Assists Explained - Week 20

29th December 2016By: Tom Green

As game weeks run from Tuesday to Monday, all points scored on Boxing Day are now attributed to last week.

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.

Watford 1 Crystal Palace 1
Goal: Troy Deeney
Assist: Sebastian Prodl

Palace travelled to Vicarage Road under new manager Sam Allardyce to kick off the Boxing Day fixtures. It was Deeney who managed to steal a share of the points for Watford as he scored his 100th goal for Watford - a penalty after Prodl was fouled in the area. As the live scoring feed does not award assists for penalties, this assist was added manually after all Boxing Day matches had been completed.

Chelsea 2 Bournemouth 0
Goal: Eden Hazard
Assist: No assist

Chelsea broke their club record for consecutive Premier League victories as they beat Bournemouth 3-0 for their 12th win in a row. Hazard made it 2-0 from the spot after he was brought down by Simon Francis. However, as it was Hazard who was fouled and took the penalty himself, no assist was awarded.

Chelsea 3 Bournemouth 0
Goal: Steve Cook o.g.
Assist: Pedro

Chelsea scored a late third goal when Pedro dispossessed Jordan Ibe in midfield and ran forward, firing in a shot which deflected off Cook past goalkeeper Artur Boruc. Although this goal was initially credited to the Spaniard, was officially changed to an own goal later that day. As this amendment took place within 24 hours of the match, Pedro's goal has since been downgraded to an assist and therefore resulted in a one point deduction from the initial update.

Leicester 0 Everton 2
Goal: Romelu Lukaku
Assist: Ross Barkley

Leicester drop closer to the relegation zone as their dreadful form continued with a defeat at home to Everton. Everton wrapped up all three points when Barkley's long clearance found Lukaku on the wing via a slight deflection off Wes Morgan, with the striker then using his strength to burst clear and score. Although the live scoring feed did not allocate the assist to Barkley, this was subsequently added as Morgan's intervention did not alter the fact that the ball was heading to Lukaku anyway.

Swansea 0 West Ham 1
Goal: Andre Ayew
Assists: Andy Carroll and Cheikhou Kouyate

A 4-1 loss at home to West Ham was the final straw for Bob Bradley as the first-ever American Premier League manager was sacked the day after. It was former Swansea striker Ayew that put the visitors ahead after Carroll rose highest to win a header which he directed across goal. A slight deflection occurred when Kouyate competed with Alfie Mawson on the edge of the six yard box before the ball was parried by goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski to Ayew, who scored from close range. As it was impossible to determine whether it was Kouyate or Mawson (or possibly both) who got the touch, the benefit of the doubt was given to the attacking player, and as the deflection was only slight (albeit enough to put off the goalkeeper), a double assist was awarded.

Hull 0 Man City 1
Goal: Yaya Toure
Assist: Raheem Sterling

Manchester City left it late but scored three second-half goals to beat Hull 3-0 at the KCOM Stadium and move up to second in the Premier League table. Manchester City eventually broke the deadlock after a clumsy challenge from Andrew Robertson on Sterling gave City a penalty. Toure stepped up and scored the resulting penalty to give the visitors the lead. As assists are not awarded by the live scoring feed for penalties, this was manually added after the game.

Hull 0 Man City 3
Goal: Curtis Davies o.g.
Assist: Raheem Sterling

City scored a third with the final kick of the game when Davies diverted Sterling's cross into his own net. As is the case with penalties, assists are not awarded by the live scoring feed for own goals, so this was also added manually after the match.


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