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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. ZLATAN'S PONYTAIL
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Big Sam are you Mourinho in disguise?

  2. Original Pirate Material
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Allardyce record of no relegations is going to be finally scuppered.

    1. Pep bites Kun
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      He would have taken any job to get back into the PL circle. This isn't about Brom, and that's unfortunate

  3. Ze_Austin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    All-action Boly

  4. ivantys
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Saiss A?

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Either no assist or the corner taker.

        1. ivantys
            2 months, 25 days ago

            They always gave assists to the one closest to the ball when rebound.

          • Brosstan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            There is 0 chance the corner taker gets it. Its either Saiss or no assist

            1. Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 25 days ago

              Yeah, watched closer. Agree.

        2. beetlejuice
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Surely

      2. gooberman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Congrats to Boly captainers.

      3. Kane and Ablett
          2 months, 25 days ago

          #Bolybandwagon

        • Booked4Dissent
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Boly absolute haul

        • Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 25 days ago

          When wolves score 2 in the first half against you

          It’s time to panic

        • Solly86
            2 months, 25 days ago

            I think I may have got away with one here;

            - Log on to find I forgot to make my transfers yesterday.

            - Check my cup opponents team to see they have taken a -28.

            This does mean I get a 28 point start then doesn’t it? As looking at their team I wouldn’t imagine I will outscore them!

            1. Eddie - Back to Square Owen
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 25 days ago

              Yes it does

          • KAALI_DAAL
              2 months, 25 days ago

              Get innnnnn Bolyyyyyy

            • TheSteel
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 25 days ago

              Saiss is like Kolarov. Fantady gold when he plays.

              1. Silent Friend
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 25 days ago

                No assist

              2. GreennRed
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 25 days ago

                Saiss can defend.

              3. ivantys
                  2 months, 25 days ago

                  1 GW late?

              4. GreennRed
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 25 days ago

                Boly fk says Miley.

              5. Hooky
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 25 days ago

                Bet there are some cup opponents with Boly in their team

              6. Party time
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 25 days ago

                Boly essential

              7. 20LEGEND
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 25 days ago

                Please give me Neto assist

              8. aborg
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 25 days ago

                Boly haul...I have a feeling the low owned players are going to haul this dgw !

              9. hullcityfan
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 25 days ago

                Glad to see no Neto involvement in either goal as a seller.

              10. ivantys
                  2 months, 25 days ago

                  Big Sam has made WBA even more garbage. Another sack incoming?

                • Brosstan
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 25 days ago

                  Anyone got Big Boy Boly?

                  1. sledger
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 25 days ago

                    1.4 % owned

                • teneighty
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 25 days ago

                  Show some big Willy love!

                • mynameisq
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 25 days ago

                  Justice for Slaven

                • EffPeeEll
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 25 days ago

                  Adama Traore 11/10 to have at least one shot on target.

                  Seems reasonable-Double ya bubble.

                  Posted earlier

                  anyone else on it?

                  1. Original Pirate Material
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 25 days ago

                    Which bookies that for?

                  2. Brosstan
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 25 days ago

                    Nah hes too wide, doesnt get into positions to shoot as hes right footed playing wide right.

                • IRBOX ⚽
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 25 days ago

                  So Boly gives away a pen and is now on for max bonus? FPL is broken..

                  1. KAPTAIN KANE
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 25 days ago

                    Goal and assist

                    1. IRBOX ⚽
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 25 days ago

                      Irrelevant.. he gave away a pen. That’s unforgivable

                      1. Ginkapo FPL
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 9 Years
                        2 months, 25 days ago

                        Is it though?

                        1. IRBOX ⚽
                          • 4 Years
                          2 months, 25 days ago

                          Absolutely. As a high quality defender myself that is the worst offence committable

                • Forza
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 25 days ago

                  Thank goodness Allardyce is corrupt. It would've been an awful few years for England.

                  1. GreennRed
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 25 days ago

                    Best manager ever, statistically.

                • Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 25 days ago

                  Lets be real WBA will not keep a cleanie...

                  1. CloudSky
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 25 days ago

                    What makes you say that? :O

                • Shark Team
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 25 days ago

                  Soucek masterclass vs this WBA's set pieces defending

                  1. Original Pirate Material
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 25 days ago

                    Licking his lips.

                  2. Il Capitano
                      2 months, 25 days ago

                      Can't wait

                  3. Ha.
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 25 days ago

                    Stones > Boly (-4)?

                  4. Davros
                    • 11 Years
                    2 months, 25 days ago

                    Gameweek is already a disaster! 0 from 1

                    1. CloudSky
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 25 days ago

                      That's like 3 points better than top 10k average.

                  5. Party time
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 25 days ago

                    So Ogbonna will haul against West brom

                  6. Nightcrawler
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 25 days ago

                    Cresswell going to get a mega haul vs WBA

                    1. Nanoelektronicar
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      2 months, 25 days ago

                      And Soucek, and Antonio, and who knows else. And KDB next week.