There were some big results across Europe over the weekend, particularly in the Premier League as Chelsea’s home defeat to Crystal Palace, coupled with Tottenham’s away win at Burnley narrowed the gap at the top to just seven points with nine games to go. Elsewhere, another draw for Sevilla coincided with an Atletico Madrid victory, taking them into third in La Liga.
Bayern Munich all but secured the Bundesliga title as they move 13 points clear of RB Leipzig with eight games to go. There was a big win for Atalanta over Genoa in Serie A, whilst Napoli held leaders Juventus to a 1-1 draw in Naples. Moreover, many congratulations to Celtic who wrapped up their sixth consecutive Scottish Premiership title! Here are our predictions for the FIFA 17 Ultimate Team of the Week 29.
Wayne Hennessey, Crystal Palace (OVR 75 > 81)
In a result that altered the landscape of the Premier League title race, Crystal Palace left Stamford Bridge with a 2-1 victory and all three points over the league leaders. Goals came from Wilfried Zaha and Christian Benteke, but the real hero was goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey, whose ten saves denied Chelsea’s efforts and kept the hosts at bay, despite their domination. His best save was an instinctive stop in the first half from Diego Costa, and he had to stay on his toes to keep out Marcos Alonso and Nemanja Matic from distance. Hennessey is set for a large increase in his overall rating (75 > 81), and he’ll only cost 450 coins on Xbox One and 550 on PS4.
Danny Simpson, Leicester City (OVR 75 > 81)
Leicester’s resurgence continues under Craig Shakespeare as the Englishman became the first British manager to win his first four Premier League games in charge following a 2-0 victory over Stoke. Danny Simpson kept a clean sheet in defence and provided two assists for his team from out wide. His first cross was spectacularly powered home from Wilfried Ndidi, whilst his floated effort was volleyed home by Jamie Vardy. Simpson’s rating can rise to 81, and he’ll cost 800 coins on PS4 and 850 on Xbox One.
Eric Dier, Tottenham Hotspur (OVR 78 > 82)
Eric Dier’s importance to Tottenham has often gone understated, but he’s a consistently reliable option in both central midfield and at centre-back. He played in both positions by virtue of injury at Burnley on the weekend but came up trumps at both ends of the pitch. He scored the opener late on in the game, pouncing on a loose ball in the area after a corner to calmly side-foot his shot into the goal past Tom Heaton. He was also assured at the back as Spurs went on to keep a clean sheet and maintain their record as the best defence in the Premier League. Dier’s rating could rise as high as 81, and he’ll cost 750 coins on PS4 and 850 on Xbox One.
Filipe Luis, Atletico Madrid (OVR 85 > 88)
Since returning to Atletico Madrid, left-back Filipe Luis has demonstrated what Chelsea could have had had they decided to keep him, and he was in the thick of it once again in Atletico’s 2-0 victory over Malaga as he scored the second goal, chipping his effort home for his first of the season. As is often the case with Atletico, Luis was confident at the back as his side kept another clean sheet. Luis’ rating could rise to 88, and he’ll cost 11,250 coins on PS4 and 9,100 on Xbox One.
Scott Sinclair, Celtic (OVR 75 > 83)
Whose Scott Sinclair you might ask? The forgotten former Manchester City midfielder has reignited his career in the Scottish Premiership, and his hat-trick brought home a sixth consecutive title for Celtic as they rounded off their campaign in style with a 5-0 win over Hearts. Sinclair has now scored six in three meetings against Hearts and has been a vital cog in Celtic’s title capture this season. Sinclair’s rating could rise as high as 83, and he’ll cost 1,100 coins on PS4 and 1,500 on Xbox One.
Naby Keita, RB Leipzig (OVR 78 > 87)
Whilst Timo Werner may steal the headlines with his goals, the central midfielder is often the unsung hero of RB Leipzig’s very successful first season in the Bundesliga. It was Keita’s brace that led Leipzig to a 4-0 victory over Darmstadt, opening and closing the scoring in a routine victory over the Bundesliga’s bottom side. Keita’s rating could sharply rise to 87, and he’ll cost 500 coins on PS4 and 550 on Xbox One.
Alejandro Gomez, Atalanta (OVR 81 > 87)
This isn’t the first time we’ve mentioned Alejandro Gomez’s name. The Atalanta player was the star of the show in their 5-0 victory over Genoa, which culminated in calls for Genoa’s president to step down. Playing behind the striker, Gomez again impressed with a hat-trick, his first in Serie A. Gomez’s rating could rise to 87 and he’ll cost 1,100 coins on Xbox One and 1,200 on PS4.
Philippe Coutinho, Liverpool (OVR 86 > 88)
Philippe Coutinho has struggled since returning from a long injury lay-off, but perhaps motivated and confident from Brazil’s success during the international break, the playmaker was back to his best in Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Merseyside rivals Everton. The decision to hire a private jet to bring him and Roberto Firmino back to Liverpool seemed to be worth it. Coutinho provided an assist for substitute Divock Origi after a superb solo effort, beating two players in the process, gave the Reds the lead. Coutinho’s rating could rise to 88, and he’ll cost 19,750 coins on PS4 and 16,500 on Xbox One.
Thomas Muller, Bayern Munich (OVR 87 > 89)
The long-serving Bayern Munich centre-forward has struggled for consistency this season and is yet to truly find his role within Carlo Ancelotti’s set-up, but he reminded Europe why he is still so lauded over with two goals in Bayern’s dominant 6-0 victory over Augsburg. Lewandowski will dominate the headlines, but it was a welcome reminder that Muller is still one of the world’s best after a relatively quiet season. Muller’s rating could rise to 89, and he’ll cost 18,000 coins on PS4 and 16,500 on Xbox One.
Robert Lewandowski, Bayern Munich (OVR 90 > 95)
It’s a close call between Robert Lewandowski and Luis Suarez for the best striker in the world, but the Pole staked his claim for the title with an inspiring performance in Bayern Munich’s 6-0 victory over Augsburg. The striker claimed a hat-trick and two assists as Bayern were ruthless. He volleyed into the top corner to open the scoring, before grabbing another two after the break, taking this season’s tally to 24. He was also twice denied by the woodwork before he scored his first. Lewandowski’s rating will rise to 95, but he’ll cost 138,000 coins on PS4 and 96,000 on Xbox One.
Mario Gomez, Wolfsburg (OVR 82 > 84)
Another Gomez, but this time veteran striker Mario, now plying his trade for Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga. Wolfsburg looked to be in dire straits when Bayer Leverkusen stormed to a 2-0 lead, but Gomez halved the deficit with ten minutes remaining, heading home Jakub Blaszczykowski’s cross. He then repeated his effort three minutes later from Maximilian Arnold’s cross. The hat-trick was completed three minutes later from the penalty spot to send the travelling support into raptures. Overall, a seven-minute hat-trick secured a draw for the German side. Gomez’s rating could rise to 84, and he’ll cost 1,500 coins on PS4 and 1,200 on Xbox One.
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