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FPL set-pieces: Duffy ups his game

The Scout 2 Jun 2019
Shane Duffy, Brighton

The Scout on why Brighton centre-back can profit at free-kicks and corners this season as he did in 2018/19

When building a Fantasy Premier League squad, knowing the set-piece takers for each club can give managers the edge over mini-league rivals.

Ahead of 2019/20, The Scout analyses which players to target.

Brighton & Hove Albion

Shane Duffy’s (£5.0m) impact from set-pieces transformed his potential in FPL last season.

After failing to find the net in 2017/18 for Brighton, the centre-back upped his threat last term. All his five goals came from set-pieces.

That total was joint-top with Callum Wilson (£8.0m), of AFC Bournemouth, among all players in FPL.

Brighton's greater reliance

Brighton were more reliant on set-pieces in their final season under Chris Hughton.

Fourteen of their 35 goals were from such scenarios.

Their ratio of 40 per cent of goals coming from set-pieces was the highest in the Premier League.

Brighton's set-piece takers
Choice Penalty Corner Free-kick
First  Glenn Murray Pascal Gross Pascal Gross
Second Pascal Gross Anthony Knockaert Anthony Knockaert
Third  - Solly March -

Duffy was the main danger, with his 31 set-piece shots ranking third in FPL.

Fellow centre-back Lewis Dunk (£4.5m) and striker Glenn Murray (£6.0m) also profited, scoring two goals each.

Brighton’s success at free-kicks and corners was all the more impressive considering their first-choice taker, Pascal Gross (£6.5m), was limited to 25 appearances because of injury. 

In his debut 2017/18 season, no player in FPL created more chances from set-pieces than Gross's total of 36.

This suggests that a fully fit Gross will be a key player under new Brighton new head coach, Graham Potter.

Murray the main man

However, the German may remain behind Murray as their No 1 penalty taker.

Murray scored all four of his efforts from the spot on his way to netting 13 goals.

Gross took the two other penalties his side were awarded but was less successful, scoring one and missing the other.

See: FPL set-pieces: Players to target from each club

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