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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. My heart goes Salalalalah
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    Pereira

  2. Super Saints
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    Scout picks starting well with Johnstone. Avoided playing a chip for this exact reason.

    1. boombaba
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      The scout picks are crap to be fair. Didn’t even have Kane last week

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        This has to be a joke

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

          Canna believe it

  3. fr3d
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    Bench Boosters are so lucky Button didn't take that

    1. Cruyff's Eleven
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Yeah, really lucky...

      Why exactly?

  4. ivantys
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Despite Wolves' garbage defence ppl still picked Saiss last week.

      1. Cruyff's Eleven
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Guilty as charged. Tbf he's good at free kicks and stuff..... 🙂

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

        People bringing in Wilson this week

        1. ivantys
            3 months, 3 days ago

            Wilson made much more sense than Saiss.

            1. Cruyff's Eleven
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 3 days ago

              I had 'em both, does that make me a casual?

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

        Button haul inc

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

          Haulage?

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

        If you TCed Soucek you deserve 25-30 points (pre captaincy multiple). Fingers crossed for you.

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

          Does 4 points multiplied by 3 count as a haul?

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

            12? Double figures. I got -1 from Salah once and I also TC'd Carrol in his heyday. Wouldn't love it, but I'd take it

      5. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        FFS sold Pereira 10 weeks ago!!!!

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          This!

        2. Booked4Dissent
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 3 days ago

          Not worth mentioning. We all own certain players at certain points in time...

          1. Ginkapo FPL
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 3 days ago

            When did you own Pereira?

          2. Deulofail
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 3 days ago

            Well done on your nuanced view

          3. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 3 days ago

            Oh come on mate.

            1. Booked4Dissent
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              3 months, 3 days ago

              What? Why do people mention they sold a player >10game weeks ago? They must’ve sold for a reason, no? Are they unlucky that they owned a player who scores half a season later?

            2. Booked4Dissent
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              3 months, 3 days ago

              I owned Son GW1 and sold for Bruno GW2, missing out on Son’s 24 points in GW2. I sold because I believed Bruno was a better pick. I don’t post saying “I owned Son 17
              GWs ago” when he scores...

      6. The Train Driver
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Johnstone ass?

        1. Forza
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          That's right, he is an ass.

      7. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Game week has started well...

        1. TOPCAT1960
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          Switch off and wait until next Saturday about 11.00pm to make sure !

      8. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Well, at least we know who’s on pens now for WBA

      9. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Need to be prepared mentally for a week long GW with recurrent posts: X pts from Y players with Z players to go 🙁

        1. FPL.team
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          Well you just started it 🙁

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

            Indeed

        2. Hotdogs for Tea
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          and .... any good ? 🙂

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

            😆

        3. Hotdogs for Tea
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          also

          - me (list of 14 players)
          - rival (list of 12 players +7 points)

          who wins ? 😉

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

        Why do they give penalties for fouls that happen outside the box these days? His foot was clearly outside the box. Does it count as "inside" if any part of the fouled player's body is over the line?

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

          You are watching so tell us ...

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

            Im asking why. The foul was clearly outside the box but VAR still gave the penalty.

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

              Same thing happened with Wilson earlier in the season.

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

              Not watching mate, so blame VAR ...

        2. Pukki Party
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          No it's the part that's fouled

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

            Then the VAR refs are either blind or bought off.

      11. Nightcrawler
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 3 days ago

        KDB in top 10k

        Not owned by: 42%

        Captained by: 47%

        TC: 8%

        Hmmm so not capping kdb but just owning him shd prevent any huge damage if he hauls

        1. Super Saints
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          I want all my players to haul!

      12. Bookkeeper
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        this is why we had Johnstone- fatty Sam masterlcass incoming

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

        Of course my rival has Pereira in his BB team...

      14. Puyol Pants Up
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Johnstone owners let's not worry, he will start next game imo 😉

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

        12 games without a CS

        Still playing with a back 4, which started 2 games into this run

      16. Original Pirate Material
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Thats handball??

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

        Nuno out for me. Not good enough with this ridiculous squad.

        1. Super Saints
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          Ridiculous squad? In what way mate? You think it's a good squad?

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

            It's fantastic. A star studded side of Portuguese Galacticos.

            1. Super Saints
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 3 days ago

              Haha have you seen Fabio Silva play?

          2. mynameisq
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 3 days ago

            You think it's not? He gets Portuguese title winners and champions League level players and all he does is play the worst most negative football in the league. Always sits back and tries to counter no matter the opposition

            1. Super Saints
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 3 days ago

              Why do you think he gets them? Because they are past it or not good enough anymore. I do agree he has definitely underperformed this season but they lost their best player!

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

                He gets them because Wolves is just Jorge Mendez' personal money skimming scheme and hardly a football club at this point.

              2. mynameisq
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 3 days ago

                Do some research on how that came to happen, and past it and not good? Who exactly was past it and not good?

      18. Sam-not-so-wise
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        gutted i am playing Mcarthay not Button

        1. Sam-not-so-wise
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          didn't use my bench boost because i didn't have a playing keeper.... then this happens

          1. Riverside Red
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 3 days ago

            Used bench boost...Johnson in goal...0 pts

      19. Mweene
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        ML rival used FH and basically copied my team. Have very little interest in this GW now.

        1. Booked4Dissent
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 3 days ago

          Well maybe he’s wasted his FH? Maybe your team is still better for the next 4...

      20. L'Aeroplanino
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        handball?

      21. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        so unlucky for johnstone owners ! was so close of getting him too...

        1. Booked4Dissent
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 3 days ago

          This ^^

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

        How is that not a penalty? VAR team have a bet on WBA to win for sure. Foul outside the box given as penalty, then clear handball pen for Wolves not given.

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

          Not clear at all

        2. Deulofail
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          Reported for trolling and shitposting

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

            Nothing about shitposting in the rules

            1. Deulofail
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 3 days ago

              The anti shotposting rules from the FFS guidelines:

              Be considerate of others.
              Do not be disruptive.
              No comments that deliberately provoke a negative reaction.
              Objectionable material will not be tolerated.
              No spam.

      23. Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Big Sam's revival V1.4.7 starts today!

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

        Button racking up the saves

      25. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Had Pereira and Soucek from GW'S 1-6

        1. Booked4Dissent
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 3 days ago

          You already said this. What’s your point?

          1. Super Saints
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 3 days ago

            Absolutely no point whatsoever lol maybe I'm just reassuring myself that they weren't terrible picks and I did know what I was doing just got unlucky as they were good enablers

      26. wantsharptv
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        300 place rise without a ball being kicked. Guessing loads took hits

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

        I have to say Button looks really sharp... he used to be a very good keeper...

      28. Jafooli
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Ivanovic sitting on a West Brom bench in the Midlands in winter.

        Did he not earn enough whilst at Chelsea to avoid such trauma?

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

          He spent all his money on ass implants