FIFA 14 Ultimate Team players rejoice: it's Team of the Week time again.
This week's selection features an array of world-class talents, both established and emerging. If you've grown fond of Neymar's ability since his move to Barcelona, we've got something for you. How about Diego Costa's red-hot La Liga form? Yep, got that covered too.
Have you waited years for Adnan Januzaj to announce his ability at Manchester United? Never heard of him before the Red Devils' 2-1 win over Sunderland? Either way, tactics featuring the Belgian-born player can also be found below.
Before kicking off the tactical advice, let's take a look at this week's team, as revealed by EA Sports FIFA on Twitter:
This week's in-form releases are available now and will be in added to packs until 5.30 p.m. BST on Oct. 16.
|Player Name:||Nation:||Club:||Position:||Normal Rating > In-Form Rating:|
|Bernd Leno||Germany||Bayer 04 Leverkusen||GK||80 > 81|
|Maxwell||Brazil||Paris Saint-Germain||LB||77 > 79|
|Winston Reid||New Zealand||West Ham United||CB||75 > 77|
|Sascha Riether||Germany||Fulham||RB||75 > 77|
|Antonio Carlos||Brazil||Sao Paulo||CB||71 > 73|
|Pedro Leon||Spain||Getafe||RM||79 > 80|
|Remy Cabella||France||Montepellier||CAM||76 > 78|
|James Rodriguez||Colombia||AS Monaco||RW > RM||83 > 84|
|Diego Costa||Brazil||Atletico Madrid||ST||83 > 84|
|Neymar||Brazil||Barcelona||ST > LW||84 > 85|
|Francesco Totti||Italy||AS Roma||LW > CF||82 > 83|
|Filip Kurto||Poland||Roda JC||GK||65 > 69|
|Bondz N'Gala||England||Portsmouth||CB||59 > 64|
|Adnan Januzaj||Belgium||Manchester United||RM > LM||61 > 64|
|Rurik Gislason||Iceland||FC Copenhagen||RM||67 > 71|
|Facundon Ferreyra||Argentina||Shakhtar Donetsk||ST||71 > 73|
|Konstantinos Mitroglou||Greece||Olympiacos||ST||76 > 81|
|Pierre-Michel Lasogga||Germany||Hamburg||ST||74 > 74|
Stats via EA's FIFA 14 forums.
Tactics and Analysis
Neymar, Diego Costa, Pedro Leon and Maxwell
Placing Neymar, Diego Costa and Pedro Leon in the same team is an obvious move, so too is having a side crammed full of Brazilians.
Look carefully at this 4-3-3 and there’s two sides to this league hybrid team.
The ridiculous pace, power and technical ability of the front three is built to romp through your opposition. If Neymar’s weightless physique gets barged over, Costa will be there to sort the offender out. Similarly, Leon’s ability to deliver accurate crosses gives the Atletico Madrid forward plenty of chances to lap up.
Most importantly, incorporating three central midfielders sitting behind the aforementioned forwards provides the team with a much-needed sense of balance. With Maxwell and Dani Alves on the flanks, the threesome of Casemiro, Paulinho and Sandro provides physicality, tackling ability and positioning awareness.
While this team is likely to cost millions, be sure to tinker around with other players. Alves can easily be swapped for Sevilla's Cicinho, while Thiago Silva can be replaced with David Luiz. Brazilian players are highly accounted for in most leagues, so you’ll have no problem ensuring chemistry is high.
This starting XI should be considered a celebration of Premier League starlets, built around the player everybody has been craving for at least five days.
A heavy Belgian influence is popular at the moment, but it’s a good idea to try out players many would overlook.
Thorgan Hazard has improved massively this year and is a cheap alternative to his older brother, Eden. Playing just ahead of Januzaj, the speedy duo’s ball control and slick short passing is capable of turning defences inside out, especially when you consider Romelu Lukaku lurks in the middle.
The presence of Gerard Deulofeu, who is at Everton along with Lukaku, also allows the team to take on a Spanish influence down the right side. Linking Deulofeu with Jesus Navas—who plays like a more established version of the 19-year-old—provides an intense sense of speed and outrageous dribbling technique.
As these players bomb, Marouane Fellaini and Ross Barkley patrol the centre. As both are inclined to moving forward, be sure to operate defensively when under pressure and make use of counterattacking strategies. Your whippets will deliver on the break.
The Team of the Week can be viewed in full on the FIFA 14 Web App.
Are you planning on picking up any of these players? Which squads will you build with them? Let us know in the comments section and be sure to discuss Ultimate Team with me on Twitter.