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The Watchlist – Kevin Nolan

Many moons ago, it was common practice within the Fantasy Football community to refer to a combination of Cristiano Ronaldo, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard as “The Holy Trinity”. The cost was considerable, but many a season was saved by their union in a Fantasy Premier League (FPL) squad. With those days now long past, the opening months of this campaign threatened the establishment of a new Nicene creed of marauding midfielders. Playing just off, or sometimes as, the striker – the mid-price potency of Michu, Marouanne Fellaini and Kevin Nolan was such that Mark and Granville were left pondering whether the current FPL fabric could long contain the latest revelations.

Whilst Michu is still exalted atop the midfield points list, and the progress of Fellaini tempered only by his temper, Kevin Nolan has spent the last 40 days wandering in the wilderness – and given the recent inundation of the West Ham fixture list it’s difficult to blame him. Since Gameweek 10 The Hammers have been plagued by visits from Man City, Stoke, Chelsea, Liverpool and Everton, and endured unhappy exoduses to Newcastle, Spurs, Man Utd and West Brom.

With their Boxing Day blank now behind them, the claret and blue tribe have at last reached the promised land, in terms of fixtures. This Saturday’s trip to Reading marks the start of a seven Gameweek run (rdg, NOR, sun, QPR & ars, ful, SWA, avl) that should afford Sam Allardyce’s attacking assets every chance to go forth and multiply their returns. That run includes a double fixture in Gameweek 23, with two London derbies against QPR and Arsenal on offer.

Bagging four goals and two assists in just eight games before the schedule took a turn for the worse, Nolan has an overwhelming edge over his team mates in terms of bang for one’s attacking buck – and at a current valuation of 6.6 in FPL (4.9 in the Sky Sports game) he is now substantially cheaper than both Michu and Fellaini. Whilst his overall ownership is still high, at 18%, it is likely that amongst active players his ownership is considerably lower, and whilst perhaps not approaching differential status his long barren run has certainly served to sink him below the mainstream radar at a useful time for the more dedicated player.

Andy Carroll’s absence through injury has been cited as another factor behind Nolan’s recent slide but with the giant Geordie expected to return to training next week, Nolan’s potential could be set for an upturn. If Nolan can avoid fifth yellow card at the Madejski and perhaps re-announce himself with a goal, a new bandwagon may well start warming its engines.

As the likes of Gareth Bale and Juan Mata continue to bring home the bacon at the pricier end of the scale, and cut-price alternatives such as Raheem Sterling and Jason Puncheon retain their popularity in the “fifth mid” spot – a squad containing all three of Michu, Nolan and Fellaini (upon the latter’s return from suspension in Gameweek 21) will doubtless represent an unusual setup. With the approach of winter wildcard season affording Fantasy Managers the chance to experiment with a get-out-of-jail-free card in their pocket, though, a reformation to 3-5-2 to incorporate the new Holy Trinity may yet turn water into wine for potential proselytes.

stilicho I never make predictions and I never will”

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  1. Athletico Timbo
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    3 years, 6 months ago

    Shall I do Mata to joe cole for a hit? Mata might get rested and joe cole always looks good in training apparently.

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    1. Bond, James Collins.
        3 years, 6 months ago

        Yeah man. Do it.

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      • Lawro
          3 years, 6 months ago

          Joe Cole? Joe's a top player for the best team in England, maybe even the world. No Brainer.

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          1. Bond, James Collins.
              3 years, 6 months ago

              😆

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            • Athletico Timbo
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              3 years, 6 months ago

              See that goal he scored in the World Cup. He does it in training all the time. He's due one as they say.

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            • Lucky_2010
                3 years, 6 months ago

                joe played better when he's with the blues even though less playing time .... he should stay then but he looking for better prospect with pool so have to wait for his coming silverware!!

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            • Zep
                3 years, 6 months ago

                Absolutely...

                What are you waiting for?

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                1. La Roja
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  3 years, 6 months ago

                  you inspired millions here, i am doing the same for a hit and Joe Cole captain

                  Jog on dude

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                  1. Athletico Timbo
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                    3 years, 6 months ago

                    Nobody says jog on anymore mate.

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                    1. La Roja
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                      3 years, 6 months ago

                      why, out of fashion. I am interested

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              • Adnan Januzaj Is FPL
                  3 years, 6 months ago

                  Mata won't be rested. They know Everton is a tough game & they won't rest their best player for this fixture. He maybe rested against QPR

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                  1. Athletico Timbo
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                    3 years, 6 months ago

                    Good point. Sod it then.

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                    1. lfc123
                        3 years, 6 months ago

                        lol

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                  2. Captain Shirokov
                      3 years, 6 months ago

                      Yeah, probably worth it.

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                    • Jax
                        3 years, 6 months ago

                        he doesn't start.

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                      • faulksp
                          3 years, 6 months ago

                          Yeah I mean what has Mata done all season whereas Joe .........

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                      • Bond, James Collins.
                          3 years, 6 months ago

                          At the moment, it looks like i'll be without Cazorla for the DGW, scary.

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                          1. Bemba_Da
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                            3 years, 6 months ago

                            would you rather have walcott or cazorla?

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                            1. Bond, James Collins.
                                3 years, 6 months ago

                                Hard to say, if both play the same amount of minutes over the season I'd back Walcott. Cazorla will play more though.

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                              • Lucky_2010
                                  3 years, 6 months ago

                                  walcott if less budget

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                              • COMH
                                  3 years, 6 months ago

                                  Surely you will be able to bring him in by then with the WC or a FT?

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                                  1. Bond, James Collins.
                                      3 years, 6 months ago

                                      I don't see how. I'll have this next week: Walcott, Bale, Michu, Fellaini, Nolan.

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                                      1. Bond, James Collins.
                                          3 years, 6 months ago

                                          I could lose Bale as he has Utd that week but I'll end up losing value on a player I'd want to get straight back.

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                                          1. COMH
                                              3 years, 6 months ago

                                              Bale v United is nothing to fear. United are shipping goals. Even if they weren't I would still fancy Bale against any of their RB's.

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                                              1. Bond, James Collins.
                                                  3 years, 6 months ago

                                                  True, might look at Podolski upfront if he looks like starting both.

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                                              2. faulksp
                                                  3 years, 6 months ago

                                                  Er goal and assist at Old Trafford earlier in the season ......now Man Utd leaking goals for fun

                                                  Captain Gareth.......

                                                  Ok getting carried away but I see Bale as fixture proof

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                                              3. COMH
                                                  3 years, 6 months ago

                                                  Ah right you have Walcott so I wouldn't worry about it.

                                                  Great midfield btw.

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                                            • Jax
                                                3 years, 6 months ago

                                                there is a wildcard.

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                                            • fusen
                                                3 years, 6 months ago

                                                I wish there was some raphael news, haven't sold in case he comes back this game but if he's out again then have to sell to make sure I have enough defenders play... Already lost 0.3 on him over last 2 weeks

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                                                1. Athletico Timbo
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                                                  3 years, 6 months ago

                                                  Demi you around?

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                                                  1. fusen
                                                      3 years, 6 months ago

                                                      I'm not interested in tennis news

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                                                2. Yxz
                                                    3 years, 6 months ago

                                                    Long -> Cole

                                                    Anyone considering Cole?

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                                                    1. NapalmDeath (Apex Predator)
                                                        3 years, 6 months ago

                                                        Joe? No....

                                                        Carlton?............ no.

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                                                    2. Federico
                                                        3 years, 6 months ago

                                                        Repost. Early planning for DGW23.

                                                        I currently sit on this combo:
                                                        Mata – Puncheon – Sterling (5.1) – Berba

                                                        What combo should i aim for?

                                                        A) Michu – Puncheon – Nolan – Giroud (3 transfers)
                                                        B) Fellaini – Nolan – Sterling – Podolski (3 transfers)
                                                        C) Walcott – Nolan – Sterling – Berba (2 transfers)

                                                        I already have Cazorla.
                                                        Can keep Mata, if i sell Bale instead.
                                                        Will activate wildcard for GW24.

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                                                      • Adnan Januzaj Is FPL
                                                          3 years, 6 months ago

                                                          What do ya say about this for the coming GW?
                                                          0 FT (-4)

                                                          GK: de Gea
                                                          DEF: Rafael, Vertonghen, Ivanovic, Aaron Hughes
                                                          MID: Bale, Sterling, Sidwell, Mata
                                                          FWD: Defoe, Podolski

                                                          SUBS: Jaaskelainen, Jose Enrique, Hoolahan, Shane Long

                                                          I think Jaask for de Gea?? And Jose Enrique for Ivanovic as Everton away would be tough? (C) Bale or Podolski??

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                                                          1. Snikiii
                                                              3 years, 6 months ago

                                                              i would not do it for -8... your team is slim on points anyway

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                                                              1. Adnan Januzaj Is FPL
                                                                  3 years, 6 months ago

                                                                  im talking about the subs

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                                                            • Spoiler
                                                                3 years, 6 months ago

                                                                Suggestions?
                                                                0.1 in bank and 2 freebies

                                                                Begovic
                                                                Enrique | Nelsen | Demel
                                                                Bale | Michu | Mata | Silva
                                                                RVP | Berba | Ba

                                                                Foster, Puncheon, Cuellar, Cameron

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                                                                1. Adnan Januzaj Is FPL
                                                                    3 years, 6 months ago

                                                                    Michu wont play

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                                                                2. Captain Shirokov
                                                                    3 years, 6 months ago

                                                                    Good evening everyone.

                                                                    Now, why the feck is Tevez a doubt? 👿

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                                                                    1. Lawro
                                                                        3 years, 6 months ago

                                                                        Missed training yesterday, I think it was because he was ill.

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                                                                      • Adam West
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                                                                        3 years, 6 months ago

                                                                        How big a doubt is he ?

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                                                                        1. Captain Shirokov
                                                                            3 years, 6 months ago

                                                                            75% chance to play the game according to FPL.

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                                                                        2. Paolo Di Laernu - low rep r…
                                                                            3 years, 6 months ago

                                                                            He was ill and didn't train

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                                                                          • faulksp
                                                                              3 years, 6 months ago

                                                                              Nipped back home for New Year ..........

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                                                                          • andres
                                                                              3 years, 6 months ago

                                                                              If you where bringing in an arsenal mid, would you go for walcott or cazorla?

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                                                                              1. Alonso The Great Midfielder
                                                                                  3 years, 6 months ago

                                                                                  for safety, carzola.....but if walcott comfirm to play as many games, so go for him..

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                                                                                  1. La Roja
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                                                                                    3 years, 6 months ago

                                                                                    theo

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                                                                              2. Avon Barksdale
                                                                                  3 years, 6 months ago

                                                                                  How am I looking lads? Trannys done.

                                                                                  Begovic
                                                                                  Sagna Enrique Cuellar
                                                                                  Mata Silva Bale Cazorla
                                                                                  Van Persie Berba Benteke

                                                                                  McCarthy Puncheon Nelsen McCartney

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                                                                                  1. Tommy Tynans Left Shin Pad
                                                                                      3 years, 6 months ago

                                                                                      Captain?

                                                                                      Looks good mate

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                                                                                      1. SkyCell
                                                                                          3 years, 6 months ago

                                                                                          Perfect

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                                                                                    • Tony Hibbert
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                                                                                      3 years, 6 months ago

                                                                                      My team...

                                                                                      Jaask (Cerny)
                                                                                      Davies Cuellar Enrique (Nelsen Shorey)
                                                                                      Sterling* Hazard Mata Bale (Michu)
                                                                                      RVP Berba Tevez*

                                                                                      Originally had been thinking Hazard > Walcott/Cazorla but feel if Tevez likely misses out am super light.
                                                                                      Considering Tevez > Hernandez Sterling >Nolan for a hit 4pts...wat you guys think?

                                                                                      Any suggestion welcome...

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                                                                                      1. Adnan Januzaj Is FPL
                                                                                          3 years, 6 months ago

                                                                                          Walcott for Hazard, Hernandez for Tevez.

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                                                                                      2. Alonso The Great Midfielder
                                                                                          3 years, 6 months ago

                                                                                          should i lost sess or puncheon for walcott/nolan??

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                                                                                          1. Van The Man
                                                                                              3 years, 6 months ago

                                                                                              Puncheon imo

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                                                                                          2. Shaps
                                                                                              3 years, 6 months ago

                                                                                              Plenty of hits to be dished out this week with the most popular defender and midfield out

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                                                                                            • Federico
                                                                                                3 years, 6 months ago

                                                                                                Berba -> Podolski sound good for DGW?

                                                                                                Other option is to leave Berba in the team, and go Mata & Punch -> Walcott & Nolan.

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                                                                                                1. Van The Man
                                                                                                    3 years, 6 months ago

                                                                                                    No way.
                                                                                                    Keep Berba.

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                                                                                                2. lazybones18
                                                                                                    3 years, 6 months ago

                                                                                                    michu rafael out

                                                                                                    evans walcott IN

                                                                                                    yay nay ?

                                                                                                    4 point hit

                                                                                                    i only have 2 defenders playing

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                                                                                                  • Tommy Tynans Left Shin Pad
                                                                                                      3 years, 6 months ago

                                                                                                      Anybody (C) Bale?

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                                                                                                      1. COMH
                                                                                                          3 years, 6 months ago

                                                                                                          Na I think that will be a fairly low scoring game with plenty Mignolet saves. RVP(c) Berbatov(vc) for me.

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                                                                                                        • Alonso The Great Midfielder
                                                                                                            3 years, 6 months ago

                                                                                                            no.....but who know, go with your gut

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                                                                                                          • Mtka™
                                                                                                              3 years, 6 months ago

                                                                                                              RVP for me. Sunderland has a good defense, don't see a lot of chances for Bale to score.

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                                                                                                          • COMH
                                                                                                              3 years, 6 months ago

                                                                                                              One thing i've noticed which i'm benefiting from this season is playing my players regardless of fixtures. In the past I would be blinded by fixtures and if a player was up against the top 4/5 teams I would normally bench.

                                                                                                              Berbatov and Michu at the Emirates, Rafael at the Etihad, Cuellar v City just some that I can remember. Sometimes it's too tempting to have the ideal team on paper with the nicest looking fixtures but it doesn't always pan out like that.

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                                                                                                              1. these42charmingmen
                                                                                                                  3 years, 6 months ago

                                                                                                                  I've had such awful subs, so in the end it worked out the same :) Struggling to field decent 11 now, though.

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                                                                                                                • faulksp
                                                                                                                    3 years, 6 months ago

                                                                                                                    Great point

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                                                                                                                • these42charmingmen
                                                                                                                    3 years, 6 months ago

                                                                                                                    All I got for christmas was red and yellow flags.. And Wisdom who's not playing. Could really use some help here!

                                                                                                                    begovic (jaask)
                                                                                                                    vertonghen, wisdom, enrique (cameron, nelsen)
                                                                                                                    michu, bale, silva, sterling (mcanuff)
                                                                                                                    rvp, tevez, berbatov

                                                                                                                    1FT, 0.4 in bank. Thinking Wisdom>O’Brien/Demel
                                                                                                                    Would not be fielding and awesome 11, with McAnuff, Nelsen, Sterling and Demel - but still (maybe) 11.

                                                                                                                    Sorry for n'th repost, guys.

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                                                                                                                    1. Van The Man
                                                                                                                        3 years, 6 months ago

                                                                                                                        I would play McAnuff ahead of Sterling.
                                                                                                                        O'Brien imo

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                                                                                                                    2. STEVE MC MANE MAN
                                                                                                                        3 years, 6 months ago

                                                                                                                        My Team.
                                                                                                                        Bego
                                                                                                                        Demel Gibbs Nelsen (Clyne ShawX)
                                                                                                                        Bale Mata Walcott Michu (Schneiderlin)
                                                                                                                        RVP Berba Suarez

                                                                                                                        Got Michu at 7.7 so gained .3 on him and I'm looking to do Michu to Cazorla..good move?

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                                                                                                                      • Fasua11
                                                                                                                          3 years, 6 months ago

                                                                                                                          Begovic or Lloris?

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                                                                                                                        • JayBomb
                                                                                                                            3 years, 6 months ago

                                                                                                                            What do I do with this lot Rafael, Demel, Tevez & Michu. I have already taken a 4 point hit getting Shorey out for Luiz and Rooney out for Little pea. My subs are Clyne so I would have to hope Demel plays and Tevez plays a part and Clyne comes in for Rafael or just take 8 point hit and sell one of the above help appreciated ????????? Cheers?

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                                                                                                                          • Sulk
                                                                                                                              3 years, 6 months ago

                                                                                                                              How's my team?

                                                                                                                              Bego
                                                                                                                              Wilko huth zab Jose
                                                                                                                              Santiago Nolan bale
                                                                                                                              Suarez rvp Defoe

                                                                                                                              Jussi michu shorey sterling

                                                                                                                              I have 4fts until Dgw. Thinking of :

                                                                                                                              Suarez- cole
                                                                                                                              Jose-Gibbs
                                                                                                                              Sterling-walcott

                                                                                                                              What other coverage could I get before I play my wc with the last transfer?

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                                                                                                                            • Miracallas
                                                                                                                                3 years, 6 months ago

                                                                                                                                // Bego //

                                                                                                                                O'Brien // A Cole // Gibbs

                                                                                                                                Cazorla // Bale // Silva // Sessegnon

                                                                                                                                RVP // Berb // Hernadez

                                                                                                                                Jaas, Michu, Cuellar, Nelsen

                                                                                                                                Sexy and I know it baby...

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                                                                                                                              • Perthite
                                                                                                                                  3 years, 6 months ago

                                                                                                                                  Right to play Jaas over Federici of my two keepers this gw (in same game)?

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                                                                                                                                • Perthite
                                                                                                                                    3 years, 6 months ago

                                                                                                                                    btw - can anyone fill me in on the news that sent Michi's yellow flag to red and the removal of Suarez's yellow flag?

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