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FPL set-pieces: Moutinho leading way for assists

The Scout 12 Jun 2019
Joao Moutinho, Wolves

The Scout says Wolves midfielder has had big success from free-kicks and corners

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.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

When it comes to creating chances at set-pieces, Joao Moutinho is one of the most reliable players in FPL.

The Wolves midfielder supplied 42 such opportunities last season, second only to the 48 of James Maddison of Leicester City.

Moutinho took 159 of his side's 195 corners last term.

That helped the Portugal international rack up seven assists from set-pieces in 2018/19, more than any other player in FPL.

Wolves' set-piece takers
Choice Penalty Corners Free-kicks
First = Neves, Jimenez Moutinho Neves
Second  = Neves, Jimenez Cavaleiro Moutinho
Third - - -

The delivery of Moutinho boosts Willy Boly's potential for goals.

The centre-back was Wolves' main aerial threat from dead-ball scenarios, producing 14 headed shots and scoring three of his four goals last season this way.

Raul Jimenez is another to benefit.

The Mexican also netted on three occasions from set-pieces and his 22 attempts was the second-highest total among FPL forwards.

Never ignore Neves

However, it was Ruben Neves who was the standout goal threat for Nuno Espirito Santo's men.

The 22-year-old produced 32 shots from dead-ball situations last season, bettered only by the 33 of Aleksandar Mitrovic in FPL.

That was largely because he took 11 of Wolves' 12 direct free-kicks, scoring two of his attempts.

When it comes to penalty kicks, Neves and Jimenez appear to take turns.

They each took, and scored, two of Wolves' four spot-kicks in 2018/19.

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

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