With the return of major European football in the cards, it’s easy to want to be patient and wait and see what the next couple Champions and Europa League matches have in store before going out on a limb and buying a potential FUT difference maker on the transfer market. And then you see what Team of the Week 25 may just have in store.
Though we were optimistic we’d see the first non-Team of the Group Stage or Team of the Year Lionel Messi two weeks ago, it was all for not. This week, however, after another stunning performance — this time a two goals, two assist, 3* Man of the Match showing in a 5-0 win over Celta Vigo — we’re more confident than ever a 95-rated TOTW Messi is upon us.
With La Liga Santander in full force, Barca rival Real Madrid stalwart Karim Benzema has his own claim to Team of the Week glory after putting up 2 goals, an assist and also receiving a 3* rating from MARCA after a 4-1 win against Eibar. Madrid’s other big rival, Atletico Madrid, could also feature a star in the squad with the ever popular Antoine Griezmann potentially on the verge of his best special card this FIFA Ultimate Team after two goals and a 3* rating following a 3-0 win over Valencia.
Shifting across Europe, the German Bundesliga hasn’t had the sort of explosive resume it did even two seasons prior, but a couple individual standouts continue to turn heads week in-week out. Already with a monster upgraded Ones To Watch card to his name, Borussia Dortmund starlet Ousmane Dembele could be on the verge of another after his 1.5-rated one goal one assist Kicker Team of the Week honors garnering play in a 6-2 win against Bayer Leverkusen. The win was so one sided Leverkusen manager Roger Schmidt was summarily dismissed in its aftermath.
US international Fabian Johnson could be on the verge of his first in-form after two goals and a 1.0 Kicker rating in a 4-2 win over Schalke by his Borussia Monchengladbach. BL table leading Bayern Munich could also feature with centerback Javi Martinez a scorer in a 3-0 FCB win over 1 FC Koln.
Finally, in what could be one of the real super subs of the near halfway through FIFA 17 Ultimate Team life cycle, look out for another in-form from Mexico staple Miguel Layun. The Porto full back can come off your bench at any number of positions should he get his second inform after a goal in a 7-0 win over Nacional.
Below are my TOTW 25 picks, visually represented by the Futhead Squad Builder. You can always find my Team of the Week picks there too. Be sure to follow me on Twitter as well at @Darren_8196.
FIFA 17 Ultimate Team: TOTW 25 predictions
|GK||Artur Boruc||Bournemouth||Poland||76 > 81|
|LB > RB||Miguel Layun||Porto||Mexico||81 > 84 > 86|
|CB||Hector Moreno||PSV||Mexico||80 > 83|
|CB||Javi Martinez||Bayern Munich||Spain||85 > 86 (UP)|
|LM||Ivan Perisic||Inter||Croatia||84 > 86 > 87 (UP)|
|LM||Fabian Johnson||Borussia Monchengladbach||United States||79 > 82|
|RM||Marko Arnautovic||Stoke City||Austria||82 > 84 > 86 > 87|
|RM > RW||Ousmane Dembele||Borussia Dortmund||France||80 > 85 > 86 (OTW) (UP)|
|ST||Antoine Griezmann||Atletico Madrid||France||88 > 89 > 90|
|ST||Karim Benzema||Real Madrid||France||87 > 88|
|RW||Lionel Messi||Barcelona||Argentina||93 > 94 > 95|
|LM||Nathan Redmond||Southampton||England||75 > 81|
|CM > CAM||Bruno Fernandes||Sampadoria||Portugal||76 > 81|
|LW||Jese||Las Palmas||Spain||80 > 83 (OTW)|
|RM > RW||Florian Thauvin||Olympique de Marseille||France||81 > 84 > 86 (UP)|
|ST||Andrea Belotti||Torino||Italy||80 > 83 > 85 (UP)|
|ST||Marcus Berg||Panathinaikos||Sweden||80 > 83 > 85|
|ST||Llorente||Swansea City||Spain||79 > 83 > 85|
|RM > RWB||Timofey Kalachev||Rostov||Belarus||74 > 74|
|CM > RM||Josh Koroma||Leyton Orient||England||47 > 64|
|LW > ST||Kylian Mbappe Lottin||AS Monaco||France||71 > 74 > 81|
|ST||Fanendo Adi||Portland Timbers||Nigeria||72 > 74|
|ST||Samuel Di Carmine||Perugia||Italy||66 > 72|