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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.

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  1. Bossworld
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

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

    1. hueycho
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      No ones got johnstone so its cool

  2. Alnair
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

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

    1. Nanoelektronicar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      I don't think he's allowed.

    2. Studs Up
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 25 days ago

      look up the reason why Villa did not say anything

  3. Rupert The Horse
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    UPDATED!!!

    1. Daniel - When to BB?
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      about time.

  4. Hybrid.power
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

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

  5. b91jh
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

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

    1. Wild Rover
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      What?

      1. DK_13
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        "positive news"

      2. My heart goes Salalalalah
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Tested positive. I think he tried to be funny

        1. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Smashed it.

  6. Toothless
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 25 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 - When to BB?
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 25 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
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Same. All intact

    2. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      All intact except BB

    3. Il Capitano
        2 months, 25 days ago

        WC BB TC

      • Pukki Party
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Time to change username then?
        FH gone

        1. Daniel - When to BB?
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Yeah, changing it now

      • LegendMoon
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

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

      • Nanoelektronicar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 25 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.

      • NateDogsCats
          2 months, 25 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

        • camarozz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Same.

        • F_Ivanovic
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

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

        • Supertrooper
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

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

      • Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Good thing I did not BB. Have Johnstone sub.

        1. Holmes
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

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

          1. HuttonDressedasLahm
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

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

        2. Il Capitano
            2 months, 25 days ago

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

        3. Lukakuna
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 25 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
            2 months, 25 days ago

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

        4. Fudgy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 25 days ago

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

          1. Podge
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Ah fudge

          2. Trophé Mourinho
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 25 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
              2 months, 25 days ago

              20 points incoming 🙂

              1. Trophé Mourinho
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 25 days ago

                probably tbh thats normally how fantasy goes

            2. Flair
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 months, 25 days ago

              Agreed

          3. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

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

          4. NateDogsCats
              2 months, 25 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

          5. Holmes
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Sou(c)ek, feels good!!! 😆

            1. DK_13
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 25 days ago

              Wowza. Good luck

            2. Flair
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 months, 25 days ago

              This is bait

            3. Danno - Emre Canada
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 25 days ago

              Kudos, good luck

            4. NateDogsCats
                2 months, 25 days ago

                Good luck, could really work out honestly

            5. Leonard hatred
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 25 days ago

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

            6. Pat Bonner
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 25 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
                2 months, 25 days ago

                Proper head scratcher.

                1. Pat Bonner
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 25 days ago

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

                  1. Studs Up
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 25 days ago

                    Maybe he knows something? lol

                  2. F_Ivanovic
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 25 days ago

                    probably explains why he's no longer top 100

              2. ivantys
                  2 months, 25 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
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 25 days ago

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

                • Revival
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 25 days ago

                  He scored against Newcastle only last Saturday gone 😀

              3. Joey Tribbiani
                  2 months, 25 days ago

                  100+ points here we go

                • Rupert The Horse
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 25 days ago

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

                  1. Fit of Pique
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 25 days ago

                    Two here, Fernandes and Mitchell.

                • Sun Jihai
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 25 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
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 25 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
                      2 months, 25 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
                    2 months, 25 days ago

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

                  3. Hybrid.power
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    2 months, 25 days ago

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

                    1. Lukakuna
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 25 days ago

                      Same here!

                  4. Sun Jihai
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 25 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
                    2 months, 25 days ago

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

                  6. diesel001
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 25 days ago

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

                    1. Flair
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      2 months, 25 days ago

                      Darren Wiles did it. He's phenomenal.

                  7. Deulofail
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 25 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
                    2 months, 25 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
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 25 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
                      • 2 Years
                      2 months, 25 days ago

                      KWP not kept sorry

                      1. Crunchie
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        2 months, 25 days ago

                        And cancello damn autocorrect

                  10. Forgetmeknot
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 25 days ago

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

                • HuttonDressedasLahm
                  • 11 Years
                  2 months, 25 days ago

                  Cup rival put the TC on Soucek!

                  1. Hybrid.power
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    2 months, 25 days ago

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

                • Brosstan
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 25 days ago

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

                  1. Podge
                    • 10 Years
                    2 months, 25 days ago

                    Obviously

                • Ajax Hamsterdam
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 25 days ago

                  Real benching headache for next gw now 🙂

                • Deulofail
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 25 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
                    2 months, 25 days ago

                    Well he’s clearly good at catching stuff

                • calstokesey97
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 25 days ago

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

                  Saiss left back in a back 4

                • Chucky
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 25 days ago

                  Will Johnstone be back for the next game against WHU?

                  1. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 25 days ago

                    Don’t think so

                  2. Uncle John from Jamaica
                    • 8 Years
                    2 months, 25 days ago

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

                • Original Pirate Material
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 25 days ago

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

                  1. Miguel Sanchez
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 25 days ago

                    Short turnaround doesn’t look good

                • ChickenTikkaMoSalah
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 25 days ago

                  Anyone else have server error on fpl?

                • Trophé Mourinho
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 25 days ago

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

                • Daniel - When to BB?
                  • 11 Years
                  2 months, 25 days ago

                  DE BRUYNE 115.11%
                  FERNANDES 102.22%
                  SALAH 120.22%

                  Source Live FPL

                  1. Miguel Sanchez
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 25 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
                    2 months, 25 days ago

                    Expected KDB to come out on top.

                    1. Sanchit
                      • 5 Years
                      2 months, 25 days ago

                      He isn't though

                  3. Holmes
                    • 7 Years
                    2 months, 25 days ago

                    what a waste...

                  4. Flair
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    2 months, 25 days ago

                    Feel like Bruno will be a big fail

                  5. Sanchit
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 25 days ago

                    Overall or your rank tier?

                • Miguel Sanchez
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 25 days ago

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

                • greggles
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 25 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
                    2 months, 25 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.

                • mad_beer ✅
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 25 days ago

                  I benched Button. Silly me.

                • Brosstan
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 25 days ago

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