The official Premier League site has picked out a massive weakness so far for Newcastle United this season.
In the last campaign, Rafa’s team were very good when it came to both defending and attacking set-pieces.
That hasn’t been the case in the eight Premier League matches so far.
Newcastle have only scored six goals so far and none of them came from free-kicks and corners.
At the other end of the pitch though it is a different story.
Newcastle have faced a massive 46 shots (next highest is 36 – see below) so far from set-pieces as they have repeatedly gave away corners, as well as free-kicks in dangerous positions.
Only Southampton (six) have conceded more than Newcastle’s five from set-pieces.
Mata’s goal in the last game came from a daft free-kick Diame gave away right on the edge of the box.
Whilst Maguire scored Leicester’s second with a header from a corner.
On top of goals directly from set-pieces, you also have the likes of Leicester’s first goal, a penalty but that came when a corner wasn’t dealt with.
Newcastle desperately need to get this area of their game right at both ends of the pitch.
Official Premier League website:
‘The Scout analyses teams who are struggling at corners and free-kicks
The Scout’s series of articles on set-pieces continues with a look at teams who are vulnerable to conceding from dead-ball situations and how Fantasy Premier League managers can exploit this.
Rafa Benitez’s men have allowed 46 scoring opportunities against them from corners and free-kicks, at least 10 more than any other side.
This has boosted the potential of their opponents in FPL.
Indeed, 37 per cent of all shots faced by Newcastle have been from set-plays alone.
They have conceded five goals from set-pieces, a total that ranks them second from bottom.
Fantasy managers can look to exploit theses frailties by pinpointing opponents who boast an attacking threat from dead-ball situations.
The Leicester City duo of Harry Maguire (£5.5m) and James Maddison (£6.9m) recently took advantage of the Magpies’ set-piece struggles.
Maguire scored a header from Maddison’s corner in a 2-0 away win in Gameweek 7, the pair returning a combined 24 points at St James’ Park.