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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. Hooky
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 6 days ago

    Cross the ball in on the ground Wolves. It's not rocket science

  2. Hybrid.power
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 6 days ago

    Can't wait to see what other surprises this gameweek has in store for us.

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

      Be amazed if more players don't miss out due to Covid. Of course we won't know until team line-ups announced. Throw in a bit of Pep rotation too!

  3. Original Pirate Material
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 6 days ago

    Snodgrass will be a very good signing for WBA.

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

      indeed, on the pitch and off it too

    2. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Yes.

    3. Deulofail
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Promising young talent

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

        Haha

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

    Which three to play next week:

    1. Stones (wba)
    2. Cresswell (cpl)
    3. Mitchell (WHU)
    4. Dallas (new)
    5. Justin (Eve)

    Currently have them in that order...

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

      Id play Dallas ahead of Mitchell

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

        Yeah, probably will, just wanted a player at home, rather than all away...

        1. ivantys
            3 months, 6 days ago

            home and away only mean something to pool and united.

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

              Yeah, true and when supporters are allowed in the grounds 😀

            2. Rupert The Horse
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              And Australians.

      2. ivantys
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Dallas instead of Mitchell for me.

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

            Cheers...

        • Dark Side Of The Loon!
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          You are unrelenting!

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

            GW19 is over in my mind.....gotta get on with the next one 😉

            1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              That inspired me to look at my team too for 20. Looks good. Bruno C most probably.
              1, 2 and 4 there btw!

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

                Yeah C also on Bruno....

      3. Surfeit of Lampteys
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Dare say there will be those who transferred button out for a hit for bench boost.

        1. Art Vandelay
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          I might have been one of them but decided not to use BB. Now he is just languishing on my bench behind McCarthy. 😆

          1. Surfeit of Lampteys
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Vandelay Industries haha

      4. SHOWSTOPPERRR
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Guys with -12 with no bb or tc and transferring out Kane son raise your hands...

        1. Goodricke
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Here. kane and Son to KDB and Vardy (Mcginn and Struijk on the bench to facilitate KDB in)

        2. DropkickMurphys
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Hello, that would be me, sir!
            For Mo & Vardy mainly...

            1. DropkickMurphys
                3 months, 6 days ago

                And to prevent selling Kane I was about to transfer Fabio Silva... twice... didn’t pull the trigger... guess what! He’s just scored too.

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

            Oh man, that’s annoying for Johnstone owners, went areola on bb but was looking at the score thinking wish I went Johnstone

            1. Wild Rover
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              I’m consoling myself with the thought that at least I never took a hit to get him as many did, some for Button

            2. Rochdale_Cowboy
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              Was looking at areola... Then I realised he was a bit of a tit... I'll fetch my coat

          • ivantys
              3 months, 6 days ago

              Big Sam getting closer to perfecting his bus.

            • @ocprodigy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              What’s with the Martinez rumours? Is this just on the basis of Villa previous coronavirus outbreak? If so there’s seemingly no basis that he’ll miss the game.

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

              Grosicky, that's a name from the past

            • FPL_Motty
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              3 months, 6 days ago

              Feels like I'm one of the only ones who didn't use a chip this week! Literally all my rivals and anyone in any leagues im in has used either BB or TC. But neither made sense for me, considering how split the cap is between KDB and Salah shows me how it wasn't clear and obvious who the best cap option was, let alone using TC. Need to tick all the boxes and plenty more opportunities. But who else is chipless this week?!

              1. Nightcrawler
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 6 days ago

                Not only this week. All chips still available here

              2. Il Capitano
                  3 months, 6 days ago

                  No chip, no hit this week. Was close to BB but opted to hold

                • Keeptrying
                  • 7 Years
                  3 months, 6 days ago

                  no chip used. but minus 4

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

                    Same

                • Lazaretti
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 6 days ago

                  One here. Planned bit for possible BB but Leeds game cancellation and other covid news made me to save all chips.

                • FPL_Motty
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  3 months, 6 days ago

                  Glad to hear it! Just hoping I keep pace this week and having those chips still in my pocket should pay back in the future

              3. Shark Team
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 6 days ago

                I want your opinion on whether Mo will be rested vs BUR(H)

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

                  Liverpool have had a week off, he won't be rested.

                2. Rupert The Horse
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 6 days ago

                  Doesn’t make a difference now. No way to know either.

              4. SIGGYMETIMBER
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 6 days ago

                Probably asked loads of times already so apologies but if Johnstone tested positive before the cup game, does he have a chance of playing Tuesday?

              5. MoSalad
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 6 days ago

                Typical Johnstone on BB, out due to Covid.... Button 10 pts confirmed now just to frustrate Johnstone owners further!

              6. Captain Berbarossa - arrrrr…
                • 10 Years
                3 months, 6 days ago

                I'm not going to mock Johnstone owners. Feel like FPL is gonna troll some more before this gameweek is through so don't want karma to bite me in the butt

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

                  why would you mock in the first place ?

                  1. Wild Rover
                    • 10 Years
                    3 months, 6 days ago

                    Plenty already have

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

                  I will gladly mock Johnstone owners. Waiting until after you are in the clear yourself is a cowardly move.

                  1. DK_13
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 6 days ago

                    Less cowardly than not linking that team

                3. Rochdale_Cowboy
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 6 days ago

                  What do you want the Fpl Nobel peace prize? I'm laughing my co k off at them, and I'll take what ever karma is coming my way!

                  1. HashAttack
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 6 days ago

                    Hope you don't gave R James - I had to decide between Johnstone+Chilwell or Schmeichel+James - went with the latter

              7. JBG
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 6 days ago

                Callum Robinson is going to outscore Antonio, Wilson and Watkins isn't he?

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

                  yep

              8. Pep bites Kun
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 6 days ago

                Sam needs a bigger mask

                1. Pep bites Kun
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 6 days ago

                  He must be lying - his lips are moving 🙂

              9. Van der Faart
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 6 days ago

                Loads of ML rivals have burned second WC now all for this week. Happy that I've only taken a -4 and well set for the next few weeks now

                1. Pep bites Kun
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 6 days ago

                  What's the point margin from top?

                  1. Van der Faart
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 6 days ago

                    Just over 50

                    1. Pep bites Kun
                      • 4 Years
                      3 months, 6 days ago

                      That's doable with good transfers & chip play

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

                I would laugh if West Brom get a clean sheet without Johnstone. Lol

              11. Party time
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 6 days ago

                Nuno is another fraud

                1. Nightcrawler
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 6 days ago

                  Finally ready for my first FEAST this season

                  1. Party time
                    • 2 Years
                    3 months, 6 days ago

                    Yeah, We will feast tonight

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

                  Hes the biggest in the PL next to Playmo man Arteta

                  1. Party time
                    • 2 Years
                    3 months, 6 days ago

                    Absolutely. So conservative, he got no balls , always relying on counter. So annoying

              12. Shark Team
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 6 days ago

                Magnus TC Salah makes me more confident

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

                i know its very early days but do you think its a good idea to start bringing players from teams who have extra fixtures? I could do lowton to a fulham defender for exemple? Have 2 fts so happy to do the move

                1. Pep bites Kun
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 6 days ago

                  The whole long-term planning thing isn't going well. Could be a whole load of frogs in a box in a few weeks

              14. Jerse
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 6 days ago

                Perspective ! Folk just need to accept there are huge slices of luck and bad luck. In the context of a pandemic when folk are passing away, just be thankful football is carrying on and we all have a good distracting game to play !

              15. Blue&White85
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 6 days ago

                By 5pm a lot of people will know whether their bench boost has been a success or not.

                I’ve got 3 Leeds on my bench as I’m sure many do.

                1. Rupert The Horse
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 6 days ago

                  Part of it

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

                OMG Silva

              17. Wild Rover
                • 10 Years
                3 months, 6 days ago

                Johnstone would have saved that

              18. ivantys
                  3 months, 6 days ago

                  omg silva

                • Original Pirate Material
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 6 days ago

                  Johnstone owners rejoice!

                • Pukki Party
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 6 days ago

                  Button CS gone

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

                  boly assist