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FPL set-pieces: Free-kicks add to David Luiz appeal

The Scout 4 Jun 2019
David Luiz, CHEWAT cele

The Scout says Brazilian defender is a big threat from set-plays but that may change this season

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.

Chelsea

David Luiz’s (£6.0m) threat from free-kicks and corners makes the Chelsea centre-back one of the standout defenders in FPL.

The Brazilian scored three goals, all from set-pieces, on his way to 164 points, more than any other Chelsea defenders last season.

His underlying statistics show why.

He placed fourth-top for attempts on goal from set-piece situations, including headers, with 29, and his nine attempts from direct free-kicks were bettered by only seven players in FPL.

Chelsea's set-piece takers
Choice Penalty Corner Free-kick
First Hazard Willian  David Luiz
Second  Jorginho Hazard Willian 
Third - Pedro  Alonso

David Luiz’s prospects were raised after Marcos Alonso (£6.5m), one of his main rivals for free-kick duties, dropped out of the Chelsea starting XI in the final months of 2018/19.

Looking ahead to 2019/20, the departure of Eden Hazard will have a significant impact on Chelsea’s threat from set-pieces.

Hazard was fouled 42 times inside the final third of the pitch, more than any player in the Premier League in 2018/19.

This meant Maurizio Sarri’s men often had free-kicks in advanced areas, boosting the appeal of their main takers, David Luiz, Willian (£7.0m) and Alonso.

On the spot

There will be a new first-choice penalty taker in 2019/20.

Hazard took four of their five spot-kicks last season, converting all of his attempts.

Jorginho (£5.0m) took and scored Chelsea’s only other penalty and could be the player to profit from the spot following Hazard's move to Real Madrid. 

Opportunity for Willian

The dead-ball delivery of Willian is also a major influence on Sarri’s side.

The Brazilian created 29 chances from set-pieces, compared with the 17 of Hazard. 

Of the 215 corners Chelsea were awarded, Willian and Hazard took a combined 203, with 111 and 92 respectively.

Having also fired eight shots from direct free-kicks, Willian's influence on set-pieces could grow further this season.

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

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