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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. JONALDINHO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 13 days ago

    Over 50% used a chip this week. Didn’t use a chip and on a (-8) so I’m guessing any green is a great result this week

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

      Yeah. Depends on your current rank though

    2. fr3d
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Hot take, green arrow is good

    3. Carefree Crew
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Livefpl says only 25% used chips?

      Top 10k 50% did. Maybe you mean that?

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

    Pereira 15-pointer is a typical 2021 then.

  3. Rolls-Royce
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 13 days ago

    What's up with Wolves' defence?

    1. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Made of cheese

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

      Went from 5 to 4 at the back

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

    FFS Pereira, thought about him in GW3

    1. Super Saints
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Had him gw 1-6

  5. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 13 days ago

    Big sam like a PHOENIX FROM THE ASHES

  6. DycheDycheBaby
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 13 days ago

    What a derby!

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

    Pereira M explosion.

    Az knew it

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

    Just looked at the WBA player list on FPL transfer page for the first time this season.

    Doubt I’ll look at it again.

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

      I like to look at it, you can teleport to season 14/15 in fpl that way.

  9. S.Kuqi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 13 days ago

    There is always some random player getting monster haul in dgw.

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

      It's every gw

  10. 272MK
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 13 days ago

    I missed the deadljne because I was choosing my transfer. I missed transfering in KDB. Can this GW end ady. It feels like tortureee

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

      Just 7 days left to go

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

    What a game

  12. Rochdale_Cowboy
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 13 days ago

    Wolves a poor without Jimmy, like a Portuguese version of West brom.

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

      Miss Jonny, Doherty and Jota too!

      1. Rochdale_Cowboy
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 13 days ago

        Yeah good point

  13. Party time
    8 months, 13 days ago

    😆

    Nuno’s at the wheel

    1. Rochdale_Cowboy
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Lol

  14. Tsparkes10
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 13 days ago

    :/ that’s us definitely down hehe

    1. Rochdale_Cowboy
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Think that ship sailed many moo s ago

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

    https://twitter.com/Ross_FPL/status/1350422732803080192

    Unbelievable. Just unbelievable

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

      Scared to click

    2. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      How do you even make this kind of call haha.

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

        I don't know lmao, I don't think I've even thought, said, or heard Pereira's name since GW12 and this man is captaining him. Oof

    3. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      There’s always one.

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

      Not even TC? Rookie mistake

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

      expected TC. Weak

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

      I hate to be that guy, but I wonder what his OR and rank history looks like.

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

    2 best players are not playing, Jota and Jimmy.

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

      Johnny too

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

      3 with Doherty...

      Nuno the absolute clueless fraud with his bum beard

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

        Yeah, forgot the Doherty. Agree

    3. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Doherty and Jonny. Neves and Moutinho dropped off too

    4. thegaffer82
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      That guy probably has about 20 teams, all with obscure captaincy picks just waiting to be posted on twitter if he somehow nails one.

      1. thegaffer82
        • 10 Years
        8 months, 13 days ago

        Sorry, reply fail for the above post

  17. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 13 days ago

    Werner (c) locked

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

    Meslier not in sight

    https://twitter.com/BerenCross/status/1350438594368974850

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      So no Leeds cleanie if their Cup keeper plays, surely.

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

        Kiko is pretty crap so yeah probably.

    2. Herman Toothrot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Saw a post the other day about Bamford and Messlier isolating.

      Maybe this could part confirm it.

  19. Atimis
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 13 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).

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

      No players in this game and I'm up 23k places thanks to no hits 😀

      1. thegaffer82
        • 10 Years
        8 months, 13 days ago

        Wow. You must have a crappy overall rank 😉

    2. thegaffer82
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      I also played no chips either (having originally planned to use TC)

      9DGWers + Kane and Bamford for me.

      I reckon we'll do just fine. And, I was well chuffed to get a green arrow last week having not played any chips either

    3. Carefree Crew
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Top 10k average (-3.43)
      Overall (-1.44)

      Is that "hit crazy" in comparison to other DGWs?

      I haven't tracked it before, maybe with covid you'd expect it to be higher than normal?

  20. Major League Shocker
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 13 days ago

    Time to start targeting Wolves as whipping boys for captaincy?

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

      Werner comes in next week then if he turns up today

  21. Crazy Train
    • 10 Years
    8 months, 13 days ago

    This wolves baggies game sounds a cracker.....

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

      Great way to start the gameweek tbh especially b/c of fantasy irrelevance (for the most part)

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

    Big sam delivers

  23. Zladan
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 13 days ago

    There must be some Johnstone Meslier Bench boosters round these parts?

    Rotten luck.

    1. BenDavies
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Not a bench booster but that is my GK combination. Very, very annoying.

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

      FPL_General

  24. Egg noodle
    • 11 Years
    8 months, 13 days ago

    This week could easily make me rage quit fpl for the rest of the season. Gone for Salah TC, could easily be outscored by KDB (C)

  25. Ha.
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 13 days ago

    Nearly got Robinson for my BB

    1. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Nearly triple captained pereira myself

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

        I think this is a lie

    2. BenDavies
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Nearly married Angelina Jolie

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

        dodged a bullet there..

        1. BenDavies
          • 8 Years
          8 months, 13 days ago

          she's hot

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

        I know this is a lie

  26. Surfeit of Lampteys
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 13 days ago

    Bad miss Robinson but brilliantly found by Pereira

  27. MSTRKRFTSMN
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 13 days ago

    F*** my cup opponent who has not only wild carded but gone triple captain on KDB, who I also have as captain

    1. Thomas Shelby from Birmingh…
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Will you take a -1?

    2. HashAttack
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Can't use 2 chips in the same week

    3. Surfeit of Lampteys
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      You can't do both in one GW

    4. thegaffer82
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      You can't WC and TC in the same week???

    5. Cok3y5murf
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      I beat my cup opponent who wildcarded last week without using my FH

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

      That's not true

    7. MSTRKRFTSMN
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Well he’s got a ridiculous team if he hasn’t wildcarded:

      https://fantasy.premierleague.com/entry/2337243/event/19

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

        I like the team name too. Well played by him

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

          Annoyingly so. Don’t give myself much hope this year now

    8. MSTRKRFTSMN
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      You’re right he hasn’t wildcarded - ridiculous team he’s built up. But he’s ranked way below me

  28. Scots Gooner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 13 days ago

    Starting to look like Nuno has taken Wolves as far as he can.

    1. Surfeit of Lampteys
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Well maybe but clearly Jimenez is profound loss

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

        Definitely, but they've been poor all season. Nuno messed around with their system and can't hasn't found anything thats worked.

  29. Magic Zico
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 13 days ago

    WBA have just scored 3 goals in 60min, double WHU defence in trouble!

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

      Or they don’t score again for weeks

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

    is Antonio starting?

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

      Come back in 10 minutes

    2. thegaffer82
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Hope not. I chickened out of a Bamford > Antonio (-4) move.

      It'll affcet my happiness if he now goes mental in DGW. A benching would be excellent!

    3. Carefree Crew
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Yes Antonio starts.