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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 (£5.5m) 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 (£7.0m) 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 the potential of Willy Boly (£5.0m) 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 (£7.5m) 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 (£5.5m) 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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