus couldn’t have gone better for striker Gonzalo Higuain, with the £75 million man notching twice in the 3-0 win over Bologna. The Argentine now has 15 goals for the season, forming a deadly strike partnership with international teammate Paulo Dybala. The Serie A title looks to be Juve’s to lose with the Bianconeri four points ahead of second placed Roma, but with a game in hand. Higuain as an 88 rating on Ultimate Team, and will cost close to 50,000 coins on PS4 and 31,000 on XB1.
Wissam Ben Yedder (OVR 80)
Sevilla moved into second in La Liga with a 4-0 triumph away at Real Sociedad. Wissam Ben Yedder was the hero, netting a hat-trick, making it 12 goals for the season for the Frenchman. Sevilla’s impressive season and heaped even more pressure on the struggling Barcelona, and after three successive Europa League triumphs, Los Rojiblancos will be eying more European success when they take on Leicester in the Champions Leauge round of 16. Striker Ben Yedder has an 80 rating on FUT, costing just 1,300 coins on PS4 and 950 coins on XB1.
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