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Johnstone absent for West Brom after positive Covid-19 test as Boly returns for Wolves

West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone (£4.5m) misses the Baggies’ first DGW19 fixture following a positive Covid-19 test.

Ahead of the Black Country derby at Molineux, Sam Allardyce explained:

Covid has kept out Sam [Johnstone] and Matt Phillips for us, as well as one or two other Under-23s that would probably have been in the squad.

Grady [Diangana] pulled or tweaked a hamstring, so we had to make a change there.

Asked by BT Sport what he has been trying to fix in training, Allardyce responded:

I’ve tried to fix the fact that we’ve got to stop conceding goals that are avoidable. Our concentration levels sometimes lapse, in split seconds and moments. It only takes the opposition a few seconds to exploit that. That is the focus when we’re out of possession.

In possession, it’s really about trying to get more quality in the final third. Create more chances in open play, which has been extremely difficult for us.

Wolves boss Nuno, speaking in his pre-match press conference on Friday, said of his side’s recent leaky displays:

“We (have) made big mistakes, especially in defence. We must be compact and from there can grow positives. “We have to go back to our main foundation; a clean sheet.”

The Portuguese manager has duly reverted to a tried-and-tested back three. Nuno revealed in the embargoed section of his media offering that Willy Boly (£5.4m) would start for West Brom’s visit.

Boly is joined by Conor Coady (£4.9m) and Romain Saiss (£5.1m), while the Wolves teamsheet suggests that Pedro Neto (£6.0m) will operate at left wing-back.

The winger was a doubt for this afternoon’s kick-off, as was Adama Traoré (£6.1m). The latter also starts the match in a front two alongside Fabio Silva (£5.2m).

“Adama didn’t play the last game, he had a problem. He is better, so he is ready to go. Boly had an injury for some while and [now] he’s good.” – Nuno

Daniel Podence (£5.4m) remains sidelined, along with Jonny (£5.4m) and Marcal (£4.8m).

“Let’s see. We have Adama and Boly coming and joining (training). Let’s see how they are for tomorrow. We still have Daniel out. We have work to do. Jonny, Podence, Marcal are out.” – Nuno speaking on Friday

Wolves XI: Patricio; Saiss, Coady, Boly; Neto, Neves, Dendoncker, Semedo; Moutinho; Fabio Silva, A Traoré.

West Bromwich Albion XI: Button; Gibbs, Bartley, Ajayi, O’Shea; Snodgrass, Livermore, Sawyers; Grosicki, C Robinson, M Pereira.

1,347 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Bossworld
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 13 days ago

    Johnstone or not we're still going to get sucker punched by Allardyce-ball

    1. hueycho
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      No ones got johnstone so its cool

  2. Alnair
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 13 days ago

    Fat **** Sam couldn't have said something?

    1. Nanoelektronicar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      I don't think he's allowed.

    2. Studs Up
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 13 days ago

      look up the reason why Villa did not say anything

  3. Rupert The Horse
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 13 days ago

    UPDATED!!!

    1. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      about time.

  4. Hybrid.power
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    8 months, 13 days ago

    Would you look at that, my team actually looks decent for next week

  5. b91jh
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 13 days ago

    At least this is a positive news to Johnstone's owner.

    1. Wild Rover
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      What?

      1. DK_13
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 13 days ago

        "positive news"

      2. My heart goes Salalalalah
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 13 days ago

        Tested positive. I think he tried to be funny

        1. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          8 months, 13 days ago

          Smashed it.

  6. Toothless
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 13 days ago

    Hovered over the bench boost button for days, with Johnstone as my 2nd goalie. So glad I decided not to press it.

  7. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    8 months, 13 days ago

    I feel like an FPL FFS Superhero full of patience with WC, FH, BB, and TC left. I was never an FPL patient manager.

    What is your chip status?

    1. sunzip14
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Same. All intact

    2. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      All intact except BB

    3. Il Capitano
      8 months, 13 days ago

      WC BB TC

    4. Pukki Party
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Time to change username then?
      FH gone

      1. Daniel Jebbison
        • 12 Years
        8 months, 13 days ago

        Yeah, changing it now

    5. LegendMoon
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Snap but dropped 100, 000 places last week, back to 190,000 what’s your rank?

    6. Nanoelektronicar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Hate chips, FH and TC already out of way. I wish I could have saved FH for 29, but it had to go last week.

    7. NateDog
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Same, looking at most of my leagues there's only one or two others in the same spot ignoring ghost teams. Leader in one of them has now used all his chips and I'm currently 14 behind so I'm feeling decent about it

    8. camarozz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Same.

    9. F_Ivanovic
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      All in tact as well. I'm generally patient although I do like taking hits.

    10. Supertrooper
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Using BB this week, getting it over with with Forster/Bamford/Holding and Wilson on the bench

  8. Little Red Lacazette
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 13 days ago

    Good thing I did not BB. Have Johnstone sub.

    1. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Some were considering hit for him, hopefully didn't go ahead with that

      1. HuttonDressedasLahm
        • 11 Years
        8 months, 13 days ago

        I took a hit, but replaced a non playing 2nd keeper

    2. Il Capitano
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Started Johnstone, McCarthy off the bench so would only be boosting 3 players, kind of glad I held off

  9. Lukakuna
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 13 days ago

    Rate my team predicts 115 points with no chips played. Just gotta laugh at that

    1. Lord.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Why is that surprising? You’re probably scheduled to get twice as many starts as a normal game week.

  10. Fudgy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 13 days ago

    Everyone has done Antonio in besides me lol. F***!

    1. Podge
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Ah fudge

    2. have you seen cyan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Antonio was a risky pick, limited minutes at best, limps off injured at worst. He normally takes a bit of time to find form as well, Bamford>Antonio was a bad move imo if people did that

      1. Podge
        • 10 Years
        8 months, 13 days ago

        20 points incoming 🙂

        1. have you seen cyan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          8 months, 13 days ago

          probably tbh thats normally how fantasy goes

      2. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 13 days ago

        Agreed

    3. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      I got him in, but it feels like a major risk.

    4. NateDog
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Could still be risky but nearly 10 per cent is crazy. I was thinking of it for a while as I punted a while back on Wood which did nothing so said I'd punt on Antonio here but can't say it's not a bit frustrating he's not exactly a big differential now

  11. Holmes
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 13 days ago

    Sou(c)ek, feels good!!! 😆

    1. DK_13
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Wowza. Good luck

    2. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 13 days ago

      This is bait

    3. Danno - Emre Canada
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Kudos, good luck

    4. NateDog
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Good luck, could really work out honestly

  12. Leonard hatred
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 13 days ago

    Johnson missing out is bad, Button playing really well and keeping his place is probably worse.

  13. Pat Bonner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    8 months, 13 days ago

    Bloke at top of my mini league did son to Aubameyang this week. Most random transfer ever!!

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Proper head scratcher.

      1. Pat Bonner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        8 months, 13 days ago

        He’s in top 5k and was top 100 earlier in season!

        1. Studs Up
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          8 months, 13 days ago

          Maybe he knows something? lol

        2. F_Ivanovic
          • 6 Years
          8 months, 13 days ago

          probably explains why he's no longer top 100

    2. ivantys
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 13 days ago

      He gets a goal after every 5 games of blank so that's the game he scores.

      1. Pat Bonner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        8 months, 13 days ago

        Haha he’ll bang a hatrick now I’ve posted this

    3. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      He scored against Newcastle only last Saturday gone 😀

  14. Joey Tribbiani
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 13 days ago

    100+ points here we go

  15. Rupert The Horse
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 13 days ago

    Ha. I now have 1 player at home in the whole squad.

    1. Fit of Pique
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Two here, Fernandes and Mitchell.

  16. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    8 months, 13 days ago

    'Professional' watch - hits galore!

    Fabio Borges: -12, Balbuena + Son + Kane + Raphinha to Dias + KDB + Antonio + Soucek, BB played, Salah (c)
    https://fantasy.premierleague.com/entry/440328/event/19

    Magnus Carlsen: -4, Lacazette + Reguilon to Antonio + TAA, TC Salah
    https://fantasy.premierleague.com/entry/76862/event/19

    Ville Ronka: -8, Saiss + Son + DCL to Robinson + Salah + Antonio, Salah (c)
    https://fantasy.premierleague.com/entry/617620/event/19

    Jay Egersdorff: -8, Grealish + DCL + Balbeuna to KDB + Decordova-Reid + Coufal, TC Salah
    https://fantasy.premierleague.com/entry/259780/event/19

    Mark Sutherns: -4, Mane + Wood to KDB + Antonio, BB played, Salah (c)
    https://fantasy.premierleague.com/entry/194/event/19

    Lateriser: -8, Ayling + Son + Kane to Douglas + Salah + Werner, Salah (c)
    https://fantasy.premierleague.com/entry/55085/event/19

    Jan Sienkiewicz: -4, Grealish + Son to Soucek + KDB, Rashford (c)
    https://fantasy.premierleague.com/entry/3904/event/19

    Darren Wiles: -12, KWP + Balbuena + Rashford + Kane to Stones + Dias + KDB + Antonio, BB played, KDB (c)
    https://fantasy.premierleague.com/entry/1331101/event/19

    Ola Hovde (OR #1 for last 9 GWs): -4, McCarthy + Adams to Mendy + Antonio, TC KDB
    https://fantasy.premierleague.com/entry/4865323/event/19

    GL all!

    1. Pat Bonner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Some amount of hits. -12 and -16 for BB defeats the purpose for me especially given the Covid situation

      1. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        8 months, 13 days ago

        My cup opponent took a -16
        They have taken now 172 points hits this season :s

    2. Fudgy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Yet here I am not doing wood to Antonio for a hit lol

    3. Hybrid.power
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      So many Salah captains. I kind of regret doing KDB now!

      1. Lukakuna
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 13 days ago

        Same here!

    4. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      + Key players to watch - top 10k EO:

      Salah 120%
      De Bruyne 115%
      Fernandes 102%
      Bamford 73%
      Soucek 62%
      Son 55%
      Justin 48%
      Kane 45%
      Martínez 43%
      Coufal 43%
      Antonio 40%
      Vardy 34%
      Grealish 33%
      Dallas 31%
      Stones 31%
      Cancelo 27%
      Cresswell 27%
      Dias 25%
      Mccarthy 23%
      Robertson 23%

      Overall 49% of the top 10k played no chip, 25% went BB, 16% went TC, 7% WC and 3% FH

    5. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 13 days ago

      This is absolutely mad. Glad I'm on no hits this week. Just my free hit 😉

    6. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      KDB(c) not looking so good now.....

      1. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 13 days ago

        Darren Wiles did it. He's phenomenal.

    7. Deulofail
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      This is what the new fad of 'upside chasing' gets you. Hope it doesn't pay off! 😀

    8. The Red Devil
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      It's good to see the number one overall player for last 9 GWs took my TC tip 😛

    9. Crunchie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Wow. I did a -12 hit and bb to get it out of the way had 2 Southampton and 3 leeds. Dcl kane kept and raphinha to KDB Davis (villa) antonio and cancelled. Planned for the Boston leeds dgw. Want to take my best 11 forward. But did captain KDB though 🙁

      1. Crunchie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 13 days ago

        KWP not kept sorry

        1. Crunchie
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          8 months, 13 days ago

          And cancello damn autocorrect

    10. Forgetmeknot
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Thanks for this. Looking (hoping) like Salah was vindicated as C choice

  17. HuttonDressedasLahm
    • 11 Years
    8 months, 13 days ago

    Cup rival put the TC on Soucek!

    1. Hybrid.power
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      No offense to you but I hope it works out for him! What a pick

  18. Brosstan
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 13 days ago

    Anything less than 150 points on BB is a massive season ending fail.

    1. Podge
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Obviously

  19. Ajax Hamsterdam
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 13 days ago

    Real benching headache for next gw now 🙂

  20. Deulofail
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 13 days ago

    I dreamt I caught covid from my sister-in-law. Am I Johnstone? Does anyone know if Johnstone's had relations with his sister-in-law? Thanks

    1. Lord.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Well he’s clearly good at catching stuff

  21. calstokesey97
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 13 days ago

    It’s pretty obvious we’re not playing a back 5.

    Saiss left back in a back 4

  22. Chucky
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 13 days ago

    Will Johnstone be back for the next game against WHU?

    1. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Don’t think so

    2. Uncle John from Jamaica
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Depends when he caught it but seems unlikely given not even on bench and its 72 hours until next game.

  23. Knock Down Your Aerial
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 13 days ago

    I guess thats Johnstone out of the game on Tuesday as well?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Short turnaround doesn’t look good

  24. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 13 days ago

    Anyone else have server error on fpl?

  25. have you seen cyan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 13 days ago

    Hoping for a big Leeds win, I suspect many benced or ditched them. They have Brighton after all, still a great fixture

  26. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    8 months, 13 days ago

    DE BRUYNE 115.11%
    FERNANDES 102.22%
    SALAH 120.22%

    Source Live FPL

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Owning both Salah and KDB sucks that you need the one you didn’t captain you blank

    2. Nanoelektronicar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Expected KDB to come out on top.

      1. Sanchit
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 13 days ago

        He isn't though

    3. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      what a waste...

    4. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Feel like Bruno will be a big fail

    5. Sanchit
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Overall or your rank tier?

  27. Miguel Sanchez
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 13 days ago

    Johnstone back for Tuesday game? Could help those loaded on West Ham options

  28. Plagued by indecision
    • 11 Years
    8 months, 13 days ago

    I don’t own Johnstone but would like to thank the two people who talked me out of using any chips this week. Best saved for the Spring when hopefully there is much less Covid flying around.

    1. Uncle John from Jamaica
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Maybe best to thank people once the game weeks is over we are 37 mins into a 15 match game week.

      had Johnstone on Free hit but covered him with Button so made no difference.

  29. mad_beer ✅
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 13 days ago

    I benched Button. Silly me.

  30. Brosstan
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 13 days ago

    Team looks beautiful for next week as well. I feel top 100k is very close.