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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
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 16 hours ago

    Is Bamford sick ?

    1. KEVIN DE CLAUS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 16 hours ago

      What

      1. BenDavies
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 16 hours ago

        bamford and meslier rumoured to have covid

        1. i_shaan_dixit
            3 months, 16 hours 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.
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 16 hours ago

        Wicked sick

      3. i_shaan_dixit
          3 months, 16 hours ago

          why would u ask that?

        • thegaffer82
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 16 hours 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)

        • Pukki Party
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 16 hours ago

          Will score a sick brace today

        • threeputt
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 16 hours ago

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

      4. Gunner1290
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 16 hours 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
          3 months, 16 hours ago

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

      5. BenDavies
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 16 hours 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
          3 months, 16 hours ago

          Meslier not spotted m8

      6. KEVIN DE CLAUS
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 16 hours ago

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

      7. JONALDINHO
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 16 hours ago

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

        1. Ha.
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 16 hours ago

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

      8. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 16 hours ago

        Fab spotted, let's go!

        https://twitter.com/WestHamWaycouk/status/1350439400249946112

        1. Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 16 hours ago

          Yes! Let’s go!

        2. Skloppy Kops
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 16 hours ago

          Antonio?

      9. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 16 hours ago

        Coady punished, Nuno FUMING. Owners should be worried

      10. BenDavies
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 16 hours ago

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

        1. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 16 hours ago

          Average hit top 10K -3.35

          1. BenDavies
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 16 hours ago

            Insanely high!

        2. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 16 hours ago

          almost -4 average among serious managers

          1. Super Saints
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 16 hours ago

            I took a -4, must be serious

            1. Yes Ndidi
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 16 hours ago

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

      11. The Train Driver
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 16 hours ago

        Anyone even considered WBA attacking assets for the dgw?

        1. Here's Tom with the We…
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 16 hours ago

          My cup opponent has brought in Robinson

          1. The Train Driver
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 16 hours ago

            Genius

        2. Pep bites Kun
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 16 hours ago

          Thought they were a gonner

        3. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 16 hours ago

          Never

      12. Pep bites Kun
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 16 hours ago

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

        1. JONALDINHO
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 16 hours ago

          No. Them, Sheffield and Newcastle going down

        2. thegaffer82
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 16 hours ago

          No

        3. Rochdale_Cowboy
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 16 hours 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
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 16 hours ago

          Hope not

      13. Spg76
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 16 hours ago

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

        1. JohnBlack
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 16 hours ago

          Right

        2. Super Saints
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 16 hours ago

          Same as my cup rival

      14. FourLokoLeipzig
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 16 hours ago

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

        1. El Presidente
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 16 hours ago

          Never got a pen

      15. ivantys
          3 months, 16 hours ago

          How is this game even high scoring

          1. Revival
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 16 hours ago

            2 bad defences

          2. Steve The Spud
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 16 hours ago

            This season for you

        • Duke Silver ☑
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 16 hours 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
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 16 hours ago

            Filthy

        • Ha.
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 16 hours ago

          No Meslier would be a good start to the BB

          1. Pep bites Kun
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 16 hours ago

            Ha?

        • Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 16 hours ago

          Where are the Meslier Johnstone BBers

          1. Phlajo
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 16 hours ago

            ML rival has both. Is Meslier out?

            1. Flair
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              3 months, 16 hours ago

              We're about to find out

          2. ItsJonesy
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 16 hours ago

            \o

            I’m here!!

        • Super Saints
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 16 hours ago

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

        • yanky
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 16 hours 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
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 16 hours ago

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

        • Party time
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 16 hours ago

          Meslier owners about to get stunned after laughing at Johnstone owners

          1. Phlajo
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 16 hours ago

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

            1. Ha.
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 16 hours ago

              No sign of him at the stadium

          2. Steve The Spud
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 16 hours ago

            Apparently he’s in the bog

            1. Hooky
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 16 hours ago

              With Rupert

              1. Party time
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 16 hours ago

                Rupert ain’t so dirty. Trust me 😉

            2. Party time
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 16 hours ago

              😆

        • ivantys
            3 months, 16 hours ago

            Perreira locked as highest scoring player this GW

          • hullcityfan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 16 hours ago

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

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

            1. MessiGOAT
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 16 hours ago

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

          • Naby K8a
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 16 hours 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
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 16 hours 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
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 16 hours ago

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

            3. El Presidente
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 16 hours ago

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

          • Brosstan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 16 hours ago

            Boly constant threat. Could be getting a hattie here

          • Flair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            3 months, 16 hours ago

            Saiss over Nouri, wtf is Nuno thinking

          • ivantys
              3 months, 16 hours ago

              Wolves joint top with Brighton now on pens conceded

              1. Brosstan
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 16 hours ago

                Werner essential

            • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 16 hours ago

              No meslier?

            • ivantys
                3 months, 16 hours ago

                Silva determined to give Traore no attacking return this season.

              • El Fenomeno R9
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 16 hours ago

                Leeds covid tests results in 1 minute

              • KAPTAIN KANE
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 16 hours 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
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 16 hours ago

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