With the new football season underway, gamers all over the world will now be awaiting the release of FIFA 18 so they can carry their teams to domestic and continental glory. But who will be the best team to play as, and more importantly, which players will be the highest rated? This is a list of who is likely to be the nine highest rated players in the Premier League. N'golo Kante may have been named the PFA Player of the year, but Eden Hazard was an integral part of Chelsea's Premier League...
Harry Kane - Predicted Rating: 87 (+3)
The Premier League's golden boot winner for the last two seasons, Harry Kane will get a deserved rating increase to 87 compared to his 84 rating at the start of the season.
This rating may indeed be higher when the game is released, but 87 leaves EA Sports with a sufficient amount of breathing space when it comes to Kane's inevitable upgrades and eventual Team of the Season card.
Mesut Ozil - Predicted Rating: 88 (-1)
The Arsenal playmaker didn't have a particularly bad season last year, but with only nine league assists compared to the 19 of the 2015/16 season, we will more than likely see Ozil's rating drop from an 89 to an 88.
Ozil will still be one of the game's most sought after players in both Career Mode and Ultimate Team, and with solid performances could easily see his rating upgraded into the 90s.
Paul Pogba - Predicted Rating: 88 (+/-0)
While Paul Pogba didn't set the world alight in his first season back at Old Trafford, he is still one of the best midfielders in the world and to downgrade him would be an unfair examination of his performance last year.
The French midfielder will see his rating remain at 88, but in a season where Manchester United are one of the favourites to win the League, his rating will almost definitely increase throughout the year.
Alexis Sanchez - Predicted Rating: 88 (+1)
The Arsenal Superstar had an outstanding season last year scoring 24 goals and providing 10 assists, which will see his rating increased to an 88 and making him one of the games best players to use.
While Sanchez's future at Arsenal is not yet certain, it is likely that he will still be in the Premier League next season, but could be adding to Manchester City's FIFA rating if he makes the switch before the transfer window ends.
Thibaut Courtois - Predicted Rating: 89 (+/-0)
The winner of the Golden Glove award last season, Courtois kept 16 clean sheets and was part of a Chelsea team that dominated the Premier League for most of the season. However, despite a very impressive season, his rating will remain at 89 as EA sports do not increase players ratings into the 90s too often.
He will still be one of the best Goalkeepers in the League and will be very usable due to his height allowing him to command his box with ease.
Kevin De Bruyne - Predicted Rating 89 (+1)
Kevin De Bruyne had yet another great season for Manchester City last season, assisting 18 goals and scoring another six. De Bruyne proved himself to be one of the best all round midfielders in the world and adding a few more goals could see him be the player of the year in the upcoming season.
As for his rating, he will receive an increase of +1, making his overall an 89, meaning he will be the highest rated CAM in the league.
Sergio Aguero - Predicted Rating 89 (+/-0)
Aguero scored 33 goals in all competitions last year, in a season that was more about getting used to the managerial style of Pep Guardiola, so that was a very impressive return.
And while he wasn't the league's top scorer, he is still the best striker in the league, which is why he will keep his rating of 89.
David de Gea - Predicted Rating 91 (+1)
Firmly in the conversation for best goalkeeper in the world, David de Gea had another great season in 2016/17. De Gea had 14 clean sheets in the league, which despite being less than Chelsea stopper Thibaut Courtois, saw him voted into the Premier League Team of the Season.
De Gea is a goalkeeper that is getting better every season, and this will see his rating increased from 90 to 91
Eden Hazard - Predicted Rating 91 (+3)
N'golo Kante may have been named the PFA Player of the year, but Eden Hazard was an integral part of Chelsea's Premier League season. Scoring 16 goals and assisting five more, Hazard's season was not statistically his best, but when you watched a Chelsea game, he was the player that you knew could change the game in the blink of an eye.
And it's this world class quality and contribution to Chelsea's record setting 30 league wins that will make him the highest rated player in the Premier League at 91.