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Brighton must beware Palace set-pieces

13 Apr 2018
Yohan Cabaye, Crystal Palace

Fifteen of the Eagles' 33 goals this season have come from dead-ball situations, the highest proportion in the league

When Brighton & Hove Albion visit Crystal Palace this weekend they should be wary of giving away fouls. 

Luka Milivojevic's precise free-kick at AFC Bournemouth last weekend not only made him the first Palace midfielder to reach 10 goals in a Premier League season, it also maintained the Eagles' high proportion of goals scored from set-pieces.

Of their 33 PL goals this season, seven have been penalties, five have come from corners, two from indirect free-kicks and one, in their last match, a direct free-kick.

It means 45.5 per cent of their goals have been via set-pieces, the highest proportion in the competition.

By way of contrast, only 28 per cent of Brighton's goals have come in that manner.

What about the rest?

Only 11 of Liverpool’s 75 goals have been scored in set-piece situations, or 15 per cent.

In fact, the five clubs with the lowest proportions of set-piece goals are all currently in the top six.

Arsenal are the exception.

While Palace have the highest proportion in the league, the Gunners have scored the most, with 19. Burnley's seven are the fewest.

Highest shares of set-piece goals
Club Set-piece goals Total goals Percentage
CRY 15  33  45 
WBA 11  26  42 
BOU 17  41  41 
SOU 12  31  39 
SWA 10  26  38 
EVE 10  38  36 
NEW 11  33  33 
ARS 19  61  31 
HUD 26  31 
WAT 13  42  31 
BUR 31  23 
LEI 14  48  29 
BHA 29  28 
STK 30  27 
WHU 10  39  26 
CHE 13  54  24 
MUN 15  63  24 
TOT 15  64  23 
MCI 17  90  19 
LIV 11  75  15 

See: All set-piece goals scored in 2017/18

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