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Belgian duo Dries Mertens and Kevin De Bruyne will receive their fourth in-form cards of the season if they feature once again in FIFA 17 Ultimate Team’s latest batch of upgrades for Team of the Week 34 on Wednesday.
Napoli forward Mertens contributed two goals and an assist in the 3-1 win over Cagliari, and he could be joined in the attack by AS Roma’s Edin Dzeko after he did the same for the Giallorossi as they dispatched AC Milan 4-1.
Alvaro Morata and James Rodriguez each netted braces for Real Madrid as they eased to a 4-0 victory over Granada, while De Bruyne shone in Manchester City’s 5-0 win over Crystal Palace.
Read on for a closer look at some of the week’s top performers and pack details, but first here is our predicted lineup for Team of the Week 34:
|FIFA 17 Ultimate Team: Team of the Week 34 Predictions|
|CB||Nicolas Otamendi||Manchester City||Argentina||84>85>86|
|CM||Marco Verratti||Paris Saint-Germain||Italy||85>86>87>88>89 >90|
|CM||Kevin De Bruyne||Manchester City||Belgium||88>89>90>91>92|
|CAM||James Rodriguez||Real Madrid||Colombia||87>88>89|
|ST||Alvaro Morata||Real Madrid||Spain||82>84>86(OTW)|
|GK||Tom Starke||Bayern Munich||Germany||72>74|
|CAM||Wes Hoolahan||Norwich City||Republic of Ireland||77>82|
|LW||Jose Izquierdo||Club Brugge||Colombia||77>81|
|LB||Joe Bennett||Cardiff City||England||68>73|
|LB||Theo Hernandez||Deportivo Alaves||France||66>74>74|
|ST||CJ Sapong||Philadelphia Union||USA||68>72|
Gold Pack: 5,000 coins, 100 FIFA points
Premium Gold Pack: 7,500 coins, 150 FIFA points
Silver Pack: 2,500 coins, 50 FIFA points
Premium Silver Pack: 3,750 coins, 75 FIFA points
EA Sports will announce Team of the Week 34 on Wednesday, May 10, at 3 p.m. BST (10 a.m. ET), and the in-form players will be released into card packs at 6 p.m. BST (1 p.m. ET) later that day. Stats and ratings have been provided by FUTHead.com.
If a player’s original rating is the highest available in bronze (64) or silver (74), his first in-form cannot feature an overall increase but will feature improved individual stats.
Dries Mertens, Napoli
Mertens has been in sensational form this season, as evidenced by three prior appearances in the Team of the Week.
The Belgian continued unabated on Saturday as he put in another top performance.
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He opened the scoring after just two minutes when he turned in Faouzi Ghoulam’s cross at the near post and doubled his tally early in the second half with a low effort from 20 yards. OptaPaolo hailed the landmark strike:
30 – Dries Mertens has scored his 30th goal in all competitions this season on his 30th birthday. Candles. #NapoliCagliari
He then turned provider for Lorenzo Insigne, threading the ball through for the Italian to score Napoli’s third.
The forward’s most recent IF, rated 89 overall, already includes a terrifying combination of 95 pace, 94 shooting, 93 dribbling and 91 passing base stats.
Mertens’ performance against Cagliari could see him reach the elite 90-rated bracket overall, a card that would boast even more incredible stats and make him even more potent than he already is.
Alvaro Morata, Real Madrid
Morata is also in outstanding form, particularly over the last month, and he has now contributed seven goals and two assists in his last five matches.
The Spaniard played a neat ball for Lucas Vazquez in the build-up to James Rodriguez’s opener against Granada, and after the Colombian doubled his tally, Morata got in on the act with a powerful finish from Danilo’s cut-back.
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Football writer Liam Canning hailed the striker’s composure:
Álvaro Morata has 19 goals from 17 starts this season. Far too good of a player to just be sitting on the bench. Calm finisher.
He added another after wriggling through Granada’s defence on the left before firing home.
Morata recently featured in TOTW 30 and received an 84-rated card for his troubles. His latest excellent showing warrants a place in TOTW 34, where his deficiencies—74 passing and 78 physical base stats—should be improved upon, making him an even more effective weapon in the final third.
Kevin De Bruyne, Manchester City
David Silva stole many of the plaudits for his role in City’s win over Palace, but it was De Bruyne who made the most telling contributions.
The Belgian assisted both Vincent Kompany and Nicolas Otamendi with expert deliveries and beat Wayne Hennessey from the edge of the area. He could have had another goal but saw his free-kick glance off the bar.
He was awarded man of the match for his efforts, per Sky Sports Statto:
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Man of the Match, @ManCity’s Kevin De Bruyne 1 goal & 2 assists 7 chances created 10 crosses Most assists in PL this season (15) #PL https://t.co/ylVda3TA0r
The midfielder, who will likely return to a central role if handed another IF, received an overall rating of 91 last time he picked one up.
His 89 base shooting should surpass 90 if he features in TOTW 34, while his 80 pace should creep up a little too, making him an even more viable option for anyone looking to boost their midfield with a player who can create and score in equal measure.