International weeks are always difficult ones to fill out with deserving players, and this week was no different. Big wins for Germany, the Czech Republic and the U.S. sees them all have two players featuring in this week’s predictions, along with a couple of very big names in the TOTW, which is out for the FUT Birthday celebrations.
Starting off, we have the two of the best left-wingers in the world, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar. Ronaldo led the European Champions to a 3-0 win over Hungary, chipping in two goals.
Neymar, for once, was not Brazil's standout performer. That honor went to former Corinthians and Spurs midfielder Paulinho, who grabbed the headlines as he scored a hat-trick, but as he isn't in game this year, he can't feature. Neymar scored the other goal and set up one of Paulinho's goals as they won 4-1 against Uruguay.
Another Spanish-based player to feature this week is Carlos Vela, who set up both of Mexico's goals in a 2-0 win over Costa Rica.
Danijel Subašić is in excellent form domestically with Monaco, and he continued that form for Croatia. He made four saves to help keep out Ukraine as they won 1-0
France suffered a bit of a shock when they conceded to minnows Luxembourg, but they recovered well and went on to win 3-1, with Olivier Giroud scoring two of their goals. Dušan Tadić was at the center of everything for Serbia, scoring a penalty to equalize against Georgia, before going on to set up their other two goals as they won 3-1. Gylfi Sigurðsson led everyone's favorite second nation, Iceland, to a 2-1 win over Kosovo. He set up their first goal and then scored a penalty that proved to be the difference between the two sides.
Cenk Tosun makes for an easy choice this week, as he scored both of Turkey's goals in their 2-0 win over Finland - a result which keeps their hopes of qualifying alive.
Greece almost caused an upset, as they led Belgium until the 89th minute, when Lukaku scored to make it 1-1. Stefanos Kapino helped keep Belgium's star players at bay, making four saves. His performance is made to look even more impressive as Greece finished the game with just nine men, after red cards in the 65th and 95th minutes.
Spas Delev helped pull off one of the biggest shock result of the weekend, as Bulgaria won 2-0 against the Netherlands. Delev scored both of the goals to help his side leapfrog the Dutch into 3rd place, just one point off of the playoff places.
Jonas Hector seems to be Joachim Löw's first choice left-back, and his performance at the weekend only helped back his manager's confidence. He assisted two of Germany's goals in their 4-1 win over Azerbaijan. Emil Forsberg is having an incredible season and it doesn't look like ending. He scored twice to help Sweden to a 4-0 win over Belarus, as they adapt to life without a certain Zlatan Ibrahimović.
If I was asked before the games had been played, which teams will get an IF, two of the ones at the top of the list would have been Bosnia-Herzegovina and the Czech Republic, due to who they were facing.
Vedad Ibišević is the Bosnian representative, after he scored twice in a 5-0 win over Gibraltar.
It's highly likely that both Vladimír Darida and Theodor Gebre Selassie will make it in for the Czech Republic. The best candidate from the game, Antonín Barák, isn't in game which leaves the door open for the two German-based players. Darida scored twice and Gebre Selassie got a goal and assist in their 6-0 win over San Marino.
Dortmund players in particular having an incredible week, which shows in this Team of the Week. The first of the three Dortmund players to feature is Andre Schürrle, who netted twice in Germany's 4-1 win over Azerbaijan. Next, Łukasz Piszczek scored a late winner to help Poland to a 2-1 win over Macedonia - a results which helps them to a 6 points lead over their opponents, and makes them firm favorites to win the group.
Of course, we can't miss out Christian Pulisic who scored one and set up another two in the U.S.A.'s 6-0 domination of Honduras. He features alongside Clint Dempsey, who's hat-trick helped boost the scoreline.
It wasn't all International games this week, as some 'lesser' leagues continued on as normal. One such league was them La Liga 1|2|3 in Spain, which has two excellent candidates for the TOTW. Firstly, Juan Carlos of Real Oviedo made nine saves and had an excellent all round game as he helped keep a clean sheet in their 2-0 win over Girona. Attacking wise, Quique of Almería scored twice and set up a third in his side's 3-1 win over Alcorcon - a result which sees them move to out of the automatic relegation places.
The Argentinian Primera Division was also still running, and one player grabbed the headlines was Gonzalo Martínez of River Plate. The winger had an amazing game midweek, scoring and getting an assist in their 3-1 win over Lanus, and backed up that performance by scoring the winner in a 2-1 win over Belgrano - claiming Man of the Match in both games.
Finally, we have Brendon Santalab of the Western Sydney Wanderers. He scored all three of his team's goals in their 3-1 win over Melbourne City, which also saw him become the record scorer in a season in the A-League with 14 goals.
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FUT Team of the Week 28 Predictions
|GK||Danijel Subašić||AS Monaco||Croatia||84 > 86 (UP)|
|LB||Jonas Hector||1. FC Köln||Germany||81 > 84 > 86 (UP)|
|RB||Theodor Gebre Selassie||Werder Bremen||Czech Republic||76 > 81|
|RB||Łukasz Piszczek||Borussia Dortmund||Poland||82 > 84 > 86|
|LW||Neymar||FC Barcelona||Brazil||92 > 93 > 94 > 95 > 96|
|LM > CAM||Dušan Tadić||Southampton||Serbia||79 > 82 > 84 > 86|
|CAM||Gylfi Sigurðsson||Swansea||Iceland||82 > 84 > 86|
|LM > RM||Andre Schürrle||Borussia Dortmund||Germany||81 > 84|
|LW||Cristiano Ronaldo||Real Madrid||Portugal||94 > 95 > 96 > 97|
|ST||Olivier Giroud||Arsenal||France||83 > 85 > 86|
|RW||Carlos Vela||Real Sociedad||Mexico||84 > 86 (UP)|
|GK||Stefanos Kapino||Olympiacos||Greece||75 > 81|
|CAM > RM||Emil Forsberg||RB Leipzig||Sweden||79 > 82 > 84 > 86 (UP)|
|CM||Vladimír Darida||Hertha Berlin||Czech Republic||79 > 82|
|RM > CAM||Christian Pulisic||Borussia Dortmund||United States||74 > 74 > 80|
|ST||Vedad Ibišević||Hertha Berlin||Bosnia-Herzegovina||80 > 83|
|ST||Clint Dempsey||Seattle Sounders||United States||79 > 83|
|ST||Cenk Tosun||Beşiktaş||Turkey||78 > 82|
|GK||Juan Carlos||Real Oviedo||Spain||69 > 74|
|LM > RM||Gonzalo Martínez||River Plate||Argentina||73 > 74|
|ST||Quique||UD Almería||Spain||72 > 74|
|ST||Spal Delev||Pogoń Szczecin||Bulgaria||64 > 64|
|ST||Brandon Santalab||Western Sydney Wanderers||Australia||63 > 64|