Another week, another batch of 5 Impact Players to hopefully get some nice upgrades. Last week, we had another +10 from Kuban Krasnodar striker Fedor Smolov, who went from 15,000 coins to over 100,000 after his upgrade.
As always, below are my predicted upgrades for each player. The key stats to look out for are Shots, Key Passes and Interceptions. WhoScored is the primary source for information, so you can track the upgrades live during the game, but I will be updating this post with each result soon after the games end.
Francesco Acerbi (83 CB)
After scoring the winner last week, Acerbi and Sassuolo will be hoping for a similar result this week. However they face Napoli - the leagues top scorers who have scored 3 in 5 of their last 6 games. With Napoli still aiming for an automatic Champions League spot, Sassuolo will be in for a very tough game
This should be good for Acerbi, who has been averaging +3 per game, as it means he will have more chances of making interceptions and getting a bigger upgrade.
Plays: Napoli (H), Sunday 11:30 a.m. (BST)/ 6:30 a.m. (ET)
Sassuolo should be very happy with their game against Napoli, but slightly annoyed at conceding such an 84th minute equalizer to end the game 2-2.
Acerbi had a fairly quiet game playing at LCB, as Napoli focussed their attacks down the opposite side. As a result, Acerbi only received a +2 upgrade for the 2 Interceptions he made.
Frederik Sørensen (78 CB)
The Friday game in the Bundesliga is an important one for both Champions League and Europa League qualification places. 7th place Køln, who sit 1 point behind Freiburg in the final Europa League spot, host 3rd place Hoffenheim, who sit 1 point ahead of Dortmund. A positive result for both teams is crucial, so this should be an interesting game.
With Hoffenheim's attackers being in great form, I can see this being a fairly busy game for Sørensen, with a few interceptions likely so he should easily become an elite.
Plays: Hoffenheim (H), Friday, 7:30 p.m. (BST)/ 2:30 p.m. (ET)
A great performance from Köln saw them lead until the 93rd minute, but sadly they were unable to hold out for the win.
Sørensen was typically solid in defense, making 2 Interceptions and 1 Key Pass, which will boost him to 81 Overall.
Óscar Trejo (77 CAM)
Toulouse host Nice, a team who continue to surprise everyone by sitting just 4 points behind Monaco and PSG at the top of Ligue 1, meaning this will be a tough game for the home side.
Trejo is Toulouse's key play maker, so if they are to try and get anything out of this match, he needs to have a great game. His form recently has been fairly average, but he has had a couple of good games where he has received a +6, so hopefully he can replicate that but I am not too confident.
Plays: Nice (H), Sunday 2:30 p.m. (BST)/ 9:30 a.m. (ET)
Toulouse took the lead against Nice, but only for a matter of minutes, as their game ended 1-1.
Trejo had a very poor performance and had very little impact. He had 0 Shots, Key Passes or Interceptions so remains 77 rated.
Víctor Sánchez (76 CDM)
Espanyol are clinging on to the bottom of the pack that is chasing European football next season, but I feel that this game might leave them with too much to do to reach 6th place. They sit 4 points behind Bilbao - the current occupants of 6th spot - but face Atlético Madrid in the late game on Saturday night in what should be a very tough match for Espanyol. Their only hope is that Atléti are still fatigued from their away trip to Leicester on Tuesday.
As for Sánchez, he is the type of player who never scores very highly. 2 of his last 4 appearances have ended in a +0, so it isn't looking very positive. I can see him making a couple of interceptions maybe, but probably not enough to reach an Elite rating.
Plays: Atlético Madrid (H), Saturday 7:45 p.m. (BST)/ 2:45 p.m. (ET)
An very good performance from Sánchez was not enough to stop Atlético Madrid narrowly winning 1-0 against Espanyol, in what was always going to be a tough fixture.
Sánchez himself did far better than expected, with 1 Shot, 2 Key Passes and 3 Interceptions helping boost him to 82 Overall.
Tiquinho Soares (76 ST)
Despite his low start rating, I can see Soares ending up as one of the highest rated Impacts this week. The Brazilian striker is in good form, scoring 4 in his last 5 games. Porto will be hoping to catch up on league leaders Benfica who are currently winning the league by 3 points, but face rivals Sporting.
Soares always seems to get a good Impact score, averaging around +5 recently - except for a poor +1 from a game against Benfica.
This week, Porto face a mid-table Feirense side who are enjoying a solid first year in the Primeira Liga, but suffer from a very leaky defense, so a big upgrade for Soares is very likely with a lot of shots and a couple of key passes - possibly even a +10 if he gets a bit lucky.
Plays: Feirense (H), Sunday 8:15 p.m. (BST)/ 3:15 p.m. (ET)
Porto failed to capitalize on Benfica's dropped points as they were held to a 0-0 draw by Feirense.
Soares himself took a while to get going, but ended up with 5 Shots and 3 Key Passes, meaning he moves to 84 Overall.
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