So the thrill of Christmas and New Year has gone, you’ve got no cash and summer still feels miles away. But, at least you have FIFA 17 to get you through the cold winter nights! After a brilliant weekend of footballing action, in which Real Madrid finally lost, there are some very talented players in the new Ultimate Team of the Week. Stars Everton’s win over Manchester City, Fiorentina’s upset over Juventus and Chelsea & West Ham’s 3-0 wins all feature this week, and they can be found inside gold packs for the next seven days, or on the transfer market.
These are the men you will face if you challenge the Team of the Week in single player mode.
Sergio Asenjo (OVR 84)
Sergio Asenjo made three smart saves as his side Villarreal side clung on for a 0-0 draw with Deportivo La Coruna in La Liga. The goalkeeper is now top of the league’s clean sheets table with eight, and hs made the fourth most amount of saves with 54. Thanks to his efforts, the Yellow Submarine should be able to hold on to a Europa League spot, but the Champions League is not too far away, as sixth-placed Villarreal are just three points behind fourth-placed Atletico Madrid. The Spanish Asenjo improves by three to 84 this week, with his diving now 97 and both his handling and positioning 85.
Martin Montoya (OVR 83)
Marin Montoya grabbed a rare goal in Valencia’s crucial 2-1 victory over Espanyol, increasing the gap between them and the relegation zone to four points. Montoya has now lost the shackles of Barcelona and can concentrate on playing football just for himself, without having to prove anyone is he is good enough. The right back has now made 13 appearances for the Valencia this season, scoring twice, and if he maintains his form they should be able to start climbing the table. The Spaniard improves by four this week to 83, with his pace now 88, physicality 81, and all of his passing, defending and dribbling now 80.
Ivan Marcano (OVR 83)
Porto Ivan Marcano centre-back grabbed the third goal in the comfortable 3-0 win over Moreirense. With Benfica dropping points, Porto will have their tails up in second place, with the gap now down to four points at the top of the table. The Spanish Marcano has established himself as a regular this season for Porto, making 22 appearances, and has scored three goals from the centre of defence. The defender improves by four from 79 to 83 this week, with his defending now 85 and physicality now 82.
Marcos Alonso (OVR 83)
With top scorer Diego Costa ruled out of the clash with champions Leicester City, Chelsea needed a goal scorer, and they found it in the most unlikely of places. Left wing back Marcos Alonso found the net twice to put Chelsea two up on route to their 3-0 win, making sure the rest of the Premier League are kept at arm’s length. Alonso fits the wing back position like a glove, and if wasn’t for him and fellow wide man Victor Moses, Chelsea would be nowhere near where they are in the league table. The Spaniard improves by a whopping six overall points this week to 83, with his physicality now 85, dribbling 82 and pace 81.
Marco Veratti (OVR 87)
Marco Veratti set up new man Julian Draxler to get the all important goal for Paris Saint-Germain in the 1-0 victory over Rennes. The win puts the champions right back in the mix for another title, and despite being three points off both Monaco and Nice, they will still be the favourites for the trophy. The Italian Verratti has made 23 appearances this season, grabbing three assists and two goals, emerging as a near irreplaceable player for Unai Emery. The central midfielder improves from 85 to 87 this week, earning his second IF card of the season, with his dribbling now 92 and passing 89.
Marko Arnautovic (OVR 86)
Marko Arnautovic netted two goals for Stoke against Sunderland at the weekend as the Potters recorded a 3-1 victory After a slow start to the season, Stoke are back in their familiar ninth position, where they have finished for the past three seasons under Mark Hughes. With the inconsistent West Brom just two points ahead of them, Hughes’s men will be eying up a new best of eighth. The Austrian Arnautovic now needs to build on his three goals and two assists for the season, but with two TOTW appearances to his name this season, you know he has it in the locker. The left midfielder improves from 82 to 86 this week, with his dribbling now 88, physicality 86, passing 85 and shooting 86.
Steven N’Zonzi (OVR 86)
Former Stoke man Steven N’Zonzi has been brilliant ever since moving to Sevilla, and the Frenchman put in an excellent performance in the 2-1 victory over Real Madrid. The defensive midfielder won seven headers and made six tackles, and was the midfield foundation Sevilla could go from. After handing Real Madrid their first defeat of the season, N’Zonzi has been linked with a move to Barcelona, amid rumours that he has turned down a contract offer at Sevilla. The midfielder earns his second TOTW card of the season this week, with his rating moving from 82 to 86, and physicality now 91 and defending 87.
Radja Nainggolan (OVR 87)
Roma powerhouse Radja Nainggolan grabbed the crucial goal in the 1-0 win over Udinese, closing the gap to league leaders Juventus to just one point. Roma have lost just one of their last nine matches, which was to Juve, and they need to maintain this run before the Europa League kicks off next month. Another season without silverware could mean the likes of Nainggolan will be tempted to move elsewhere. The Belgian has already made 32 appearances this season, scoring seven goals and recording three assists, and his perhaps the most valuable player in the Roma side. The central midfielder earns his second IF card of the season this week, taking his overall rating from 84 to 87, with all six of his Ultimate Team stats at least rated 83.
Hakim Ziyech (OVR 83)
Ajax man Hakim Ziyech bagged two goals in the 3-1 victory over Zwolle in the Eredivisie. The club have a history of producing young talent, and Ziyech is no different, with the 23-year-old making 22 appearances this season, scoring 13 nine goals and picking up six assists. The Moroccan moved to Ajax from FC Twente for around £10 million in the summer, and there is no question that he has been worth the money. The attacking midfielder moves to CM this week, with his rating improving from 80 to 83, with his passing now 84 and both shooting and dribbling now rated at 82.
Alexandre Lacazette (OVR 87)
Very rarely does a player on the losing side get into the team of the week, but Alexandre Lacazette has done that this week. The French striker scored both goals for Lyon in their 3-2 defeat to Caen, taking his tally for the season to 18. After another strong season in France, don’t be surprised if the 25-year-old moves on at the end of the season. It’s a fourth rare card of the season for Lacazette this week, after appearing in the TOTW before, as well as in the Movember team and in a squad building challenge. His rating improves from 85 to 87 this week, with his dribbling now 90, shooting 89 and pace 88.
Harry Kane (OVR 88)
A great way to celebrate a new baby. Harry Kane bagged a hat-trick for Tottenham in the 4-0 smashing of Hull, keeping their Premier League title hopes alive. Spurs are still seven points behind leaders Chelsea, but after defeating the league leaders two weeks ago, confidence is high in the camp. With Kane in such fine form, they have every chance of closing that gap, with the England striker now on 13 league goals for the season. Striker Kane improves from 84 to 88 this week, with his shooting now 92, dribbling 88 and physicality 88.
The bench is usually filled with lesser-rated talent, but there is one-star man who will be itching to get on.
Rodolfo Cota (OVR 74)
Guadalajara goalkeeper Rodolfo Cota made eight saves as his side managed to draw 2-2 with Monterrey despite playing the game with nine men for the final forty minutes. The home side Monterrey did fight back after being 2-0 down, but if it hadn’t have been for Cota in goal, Guadalajara would have left with nothing. The Mexican improves from 71 to 74 this week, with his diving and reflexes now 78.
Callum Connolly (OVR 764)
Callum Connolly made his debut for Wigan following a loan move from Everton, scoring two goals on debut from right back. The Latics defeated Burton Albion 2-0 in a relegation six-pointer, meaning that Wigan are now just three points off Burton and Championship safety. Connolly moves from defensive midfielder to right back this week, with his defending now 66, and his pace, dribbling and physicality all 65.
Joe Edwards (OVR 64)
Walsall man Joe Edwards grabbed an assist and a goal in the 4-1 victory over Sheffield United in League One. Walsall are nine points off the play-off places as well nine points above the relegation zone, so they need to build on this and string some results together to make something of this season. Edwards remains as a 64-rated bronze card this week, but his physicality is now 80 and pace 76.
Bernardo Silva (OVR 87)
This guy is having some season. Bernardo Silva picks up his third TOTW card of the season after bagging two goals in Monaco’s 4-1 win over Marseille, taking them top of Ligue 1. The Portuguese has picked up six goals and four assists now for the season, and is a very likely to contend for the Ligue 1 Player of the Year award. The right midfielder moves from 81 to 87 this week, with 90-rated dribbling and 88 passing.
Tom Davies (OVR 64)
What a performance from Everton’s Tom Davies. The 18-year-old was given a start by Ronald Koeman after impressing in recent weeks, and the central midfielder led The Toffees to a famous 4-0 win over Manchester City at Goodison Park. Davies was involved in three of the goals, starting the move for Romelu Lukaku’s opener, before bagging an assist and a goal for himself. The England U19 captain improves from 58 to 64 this week, with his pace now 73 and physicality 70.
Ivan Santini (OVR 74)
Caen striker Ivan Santini netted twice in a brilliant 3-2 win over Lyon in Ligue 1. The Croatian now has 12 goals for the season, and his efforts have helped Caen stay above the relegation zone, but there is still plenty of work to do as the 15th placed side are just one point above the bottom three. Santini improves by two from 72 to 74 this week, with his physicality now 85 and shooting 82.
James Vaughan (OVR 74)
James Vaughan perhaps delivered the performance of the week, bagging four goals in Bury’s 5-1 thrashing of Peterborough in League One. It’s been a long road for striker Vaughan, who became the Premier League’s youngest ever scorer back in 2005. But with 14 goals in 20 appearances, he has found a home at Bury this season, but he cannot take his foot off the gas, with Bury in a relegation battle, sitting above the relegation only on goal difference. Englishman Vaughan improves from 70 to 74 this week, with his pace now 82 and shooting 80.
There is still plenty of firepower outside of the match-day squad, who can still be found in packs this week.
Michail Antonio (OVR 82)
West Ham United utility man Michail Antonio grabbed himself three assists in the 3-0 win over strugglers Crystal Palace. The win has propelled the Hammers up to 12th in the league, just four points behind eighth-placed West Bromwich Albion. The English Antonio moves from right midfielder to wing-back this week, with his overall going from 76 to 82.
Milan Badelj (OVR 83)
Fiorentina did the rest of Serie A a favour by defeating Juventus last weekend, with Milan Badelj scoring the decisive goal in the 2-1 win. The Florence side are way down in ninth position, but this victory will give them enormous confidence for the games ahead. Croatian Badelj improves from 79 to 83 this week, moving from a defensive to a central midfielder.
Iuri Medeiros (OVR 83)
Iuri Medeiros would have been furious coming off the field after Boavista’s thrilling 3-3 draw with Primeira Liga leaders Benfica, after being involved in all three of his side’s goals to put them 3-0, only for the away side to throw it away. The Portuguese Medeiros scored the opener and then added two assists, which has caused his overall this week to improve from 77 to 83 this week and move from right midfielder to winger.
Nikola Kalinic (OVR 85)
Nikola Kalinic opened the scoring in Fiorentina’s 2-1 win over defending champions Juventus in Serie A, making it nine goals for the season for the Croatian. The striker earns his second in form card of the season this week, causing his overall rating to jump up from 80 to 85.
Marco Borriello (OVR 81)
Veteran striker Marco Borriello netted twice in Cagliari’s 4-1 win over Geona, lifting the Sardinians into the top half of the Serie A table. The 34-year-old Italian now has nine goals for the season, and his current form has caused his Ultimate Team rating of 75 to improve to 81.
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