Tottenham keep Chelsea looking over their shoulders as both sides won on the weekend, 4-0 and 3-1 respectively, but the title seems to be heading to West London as the Blues don’t seem to be capable of dropping points. In La Liga, Real Madrid drew 1-1 with Atletico, meaning Barcelona missed their opportunity to close the gap on the leaders as they lost 2-0 to Malaga. Bayern Munich moved closer to their fifth successive Bundesliga with a 4-1 victory over Borussia Dortmund, whilst Roma clings to a thin hope that Juventus will drop six points in seven games in Serie A. Based on this weekend’s results, here are our predictions for FIFA Ultimate Team of the Week 30!
Fraser Forster, Southampton (OVR 78 > 83)
Southampton won 1-0 away to West Brom on the weekend and owe the three points to goalkeeper Fraser Forster. Performances like that put him back into contention for England’s number one jersey. The 29-year-old made a total of six saves to deny the Baggies, but it was his two injury-time saves that caught the eye. Forster made a point-blank save to deny Craig Gordon in the 93rd minute, plus he slapped away Jonny Evans’ side-footed shot two minutes later to protect the lead. Forster’s rating could rise to 83, and he’ll cost 750 coins on both Xbox One and PS4.
Federico Fazio, Roma (OVR 80 > 83)
Federico Fazio has found his home in Serie A after a solid season with Roma. He wasn’t deemed up to scratch for Mauricio Pochettino’s demanding Tottenham regime, but the slower pace of the Italian game plays to his advantage and Fazio has thrived as a traditional sweeper for Roma. With a goal and a clean sheet in a 3-0 win over Bologna, Fazio’s rating could rise to 83, and he’ll cost 1,600 coins on PS4 and 1,700 on Xbox One.
Phil Jagielka, Everton (OVR 82 > 84)
Phil Jagielka’s Everton career seemed to be nearing completion, but an injury to Ramiro Funes Mori has thrust him back into the fray. The 34-year-old has, however, announced himself with aplomb with two goals in his last two games. The goal against Manchester United was a cleverly improvised finish, while he put Everton in front from a corner against Leicester on the weekend. He also earned himself an assist. Jagielka’s rating could rise to 83, and he’ll cost 1,300 coins on PS4 and 1,200 on Xbox One.
Pepe, Real Madrid (OVR 88 > 89)
The Madrid derby was the fixture that attracted the most attention, ending in a 1-1 stalemate, meaning Real Madrid retained their lead at the top of La Liga. Antoine Griezmann levelled late on, but it was the veteran centre-back, Pepe, that gave Los Blancos the lead in the second half. The Portuguese defender headed home Toni Kroos’ free-kick, but later went off with broken ribs, a bitter blow which will likely end his Madrid career. Nonetheless, Pepe’s rating could rise to 89, and he’ll cost 30,000 on Xbox One and 40,500 on PS4.
Franck Ribery, Bayern Munich (OVR 86 > 88)
Franck Ribery continues to play an important role for Bayern Munich, and this was reaffirmed with a goal and an assist in Der Klassiker against Borussia Dortmund on the weekend. Bayern moved a step closer to a fifth successive Bundesliga with a 4-1 victory, and it was Ribery’s first-time shot that gave Bayern the lead inside of ten minutes. It was the ideal warm-up for their midweek Champions League clash with Real Madrid. Ribery’s rating could rise to 88, but he’ll cost 14,000 coins on PS4 and 11,250 on Xbox One.
Davy Klaassen, Ajax (OVR 80 > 85)
Ajax kept the pressure up on Eredivisie leaders Feyenoord with a 5-1 win over NEC, but it was central midfielder Davy Klaassen pulling the strings from deep with three assists. Klaassen’s rating could rise as high as 85, and the midfielder will cost 700 coins on PS4 and 1,200 on Xbox One.
Andres Guardado, PSV (OVR 82 > 85)
Another player from the Eredivisie will partner Klaassen in the centre of midfield by virtue of his instrumental performance in PSV’s 5-0 win over Willem II. This spot could easily have gone to Marco van Ginkel, for his brace, but Guardado put in a more complete performance, getting on the scoresheet, but also assisting three goals. With a rating rising to 85, Guardado will cost 750 coins on PS4 and 800 on Xbox One.
Eden Hazard, Chelsea (OVR 89 > 94)
The Belgian is well and truly back after a season-long hiatus last year. Eden Hazard is well on course to win his second PFA Player of the Year award in three seasons, after another three goals in two games this weekend. An element of fortune played its part, but his brace earned Chelsea a crucial 2-1 victory over Manchester City on Wednesday, while he was Man of the Match on the South coast this weekend with another goal in a 3-1 win over Bournemouth. His nimble footwork completely fooled Artur Boruc, and he was able to roll it into an empty net. Hazard will cost 186,000 on PS4 and 132,000 on Xbox One, but his rating could rise to 94.
Heung-min Son, Tottenham (OVR 79 > 87)
The fact that Tottenham have scored 17 goals in Harry Kane’s absence is a testament to the quality in their squad. Heung-min Son has played a vital role in Tottenham’s recent run of form, adding a brace to his tally in Spurs’ 4-0 victory over Watford, plus a goal against Swansea to turn the game on its head. He was unlucky to not score a hat-trick on Saturday, and the standing ovation he received when substituted reflected the quality of his contribution. His two well-taken goals mean the South Korean’s now had a hand in five goals in his last three league games (four goals, one assist), after none in the five preceding that. Son’s rating could rise to 87, and he’ll cost 850 coins on PS4 and 1,000 on Xbox One.
Bas Dost, Sporting (OVR 80 > 86)
It’s only a matter of time before Bas Dost makes his way to one of Europe’s biggest leagues after another hat-trick for Sporting in a 4-0 victory over Boavista. With 27 goals in 25 games, Dost is, by far, the top scorer in the Primeira Liga. His rating could rise to 83, and he’ll cost 1,000 coins on PS4 and 900 on Xbox One.
Mario Balotelli, Nice (OVR 81 > 86)
Nice’s Ligue 1 title challenge may have faded away slightly, now four points off Monaco, but Mario Balotelli hasn’t just yet, scoring two more goals in Nice’s 2-1 victory over Lille, in what has been an impressive debut campaign in France. His 13 goals put him sixth in the French league’s scoring charts, and he’s used his year in Nice to re-establish himself as a top striker. Balotelli’s rating could rise to 86, and the Italian will cost 1,500 coins on PS4 and 1,600 on Xbox One.
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