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Set-pieces: Salah can profit from Milner absence

The Scout 14 Oct 2018
Mohamed Salah celebrates

The Scout says that Liverpool’s success from dead-ball situations could be good news for their Egyptian star

The Scout’s series of articles on set-pieces continues with a look at teams who are a danger at dead-ball situations and how Fantasy Premier League managers can exploit this.

Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp’s men have benefited from set-pieces more than any other side this season.

Top five attacking teams at set-pieces
TeamShotsShots on targetGoals
Everton39133
Man City35123
Liverpool32136
Chelsea32112
Cardiff326
Set-piece specialists

They lead the way for goals scored from such situations, with six.

Only Merseyside rivals Everton can match Liverpool’s 13 shots on target from set-pieces.

This indicates that the Reds' key players for corners and free-kicks should be targeted by Fantasy managers.

Missing Milner

James Milner (£5.7m) has taken 23 of Liverpool’s 39 corner-kicks.

But he has been ruled out for up to a month with the hamstring injury that forced him off against Manchester City in Gameweek 8.

That could allow Mohamed Salah (£12.8m) to benefit, if his injury on international duty is only minor.

Salah’s total of 10 corner-kicks is second only to Milner, suggesting he may be handed his duties.

Milner’s injury could also allow Salah or Roberto Firmino (£9.3m) to become Liverpool’s first-choice penalty taker.

Penalty spotlight

Milner took their only penalty of the season, converting in a 2-0 win at Crystal Palace in Gameweek 2.

Liverpool were awarded three spot-kicks in the Premier League last season.

Salah took two and scored one, while Firmino converted his only attempt.

Salah sales

The Egyptian’s recent lack of form has had a significant effect in the plans of Fantasy managers.

Salah is the most-sold midfielder ahead of Gameweek 9, transferred out by more than 100,000 managers on the back of one goal in five appearances.

However, his prospects are set to be boosted by a run of favourable matches.

According to the Fixture Difficulty Rankings (FDR), only one of Liverpool’s next eight opponents score more than three.

Liverpool's schedule
GWOppFDRGWOppFDR
9HUD (A)213WAT (A)3
10CAR (H)214EVE (H)3
11ARS (A)415BUR (A)2
12FUL (H)216BOU (A)3

That gives Salah the chance to punish his sellers and return to top form.

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 5: Set-pieces: Mitrovic the standout forward
Part 6: Set-pieces: Deeney can be a big aerial weapon
Part 7: Set-pieces: FPL managers can gain from Magpies pain

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