Fantrax EPL: Gameweek 18 Set Piece Takers

Set pieces are an incredibly important part of football, with between 25% and 33% of goals scored coming from a set piece. They are equally important in Fantrax EPL, and in these articles we will highlight the trends in set pieces that will lead to player value fluctuation.

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Gameweek 18 Set Piece Takers


Arsenal

With Martinelli again starting over ESR still out of the startup lineup, we saw Martinelli taking right-footed corners (3 of them). Saka was again preferred to Odegaard on lefty corners and took 1. Arsenal only had 1 free kick, a direct one from substitute Cedric Soares

Aston Villa

Did not play, as game was postponed

Brentford

Did not play, as game was postponed

Brighton

Did not play, as game was postponed. Usual set piece taker Gross potentially has COVID, and in his absence March and Moder will be the primary benefactors.

Burnley

Did not play, as game was postponed


Chelsea

Mount took all 9 of Chelsea's corners, from both sides! Alonso, James, and Ziyech all had 0 as opposed to the last couple weeks where they were all at least somewhat involved. Reece James did take their 1 free kick cross.

Crystal Palace

Did not play, as game was postponed


Everton

Did not play, as game was postponed


Leicester City

Did not play, as game was postponed

Leeds

Leeds only had 1 set piece and it was a Dallas corner. Raphinha took and scored a penalty for the 3rd week in a row.


Liverpool

As almost always Alexander-Arnold and Robertson split set pieces. Outside of 1 of them missing time, that should always be the case. Which is now going to happen as Robertson will be suspended (for likely 2 EPL games and 1 cup game). The likely benefactor, based on previous games this season would be his direct replacement, Tsimikas (both left-footed).

Manchester City

With Foden out of the lineup, KDB was back on corners, taking 2, and Mahrez got the other 4. No free kicks.

Manchester United

Did not play, as game was postponed

Newcastle

With Shelvey out of the lineup (with injury, not illness), and Fraser and Ritchie in, they split corners (2 and 1 respectively) and Fraser took 2 free kick crosses.


Norwich City

Did not play, as game was postponed


Southampton

Did not play, as game was postponed


Tottenham

Son took all 6 corners as normal.

Watford

Did not play, as game was postponed

West Ham

Did not play, as game was postponed

Wolves

No Trincao or Ait-Nouri in the lineup. Moutinho took all 4 corners for Wolves. 0 for last week taker Marcal.


Things to Watch Out For From This Week

  • Will/have any previous set piece takers contract COVID, leading to changed situations going forward temporarily?

  • Will Mount continue to take corners from both sides?

Things to Watch Out For From Previous Weeks

  • Will Marcal continue to take corners (and start with Ait-Nouri) hurt? Likely a 1 time thing

  • How long will usual Everton set piece takers be out for, and will Gordon be rosterable in the mean time as a result? TBD

  • Will Lacazette take Arsenal's next penalty kick despite missing? TBD

  • Have Odegaard and Alonso lost corner-taking duties completely? Yes and probably yes

  • Will Jensen continue to start and take set pieces? TBD

  • Will Bruno continue to be more involved in corners under Rangnick? Yes, it seems likely

  • Will Fraser and Ritchie continue on the bench, leaving all sets to Jonjo Shelvey? Not anymore, with Shelvey, Lewis, and Manquillo out

  • Will Olise or Eze start for Palace and have priority over Mili and Gallagher for set pieces? TBC but not yet


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