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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. Rochdale_Cowboy
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    What a story, 1 month out then a goal and an assist against their fiercest rivals..... Its like a script from BOLYWOOD

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

      Very good

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

      After giving away the pen...

    3. KAALI_DAAL
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Aw yeah

    4. wulfrunian
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Out of darkness cometh light out of Sandwell cometh shite.

      1. squits
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Hahaha I did my teacher training in Sandwell

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

          I feel for you.

      2. GREEN JUMPERS
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Once got off at the Sandwell and Dudley train station on my way to Dudley. Nowhere near bloody Dudley.

    5. Muscout
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 25 days ago

      So it looks like Salah (C) let alone TC is a differential in my MLs

      Salah TC get me some points!!

    6. El Presidente
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 25 days ago

      As we can see Johnstone absence is not very dramatic

      ..

    7. Bennyboy1907
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Ozil welcome to fenerbahce

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

          Is that a fact? Best for everyone involved. So long Ozil, shame it ended this way.

          1. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Yeah

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

            Yeah, one of the best to wear an Arsenal shirt. It’s a shame some arsenal fans do not recognise that as well.

            Too bad it ended that way but he is going to a place where he will be well appreciated

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

          Good player, wrong fit. What's his weekly btw - anywhere near 350k?

        3. Bennyboy1907
            2 months, 25 days ago

            He’s gettin around 5 mil euro a year idk how much weekly

          • Qaiss
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            His debut away to Sunderland feels like it was yesterday.. the deadline day we signed him won’t be topped in terms of excitement for a signing. Shall miss him.

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

              I remember that game away at Sunderland. Assist to Giroud I think.

              That deadline day transfer was the best imo

        4. JBG
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Wow... WBA are woefully bad, how Liverpool didn't destroy them is beyond me.

          1. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Drew with Man City too

            1. JBG
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 25 days ago

              Yeah forgot about that, when Bilic got fired straight after. Such a weird team.

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

                not weird they can spoil the game and thats all they are good for if they have no desire to play or attempt to win they can hold out but as soon as they have to actually attempt to play they get spanked, useless team should not be in this league

                1. JBG
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 25 days ago

                  Yeah good description of them tbf.

        5. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Boly will outscore many DGWers

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

            Easily. Not a hot take.

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

            Could have used that information this morning.

          3. Yes Ndidi
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 25 days ago

            You say that now.....

        6. Hulk Smash
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Rival buys Fabio Silva on WC, who has 1 attacking return all season. Scores immediately.

          1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Rival has Silva and C Robinson

          2. mynameisq
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Classic, best part will be be only got him as an autopick while short on funds

          3. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            That’s utterly nuts.

            1. KAALI_DAAL
                2 months, 25 days ago

                Nuts is his middle name

                1. Deulofail
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 25 days ago

                  Fábio Daniel Nuts Soares Silva?

          4. HashAttack
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Cup rival must have been desperate to stay the cup - played BB with Martin, Joelinton, Kilman and Brewster

            1. KAALI_DAAL
                2 months, 25 days ago

                Brewster master class incoming

            2. Bookkeeper
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 25 days ago

              as a Johnstone owner, i don't think i want him to play against West Ham now!

              1. KAALI_DAAL
                  2 months, 25 days ago

                  He won't

              2. Scots Gooner
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 25 days ago

                Johnstone being out might actually save us some points.

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

                  Only if Button goes negative...

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

                  Not necessarily. Johnstone is a great keeper and makes lots of saves. They may even not have conceded many of at all had he been playing.

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

                Please start flappy

                1. swobe
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 25 days ago

                  who's flappy

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

                    Flappyhandski

                    1. swobe
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 7 Years
                      2 months, 25 days ago

                      ahh! ty

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

                  Flappy-handski?

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

                    Yep - loves the soviets

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

                  2 really nice fixtures. Best dgw of the season for a team in form

              4. Deulofail
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 25 days ago

                PSA - refreshing the 'updating' screen after the game has updated does not load the updating screen. Keep up with the times, ya'll.

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

                Hahaha, whilst you all scrambled for dgw'ers I got Wily Boly

                1. Bobby Digital
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 25 days ago

                  Lies

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

                    Let the pain out

                    1. Bobby Digital
                      • 3 Years
                      2 months, 25 days ago

                      LOUD NOISES!

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

                      Luck or skill - i.e. planned? Congrats btw!

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

                        Its lies of course

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

                          oh ffs 🙂

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

                    🙂 hahaa

                2. Gudjohnsen
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 25 days ago

                  Well done

              6. Bench-Life
                  2 months, 25 days ago

                  Allardyce drinking pints of wine at half-time

                • EWH2020
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 25 days ago

                  Feels like my whole season hinges on whether KDB explodes. I haven't even picked him.

                  My whole ML has him as TC

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

                  “Traore has got afterburners” such an Alan Partridge esque sports commentator

                  1. Miguel Sanchez
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 25 days ago

                    Foot like a traction engine

                    1. Goodricke
                      • 5 Years
                      2 months, 25 days ago

                      Liquid football!

                  2. Fulchester's New Centr…
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 25 days ago

                    that…was a goal

                  3. Fulchester's New Centr…
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 25 days ago

                    and

                    liquid football

                    of course

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

                  Boly Wolves best defender last season, glad he's back and firing. Should never have been dropped by Nuno

                  1. Miguel Sanchez
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 25 days ago

                    Was he dropped or just injured?

                    1. Miguel Sanchez
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 25 days ago

                      Wolves fixtures ropey for quite a while but will bring in at least one defender around GW30

                    2. Flair
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      2 months, 25 days ago

                      Oh my bad, must have been thinking of the other defenders

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

                    Never dropped

                • tafrère
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 25 days ago

                  My cup opponent has Salah third on bench.

                  Okay this will be an easy one.

                  Onto round 4!

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

                    Do you realise what you’ve just done?

                    1. tafrère
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 25 days ago

                      I'm stupid. I looked at the cup opponent of an other player in my ML, thinking his opponent was mine.

                      Lmao.

                      Karma it is.

                      But still my cup opponent team is a mess.

                      Onto round 4 anyway!

                  2. kennethrhcp
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    2 months, 25 days ago

                    Link?
                    Did he play bb

                    1. tafrère
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 25 days ago

                      He did not!

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

                    My cup rival has TC Rashford. BOLD! Haha

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

                  Not doing Wood to Antonio looking really bad right now

                  1. tafrère
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 25 days ago

                    Why ?

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

                      Button in goal for West Brom. He's horrendous

                  2. Fulchester's New Centr…
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 25 days ago

                    Bit early to say, I'd say

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

                    Why wouldn't you do that

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

                      It was for a -4 and my hits always back fire

                  4. HashAttack
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 25 days ago

                    Would make sense for Moyes to rest Antonio for the WBA match

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

                      I doubt it but one can hope as a non owner

                  5. The Mighty Hippo
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 25 days ago

                    It's OK, Moyes knows that he can rest Antonio against this sh*te.

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

                  Laca to Werner next week ? Chelsea got a decent little run

                  1. Miguel Sanchez
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 25 days ago

                    See how he gets on this DGW need confidence to stop snatching at chances

                  2. Fulchester's New Centr…
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 25 days ago

                    As a team, maybe, let's see how they do this week
                    Werner, probably not

                • beetlejuice
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 25 days ago

                  Can anyone share the link for Professional Watch or something that one fella is posting every game week?
                  Thanks

                  1. Pukki Party
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 25 days ago

                    Its a comment

                    1. Pukki Party
                      • 3 Years
                      2 months, 25 days ago

                      If you pick "rating" over date on this article you'll find it.

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

                        thanks a lot, i was not aware of that feature!

                • FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 25 days ago

                  Jammy Johnstone owners getting saved from minus points

                  1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 25 days ago

                    Full gamut of emotions in the few hours I've owned Johnstone. Addictive stuff.

                • Dark Side Of The Loon!
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 25 days ago

                  All KDB cappers in my ML, except me! This is scary.

                  1. aleksaa2
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 25 days ago

                    you went with Salah?

                    1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 25 days ago

                      Yes!

                      1. aleksaa2
                        • 4 Years
                        2 months, 25 days ago

                        It's a coin toss, you're fine.

                        1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                          • 4 Years
                          2 months, 25 days ago

                          Hopefully!

                  2. EWH2020
                    • 7 Years
                    2 months, 25 days ago

                    Everyone in my ML has TC KDB I don't even own.

                    If KDB does anything I'm dead

                    1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 25 days ago

                      Wow! That can get ugly. Who is your captain?

                      1. EWH2020
                        • 7 Years
                        2 months, 25 days ago

                        Salah

                • Benteke Fried Chicken
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 25 days ago

                  Definitely not a saiss assist?!

                  (Refreshing page constantly waiting for 3 extra points)

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

                  Little concerned on not having Soucek or Antonio on FH now

                  Hopefully Coufal and Cresswell assist all the goals

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

                    I have Soucek and Antonio, but I wouldn’t worry if I didn’t own. West Ham will probably only score 2 or 3 max over the two fixtures.

                  2. Fulchester's New Centr…
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 25 days ago

                    Soucek is ultimately the answer to all FPL questions

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

                      What about life questions? The deeper meaning of the world around us?

                      Perplexing.

                      1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                        • 3 Years
                        2 months, 25 days ago

                        Those too. Even ethical questions: "What would Soucek do?"

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

                    Defence is where its at, although I have had Soucek from GW1. Double defence for my BB this week.

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

                      Hope you're right, a double CS would be an absolute dream.

                • Tiki-Taka
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 25 days ago

                  Waking up with regret and not using TC this week (still have BB and WC). Will there be other good double opportunities to use both BB and TC?

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

                    There will be other opportunities

                  2. Fulchester's New Centr…
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 25 days ago

                    There will be other doubles. Will they be good? Who can say.

                    1. Tiki-Taka
                      • 10 Years
                      2 months, 25 days ago

                      yep, kind of rolling the dice on a future DGW. just had a gut feeling not to TC this week, will see how it plays out

                  3. Miguel Sanchez
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 25 days ago

                    Should be plenty more DGWs

                  4. Rupert The Horse
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    2 months, 25 days ago

                    Yes

                  5. Tiki-Taka
                    • 10 Years
                    2 months, 25 days ago

                    appreciate the reassurance guys! pretty happy with my XI this week so hoping it can keep some kind of pace

                  6. thegaffer82
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 25 days ago

                    Wait for the KDB resting, continued Salah blanks and Bruno getting a yellow card against Pool. Then you will know!

                    1. Tiki-Taka
                      • 10 Years
                      2 months, 25 days ago

                      this honestly sums up my logic at not using it, ended up (C) Salah. unsure of KDB rest and city are picking up pts but still don't look anything like last few years (right now), and yeah I didn't want to risk Salah with current Liverpool form and a potentially tough United game

                  7. Scots Gooner
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 25 days ago

                    Think there will be plenty of opportunities with the amount of postponements already. DGW 26 should be pretty good too.

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

                  Cresswell captainers rejoicing, his set pieces should fall straight on to Soucek's head

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

                    Feeling really good about fab, coufal souceck triple up so it’ll probably be a disaster

                • jason_ni
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 25 days ago

                  Did saiss get a touch for bolys goal?

                  Likely to be given or not? Hard to see on the angle I saw.

                • thegaffer82
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 25 days ago

                  Can I just get an idea from the community of how my gameweek is going so far...

                  Is 0pts from 0 players any good at this stage? Is a DGW fail yet?

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

                    Season over. See you in 21/22.

                  2. aleksaa2
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 25 days ago

                    I have Justin Salah (C) and Vardy
                    my cup rival has Kane KDB (C) and Taa
                    What do you reckon?

                    1. thegaffer82
                      • 9 Years
                      2 months, 25 days ago

                      Honestly feck knows!