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Set-pieces: Mitrovic the standout forward

The Scout 13 Oct 2018
Aleksandar Mitrovic, Fulham

The Scout explains why Fulham striker a key target from corners and free-kicks

The Scout continues a series of articles looking at Fantasy Premier League players who have posed a big attacking threat from set-pieces.

Aleksandar Mitrovic (FUL) £6.9m

The aerial ability of the Fulham forward has been a big factor for Fantasy managers this season.

Mitrovic is the sixth-top scoring FPL forward on 42 points, with five goals and an assist over the opening eight Gameweeks.

Importantly, three of his five goals have come from headers, more than any other player in FPL.

His threat in the air has been a key weapon for Fulham at free-kicks and corners.

Top forwards for set-pieces 2018/19
Player Shots Direct free-kicks Headed shots Goals
Mitrovic 7 1 4 1
Ings 5 0 3 1
Aguero 5 3 0 0
Mounie 5 0 4 0
Deeney 4 0 1 2
Wilson 4 0 3 1
Vokes 4 0 4 1
Arnautovic 4 1 0 0
Murray  4 0 4 0
Jimenez 4 0 2 0
Leading man

Mitrovic is the leading forward for shots from set-piece situations, tallying seven.

His underlying statistics highlight his importance for Fulham.

He has won 38 headed duels, more than three times the 12 of his nearest team-mate, Cyrus Christie (£4.3m).

Whenever Fulham have a set-piece, Mitrovic is likely to be targeted.

Differential potential

No FPL forward can beat the Serb's four headed efforts from set-pieces, level with Steve Mounie (£5.8m), Glenn Murray (£6.5m) and Sam Vokes (£5.3m).

But, Mitrovic's recent lack of FPL output has persuaded many owners to sell him on, with more than 70,000 transferring him out after one goal in his last four Gameweeks.

They perhaps have ignored that Fulham are set for a run of opponents who could help reignite his prospects in Fantasy.

Fulham's next five Gameweeks
9 CAR (A) 2
10 BOU (H) 3
11 HUD (A) 2
12 LIV (A) 5
13 SOU (H) 2
Appealing fixtures 

Four of their next five matches score no more than three in the Fixture Difficulty Ranking (FDR).

That hands Mitrovic the platform to return to form as a key mid-price forward option.

Also in this series

Part 1: Set-pieces: Trippier threat on the rise
Part 2: Set-pieces: Managers heading for points with Keane
Part 3: Set-pieces: Knockaert offers FPL value
Part 4: Set-pieces: Free-kicks boost Maddison in Fantasy
Part 6: Set-pieces: Deeney can be big aerial weapon
Part 7: Set-pieces: FPL managers can gain from Magpies pain
Part 8: Set-pieces: Salah can profit from Milner absence

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