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.
Bournemouth 1 Sunderland 2
Goal: Jermain Defoe
Assist: Victor Anichebe
Sunderland registered their first win of the season with a victory away at Bournemouth. Black Cats new boy Anichebe had a hand in both goals - after scoring the first, he was then brought down in the box for a penalty, which was subsequently scored by Defoe. As with any penalty, the assist was not awarded by the feed but was later added on manually.
Burnley 1 Crystal Palace 0
Goal: Sam Vokes
Assist: Matthew Lowton
Burnley’s excellent start to the season continued with a five goal thriller against Crystal Palace that saw them forfeit a two goal lead only to then score another 90th minute winner. For the opening goal of the game, Lowton’s initial shot was cleared off the line by Palace defender Scott Dann, the ball then deflecting off Dann's other leg, rebounding off goalkeeper Steve Mandanda and finally into the path of goalscorer Vokes. The defensive interventions of Dann and Mandanda were considered to be a goal-line clearance and a goalkeeper parry (neither of which removes the assist) so Lowton was added an assist manually.
West Ham 1 Stoke 0
Goal: Glenn Whelan o.g.
Assists: Dimitri Payet and Michail Antonio
West Ham’s woes continue at The London Stadium as they let another lead slip in a draw with Stoke. Initially, the West Ham goal was officially awarded to Antonio but minutes later changed to a Glenn Whelan own goal as Antonio’s header rebounded off of the back of Whelan and into the net. A double assist was awarded to both Payet and Antonio as it was not possible to determine just how significant Antonio's header was - with Whelan's inadvertent header coming almost immediately after Antonio’s.
Chelsea 3 Everton 0
Goal: Diego Costa
Assists: Eden Hazard and Nemanja Matic
Everton fell to their heaviest defeat of the season as they were thrashed 5-0 by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea found themselves 3-0 up by the end of the first half after Hazard's corner was flicked-on at the near-post by Matic to goalscorer Costa. As Matic's header did not affect the direction of the ball on a horizontal plane, a double assist was awarded to both Hazard and Matic.
Chelsea 5 Everton 0
Assists: Eden Hazard
Pedro rounded off a woeful day for the Toffees with the final goal of the evening after Hazard’s shot was parried by Everton goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg to Pedro, and the Spaniard made no mistake by slotting into an open goal. No assist was initially awarded by the feed but added manually later.
Arsenal 1 Tottenham 0
Goal: Kevin Wimmer o.g.
Assists: Mesut Ozil
The first North London derby of the season ended in a stalemate as Arsenal and Tottenham drew 1-1 at the Emirates. Arsenal took the lead late into the first half when Ozil’scross was turned in by Tottenham defender Wimmer. The assist was manually added on for Ozil as the feed does not award assists for own goals.
Arsenal 1 Tottenham 1
Goal: Harry Kane
Assists: Moussa Dembele
Tottenham then leveled the score almost immediately into the second half when Dembele’s powerful run saw him brought down by a clumsy challenge from Laurent Koscielny. A penalty was awarded and was successfully converted by Harry Kane on his return from injury. As with all penalties, the assist was manually added for Dembele as it was not awarded by the feed.
Hull 0 Southampton 1
Goal: Charlie Austin
Assists: Maya Yoshida
Hull returned to winning ways after coming back from a goal down to beat an in-form Southampton 2-1 at the KC Stadium. However, it was the Saints that opened the scoring when Maya Yoshida was brought down in the box for a penalty, which was converted by Austin. The assist was later added for Yoshida as it was he who was fouled for the penalty.
Liverpool 6 Watford 1
Goal: Georginio Wijnaldum
Assists: Daniel Sturridge
Liverpool have sent a loud message to the rest of the Premier League that they are serious title contenders this year after they thrashed Watford 6-1 at Anfield. Despite all the goals, there was only one contentious assist – for the final goal, substitute Sturridge's shot was parried by Pantimillon to Wijnaldum, who scored from close range. Once again, Sturridge was manually awarded the assist after the all of the day's matches had been completed.