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Set-piece analysis: De Bruyne a dominant force

The Scout 14 Nov 2019
Kevin De Bruyne, Man City

The Scout says Belgian’s delivery has made Man City the most threatening side from free-kicks and corners this season

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

Kevin De Bruyne (MCI) £10.2m

The Belgian's return from injury this season has boosted Manchester City's FPL prospects at set-pieces.

Pep Guardiola's side have had 62 shots from such situations, a league-leading total.

And De Bruyne has been instrumental to their goal threat.

Top teams for shots from set-pieces
Team Shots from set-pieces Shots from corners Direct free-kicks Set-piece goals
Man City 62 45 7 6
Everton 58 40 5 2
Bournemouth 55 30 11 7
Liverpool 49 30 6 5
Burnley 46 27 6 4

The 28-year-old has taken 72 of the 110 corners Man City have been awarded and delivered 24 successful ones into the box, more than any other player in FPL.

His total of 13 chances created from set-pieces rank third overall.

Combined with his distribution from open play, De Bruyne has been the league's most creative player in 2019/20.

His 43 key passes and 10 assists are more than any other player this season.

Cherries leading the way

However, it is AFC Bournemouth who have been the most prolific side from set-pieces, scoring seven goals to Man City's six.

Dead-ball duties have helped raise the attacking threat of Harry Wilson (£6.0m).

The Welshman has scored two of his four goals from free-kicks or corners, and no player in FPL has bettered his total of seven shots from direct free-kicks.

The Cherries' left-back Diego Rico (£4.3m) has also profited from a big share of free-kicks and corners, creating 10 chances this way.

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 4: Set-piece analysis: Moutinho again leading for assists
Part 5: Set-piece analysis: Rashford profiting from dead-ball duties


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