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Set-piece analysis: Moutinho again leading for assists

The Scout 13 Nov 2019
Joao Moutinho, Wolves

The Scout says midfielder has set up more goals from dead-ball situations than any other player in 2019/20 FPL

The Scout continues a series on the players offering the biggest potential for Fantasy Premier League points from set-pieces.

Joao Moutinho (WOL) £5.3m

When it comes to supplying assists from free-kicks and corners, Moutinho remains the most reliable pick for FPL managers.

The Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder has set up three goals from such situations, more than any other player this season.

That follows on from last term, when his seven such assists was also a league-leading figure.

Top midfielders for chances created 2019/20
Player Set-piece chances created Set-piece assists Total chances created FPL assists
Joao Moutinho 13 3 21 3
Kevin De Bruyne 13 1 43 10
Gylfi Sigurdsson 13 0 25 1
Pascal Gross 12 2 28 3
Mason Mount 12 1 23 2
James Ward-Prowse 12 0 17

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The underlying statistics show that set-pieces are vital to Moutinho's potential in FPL.

His 21 key passes rank joint-10th among midfielders over the first 12 Gameweeks.

But no one else has created more chances from set-pieces, with his total of 13 level with Kevin De Bruyne (£10.2m) and Gylfi Sigurdsson (£7.5m).

A major share of corners lifts his appeal. Moutinho has taken 49 of Wolves's 56 corners, finding a team-mate on 13 occasions.

And the 33-year-old has stepped up his output in recent matches, providing an assist against Arsenal and Aston Villa in the last two Gameweeks.

Dead-ball differential

Sitting in only 3.8 per cent of squads, the Portuguese looks a tempting differential ahead of a kind upcoming schedule.

According to the Fixture Difficulty Ratings (FDR), only one of Wolves's next six matches scores more than three.

That run begins with a trip to AFC Bournemouth after the international break.

It hands Moutinho the chance to continue delivering for FPL managers, and indeed for Wolves from set-pieces.

Also in this series 

Part 1: Set-piece analysis: Alexander-Arnold ups his game
Part 2: Set-piece analysis: Maguire heading for points
Part 3: Set-piece analysis: Maddison an all-round prospect
Part 5: Set-piece analysis: Rashford profiting from dead-ball duties
Part 6: Set-piece analysis: De Bruyne a dominant force

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