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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. Weasel Boy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    8 months, 12 days ago

    Is Bamford sick ?

    1. MIGHTY JOE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      What

      1. BenDavies
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 12 days ago

        bamford and meslier rumoured to have covid

        1. i_shaan_dixit
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          8 months, 12 days ago

          thats's 2 in my team now with Covid. by the end of GW, i might have a bench full of covid players.

    2. Ha.
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      Wicked sick

    3. i_shaan_dixit
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 12 days ago

      why would u ask that?

    4. thegaffer82
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      Youre fricking kidding me.

      God damn it. I was pondering Bam > Antonio (-4) for the whole week, and didn't have the balls to go through with it this morning.

      Fuming now (if Bam is indeed sick)

    5. Pukki Party
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      Will score a sick brace today

    6. threeputt
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      if indeed true i get smith rowe off the bench, not a bad swap necessarily

  2. Gunner1290
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 12 days ago

    Haven’t played any chips yet and have my second wildcard. I’m 49k in the world but worries I’m being too conservative especially this week.

    Do you reckon there will be better times to play the chips?

    1. kennethrhcp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      1. Too late to ask now
      2. Humble brag
      3. Well done! Having a great season

  3. BenDavies
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 12 days ago

    So after weeks of painstaking preparation for this DGW, it turns out West Brom assets were essential. I give up.

    1. Captain Vantastic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      Meslier not spotted m8

  4. MIGHTY JOE
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 12 days ago

    Hit Olympics!
    Rank from 104k to 91k, no one played yet

  5. JONALDINHO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 12 days ago

    Cup opponent triple captained Foden. Incoming hat-trick for him

    1. Ha.
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      He’ll start on the bench in both games too, just to rub it in

    1. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 12 days ago

      Yes! Let’s go!

    2. Skloppy Kops
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      Antonio?

  6. Brosstan
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 12 days ago

    Coady punished, Nuno FUMING. Owners should be worried

  7. BenDavies
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 12 days ago

    Just noticed my rank has risen despite no one playing. Lots of hits then

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      Average hit top 10K -3.35

      1. BenDavies
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 12 days ago

        Insanely high!

    2. Brosstan
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      almost -4 average among serious managers

      1. Super Saints
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 12 days ago

        I took a -4, must be serious

        1. Yes Ndidi
          • 2 Years
          8 months, 12 days ago

          I took a -8. I must be better again.

  8. The Train Driver
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 12 days ago

    Anyone even considered WBA attacking assets for the dgw?

    1. Here's Tom with the We…
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      My cup opponent has brought in Robinson

      1. The Train Driver
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 12 days ago

        Genius

    2. Pep bites Kun
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      Thought they were a gonner

    3. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      Never

  9. Pep bites Kun
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 12 days ago

    Can Brom pull themselves out of relegation and survive in the PL?

    1. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      No. Them, Sheffield and Newcastle going down

    2. thegaffer82
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      No

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

      I think so. I'd be seriously worried if I was a Brighton fan - great team on paper, play eye-catching football, but regularly get beat. Might need to change style

    4. Super Saints
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      Hope not

  10. Spg76
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 12 days ago

    My rivals gone for Bruno(c). A yellow card against Liverpool and he’s suspended next game right?

    1. JohnBlack
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      Right

    2. Super Saints
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      Same as my cup rival

  11. FourLokoLeipzig
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 12 days ago

    Would have been nice of Pereira to have done this when I owned him

    1. El Presidente
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      Never got a pen

  12. ivantys
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 12 days ago

    How is this game even high scoring

    1. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      2 bad defences

    2. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 12 days ago

      This season for you

  13. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 12 days ago

    BT commentators can't put 2 and 2 together and work out that Saiss and Boly were left on because of their set piece threat. 😆

    1. The Train Driver
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      Filthy

  14. Ha.
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 12 days ago

    No Meslier would be a good start to the BB

    1. Pep bites Kun
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      Ha?

  15. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 12 days ago

    Where are the Meslier Johnstone BBers

    1. Phlajo
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      ML rival has both. Is Meslier out?

      1. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 12 days ago

        We're about to find out

    2. ItsJonesy
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      \o

      I’m here!!

  16. Super Saints
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 12 days ago

    Surely there has never been close to this many penalties? Pathetic defending!

  17. yanky
    • 11 Years
    8 months, 12 days ago

    just woke up in the states and my word! saw bad news on johnstone ughhh
    BB Active - Johnstone Rodrigo Raphinha DecordovaReid

    how frustrating for us playing the chip with him!!! covid strikes yet again

    1. thegaffer82
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      Yep, that's a wasted BB right there, but very little you could have done really

  18. Party time
    8 months, 12 days ago

    Meslier owners about to get stunned after laughing at Johnstone owners

    1. Phlajo
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      What's the news about him? Just random guessing?

      1. Ha.
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 12 days ago

        No sign of him at the stadium

    2. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 12 days ago

      Apparently he’s in the bog

      1. Hooky
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 12 days ago

        With Rupert

        1. Party time
          8 months, 12 days ago

          Rupert ain’t so dirty. Trust me 😉

      2. Party time
        8 months, 12 days ago

        😆

  19. ivantys
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 12 days ago

    Perreira locked as highest scoring player this GW

  20. hullcityfan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 12 days ago

    https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/comment/23213576

    Might bet on Fofana to score now that my crystal ball is working

    1. MagicMessi
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      He will I expect him to haul too went with Ogbonna instead

  21. Naby K8a
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 12 days ago

    Yes Jimenez injury was a big blow. But the Wolves project seems to have gone stale this season. Such poor recruitment

    1. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      Might be a season too early for all these promising youngsters but they will come good in the longer term

    2. Scots Gooner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      Why the hell did they sell Doherty too? Made no sense

    3. El Presidente
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      It's not poor, it's not Wolves's project to begin with... they have no saying on players transferred in nor out...

  22. Brosstan
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 12 days ago

    Boly constant threat. Could be getting a hattie here

  23. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 12 days ago

    Saiss over Nouri, wtf is Nuno thinking

  24. ivantys
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 12 days ago

    Wolves joint top with Brighton now on pens conceded

    1. Brosstan
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      Werner essential

  25. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 11 Years
    8 months, 12 days ago

    No meslier?

  26. ivantys
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 12 days ago

    Silva determined to give Traore no attacking return this season.

  27. FFSbet.com
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 12 days ago

    Leeds covid tests results in 1 minute

  28. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 12 days ago

    Did anyone punt on Pereira?

    Remember mentioning him a week or so ago about being on pens and TorresMagic saying the fact WBA don’t get any....typically the very next game they get 2 haha

    1. Super Saints
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 12 days ago

      He's a good player and like you say on pens, I had him from GW 1-6