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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. Big_Andy_GAWA
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    Swapped Allison for Sam Johnston just before the deadline...but thankfully also brought Button in instead of BPF!! 😀

  2. Kane and Ablett
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Typical Big Sam withholding the Johnstone news until after the FPL deadline....still at least I won’t be distracted by BB and FH again this season

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

        I beg and I beg but the big man still withholding the johnstone 🙁

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

          The thought of Big Fat Sam taking his Johnstone out is enough to hurl...

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

            That's right, Sam, keep it in 😉

      2. Studs Up
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Typical?.......no obligation to reveal player names

    • Bookkeeper
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Dedoncker looking decent

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

      which keeper would you keep (pardon the pun )

      a pope
      b areola

      thanks

      1. The Mighty Hippo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Pope

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

          thanks hippo. just noticed fulham have 2 extra games so might keep areola. cheers anyway 🙂

      2. Karhumies
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Pope if you don't need the extra money, Areola if you do.

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

          thanks.

    • A Kun & Mateta
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Lovely, I've gone points ahead of my rival Magnus! He's TCed Mo and has a great team so it's scary.

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

      Bald Johnstone getting save points...

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

      Dendoncker TC Button this week

    • GoonerGirl
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Hi guys,

      Who comes in for Martinez if he doesn't play, Steer or Heaton?

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

      what's the chance of southampton's game being called off? or Mccarthay not playing?

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

        Former none

        Latter very little

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

        🙁

    • Bookkeeper
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      17 mins in and Button on 3 saves already.

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

        Played Meslier over him, rookie mistake

        1. DandyDon
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          I ain’t a rookie and it caught me out. Also stuck with Meslier’s one game later.

        2. kennethrhcp
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          Please be sarcasm

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

        As a Johnston owner don't need hear updates like this thank you

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

        Then it's inevitable he conceeds then

    • Bobby Digital
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Jimenez is injured...
      Traore didn't get the memo.

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

        Not watching but are wolves still trying the same tedious tactic of crossing the ball?

        Nuno is so 1 dimensional

        1. Bobby Digital
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          Yup, Traore keeps wipping them in when there's no one there.

          1. Bobby Digital
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 3 days ago

            *whipping

        2. GreennRed
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          His best player is injured. They sold their next best attacking player. Their attack is limited. What tactics would you suggest?

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

            Id change the formation and go 2 up top. It might not work but what theyre doing atm isnt working either

            Trying the same thing over and over agaain when its clearly not working isnt the answer surely

            1. GreennRed
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 3 days ago

              Worth a try but it surprises me that some coaches still underestimate Allardyce's ability to coach a team into dogged defending and counter attack. He's not won anything but scraped a lot of teams away from the trapdoor and still, statistically, England's best manager 😉

    • Ninja Škrtel
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      I captained Soucek and if he gives a big haul i guess you can call it....

      The Saucek Redemption.

      1. Bobby Digital
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Good team name

        1. Ninja Škrtel
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          yeah that's my team name for next season.

      2. GreennRed
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Quality 🙂

    • ViperStripes
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      FFS played Bench Boost and took a hit for Johnstone to give me 2 playing keepers. Thought worst case was break even. Aargh.

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

        Did the same. Couldn’t believe my luck when I saw the line ups. Just going from bad to worse this season. Suffered postponements a fair bit of postponements post deadlines as well

      2. ViperStripes
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        And it was Button I got rid of.

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

          thats just rough

    • ballsy_b
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Like many I had transferred in Johnstone and did the BB.
      Luck is just going from bad to worse.
      Martinez the other keeper.
      Will be hard to recover from this in my ML.

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

        Playing BB during peak corona of the football season and it not paying off isnt down to luck

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

          People said that last week about me playing wild card.

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

            Did u play BB this week?

            I dont see how playing wc was a bad idea as its not just a 1 week thing

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

              I did that too.

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

          A starting keeper, the teams best player this season not starting with no indication beforehand that he wouldn’t.. that is unlucky.

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

        Especially with Button playing so well in this match.

    • Sif
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Button starts?!
      Sorry late to the party. Would have played the BB if this was known in advance.

      1. rnrd
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        You mean you would have pressed the button?

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

          [clap clap clap]

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

        Yes Button starts. Many p*ssed gaffers me included.

      3. Stormbringer22
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Same mate, same.... *sigh*

    • ivantys
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Button 11 pointer incoming

      • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        well done pereira triple cappers

        1. GreennRed
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          I sold him for Foden. Them's the breaks

      • DandyDon
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Should I have known Button was going to start!? Damn just bad luck surely but one player in my team I was unhappy with this week was Meslier and Button is sat on my bench! Great

        1. kennethrhcp
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          You shouldn't. Post deadline

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

        Johnstone had covid long?

        Make the 2and game?

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

          Possibility yes

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

          1and2and3and1and2and3and

          The Covid Waltz

          1. kennethrhcp
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 3 days ago

            Haha

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

          Yeh, that's being suggested.

          With 2 surprise covid cases in the first game, I wonder how many similarly unpleasant surprises we're in for this long GW.

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

            scary prospect !!

          2. kennethrhcp
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 3 days ago

            Shur something was bound to go wrong

        4. PlayPercentage
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          Not if Button keeps a clean sheet.

          1. kennethrhcp
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 3 days ago

            Trie

            1. kennethrhcp
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 3 days ago

              True

      • Finding Timo
          3 months, 3 days ago

          Mcarthy snd Vardy start tonight ?

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

            Vardy, surely.
            McCarthy, probably.

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

            My guess is yes

            1. Finding Timo
                3 months, 3 days ago

                I hope so as just bought in Vardy for a hit !!!

                1. dshv
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 3 days ago

                  Me too

          3. C_Manan
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 3 days ago

            Fabio Silva looks like young David Luiz

          4. Firminoooo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 3 days ago

            Just in. Finally some luck in this nightmare season. Looking like a haul from Johnstone if WestB keep CS. So happy I BB.

            1. dshv
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 3 days ago

              But button on the sheet

              1. Firminoooo
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 3 days ago

                Delete team....

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

              🙁

          5. BobB
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 3 days ago

            Played BB so hope Johnstone only misses today

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

              gl

          6. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 3 days ago

            Button looking like prime neuer

          7. dshv
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 3 days ago

            Really ? Johnstone really mate ....

          8. ivantys
              3 months, 3 days ago

              Why did Wolves buy Silva if they are just gonna cross pointless long balls to him?

            • Mane Mane Mane
                3 months, 3 days ago

                My luck this season ha been so bad, played bench boost and brought in Johnstone for a hit or be

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

                  very bad luck

              • V-2 Schneiderlin
                • 10 Years
                3 months, 3 days ago

                ‘a friend’ of mine, on a FH went with Johnstone and a non playing (4m) keeper to save money - stoopid

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

                  why stupid ?

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

                Just to 100% confirm. Is the yellow card cut off, at game week 19, or once a club has played 19 games?

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

                  Once the club has played 19

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

                    It makes the most sense. Thought as much

                2. Jordan.
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  3 months, 3 days ago

                  club played 19

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

                    Thanks bud. Seems obvious.

                3. @ocprodigy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  3 months, 3 days ago

                  Halfway through, so after this game

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

                    Cheers

              • gooberman
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 3 days ago

                It seems like I'm the only one that not only hasn't taken a hit this week but didn't do any transfers at all. With the current situation, it feels good to have 2 free transfers in my pocket for next gameweek.

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

                  Fair play. I took only -4, see so many of my rivals at -8 and -12. I also didn't use any chips this week and feel like one of the only ones!

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

                  same here 🙂 only now I struggle to decide what to do with my transfer...