Mattia Perin – GK – OVR 83 With the Italian league being one of the few leagues playing I expect several to be included in this side. With the options are severely limited which makes it hard for me and leaves the door open for some random inclusions. One player who I can predict is Perin. The Genoa stopper made a total of six saves to keep a clean sheet and pick up a 7.5 from Gazzetta.
Nathan Ake – CB – OVR 75 In what was a dramatic end to the match, with three goals in the final ten minutes of the game, Bournemouth v West Ham ended level with three goals apiece. Ake was involved in two of the home sides goals, both scoring one and assisting another. He picked up MOTM by doing so and although Arnautovic was heavily involved for West Ham with multiple PL strikers already included I think he will miss out in favour of Ake.
Dejan Lovren – CB – OVR 81 The first of three predicted Liverpool players to be predicted this week in Lovren. The Croatian provided the assist on Klavan’s (who is also a contender) 94th minute winner. Burnley will feel hard done by after coming away empty handed but it is Liverpool who continue their impressive form.
Silvan Widmer – RWB – OVR 77 This one is a tad risky seeing as it could be interpreted that Widmer played in a RM role but with a lack of options I am willing to take the punt on him. The Swiss man scored one of Udinese’s 2-1 away win.
Mohamed Salah – RW – OVR 83 The Egyptian just can’t stop tearing up the Premier league. Leicester took an early lead against Liverpool, but Salah had other ideas about the match, scoring two second half goals to lead them to another win. I think with his IF being 86 and the POTM being 88 that he will be 87 rated.
Marek Hamsik – CM – OVR 87 I mentioned that I expect a few random Calcio A inclusions this week and one of those I am predicting to be Hamsik. The Slovakian has been on form as of late and scored another goal in Napoli’s 1-0 win on Friday to help them continue the chase at the top.
Paul Pogba – CM – OVR 87 Pogba makes a difference to the United side when on the field and although it has taken him a few games to settle in since returning from injury he put in another brilliant shift in United’s 2-0 win over Everton, providing the assist on both goals.
Paulo Dybala – RW – OVR 88 There is some debate about Dybala’s actual position with contrasting line ups everywhere you look. What’s not up for debate is his inclusion after he scored two of three Juventus goals in a 3-1 win.
Dele Alli – CAM – OVR 84 One of a few players that I am predicting to pick up an IF from Tuesday matches after they were not counted last week is Alli This one comes against Southampton of which Spurs ran away as 5-2 winners. Alli picked up a goal and assist in that match and although Kane was MOTM, Alli was also instrumental.
Alexis Sanchez – LF – OVR 89 There is some debate over whether Tuesdays fixtures will count but with Arsenal playing their match on Tuesday, I am sure that match will be taken into consideration. Sanchez scored twice in a 3-2 win over Palace and with it being the same formation as last time, likely to be included as a LF.
Roberto Firmino – ST – OVR 83 With three games being registered in the selection period for Liverpool they were always likely to pick up some IF’s. Firmino makes it three from three for his brace in their 5-0 win over Swansea.
Ederson – GK – OVR 83 Some may say that it should be Palace picking up an IF after stopping City’s consecutive winning streak, but City are still unbeaten and that is largely down to Ederson. The Brazilian made a last-minute penalty save in ensure that was the case which left the game goalless.
Robert Snodgrass- RM – OVR 76 Continuing with yet another right sided midfielder we have Snodgrass. Villa recorded a convincing 5-0 win at home to Bristol City. Snodgrass scored both the second and third of those goals helping to secure the three points.
Willian – RW – OVR 84 For the second week running I am predicting Willian to pick up his first IF. With Tuesdays games seemingly being ignored last week Willian’s goal and two assists come into consideration for selecting this side. The Brazilian repeated his feat in the second set of fixtures, again scoring once and assisting two in a 5-0 win over Stoke.
Jesse Lingard -CAM – OVR 78 Lingard has picked up some serious form as of late after being average at best over the past couple of season. He has now scored seven goals in his last nine games. Two came on Tuesday in a 2-2 draw with Burnley and another was added to his tally in United’s 2-0 win over Everton.
Marc Albrighton – LM – OVR 77 Although once again it was Mahrez who stood out for Leicester, recorded yet another goal and assist to his name with it being just a two-week gap between his previous IF I can’t see him picking up another so soon. Due to that I am opting for the next best option in Albrighton. Like Mahrez he picked up a goal and assist as Leicester went on to beat Huddersfield 3-0.
Marko Arnautovic – ST – OVR 82 Another player who is in form right now is Marko Arnautovic. Since Moyes has taken over the Austrian has played in a more advanced role and with that has seen some of the form that we have seen in previous seasons. He scored twice in the previously mentioned 3-3 draw with Bournemouth which with the lack of options should be enough for him.
Fabio Quagliarella – ST – OVR 78 The final inclusion from the Italian top division comes from Sampdoria’s 2-0 home win over Spal. Fabio scored both and both came in the late on, the first in the 92nd followed by another in the 94th minute. Talk about snatch and grab.
Daniel Ayala – CB – OVR 73 Yet another addition from the Championship now with Ayala. The Spaniard scored twice for Middlesborough in their narrow 3-2 win over Preston. Despite conceding twice with two offensive contributions to his name he becomes difficult to overlook.
Ryan Fraser – LM – OVR 73 Bournemouth finally ended their run without a win, which was at eight consecutive PL games, with a 2-1 win over Everton. Fraser scored both of those goals, the second of which was an 88th minute winner.
Mostafa Fathi – RM – OVR 67 It’s been a while since we have seen a Saudi league representative but with Fathi scoring a hat trick from midfield we are likely to see one on Wednesday. It came in Al Taawon’s 4-0 home win on Friday.
Lewis Alessandra – ST – OVR 66 With the sheer amount of lower league fixtures over the festive period I was shocked when not even one hat trick was scored from the ST position. Alessandra was the only one who managed a brace and an assist though and thus with that being the next best thing I have him ahead of others.
Abdoulay Diaby – ST – OVR 72 Although I didn’t predict him myself either I am happy to say that Diaby was robbed last week after scoring twice and assisting another in a 5-0 win over Anderlecht. With that being said it doesn’t officially count towards this week’s side I think it will be a factor. Diaby scored another two goals this week as Brugge recorded a 4-2 win.