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FPL set-pieces: Holebas in group of top defenders

The Scout 11 Jun 2019
Jose Holebas, Watford

Left-back produced the third-most assists from dead balls last season as The Scout assesses Watford's Fantasy numbers

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.


Few defenders in FPL can match the set-piece potential of Jose Holebas.

The Watford left-back created 27 chances from free-kicks and corners last season.

Only Lucas Digne of Everton, with 32, was more productive among players at the back.

Indeed, Holebas’s five assists from set-pieces placed joint-third overall in FPL, matching Ryan Fraser's total for AFC Bournemouth.

Watford sat third from bottom in the Premier League for shots from set-pieces, with 114.

Yet, thanks partly to the quality of Holebas's deliveries, only seven teams bettered their 12 goals from set-pieces.

Watford's set-piece takers
Choice Penalty Corner Free-kick
First Deeney Holebas Deulofeu
Second Cleverley Pereyra Pereyra
Third Gray Masina Capoue

Holebas took 115 of the Hornets' 177 corners but Craig Cathcart and Troy Deeney were the main threats at set-pieces.

They had 13 shots each, with centre-back Cathcart netting all three of his goals last season this way.

Overall, however, Watford struggled in the air and Deeney’s eight headed shots from set-pieces was a team-leading figure.

Missed opportunities

Holebas was also among a handful of players who shared direct free-kicks duties.

He had four attempts, while Gerard Deulofeu and Roberto Pereyra had six apiece and Etienne Capoue had five.

None of them scored, though, with Watford missing all 22 of their direct free-kicks in 2018/19.

Penalties were also a rarity for Javi Gracia’s men last term, with Watford only being awarded one spot-kick.

As their first-choice taker, it was Deeney who stepped up to convert.

Tomorrow: West Ham United

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

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