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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. Dele
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 21 days ago

    Casillia

    HOOOOLLLLDDDDDD!

  2. THFC4LIFE
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 21 days ago

    Chances of Forster starting over McCarthy? Meslier no show for me

    1. Bubz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      I can see it happening

      1. THFC4LIFE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Cheers Bubz

    2. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Doubt it, McCarthy confirmed back in training

    3. In Bale We Trust
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Low chance

    4. DycheDycheBaby
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      99% sure McCarthy will be back in. He trained.

    5. Kane and Ablett
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Hassenhuttl said in the pressa that Forster is his number 1B , McCarthy his number 1 so depends if he’s completely recovered...DGW19 will forever be known as the week when only have the goalkeepers played

    6. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 21 days ago

      No Meslier to fly out on every corner and flap at it can see dunk getting his head on one

      1. Earwicker
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        How dare you mention that name in a DGW. *reaches for sedatives*

    7. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      No cutthroatne enough

    8. Lethargio Alcantara
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Went into DGW with 13 DGW players because I had planned and built my DGW team since 5 weeks.
      The the fixture changes came and all of a sudden I only had 6 DGW players left.
      Had to hit -8 do get a half decent team then and now my only goalie is out.

      + 40 bench points in the last 2 GWs.

      Is this already enough to quit with all of this sh#t?

      1. JONALDINHO
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Your quitting because you planned to bench boost 5 weeks before the actual gameweek during peak COVID and your keeper gets it?

        1. Lethargio Alcantara
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          I didn't even plan to BB I just built a really great team with perfect dgw fixtures and everytime I make plans on FPL I get fkd.
          I'm boiling with anger this game is complete nonsense.

      2. thegaffer82
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        No, don't quit, just adjust.

        Basically, we now know with hindsight, you're problem is you "planned and built" for 5 weeks.

        No more planning or building. Just play what's in front of your nose in these covid times

        1. Lethargio Alcantara
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          it is just not possible to "play what's in front of your nose" because everything you do will get fkd up right after deadline.

      3. Kane and Ablett
          3 months, 21 days ago

          If you’re not enjoying it it could be time to quit, but everyone is getting battered recently in this chaos so just suck it up

        • Baps hunter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          This us a hobby. Quitters are losers. I lost once half of my team because of preparing, injuries and covid. Focus on climbing the ranks and enjoying good game weeks!

      4. ivantys
          3 months, 21 days ago

          Maupay becoming an option again after this game.

        • Jellyfish
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          Antonio haul incoming

          1. COUFAL SO GOOD
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 21 days ago

            THIS

          2. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 21 days ago

            Man I hope so

          3. Kellz86
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 21 days ago

            Pope masterclass and a 0-1 Burnley.

            It’s West Ham after all

        • COUFAL SO GOOD
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          Mccarthy in for Meslier,10 pointer incoming

        • Pep bites Kun
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          Relegation odds for bottom 4?

        • Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          My FPL app says Areola not in squad, is that true??? Can’t see anything else saying it?

          1. Flair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            3 months, 21 days ago

            It's apparently on the live Reddit feed but can't see it

            1. Flair
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              3 months, 21 days ago

              *FPL

          2. Hooky
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 21 days ago

            Let's nip this one in the bud

            1. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 21 days ago

              ?? I’m just saying what I see. I hope it’s not true as I have him

          3. Brosstan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 21 days ago

            Squads arent out yet..

        • It’s gonna Ben Mee
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          Where tf is Meslier? BB wasted

          1. CAPA
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 21 days ago

            Same, where is he?

            1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 21 days ago

              Covid I guess. What a ducking lottery FPL is

            2. Don Van Vliet
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 21 days ago

              You'd have to assume Bielsa is giving him a rest against a pretty goal-shy Brighton. That, or it's Johnny Hallyday's birthday.

              1. CAPA
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 21 days ago

                He just had a rest in fa cup and Casilla was awful

        • Bilbao Baggins
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          Button auto sub anyone. Little victories..

          1. Pep bites Kun
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 21 days ago

            hehe congrats!

        • Fantabulous KdB
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          Taylor not even on bench, doubt he will start next game

        • HonestBlatter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          Meslier covid?

        • Hooky
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          Walton in for Meslier. Need a Sanchez red card after about 5 mins please

        • Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          Antonio Soucek Coufal Pieters Bamford Dallas let’s goooo

          1. diesel001
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 21 days ago

            Damn. Burnley and Brighton wins could screw you hard.

            1. Fpl stress
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 21 days ago

              Should hedge his bets and place Brighton and burley to win on an ACCA

        • BenDavies
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          Christopher Wood, it's your time to shine.

          1. S.Kuqi
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 21 days ago

            Even one jammy assist would be more than fine in next two games

        • F_Ivanovic
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          Dunk TC lets go!

        • ClassiX
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          Help me out here. Why is testing positive for Covid somehow treated as more sensitive information, as compared to picking up an injury?

          1. Pep bites Kun
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 21 days ago

            Good point - it's medical and they're both protected under GDPR. Bad point - is a team legally or otherwise obliged to divulge player conditions? I don't know, but they do sometimes

            1. ClassiX
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 21 days ago

              It feels like there is some sort of stigma attached to getting Covid, but honestly it's no different to catching flu - you can take all the precautions and still get it. The managers often say "He is not available, he is a little bit sick", but if a player has Covid then crickets...

              1. Pep bites Kun
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 21 days ago

                Is there an FA/TV ruling that prohibits teams from divulging covid 'sickness' as games may have to be rescheduled?

          2. Carefree Crew
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 21 days ago

            Guessing the players have a right to privacy regarding their personal health details.

            Muscle injuries / impact injuries have obviously always been openly discussed. Maybe a legal issue to disclose if someone has a virus. Again I'm guessing mate.

            1. ClassiX
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 21 days ago

              Thanks - that's why i was asking - see my comment above - managers often talk about players' health and or conditioning...

        • Balls of Steel
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          Just looking at Leeds v Brighton fixture up next and since 2010 Leeds have only managed to win 2 of their past 13 premier league fixtures against the Seagulls...doesn't bode well for us Bamford owners!!

          1. thegaffer82
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 21 days ago

            I don't pay any mind whatsoever to these kind of stats (interesting as they are).

            Leeds is a different beast nowadays under Bielsa

            1. Balls of Steel
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 21 days ago

              My thoughts also, Bielsa has transformed them into a gungho style team with a positive goal getting mentality..

          2. diesel001
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 21 days ago

            Brighton have been better than Leeds for all of that period tbf. You would expect Brighton to have a better record.

          3. WE GO FOR IT
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 21 days ago

            What's the record under Bielsa though?

          4. Goodricke
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 21 days ago

            Leeds have never played Brighton in the Premier league

          5. Revival
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 21 days ago

            Wrong as this is the first top-flight clash between Leeds and Brighton since 1982!

            1. Balls of Steel
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 21 days ago

              I stand corrected...just overall past 13 fixtures then!

        • KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          Well, what a start to the gameweek

        • JONALDINHO
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          Pereira TC success. Boly haul too. Good week so far

          1. Milkman Bruno
              3 months, 21 days ago

              Not in your team linked ?

            • Corgzzzz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 21 days ago

              You dont have either in your team.........sad

          2. Silecro
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 21 days ago

            Leeds - Brighton 1:0 (Bamford Goal, Dallas assist)
            West Ham - Burnley 1:0 (Soucek goal, Coufal assist)

            1. Steve The Spud
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 21 days ago

              This would be lovely

            2. El Presidente
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 21 days ago

              I'll take that..

            3. S.Kuqi
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 21 days ago

              And wood equalising in over time

          3. Brosstan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 21 days ago

            Fingers crossed big Chris Wood hauls against WHU

          4. tambourineman
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 21 days ago

            Bielsa's long and vigorous defence of Casilla in his press conference makes more sense now. Shame I didn't pick up the hint.

          5. Fudgy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 21 days ago

            Why do I own Chris wood

            1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 21 days ago

              Masochist? /Fellow owner

            2. COUFAL SO GOOD
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 21 days ago

              You are a casual,thats why

          6. The Yorkshire Pirlo
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 21 days ago

            Everyone stick a load on a Brighton goal, no chance we keep a cleanie with that piece of s*** between the sticks

            1. BenDavies
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 21 days ago

              lol

            2. Steve Chance
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 21 days ago

              I've seen the Twitter response. Is he really that bad?

              1. The Yorkshire Pirlo
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 21 days ago

                Terrible. He cost us promotion year 1 of Bielsa.

                He flaps at everything, most things go straight through him as we saw at Crawley. He lost us so many points

          7. pavlev
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 21 days ago

            I have a key question: anyone any idea why the fixtures are in the wrong order for double gameweek players?? (but weirdly only on the fantasy, not on the draft)

            1. Danno - Emre Canada
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 21 days ago

              Haha I was thinking that but didn’t want to ask as people may think I have nothing else to do today, which....

            2. Carefree Crew
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 21 days ago

              Guessing it could be a programming thing? If the DGWs were added after the original fixtures, they couldn't be bothered to reverse it?

          8. Make United Great Again
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 21 days ago

            West Ham 1-0

            Soucek goal + Coufal assist.

            Cheers.

            1. BenDavies
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 21 days ago

              that but a chris wood goal also

            2. Danno - Emre Canada
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 21 days ago

              I’ll take that all day

            3. diesel001
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 21 days ago

              That so many people want this to happen (me included) suggests that it will probably go the other way.

            4. COUFAL SO GOOD
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 21 days ago

              hopefully the fpl gods are listening

            5. thegaffer82
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 21 days ago

              You can be greedier than that, much greedier

          9. Ze_Austin
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 21 days ago

            Two hilariously desperate penalty claims from Wolves in a row