Assists Explained - Week 17

8th December 2016By: Tom Green

The allocation of assists is often a major talking point and this article gives managers an insight as to certain points were or were not given.

Please note that assists awarded during live updates are provided by a feed – no assists are awarded by the feed for penalties, own goals, rebounds off the woodwork, goalkeeping parries/dropped crosses etc. Also, “double assists” are never awarded by the feed. Goals are subsequently reviewed by the Fantasy League Assist Panel and amended manually after all of the day’s matches have been completed.



Man City 1 Chelsea 0
Goal: Gary Cahill o.g.
Assist: Jesus Navas

The weekend’s early kick off saw a clash of the Titans as the league’s in-form side, Chelsea, travelled to fellow title rivals Manchester City. It was City who took the lead on the stroke of half time after Cahill spectacularly volleyed into his own net following a Navas cross. The assist was not initially awarded to Navas by the live scoring feed and so was manually added after all of Saturday’s matches were completed.



Crystal Palace 2 Southampton 0
Goal: James Tomkins
Assist: Joe Ledley

The pressure was on Crystal Palace this week after last week’s collapse against Swansea left Pardew’s position under some question. However, that wasn’t the case after the game as Palace comfortably beat Southampton 3-0. After an opening goal from Christian Benteke, a Palace corner saw Ledley flick the ball goalwards, leaving Tomkins to score the follow up. As the ball reached Tomkins without any intervention after Ledley's flick, the assist was duly awarded to Ledley.



Sunderland 1 Leicester 0
Goal: Robert Huth o.g.
Assist: Jan Kirchhoff

Sunderland were able to move off the bottom of the table after they beat the reigning Premier League champions, Leicester – making it a third defeat in four games for the Foxes. Sunderland took the lead mid-way into the second half after Huth diverted a Kirchhoff header into his own net. Again, as no assists are awarded by the live scoring feed for own goals, this was also added manually.



Tottenham 1 Swansea 0
Goal: Harry Kane
Assist: Dele Alli

Tottenham are keeping the current top four on their toes after an impressive 5-0 victory over a Swansea side that just last week scored five against Crystal Palace. Tottenham took the lead through a Kane penalty after Alli was adjudged to have been fouled in the area. As no assists are awarded by the live scoring feed for penalties, this was added manually on Saturday evening.

Tottenham 2 Swansea 0
Goal: Heung-Min Son
Assists: Christian Eriksen

Tottenham doubled their lead at the end of the first half after an Eriksen shot was blocked, only to ricochet back off Eriksen and fall kindly for a superb acrobatic finish from Son. Although unintentional, Eriksen was awarded the assist as the provider of the last pass to the goalscorer.

Tottenham 4 Swansea 0
Goal: Christian Eriksen
Assists: Dele Alli

In a game that Tottenham completely dominated, it was once again Eriksen who had a hand in the fourth goal. After Alli had a shot partially blocked by goalkeeper Łukasz Fabianski, Eriksen was there to follow up and score from close range. The live scoring feed also does not award assists for goalkeeping parries, so Alli was awarded a second assist in retrospect.



West Ham 1 Arsenal 3
Goal: Andy Carroll
Assists: Dimitri Payet

West Ham’s woes at the London Stadium continued in Saturday’s late kick-off after they thrashed 5-1 by Arsenal. West Ham managed to score a consolation goal through returning striker Carroll after Payet’s almost pin-point free-kick deflected back off the bar. Carroll was fastest to react, heading it past Petr Cech in the Gunners’ goal. As the feed does not award assists for rebounds off the woodwork, this was also added manually.



Bournemouth 1 Liverpool 2
Goal: Callum Wilson
Assists: Ryan Fraser

Another week…another incredible comeback. This time it was at Liverpool’s expense after they threw away a two-goal lead at Bournemouth to lose 4-3. The turning point came through the introduction of Fraser, who made an immediate impact as substitute when he won the south coast side a penalty - being brought down in the box by James Milner. The subsequent penalty was converted by Wilson, so the assist was manually awarded Fraser once both of Sunday's games were completed as the live feed does not automatically award assists for penalties.

Bournemouth 1 Liverpool 2
Goal: Callum Wilson
Assists: Ryan Fraser

Another week…another incredible comeback. This time it was at Liverpool’s expense after they threw away a two-goal lead at Bournemouth to lose 4-3. The turning point came through the introduction of Fraser, who made an immediate impact as substitute when he won the south coast side a penalty - being brought down in the box by James Milner. The subsequent penalty was converted by Wilson, so the assist was manually awarded Fraser once both of Sunday's games were completed as the live feed does not automatically award assists for penalties.

Bournemouth 2 Liverpool 3
Goal: Ryan Fraser
Assists: Benik Afobe

After Liverpool restored a two-goal cushion, Bournemouth reduced the arrears again when Callum Wilson put in a cross which was deflected off the back of Afobe's heel and fell conveniently in the path of Fraser, who scored with aplomb. As Afobe's intervention, however unintentional, significantly changed the direction of the ball by taking two Liverpool defenders out of play, the assist was solely awarded to Afobe.



Everton 1 Man Utd 1
Goal: Leighton Baines
Assists: Idrissa Gueye

Manchester United were held to a third successive 1-1 draw in the league when Leighton Baines rescued a late point for Everton from the penalty spot. Ex-Evertonian Marouane Fellaini, on his 100th United appearance, handed his former side a lifeline when he was deemed to have fouled Gueye in the penalty area with just a minute of normal time remaining. Baines converted the resulting spot-kick, meaning that Gueye was awarded the assist.

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