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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
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Season over for anyone who didnt get Boly for the double

    1. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

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

      1. jason_ni
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Imagine they had kept the cs!

    2. thegaffer82
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

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

  2. HashAttack
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 9 days 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
      1 month, 9 days ago

      How did you get 31?

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Captain duh

      2. Goodricke
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Triple captain

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Would still only be 26 max

          1. Goodricke
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 9 days ago

            with a BB and some SGW players

            1. Goodricke
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              sorry, forget that, i am having a blonde moment

              1. Brimble82
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

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

      3. HashAttack
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        BB - Bamford is the only sgw player

    2. thegaffer82
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 9 days 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
        1 month, 9 days ago

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

        1. thegaffer82
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Different opposition.

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

          1. Booked4Dissent
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 9 days ago

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

      2. HashAttack
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

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

      3. Atimis
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Haha

  3. Africa United
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 9 days 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
      1 month, 9 days ago

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

  4. HonestBlatter
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

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

  5. Slurpy
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Wheres that Saiss assist at?

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Not awarded.

    2. thegaffer82
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Computer says 'no'

    3. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Je Saiss pas

  6. Rupert The Horse
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 9 days 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
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Slowly

    2. Scots Gooner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Squats mess you up for days : D

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 9 days 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
          1 month, 9 days ago

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

          1. DycheDycheBaby
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 9 days ago

            This! Especially as you get older. It helps

    3. C_Manan
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Horses use toilet?

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Middle class ones do.

    4. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      find a nice open field

    5. Africa United
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Good start

  7. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    OMG ajayi

    1. Pukki Party
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Bless you

    2. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      He scores a lot of goals that boy

  8. Rupert The Horse
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    2-2

  9. Il Capitano
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Nice header Ajayi

    • Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Ajayi wagon building speed

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        0.2% ownership

    • Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Who bought Ajayi for the double? Genius!

    • Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Awful soft goal to concede from a Wolves perspective

    • Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

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

    • Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Ayaji owners in ecstasy!

      All 3 of them

    • Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Who the hell is Ajayi?

      1. MSTRKRFTSMN
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Scored the equaliser against Liverpool 2 weeks ago

        1. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Oh. Damn him

    • Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Pen WBA

    • Lord.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      West Brom hauling

    • aleksaa2
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Another pen

    • Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

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

    • Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

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

    • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      pen w brom

    • Disturbed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      What a game!

    • Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Pereira monster haul!

    • DycheDycheBaby
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Crazy game this!

    • Labile
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Wish I TC KDB

    • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      OMG pereira

    • Booked4Dissent
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 9 days ago

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

      1. thegaffer82
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 9 days 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
      1 month, 9 days 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
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Imagine all games were like this in the DGW 😆

      1. Silecro
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        I fully expect Liv Mun to be nil-nil

    • Pukki Party
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      What a derby