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Official Premier League site analysis identifies major Newcastle United weakness

3 years ago

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.
Newcastle United
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.
Dead-ball deficiency
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.


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