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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.

1,347 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Rochdale_Cowboy
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 13 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
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Very good

    2. El Presidente
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      After giving away the pen...

    3. KAALI_DAAL
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Aw yeah

  2. wulfrunian
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 13 days ago

    Out of darkness cometh light out of Sandwell cometh shite.

    1. squits
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Hahaha I did my teacher training in Sandwell

      1. wulfrunian
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 13 days ago

        I feel for you.

    2. GREEN JUMPERS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 13 days ago

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

  3. Muscout
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 13 days ago

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

    Salah TC get me some points!!

  4. El Presidente
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 13 days ago

    As we can see Johnstone absence is not very dramatic

    ..

  5. Bennyboy1907
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 13 days ago

    Ozil welcome to fenerbahce

    1. Eddie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 13 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
        8 months, 13 days ago

        Yeah

      2. Party time
        8 months, 13 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
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

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

    3. Bennyboy1907
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 13 days ago

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

    4. Qaiss
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 13 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
        8 months, 13 days ago

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

        That deadline day transfer was the best imo

  6. JBG
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 13 days ago

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

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Drew with Man City too

      1. JBG
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 13 days ago

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

        1. ZimZalabim
          • 5 Years
          8 months, 13 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
            • 3 Years
            8 months, 13 days ago

            Yeah good description of them tbf.

  7. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    8 months, 13 days ago

    Boly will outscore many DGWers

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Easily. Not a hot take.

    2. Cilly Bonnolly
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Could have used that information this morning.

    3. Yes Ndidi
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      You say that now.....

  8. Hulk Smash
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 13 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
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Rival has Silva and C Robinson

    2. mynameisq
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 13 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
      8 months, 13 days ago

      That’s utterly nuts.

      1. KAALI_DAAL
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 13 days ago

        Nuts is his middle name

        1. Deulofail
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          8 months, 13 days ago

          Fábio Daniel Nuts Soares Silva?

  9. HashAttack
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 13 days ago

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

    1. KAALI_DAAL
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Brewster master class incoming

  10. Bookkeeper
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 13 days ago

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

    1. KAALI_DAAL
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 13 days ago

      He won't

  11. Scots Gooner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 13 days ago

    Johnstone being out might actually save us some points.

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Only if Button goes negative...

    2. gooberman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 13 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.

  12. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 13 days ago

    Please start flappy

    1. swobe
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      who's flappy

      1. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 13 days ago

        Flappyhandski

        1. swobe
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          8 months, 13 days ago

          ahh! ty

    2. MCM
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Flappy-handski?

      1. Pep bites Kun
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 13 days ago

        Yep - loves the soviets

    3. Pep bites Kun
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

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

  13. Deulofail
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 13 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.

  14. Ginkapo FPL
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    8 months, 13 days ago

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

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Lies

      1. Ginkapo FPL
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        8 months, 13 days ago

        Let the pain out

        1. Bobby Digital
          • 4 Years
          8 months, 13 days ago

          LOUD NOISES!

        2. Pep bites Kun
          • 5 Years
          8 months, 13 days ago

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

          1. Ginkapo FPL
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            8 months, 13 days ago

            Its lies of course

            1. Pep bites Kun
              • 5 Years
              8 months, 13 days ago

              oh ffs 🙂

      2. Pep bites Kun
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 13 days ago

        🙂 hahaa

    2. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Well done

  15. Bench-Life
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 13 days ago

    Allardyce drinking pints of wine at half-time

  16. EWH2020
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 13 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

  17. Booked4Dissent
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 13 days ago

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

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Foot like a traction engine

      1. Goodricke
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 13 days ago

        Liquid football!

    2. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      that…was a goal

    3. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      and

      liquid football

      of course

  18. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 13 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
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Was he dropped or just injured?

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 13 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
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 13 days ago

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

    2. Super Saints
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Never dropped

  19. tafrère
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 13 days ago

    My cup opponent has Salah third on bench.

    Okay this will be an easy one.

    Onto round 4!

    1. Ha.
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Do you realise what you’ve just done?

      1. tafrère
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 13 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
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Link?
      Did he play bb

      1. tafrère
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 13 days ago

        He did not!

    3. DycheDycheBaby
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      My cup rival has TC Rashford. BOLD! Haha

  20. Fudgy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 13 days ago

    Not doing Wood to Antonio looking really bad right now

    1. tafrère
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Why ?

      1. Fudgy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 13 days ago

        Button in goal for West Brom. He's horrendous

    2. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Bit early to say, I'd say

    3. Super Saints
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Why wouldn't you do that

      1. Fudgy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 13 days ago

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

    4. HashAttack
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

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

      1. Fudgy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 13 days ago

        I doubt it but one can hope as a non owner

    5. The Mighty Hippo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

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

  21. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 13 days ago

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

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

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

    2. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

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

  22. beetlejuice
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 13 days ago

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

    1. Pukki Party
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Its a comment

      1. Pukki Party
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 13 days ago

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

        1. beetlejuice
          • 4 Years
          8 months, 13 days ago

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

  23. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 13 days ago

    Jammy Johnstone owners getting saved from minus points

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

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

  24. Dark Side Of The Loon!
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 13 days ago

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

    1. aleksaa2
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      you went with Salah?

      1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 13 days ago

        Yes!

        1. aleksaa2
          • 5 Years
          8 months, 13 days ago

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

          1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
            • 5 Years
            8 months, 13 days ago

            Hopefully!

    2. EWH2020
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 13 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!
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 13 days ago

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

        1. EWH2020
          • 7 Years
          8 months, 13 days ago

          Salah

  25. No Kane No Gain
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 13 days ago

    Definitely not a saiss assist?!

    (Refreshing page constantly waiting for 3 extra points)

  26. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 13 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
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 13 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…
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Soucek is ultimately the answer to all FPL questions

      1. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 13 days ago

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

        Perplexing.

        1. Fulchester's New Centr…
          • 4 Years
          8 months, 13 days ago

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

    3. Knock Down Your Aerial
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 13 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
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 13 days ago

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

  27. Tiki-Taka
    • 10 Years
    8 months, 13 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
      8 months, 13 days ago

      There will be other opportunities

    2. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

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

      1. Tiki-Taka
        • 10 Years
        8 months, 13 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
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Should be plenty more DGWs

    4. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Yes

    5. Tiki-Taka
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

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

    6. thegaffer82
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 13 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
        8 months, 13 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
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

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

  28. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 13 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
      8 months, 13 days ago

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

  29. jason_ni
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 13 days ago

    Did saiss get a touch for bolys goal?

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

  30. thegaffer82
    • 10 Years
    8 months, 13 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
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 13 days ago

      Season over. See you in 21/22.

    2. aleksaa2
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 13 days ago

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

      1. thegaffer82
        • 10 Years
        8 months, 13 days ago

        Honestly feck knows!