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Fanteam Monster [GW16]: Set-Piece Analysis and Vulnerabilities

In these regular articles, I am taking a look at chances created and conceded by teams playing each other in the slate to unearth vulnerabilities. I also analyze set-piece data to capitalize on certain teams' weaknesses. We can use that data to complement research and ownership projections to build better and more balanced squads, hopefully taking our teams one step ahead of the opposition on FanTeam.


Chances Created & Conceded Analysis

Some teams create and concede more chances from a particular zone.

For example, Team #1 creates the most chances from the left flank and Team #2 concedes the most from the right flank. If they play against each other, we can use this factor and pick the player who plays on the left wing from Team #1. We understand that he might have a bigger upside than a player from the opposite flank.

Still, there are many important factors to consider on top of that like potential/value/ownership, etc. But the more useful information we have, the more flexible we are when making decisions.

Team Potential (Left Zone) Potential (Central Zone) Potential (Right Zone)
ARS     Excellent
LIV Good   Good
CHE Good   Good
NOR Good   Good
BUR Excellent    
LEI Excellent    
SOU   Good Excellent
LEE Good   Good
WHU   Good Good
NEW   Good Good
EVE Excellent    

Read more: GW 16 Captain Power Rankings

Players with Strong Potential to deliver an attacking return (based on stats above)

Set-Piece Analysis

Information about set-pieces and certain teams' vulnerabilities can be very useful for Weekly Monster's tournaments since it's something that is very often overlooked by many managers. 

For your convenience, we compiled this easy-to-read chart with every team going head to head ranked according to their set-piece taking and defending abilities. Every team below has 1 of 5 possible ratings for their attack & defence on set-pieces:

  • Excellent
  • Good
  • Average
  • Poor
  • Very Poor

This rating is based on how successful every team has been in terms of :

  • scored and conceded goals from set-pieces (goals from penalties excluded);
  • shots, headed attempts and conceded shots & headed attempts from set-pieces;
  • xG, xA & conceded xG on set-pieces.

These parameters don't change very quickly unlike other players' stats over the course of the season. I am looking at gameweeks 1-15 but I also consider recent stats in the last 4-6 gameweeks to make my rating. 

Team Attack Team Defence
ARS Good SOU Poor
LIV Good AVL Average
CHE Excellent LEE Average
NOR Average MUN Poor
BUR Good WHU Average
LEI Good NEW Good
CRY Average EVE Average
SOU Average ARS Good
AVL Excellent LIV Average
LEE Good CHE Excellent
MUN Very Poor NOR Poor
WHU Good BUR Poor
NEW Good LEI Very Poor
EVE Very Poor CRY Very Poor

Teams with good chances to get and score from set-pieces:

  • Newcastle (Tier 1)
  • Arsenal (Tier 2)
  • West Ham (Tier 2)
  • Aston Villa (Tier 3)
  • Chelsea (Tier 3)

Read more: Ownership Breakdown for FanTeam Monsters


For those interested in penalties, although it's a rather random occurrence in a game of football.

Teams with good chances to get and score a penalty:

  • Norwich (Tier 1)
  • Man Utd (Tier 1)
  • Everton (Tier 2)
  • Crystal Palace (Tier 2)
  • Southampton (Tier 3)

Penalty Takers:

  • Teemu Pukki (NOR)
  • Cristiano Ronaldo or Bruno Fernandes (MUN)
  • Richarlison (EVE)
  • Wilfried Zaha (CRY)
  • James Ward-Prowse (SOU)


Historical Matchup Player Stats

Some players like to score against certain teams more often than others. It's a tricky psychological factor when a player might more confident knowing he had been successful against this opponent in previous games. And we can sometimes use this secondary factor when building our teams. It's important to understand that this factor can't be prioritized when building a lineup. First of all, we have to lean on things like stats, player's form, chance to score and etc.

The devil is in the details, as they say, so use this info while debating between two picks, for example. If you want to win Weekly Monster, little details such as this one can be very useful at times.

  • Lacazette vs SOU — 4 goals in 8 matches
  • Watkins vs LIV — 4 goals in 2 matches
  • Salah vs AVL — 4 goals in 5 matches
  • Mane vs AVL — 4 goals in 4 matches
  • Rashford vs NOR — 3 goals in 3 matches
  • Wood vs WHU — 7 goals in 8 matches
  • Antonio vs BUR — 4 goals in 8 matches
  • Wilson vs LEI — 2 goals in 2 matches
  • Maddison vs NEW — 3 goals in 6 matches


Matvey, also known as Montafly is a big fantasy fan, Excel master and music lover who likes making useful spreadsheets and digging up interesting statistics for fantasy games. He has been playing DFS since 2019 on FanTeam and for 10 years on FPL. FanTeam's 2019 Winter Championship of Fantasy Football finalist. FanTeam's 2021 Spring Championship of Fantasy Football finalist and prize-winner. 38th in FanTeam EURO 2020 £1M Game