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The Watchlist – Simon Mignolet

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. Mithrandir, the Grey Pilgri…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    5 years, 26 days ago

    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

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    1. Drogba "Unstoppable, U…
      5 years, 26 days ago

      noooo
      Gorkss fixtures are horrible

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      1. Mithrandir, the Grey Pilgri…
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        5 years, 26 days ago

        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.

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    2. GOB
      5 years, 26 days ago

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

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      1. Mithrandir, the Grey Pilgri…
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        5 years, 26 days ago

        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 🙂

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  2. CarelessGenius©
    5 years, 26 days ago

    Percentage chance of Walcott starting against spurs, disregarding the rather simplistic 75% offered by FPL?

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    1. Corkyote FFS CWC Champion 2…
      5 years, 26 days ago

      76% sophisticated enough for you? 😉

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      1. In Tommy We Trust
        5 years, 26 days ago

        😀

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    2. Scroobius Mac
      5 years, 26 days ago

      83%

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      1. CarelessGenius©
        5 years, 26 days ago

        That's more like it.......

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    3. GOB
      5 years, 26 days ago

      80% 100% if the injury was bogus.

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    4. Eboue
      5 years, 26 days ago

      78.5829%

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  3. Pepin - RIP Absinthe
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    5 years, 26 days ago

    Play Michu (new) or Sterling (WIG)?

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    1. koLe
      5 years, 26 days ago

      Mİchu

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    2. GOB
      5 years, 26 days ago

      Sterling

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      1. Pepin - RIP Absinthe
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        5 years, 26 days ago

        I love Gob.

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        1. GOB
          5 years, 26 days ago

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

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          1. Corkyote FFS CWC Champion 2…
            5 years, 26 days ago

            can't wait for new series 🙂

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    3. Schindler's list
      5 years, 26 days ago

      Sterling

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      1. La Roja
        5 years, 26 days ago

        mighty Michu

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  4. GOB
    5 years, 26 days ago

    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?

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    1. Scroobius Mac
      5 years, 26 days ago

      I'd just go an get Migs. Reina's back this weekend.

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      1. Scroobius Mac
        5 years, 26 days ago

        Also consider Chezney and DDG.

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        1. CarelessGenius©
          5 years, 26 days ago

          Chezney 'Awkes?

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        2. GOB
          5 years, 26 days ago

          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??

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          1. GOB
            5 years, 26 days ago

            DDG and Cuellar even

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          2. Scroobius Mac
            5 years, 26 days ago

            Just play Guzan tbh. You never know with goalkeepers.

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            1. GOB
              5 years, 26 days ago

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

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  5. Doolittle
    5 years, 26 days ago

    A) Suarez and Maloney
    B) Giroud and Nolan

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    1. super zlatan
      5 years, 26 days ago

      B

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      1. Doolittle
        5 years, 26 days ago

        Thanks Zlat - nice work last night!

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    2. In Tommy We Trust
      5 years, 26 days ago

      B

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    3. Drogba "Unstoppable, U…
      5 years, 26 days ago

      B... Giroud's and Nolan's form outweights their fixtures

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    4. La Roja
      5 years, 26 days ago

      a

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    5. Schindler's list
      5 years, 26 days ago

      A

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    6. SuperOsçarBaby
      5 years, 26 days ago

      BbBbBbBbBbBbB

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  6. HVT
    5 years, 26 days ago

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

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    1. In Tommy We Trust
      5 years, 26 days ago

      Reading the article has opened my eyes to mig 😉

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    2. GOB
      5 years, 26 days ago

      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.

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    3. Fashanu Zealand Jelly
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      5 years, 26 days ago

      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.

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      1. HVT
        5 years, 26 days ago

        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.

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  7. In Tommy We Trust
    5 years, 26 days ago

    Backline of the following isn't to cheap is it?

    Mig/Jussi

    Sagna/Wilkinson/Simpson/Cuellar/Gorkss

    Works in the short term?

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    1. bdwhite91
      5 years, 26 days ago

      Yeah, no Baines is scary though. Seems like cleansheets are rare anyways, so no need to invent too much

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      1. In Tommy We Trust
        5 years, 26 days ago

        Has allowed a front 8 of

        Silva/Mata/Bale/Sterling/Mcanuff

        RVP/Giroud/Berba

        Everton is the major missing piece 😡

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        1. SuperOsçarBaby
          5 years, 26 days ago

          WoW. Great team.

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    2. Eboue
      5 years, 26 days ago

      Brilliant team. Admitted lack of attacking points from defence but I think your attack is excellent so not to much of an issue

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  8. Wingate
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    5 years, 26 days ago

    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...

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    1. In Tommy We Trust
      5 years, 26 days ago

      Liverpool aren't what they use to be. Would you double up on say Sunderland with that run?

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      1. Wingate
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        5 years, 26 days ago

        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..

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        1. In Tommy We Trust
          5 years, 26 days ago

          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 😉

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    2. CarelessGenius©
      5 years, 26 days ago

      Put everything in cash, gilts and bonds.
      Or wine, art and 70's guitars.

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      1. Wingate
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        5 years, 26 days ago

        Doos.... please explain....

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        1. Doosra - ☭Bolivia Giroud…
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          5 years, 26 days ago

          It is one stop beyond Barking, on the District Line ... 😉

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  9. Pepin - RIP Absinthe
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    5 years, 26 days ago

    Who is on penalties for Swansea? Graham? De Guzman?

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    1. La Roja
      5 years, 26 days ago

      DG

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    2. Schindler's list
      5 years, 26 days ago

      Graham

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      1. Pepin - RIP Absinthe
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        5 years, 26 days ago

        But when he is not on the pitch, which is a lot?

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  10. Back to Back Ballacks
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    5 years, 26 days ago

    What do you call an Italian with a rubber toe?

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    1. In Tommy We Trust
      5 years, 26 days ago

      Rubatoni?

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      1. Back to Back Ballacks
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        5 years, 26 days ago

        off the post

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        1. In Tommy We Trust
          5 years, 26 days ago

          did a Suarez 😉

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    2. Pepin - RIP Absinthe
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 years, 26 days ago

      I googled it, pretty funny 🙂

      Roberto!

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      1. Back to Back Ballacks
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        5 years, 26 days ago

        Bingo.....Cheater!

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    3. Drogba "Unstoppable, U…
      5 years, 26 days ago

      Roberto

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    4. Back to Back Ballacks
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 years, 26 days ago

      What do you call a Spaniard who's car has been robbed?

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      1. Pepin - RIP Absinthe
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        5 years, 26 days ago

        Carlos!

        Didn't google this one!

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        1. Back to Back Ballacks
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          5 years, 26 days ago

          Bingo!

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    5. Back to Back Ballacks
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      5 years, 26 days ago

      What do you call a Spaniard with no legs?

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      1. Doosra - ☭Bolivia Giroud…
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        5 years, 26 days ago

        I am tempted to say Miguel ...

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  11. koLe
    5 years, 26 days ago

    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...

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  12. Live4pool
    5 years, 26 days ago

    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?

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    1. Granville
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      5 years, 26 days ago

      It's a good idea actually. We could easily extrapolate the data in order to determine if a player will rise before the deadline.

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  13. La Roja
    5 years, 26 days ago

    so Kun out for Suarez, no brainer right? and Suarez captain!

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  14. Wingate
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    5 years, 26 days ago

    what do you call a mexican firemans 2 sons?......

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    1. Back to Back Ballacks
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      5 years, 26 days ago

      Jose and em Chico!????

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    2. La Roja
      5 years, 26 days ago

      Family

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    3. Wingate
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      5 years, 26 days ago

      Jose and Hose B

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      1. La Roja
        5 years, 26 days ago

        this is just too much, i'll get my coat, taxi etc

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