November
15

The Watchlist – Simon Mignolet

Filed under: The Watchlist - Posted by: Paul

Given their form so far, it’s a little difficult to praise many of Sunderland’s Fantasy assets right now. Aside from Steven Fletcher’s run of five goals across Gameweek 2-5, the Black Cats have failed to flicker on our radars after an insipid batch of displays. A single win and seven goals scored over their first 10 fixtures leaves Martin O’Neill’s side hovering three points above the drop zone but, with four home matches in their next five, the schedule offers a chance to push up the table.

Simon Mignolet comes into our thinking, then, ahead of a crucial run of games for the Wearsiders. While this weekend’s trip to Fulham looks limited for returns, given the Cottagers flourishing form up front, the following four Gameweeks smile a little kinder on their prospects. Home clashes against West Brom and QPR should hold little fear for a resilient Sunderland side set up not to concede – while the Baggies picked up their first away win of the season last weekend, they have scored just five goals in five away games, while Mark Hughes’ outfit have failed to score in each of their last two road trips. Bearing in mind the Black Cats have conceded just four goals in four at the Stadium of Light, confidence in their defence may be set to take a turn for the better, with Mignolet producing at least three Fantasy Premier League (FPL) points in each of his home games so far.

O’Neill’s side then make their way to Carrow Road in Gameweek 15. While Norwich haven’t tasted defeat in their last four, the Canaries have struggled to find the net, with just two goals scored over that unbeaten run. Indeed, with five goals in five matches in front of their own fans, their home record will afford the Black Cats hope of a third away clean sheet, having kept out Arsenal and Stoke on their travels already.

Double Gameweek 16 then sees Chelsea and Reading make their way to the Stadium of Light. Granted, the clash against Roberto Di Mateo’s side looks good for only save points for Mignolet, but the Reading match has clear potential – Brian McDermott’s strugglers have scored three times in their last four away games.

Coming in at 5.0 FPL and 4.4 in the Sky Sports game, Mignolet offers a decent mid-priced option for those Fantasy managers currently looking for alternatives to the likes of Jussi Jaaskelainen and Asmir Begovic between the sticks. Having already accrued 39 points – just four less than Petr Cech, for example – he is second only to Fletcher’s 48 for Sunderland and has offered a consistency of starts matched only by John O’Shea amongst the Black Cats backline. If O’Neill is to engineer a climb up the table, these next few games looks be crucial and while Fletcher has earned the plaudits so far, Mignolet’s contribution will be equally key to his side’s fortunes.

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  1. Guthrie to Fellaini
    Ivanovich to Gorkss
    Jaask to Tremmel

    4 point hit. Worth it?

    Would give me a mid and forwards of -

    Hazard - Mata - Cazorla - Fellaini - Michu

    Lambert - RVP - Berbs

    • 1 year, 5 months ago
    1. noooo
      Gorkss fixtures are horrible

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
      1. Agree they are not ideal. I'm also looking at the DGW and that I have 3 Chelski, who miss a game GW18, so would remove Ivan, while Gorkss would give Reading coverage.

        Hmmmmm.

        • 1 year, 5 months ago
    2. GOB
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member

      I'd save the hit and just do Michu to Fellaini
      or Michu & Guthrie to Fellaini and a better cheapie that plays.

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
      1. Nothing in bank for that, to get Fell need to get rid of Ivan for someone like Sagna to upgrade.

        Problem is I have had Michu from GW1 and reluctant to get rid as I think he will score plenty.

        Cheers anyway :-)

        • 1 year, 5 months ago
  2. Percentage chance of Walcott starting against spurs, disregarding the rather simplistic 75% offered by FPL?

    • 1 year, 5 months ago
    1. 76% sophisticated enough for you? ;-)

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
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      • 1 year, 5 months ago
      1. That's more like it.......

        • 1 year, 5 months ago
    2. GOB
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member

      80% 100% if the injury was bogus.

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
    3. 78.5829%

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
  3. Play Michu (new) or Sterling (WIG)?

    • 1 year, 5 months ago
    1. Mİchu

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
    2. GOB
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member

      Sterling

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
      1. I love Gob.

        • 1 year, 5 months ago
        1. GOB
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member

          I know what an erection feels like, Michael! . . . No, it's the opposite. It's... it's like my heart is getting hard.

          • 1 year, 5 months ago
          1. can't wait for new series :-)

            • 1 year, 5 months ago
      • 1 year, 5 months ago
      1. mighty Michu

        • 1 year, 5 months ago
  4. GOB
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member

    Afternoon all. Hate having to spend a transfer on my goalkeepers and wanted to wait until the January WC but now with Foster out at least for this week maybe more, I am left with Guzan.

    Really undecided on whether to ship Foster for Mignolet/Schwarzer/Begovic as Guzan has decent fixtures in a couple of weeks, or get rid of Guzan but there aren't any decent options in the sub 4.5m bracket apart from maybe Jones.

    So basically should I take the likely 1-2points this week from Guzan and wait for Foster or change up? any advice appreciated as I'm completely torn.

    Also does anyone know when Reina is back?

    • 1 year, 5 months ago
    1. I'd just go an get Migs. Reina's back this weekend.

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
      1. Also consider Chezney and DDG.

        • 1 year, 5 months ago
        1. Chezney 'Awkes?

          • 1 year, 5 months ago
        2. GOB
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member

          I'd love either of them, but got no money in the bank. Could do Gallas and Foster to DDG and Migs but would be for a hit. Could spread it over 2 weeks but would have to play Guzan this week??

          • 1 year, 5 months ago
          1. GOB
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member

            DDG and Cuellar even

            • 1 year, 5 months ago
          2. Just play Guzan tbh. You never know with goalkeepers.

            • 1 year, 5 months ago
            1. GOB
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member

              cheers, think i might stick as can't see Sunderland getting a cleanie at Fulham and then next week get DDG.

              • 1 year, 5 months ago
  5. A) Suarez and Maloney
    B) Giroud and Nolan

    • 1 year, 5 months ago
      • 1 year, 5 months ago
      1. Thanks Zlat - nice work last night!

        • 1 year, 5 months ago
      • 1 year, 5 months ago
    1. B... Giroud's and Nolan's form outweights their fixtures

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    2. BbBbBbBbBbBbB

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
  6. HVT

    Hi lads , Foster > Bego/Ming or keep and play Fed ?
    Any thoughts please.

    • 1 year, 5 months ago
    1. Reading the article has opened my eyes to mig ;-)

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
    2. GOB
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member

      Reading are at home i guess but can't see a clean sheet, but WBA fixtures over the next 3 aren't good anyway. I'm looking at maybe getting in Mignolet.

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
    3. It's a tough one. I think I would stick and use my transfer elswhere, because Foster should be back by the end of the month. Reading's fixtures this week and the next two are not horrible. But if you have no other move you are dying to make it's a good time to sort out your keepers. THe problem is that Foster to Migs is sideways except for the next two weeks. I guess my point is that you spend a transfer on a keeper and then three weeks from now you still have Fed, and not much better off than you would be had you just kept Foster. So the question is whether you think Migs will get you points you will lose if you play Fed for the next two weeks or so. It's no sure thing. I think I would look for a more impact move to make or save the transfer.

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
      1. HVT

        Thanks EJ - well put actually thanks for taking the time ,
        fed might just give me similar points over next few prob a little less but i can live with that , I'm goona keep and save transfer for next week as tbh I'm monitoring Silva/Walcott - the likes of those transfers could be much more rewarding.

        • 1 year, 5 months ago
  7. Backline of the following isn't to cheap is it?

    Mig/Jussi

    Sagna/Wilkinson/Simpson/Cuellar/Gorkss

    Works in the short term?

    • 1 year, 5 months ago
    1. Yeah, no Baines is scary though. Seems like cleansheets are rare anyways, so no need to invent too much

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
      1. Has allowed a front 8 of

        Silva/Mata/Bale/Sterling/Mcanuff

        RVP/Giroud/Berba

        Everton is the major missing piece :mad:

        • 1 year, 5 months ago
        1. WoW. Great team.

          • 1 year, 5 months ago
    2. Brilliant team. Admitted lack of attacking points from defence but I think your attack is excellent so not to much of an issue

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
  8. So... as a financial adviser, i am supposed to tell people to diversify... not to put all ones eggs in one basket....

    I just did

    MICHU and BA to Suarez and Stirling....

    HAVE YOU SEEN THEIR FIXTURES!!?? Suits you Sir!

    only slightly worried...

    • 1 year, 5 months ago
    1. Liverpool aren't what they use to be. Would you double up on say Sunderland with that run?

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
      1. I just looked at their Fixtures Tommy and they are incredible.... Suarez has scored 8 this season, and 3 in last 3.... he might FINALLY have learned where the goal is!?

        And sterling.... well.... hes cheap.... again fixtures... and seems to playing quite far forward... i looked at Berb, or keeping Ba... but i think they will do well over the next 9..

        • 1 year, 5 months ago
        1. they scored 24 goals at home all of last season and so far have only scored 5 in 6. Suarez granted is on form but he has a goal involvement % over 70%. Can that continue?

          I can see why you've done it but I wouldn't be surprised if you have a few frustrating weekends ;-)

          • 1 year, 5 months ago
    2. Put everything in cash, gilts and bonds.
      Or wine, art and 70's guitars.

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
      1. Doos.... please explain....

        • 1 year, 5 months ago
        1. It is one stop beyond Barking, on the District Line ... ;-)

          • 1 year, 5 months ago
  9. Who is on penalties for Swansea? Graham? De Guzman?

    • 1 year, 5 months ago
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      1. But when he is not on the pitch, which is a lot?

        • 1 year, 5 months ago
  10. What do you call an Italian with a rubber toe?

    • 1 year, 5 months ago
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      1. off the post

        • 1 year, 5 months ago
        1. did a Suarez ;-)

          • 1 year, 5 months ago
    1. I googled it, pretty funny :-)

      Roberto!

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
      1. Bingo.....Cheater!

        • 1 year, 5 months ago
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    2. What do you call a Spaniard who's car has been robbed?

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
      1. Carlos!

        Didn't google this one!

        • 1 year, 5 months ago
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    3. What do you call a Spaniard with no legs?

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
      1. I am tempted to say Miguel ...

        • 1 year, 5 months ago
  11. Hi all,

    I am really struggling right now.. Currently my midfield and upfront;

    Bale (C), Fellaini, Mata, Nolan

    Rooney, Tevez, Berba

    First Sub: Sterling

    Should I get a place for Sterling, and who will be out then??

    Cheers...

    • 1 year, 5 months ago
  12. has anyone ever done a statistic about transfers in/out?

    i.e. if thursday is 100%, how many transfers are done on friday then? 200%? 300%?

    know what i mean?

    • 1 year, 5 months ago
    1. It's a good idea actually. We could easily extrapolate the data in order to determine if a player will rise before the deadline.

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
  13. so Kun out for Suarez, no brainer right? and Suarez captain!

    • 1 year, 5 months ago
  14. what do you call a mexican firemans 2 sons?......

    • 1 year, 5 months ago
    1. Jose and em Chico!????

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
    2. Family

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
      • 1 year, 5 months ago
      1. this is just too much, i'll get my coat, taxi etc

        • 1 year, 5 months ago

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Up Koscielny ARS B, Vs
Up Alonso SUN B, Vs, £
Up Smalling MUN B, Vs, Rest
Up Kaboul TOT B
No Change Skrtel LIV B
Down Baines EVE A, VsX
No Change Vlaar AVL B, £
Up Caulker CAR A
Up Chester HUL C, £

Midfielders

Last updated: 22 Apr, 2014 7:15pm
Player Club Factors
Up Eriksen TOT A
Up Mata MUN B, Vs
Up Ramsey ARS A, Vs
Up Sterling LIV A, £
Up Nasri MCI B, Vs
Down Gerrard LIV B
Down Lallana SOT C
No Change Johnson SUN C, Vs
Up Y Touré MCI C, Vs, Inj
Up Amalfitano WBA A, Vs, £
Up Arnautovic STO A, £

Forwards

Last updated: 22 Apr, 2014 7:14pm
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No Change Suárez LIV A
Up Aguero MCI C, Vs
Up Rooney MUN B, Vs
Up Bony SWA A
Up Borini SUN B, Vs, £
Up Podolski ARS A, Vs
Down Adebayor TOT B
Down Lukaku EVE B, VsX
No Change Rodallega FUL B, Vs, £

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