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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. Alisson WondHaaland
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    No Meslier!!!

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      I’m utterly dejected.

  2. Rupert The Horse
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    I’m actually pretty devastated by this Meslier news. Just gutted.

    1. A Kun & Mateta
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Me too, kept the useless git for this benchboost. Cost me around 40-50 Martinez points. To boot, my cup rival started Meslier with Schmeichel subbing on!

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        All last night considering Meslier to Fabs. Decided info on Fab was too vague and the chances were that he wouldn’t start. So got in Cresswell (3rd WHU player) and didn’t sell the keeper. Then someone posts a training ground pick of him. So sad. To compound that, Meslier doesn’t even play.

    2. Party time
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      xx honey.
      The gw isn’t over + Leeds will concede

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        It’s the fact that I was on here last night and didn’t realise Fabs had trained. Moyes said he wasn’t sure about Fabs so kept Mes

    3. Fit of Pique
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      I feel you brother. Got another keeper coming in?

  3. Scots Gooner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Coufal / Soucek / Antonio / Dallas / Bamford let's go!!

  4. Earwicker
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    And they wear gloves all the time.

  5. Jafooli
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Who takes Hammers penos when Noble not on the pitch?

    1. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Ant man

    2. Carlton_Goal
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Nobody knows because there hasn't been one. Lanzini used to but he isn't om the pitch much anymore either

    3. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Soucek

    4. Jafooli
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Cheers all...

    5. Pukki Party
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Anyonio, Soucek in that order is my guess

    6. HonestBlatter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      ANTONIO (TC)

  6. fr3d
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Is Antonio limping yet?

    1. Wild Rover
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Like Aguero

    2. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      3rd minute

    3. Blzbobuk
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      There is a warmup and we know even the goalie can’t survive those

  7. JONALDINHO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    0-1 Burnley. Saying this now to make myself feel better when Coufal and Antonio inevitably blank

    1. Fpl stress
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Same boat here, expecting burley to score and westham to not score, only because I got double westham defense and Antonio

  8. Jon Walter's Hatty
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Rumour was right re Messier but not Bamford

  9. BenDavies
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Why am I not bothered by not having a GK this week? Feel like I should, but I'm not. Guess it's the best position to not have a player.

    1. Free Hat
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Unlucky, but indeed not end of the world.

      2x attacker or mid would be way worse.

    2. Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Yes, because you never know if your keeper would have saved a pen or gotten haul.

    3. DandyDon
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Meslier was worst player in my team this week, don’t worry about it

    4. Africa United
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Same here .. I'm strangely not bothered despite having Ziger4.0 on bench rookie mistake I deserve it should've simply gone with Forster (!) or a playing keeper

      1. Africa United
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        I didn't expect anything from him maybe a point or two as I think Brighton will have a decent game

  10. ivantys
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Non Soucek and Antonio owners need sofa to hide?

      1. _Ninja_
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Burnley are v good defensively right now

        1. ivantys
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Hoping for Burnley masterclass.

        2. boc610
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          ditto non son and kane owners tomorrow

        3. Rochdale_Cowboy
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Antonio's probably already injured and soucek won't score again this season the big donkey

      2. Jellyfish
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Meslier absence CV19 related (source talk sport)

      3. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Every goal Burnley score is a crime against football.

        1. Pukki Party
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Burnley is what makes the Premier League the Premier League.

      4. Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        FPL is all skill

        Haha hahahahah hahaahahaha

        1. FPL.team
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          You ok there?

          1. Twisted Saltergater
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Just about 🙂

            These gameweeks have become complete lotteries.

            1. FPL.team
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              It's like covid bingo.

        2. DK_13
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          It is. Just a lot less this season.

          1. Twisted Saltergater
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            It requires as much skill as picking a “good” player vs a “poor” team. The rest is in the lap of the FPL gods.

        3. Super Saints
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          It's all luck mate and people that think differently are delusional

        4. Bilbao Baggins
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          No good manager has ever said that. But I agree, luck does come into it more during a pandemic. All we can do is leave transfers late and save them when we can.

          A bench boost during this covid peak was always risky though .

          1. Twisted Saltergater
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Agreed, bonkers to bench boost with all this going on.

            But even leaving transfers late makes no difference if managers keep the players who have tested positive secret.

            1. Bilbao Baggins
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              True but it helps. And we can't Control anything post deadline so literally unavoidable so. Some will benefit some will suffer. Just enjoy the games I reckon.

      5. DandyDon
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Button in for Meslier from my bench! Was looking at double Leeds defence yesterday but sold Ayling to Stones for a hit and now this. Hopefully Brighton nick a goal or two!

      6. Ginkapo FPL
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        For those hating on the guy with Pereira captain.

        Answer me this: if your season is going to be defined by missing out on the top 10k, wouldnt you rather have a lower rank but your season be defined by Pereira (C) in a dgw success?

        1. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Who is hating on a Pereira (c)?

          Fair play to a person with cojones.

          1. Ginkapo FPL
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            A fair few, 'yeah but what his rank' comments.

          2. Flair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Losers.

        2. ivantys
            1 month, 13 days ago

            He probably has 10 more accounts capping every attacker in this game.

            1. Lindelol
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              This

          • Kellz86
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            I just have fun with this game and see where it gets me (currently 104k)

          • Forza
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            No 🙂

        3. Shark Team
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Meslier out

        4. Milkman Bruno
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Ah Pereira, blast from the past. Owned him for quite awhile actually... how disappointing he was

          • DycheDycheBaby
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Is the Leeds backup keeper any good?

            1. Il Capitano
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Conceeded 3 to Crawley

              • yousunkmybattleship
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Terrible

              • Pukki Party
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Played for some Spanish club called Real Madrid

              • KAPTAIN KANE
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                I believe he was number one at one point and Meslier won the place

            2. Tsparkes10
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              6 players at 3pm and a few bets... shutter island on at kick off and check the 40 points and cash afterwards 🙂 GL

            3. MGD
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Lol no Johnstone...
              non-owner but harsh

              1. Warby84
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Wouldn’t have got many points

            4. Nightcrawler
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Surprised meslier caught yhe virus since he couldnt catch anything when i watched him

            5. Jon Walter's Hatty
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              They need to close that goalkeepers only gentlemens club

            6. Alisson WondHaaland
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Bissouma benched. My bench boost takes another hit 🙁

            7. KAMARA-COPY
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              This gameweek is gonna be interesting.Meslier and Johnstone owners in the mud.
              Whats next? Grealish and Martinez ruled out because of covid? Antonio pulling his hamstring in the first 20 minutes against Burnley?

              1. Alisson WondHaaland
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Bruno yellow card vs Pool, KDB cameo and misses pen 🙂

                1. KAMARA-COPY
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  wont be surprised to be honest

                  1. Jon Walter's Hatty
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 13 days ago

                    And Maguire

                2. thegaffer82
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  Salah blanks twice

                3. Kellz86
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  Put cap on Kevin but two closest rivals went TC, I’ll be happy with a modest return

              2. DandyDon
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Keeper points hardly key in fpl...I got a bit lucky with button off my bench but he’ll still get 3-5 points max I reckon over his 2 games.

            8. Labile
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              No Percy wtf I just realised

            9. PremKraut
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Meslier out?
              That's it. I'm done.

              1. Jon Walter's Hatty
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Again?

            10. Totalfootball
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Meslier 🙁
              This game is HOrrible

            11. Jafooli
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Score predictions for WHU bs BUR?

              I’m going 0-2

              1. Flair
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                1 month, 13 days ago

                0-6 to hold the pain

              2. Pukki Party
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                1-0

            12. thegaffer82
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Who was the stupid fecking troll saying Bamford has Covid earlier?

              Just want to say that you are a d**k!

            13. DandyDon
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Why are sky giving the ultimate bell end Kris Boyd airtime on Soccer Saturday. Having to put up with him in Scottish football and now Scottish commentary all these years is quite enough!