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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. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    Season over for anyone who didnt get Boly for the double

    1. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Boly will outscore 90% of the players who have a DGW

      1. jason_ni
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        Imagine they had kept the cs!

    2. thegaffer82
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Should I take a -12 to get him now do you think?

  2. HashAttack
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    LivePFL Number of Fixtures - Me 0/31, Top 10k x/23.15, Overall x/19.87 - Nice to see 🙂

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      How did you get 31?

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        Captain duh

      2. Goodricke
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        Triple captain

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 1 day ago

          Would still only be 26 max

          1. Goodricke
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 1 day ago

            with a BB and some SGW players

            1. Goodricke
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 1 day ago

              sorry, forget that, i am having a blonde moment

              1. Brimble82
                • 2 Years
                4 months, 1 day ago

                13x DGWers = 26
                1x DGW (C) = 4
                1x SGW = 1

      3. HashAttack
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        BB - Bamford is the only sgw player

    2. thegaffer82
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      We all know it's about quality over quantity though right?

      For example, Kane will no doubts outscore many DGWers this week with his one fixture

      1. Booked4Dissent
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        4 months, 1 day ago

        Spurs edged a 1-0 win last time. Don’t be so sure

        1. thegaffer82
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 1 day ago

          Different opposition.

          And Spurs drew 1-1 last time out by the way 🙂

          1. Booked4Dissent
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            4 months, 1 day ago

            Ah, my bad. Was thinking of the West Brom game

      2. HashAttack
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        Well I don't have any Wolves or WBA players 🙂 - 31 matches with no duds

      3. Atimis
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        Haha

  3. MessiGOAT
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    Antonio to Bamford today ? Just 0.4 exactly to do it ... Fear of being priced out and Bamford propably rising tonight?

    1. Team Bobcat
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Chill. Always another way. No ball kicked yet this week

  4. HonestBlatter
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    Where is my Boly TC? Maybe I forgot to push Saves for Button.

  5. Slurpy
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    Wheres that Saiss assist at?

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Not awarded.

    2. thegaffer82
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Computer says 'no'

    3. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Je Saiss pas

  6. Rupert The Horse
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    I worked out for the first time in 2 years yesterday and am trying to figure out how to sit down on the toilet.

    1. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Slowly

    2. Scots Gooner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Squats mess you up for days : D

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        Yeah lunges and squats. My wife is in hysterics watching me trying move around. The stairs, oh the stairs.

        1. Scots Gooner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 1 day ago

          Invest in a foam roller. Found it helped reduce the delayed muscle soreness.

          1. DycheDycheBaby
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 1 day ago

            This! Especially as you get older. It helps

    3. C_Manan
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Horses use toilet?

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        Middle class ones do.

    4. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      find a nice open field

    5. MessiGOAT
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Good start

  7. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    OMG ajayi

    1. Pukki Party
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Bless you

    2. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      He scores a lot of goals that boy

  8. Rupert The Horse
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    2-2

  9. Il Capitano
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Nice header Ajayi

    • Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Ajayi wagon building speed

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        0.2% ownership

    • Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Who bought Ajayi for the double? Genius!

    • Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Awful soft goal to concede from a Wolves perspective

    • Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Great header. Ajayi was the one to get for WBA double

    • Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Ayaji owners in ecstasy!

      All 3 of them

    • Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Who the hell is Ajayi?

      1. MSTRKRFTSMN
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        Scored the equaliser against Liverpool 2 weeks ago

        1. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 1 day ago

          Oh. Damn him

    • Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Pen WBA

    • Lord.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      West Brom hauling

    • aleksaa2
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Another pen

    • Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Lots of early goals a good sign for the rest of the gameweek to come

    • Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      The way things are going it seems that this is the week Brewster finally gets a jammy hattrick.

    • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      pen w brom

    • Disturbed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      What a game!

    • Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Pereira monster haul!

    • DycheDycheBaby
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Crazy game this!

    • PP6
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Wish I TC KDB

    • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      OMG pereira

    • Booked4Dissent
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Wow, who
      Knew this
      Game would be a good watch!

      1. thegaffer82
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        Lol.

        I put this game on in the background, but it's been pretty riveting, so I've now sacked off all other things and am watching this.

        Best league in the world 🙂

    • Atimis
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      As per FPL Live Rank people really went hit crazy for that DGW!

      Will see whether my no hits, no chips, tactic will pay off. Have 10 DGWs and 1 SGW players with KDB (c).

    • Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Imagine all games were like this in the DGW 😆

      1. Silecro
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        I fully expect Liv Mun to be nil-nil

    • Pukki Party
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      What a derby