After a few tough outings, Aaron is in-form himself this week, missing just 5 of the 23 man TOTW 14 contingent. And its probably a good time to get a low score in with the festive football period about to bring big games almost every day of the week, making predictions a little more difficult than normal. But even with a fantasticly low score, we still missed the best Spaniard in English football and a truly heroic strike all the way from Columbia.
We hope you enjoy an entirely predictable Christmas!
David Silva missed Man City’s big match against Spurs on the weekend due to personal reasons, but his performance mid-week against Swansea has got him in to TOTW 14 and secured his TIF. Silva was at his imperious best against the Swans scoring twice and commanding almost 11% of City’s entire team possession in their 4-0 win. With Silva missing the Spurs game this was a tough one to predict, but there are no doubts that along with De Bruyne and Sterling he is one of the in-form men in the Premier League right now. City maintain their seemingly unassailable 11 point advantage at the top.
Aarons View: There was always likely to be a Man City IF after two convincing wins over the past week, but with Silva, Sterling, De Bruyne, Gundogen and Sane all in contention, I chose to focus on other options.
After a tight 1-0 win for Millonarios in the first leg of the Categoría Primera A finals, the second remained finely poised as Santa Fe looked to claw back that slender advantage. And they did just that scoring early through Wilson Morelo from the penalty spot to make the final game very interesting indeed. A goal each as the match advanced left the tie balanced at 2-2 until Henry Rojas popped up to smash an absolute worldy of a half volley which found the bottom right corner of the net. Every inch, a hero’s goal and a well-deserved Hero IF. Congratulations to Millionarios FC on their title win.
Aarons View: Hands up, I was oblivious to the importance of this match and therefore I didnt even consider Rojas.
Atletico Madrid are doing their level best to keep pace with Barcelona this season and they made it four wins on the bounce against Alaves on the weekend, where Fernando Torres popped up with the solitary goal in their 1-0 win. Vrsaljko grabbed the assist for that Torres goal which along with a clean sheet is enough for him to make TOTW 14. Given that our prediction for this defensive slot Federico Fazio scored for Roma in a 1-0 win and kept a clean sheet as well, he can perhaps feel slightly aggrieved.
Aarons View: There were far better defensive options than Vrsaljko this week, who was not even awarded MOTM. However, I feel a lack of La Liga options in general have helped his selection massively.
After a blip of two league losses in a row, Monaco are back on track in Ligue 1 and they took that good form to St Etienne who they duly despatched 4-0. Goalkeeper Ruffier was sent off for St Etienne early in the second half but in truth the damage was already done with goals from Fabinho, Lemar, Keita and our TOTW 14 fullback Sidibe securing the three points. With Fabinho getting a goal and an assist he was a very strong IF candidate from this game (as predicted) but Sidibe gets the nod from right back.
Aarons View: I opted for Sidibes team mate Fabinho but with an expected upcoming Futmas item in the cards for him, it looks as though he has been ignored on that basis.
Atalanta and Lazio fought it out in a Serie A classic on the weekend with the match ebbing and flowing until the game eventually ended up finishing 3-3. Ilicic was Atlanta’s main goal threat grabbing one in each half, one of which gave his side the lead from the penalty spot only for Lazio to equalise late on. Whilst this was a great game, it’s very rare to get two IF’s from a draw but here we are, with Ilicic and Savic making the cut for TOTW 14.
Aarons View: I already had a player included from this match in Savic, and it is rare that two make IFs make it from one game, especially when theyre on opposing sides; I ignored Josip because of that.
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