With eight hat-tricks scored this weekend, it was always going to be a difficult week to predict who will get in the ‘Team of the Week.’ This prediction has three players who I also selected last week, but were not included in the official TOTW, so let's hope for better luck this time around.
In what is rumored to be a big week for the FUT Birthday, we could get a stacked TOTW, with players such as Ronaldo and Messi potential big-name candidates to get in. However, I have selected to ignore both of these options in favor of some more deserving candidates.
It was a fairly quiet week across Europe’s top five leagues, with very few stand-out performances.
In the Premier League, Romelu Lukaku moved to the top of the goal-scorers list, thanks to his two late goals, and one assist, in Everton's 4-0 win over Hull City.
Along with this, there is a chance of Eric Bailly receiving an upgrade to his OTW card, after his excellent performance helped Manchester United to a 3-1 win - a result which saw them move out of 6th place for the first time in over three months.
Perhaps the biggest shock came as West Brom added to the growing pressure on Arsène Wenger with a surprise win over Arsenal. Right back Craig Dawson proved to be the unlikely hero, as he scored a header in both halves of their 3-1 win.
Moving to Germany and the Bundesliga, Zlatko Junuzović led by example, as he helped Werder Bremen to a 3-0 win over a struggling RB Leipzig side, who have lost 4 of their 9 games since the January break and now sit just three points ahead of Borussia Dortmund.
Dortmund were able to grind out a 1-0 win against lowly Ingolstadt. Roman Bürki was the Man of the Match in what was an all-around disappointing display. I have to admit, that this choice is slightly biased, but with a lack of better options, I feel there is a slight chance of him making it into the TOTW.
After being left out in favor of teammate Guido Burgstaller last week, Sead Kolašinac scored for the second week running, as he helped Schalke move away from the relegation zone and back towards their usual position of fighting for the Europa League places.
The Player of the Week, and a well deserved one at that, was Anthony Modeste. After missing out last week when he scored twice, he scored three this week to help Cologne to a 4-2 win over Hertha Berlin, in a key match between two sides battling for European football next season.
Atletico Madrid's defensive record may not be as good as it has been in previous years, but that hasn't stopped Diego Godín from continuing his good form. He scored one of Atleti's three goals as they won a crucial game over 3rd placed Sevilla, keeping them in with a chance of automatic qualification to the Champions League next season.
Real Madrid's incredible record under Zidane continued with a 2-1 win over Athletic Bilbao. The result saw them stay two points ahead of rivals Barcelona, who they have a game-in-hand over. Casemiro scored what proved to be the decisive goal in the 68th minute, in a Man of the Match performance.
The name all football fans in France is Kylian Mbappé. It's hard to believe that the Monaco striker only turned 18 years old in December, but he is scoring goals for fun in Ligue 1. He scored twice this weekend, continuing his incredible run of 11 goals in nine games in all competitions, and received a standing ovation from Caen fans as he was substituted. His form has even earned him a first call-up to the French national team for their games against Luxembourg and Spain.
The big game of the weekend was between Paris Saint-Germain and Lyon. PSG edged out as 2-1 winners, thanks to goals from Adrien Rabiot and Julian Draxler, but it was Javier Pastore who took the headlines as he set up both of the goals.
After being snubbed last week, Lorenzo Insigne repeated his performance from last week, scoring twice and being awarded Man of the Match in Napoli's 3-2 win over Empoli.
Before this season began, many people hadn't heard of Alejandro 'Papu' Gomez. However, he has turned into a star for Atalanta, with his goals and assists earning his side an extra 12 points so far this season - leaving them outside of the Europa League qualification places on goal difference alone. This week was no different, as he scored twice and set up another to help his side to a 3-0 win.
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FUT 17 Team of the Week 27 Predictions
|GK||Roman Bürki||Borussia Dortmund||Switzerland||81 > 84|
|LB||Sead Kolašinac||Schalke||Bosnia Herzegovinia||77 > 82 (UP)|
|CB||Diego Godín||Atlético Madrid||Uruguay||88 > 89 > 90 > 91|
|CB||Eric Bailly||Manchester United||Ivory Coast||82 > 84 (OTW)|
|LW||Lorenzo Insigne||Napoli||Italy||84 > 86 > 87 > 88 (UP)|
|CM||Casemiro||Real Madrid||Brazil||83 > 85 > 86 > 87 (UP)|
|CM||Zlatko Junuzović||Werder Bremen||Austria||79 > 82|
|CM||Javier Pastore||Paris Saint-Germain||Argentina||85 > 86 (UP)|
|ST||Anthony Modeste||1. FC Köln||France||82 > 84 > 86 (UP)|
|ST||Alejandro Gómez||Atalanta||Argentina||81 > 84 > 86 > 87 (UP)|
|ST||Romelu Lukaku||Everton||Belgium||84 > 85 > 86 > 87 > 88 > 89|
|GK||Marcos Díaz||Huracán||Argentina||73 > 74|
|RB||Craig Dawson||West Bromwich Albion||England||67 > 74|
|CM||Blerim Džemaili||Bologna||Switzerland||74 > 74 > 80|
|ST||Diego Rolán||Bordeaux||Uruguay||78 > 82|
|ST||Ignacio Scocco||Newell's Old Boys||Argentina||72 > 74 > 80|
|ST||Kylian Mbappé-Lottin||Monaco||France||71 > 74 > 80|
|ST||Adem Büyük||Kasımpaşa||Turkey||72 > 74|
|CM||Barry McNamee||Derry City||Republic of Ireland||60 > 64|
|ST||Federico Dionisi||Frosinone||Italy||73 > 74|
|ST||Kamil Wilczek||Brøndby IF||Poland||72 > 74|
|ST||Nabil Ghilas||Gaziantepspor||Algeria||72 > 74|
|ST||Cheick Diarra||Tours FC||Mali||68 > 72|