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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
    3 years, 5 months 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. Steel Arm - Drogba "Un…
        3 years, 5 months ago

        noooo
        Gorkss fixtures are horrible

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        1. Mithrandir, the Grey Pilgri…
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          3 years, 5 months 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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      • GOB
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        3 years, 5 months 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…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 years, 5 months 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©
        3 years, 5 months 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…
            3 years, 5 months ago

            76% sophisticated enough for you? 😉

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            1. In Tommy We Trust
                3 years, 5 months ago

                😀

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            2. Scroobius Mac
                3 years, 5 months ago

                83%

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                1. CarelessGenius©
                    3 years, 5 months ago

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

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                2. GOB
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                  3 years, 5 months ago

                  80% 100% if the injury was bogus.

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                3. Eboue
                    3 years, 5 months ago

                    78.5829%

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                4. Pepin - RIP Absinthe
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                  3 years, 5 months ago

                  Play Michu (new) or Sterling (WIG)?

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                  1. koLe
                      3 years, 5 months ago

                      Mİchu

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                    • GOB
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                      3 years, 5 months ago

                      Sterling

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                      1. Pepin - RIP Absinthe
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                        3 years, 5 months ago

                        I love Gob.

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                        1. GOB
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                          3 years, 5 months 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…
                              3 years, 5 months ago

                              can't wait for new series :-)

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                      2. Rukawa
                          3 years, 5 months ago

                          Sterling

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                          1. La Roja
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                            3 years, 5 months ago

                            mighty Michu

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                      3. GOB
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                        3 years, 5 months 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
                            3 years, 5 months ago

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

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                            1. Scroobius Mac
                                3 years, 5 months ago

                                Also consider Chezney and DDG.

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                                1. CarelessGenius©
                                    3 years, 5 months ago

                                    Chezney 'Awkes?

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                                  • GOB
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                                    3 years, 5 months 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
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                                      3 years, 5 months ago

                                      DDG and Cuellar even

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                                    2. Scroobius Mac
                                        3 years, 5 months ago

                                        Just play Guzan tbh. You never know with goalkeepers.

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                                        1. GOB
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                                          3 years, 5 months 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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                              • Doolittle
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                                3 years, 5 months ago

                                A) Suarez and Maloney
                                B) Giroud and Nolan

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                                1. super zlatan
                                    3 years, 5 months ago

                                    B

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                                    1. Doolittle
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                                      3 years, 5 months ago

                                      Thanks Zlat - nice work last night!

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                                  • In Tommy We Trust
                                      3 years, 5 months ago

                                      B

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                                    • Steel Arm - Drogba "Un…
                                        3 years, 5 months ago

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

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                                      • La Roja
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                                        3 years, 5 months ago

                                        a

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                                      • Rukawa
                                          3 years, 5 months ago

                                          A

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                                        • SuperOsçarBaby
                                            3 years, 5 months ago

                                            BbBbBbBbBbBbB

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                                        • HVT
                                            3 years, 5 months ago

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

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                                            1. In Tommy We Trust
                                                3 years, 5 months ago

                                                Reading the article has opened my eyes to mig 😉

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                                              • GOB
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                                                3 years, 5 months 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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                                              • Eunuch Jelly
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                                                3 years, 5 months 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
                                                    3 years, 5 months 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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                                              • In Tommy We Trust
                                                  3 years, 5 months 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
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                                                    3 years, 5 months 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
                                                        3 years, 5 months 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
                                                            3 years, 5 months ago

                                                            WoW. Great team.

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                                                      • Eboue
                                                          3 years, 5 months 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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                                                      • Wingate
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                                                        3 years, 5 months 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
                                                            3 years, 5 months 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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                                                              3 years, 5 months 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
                                                                  3 years, 5 months 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©
                                                                3 years, 5 months 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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                                                                  3 years, 5 months ago

                                                                  Doos.... please explain....

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                                                                  1. Doosra - A☭Noble☭Grape
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                                                                    3 years, 5 months ago

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

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                                                            3. Pepin - RIP Absinthe
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                                                              3 years, 5 months ago

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

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                                                              1. La Roja
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                                                                3 years, 5 months ago

                                                                DG

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                                                              2. Rukawa
                                                                  3 years, 5 months ago

                                                                  Graham

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                                                                  1. Pepin - RIP Absinthe
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                                                                    3 years, 5 months ago

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

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                                                              3. Back to Back Ballacks
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                                                                3 years, 5 months ago

                                                                What do you call an Italian with a rubber toe?

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                                                                1. In Tommy We Trust
                                                                    3 years, 5 months ago

                                                                    Rubatoni?

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                                                                    1. Back to Back Ballacks
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                                                                      3 years, 5 months ago

                                                                      off the post

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                                                                      1. In Tommy We Trust
                                                                          3 years, 5 months ago

                                                                          did a Suarez 😉

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                                                                    2. Pepin - RIP Absinthe
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                                                                      3 years, 5 months ago

                                                                      I googled it, pretty funny :-)

                                                                      Roberto!

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                                                                      1. Back to Back Ballacks
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                                                                        3 years, 5 months ago

                                                                        Bingo.....Cheater!

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                                                                    3. Steel Arm - Drogba "Un…
                                                                        3 years, 5 months ago

                                                                        Roberto

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                                                                      • Back to Back Ballacks
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                                                                        3 years, 5 months ago

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

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                                                                        1. Pepin - RIP Absinthe
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                                                                          3 years, 5 months ago

                                                                          Carlos!

                                                                          Didn't google this one!

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                                                                          1. Back to Back Ballacks
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                                                                            3 years, 5 months ago

                                                                            Bingo!

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                                                                      • Back to Back Ballacks
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                                                                        3 years, 5 months ago

                                                                        What do you call a Spaniard with no legs?

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                                                                        1. Doosra - A☭Noble☭Grape
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                                                                          3 years, 5 months ago

                                                                          I am tempted to say Miguel ...

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                                                                    4. koLe
                                                                        3 years, 5 months 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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                                                                      • Live4pool
                                                                          3 years, 5 months 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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                                                                            3 years, 5 months 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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                                                                        • La Roja
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                                                                          3 years, 5 months ago

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

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                                                                        • Wingate
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                                                                          3 years, 5 months ago

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

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                                                                          1. Back to Back Ballacks
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                                                                            3 years, 5 months ago

                                                                            Jose and em Chico!????

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                                                                          2. La Roja
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                                                                            3 years, 5 months ago

                                                                            Family

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                                                                          3. Wingate
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                                                                            3 years, 5 months ago

                                                                            Jose and Hose B

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                                                                            1. La Roja
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                                                                              3 years, 5 months ago

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

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