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FUT 17 Team of the Week 23 predictions

A 95-rated inform Messi could go hand in hand with La Liga Santander Winter upgrades.

FC Barcelona v CD Leganes - La Liga Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images

While FIFA 17 Ultimate Team partisans are still recovering from a grueling all-Premier League Weekend League, this FUT's Winter 'Ratings Fresh' stops for no one.

With Ligue 1 upgrades expected Tuesday, February 21 and La Liga Santander/Bundesliga upgrades shortly to follow, the best way to get ready for the next squad restricted WL -- this time with either La Liga or BL players only allowed -- is by keeping an eye on the names from those leagues which could grace the in-forms of FUT 17's Team of the Week 23, courtesy of FIFA community staple, Darren8196.

Though he didn't win this past year's Ballon d'Or, Lionel Messi remains in a class shared only with Cristiano Ronaldo as he willed a struggling Barcelona past lowly Leganes with a late game saving penatly, his second goal of the match. His 95-rated IF would be a game changer this coming weekend.

Mexico stalwart Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez seems certain to make this week's squad after an unlikely snub a week ago. His two goals in addition to a Bundesliga Team of the Week nod following Leverkusen's 3-1 win over Augsburg all but confirms it.

Though "Calcio A" upgrades and downgrades have come and gone, Juventus' Paulo Dybala, a two-goal/one assist man of the match and Napoli's Lorenzo Insigne, fresh on the heels of a one goal, one assist and 7.5 rating garnering performance in a 3-1 win, should both see new ratings boosted special cards as well.

One shouldn't forget Borussia Dortmund dynamo Lukasz Piszczek. BVB's Polish staple had a hand in all three goals in a 3-0 domination of Wolfsburg, adding his name to the BL's Team of the Week for his one goal, two assist showing.

Real Madrid CM Isco and the first Winter Ones To Watch boost for Sevilla transfer striker Stevan Jovetic round out Darren's in-form predictions (you can also check out his full squad via the Futhead Squad Builder). The full Team of the Week 23 will be announced Wednesday, February 22 at 10 a.m. ET (3 p.m. GMT):

FIFA 17 Ultimate Team: TOTW 23 Predictions

Position Player Club Country Rating Pred.
Position Player Club Country Rating Pred.
GK Rui Patricio Sporting Portugal 84 > 86
RB > LB Danilo D'Ambrosio Inter Milan Italy 75 > 81
LB Jaume Costa Villarreal Spain 79 > 82
RB Lukasz Piszczek Borussia Dortmund Poland 82 > 84
LW Lorenzo Insigne Napoli Italy 84 > 86 > 87
ST > CAM Paulo Dybala Juventus Argentina 86 > 88 > 89
CAM > CM Isco Real Madrid Spain 84 > 86 > 87 > 88
RW Lionel Messi Barcelona Argentina 93 > 94 > 95
ST Stevan Jovetic Sevilla Montenegro 81 > 83 (OTW)
ST Javier Hernandez Bayer Leverkusen Mexico 83 > 85
ST Kevin Gamero Atletico Madrid France 83 > 85 > 86
GK Yoan Cardinale OGC Nice France 75 > 81
LM Emil Forsberg RB Leipzig Sweden 76 > 82 > 84 > 86
CM Corentin Tolisso Olympique Lyonnais France 78 > 82
CM > CAM Youri Tielemans RSC Anderlecht Belgium 77 > 82 > 84
CAM Konstantin Vassiljev Jagiellonia Bialystok Estonia 72 > 74 > 81
ST Andrej Kramaric 1899 Hoffenheim Croatia 77 > 82
ST Gregoire Defrel Sassuolo France 75 > 81
CB Christopher Jullien Toulouse France 73 > 74
RM > CAM Takumi Minamino RB Salzburg Japan 71 > 74
ST Pierre Webo Osmanlispor Cameroon 73 > 74
ST Adam Rooney Aberdeen Republic of Ireland 71 > 74
RM > ST Alvaro Ramos Deportes Iquique Chile 68 > 74