Assists Explained - Week 40

By: Tom Green 17th May 2017

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 2 Leicester 0
Goal: Gabriel Jesus
Assist: Leroy Sane

Manchester City continued their challenge for a Champions League place next season with a narrow victory over Leicester. Sane picked up his second assist of the game when he was felled for a penalty which was subsequently scored by Jesus. As the live scoring feed does not award assists for penalties, this was added manually on Saturday evening after all of the day's matches had been completed.

Crystal Palace 1 Hull 0
Goal: Wilfried Zaha
Assist: Andros Townsend

Crystal Palace confirmed Hull's relegation from the Premier League with a comprehensive victory at Selhurst Park. Zaha put the Eagles into an early lead, running onto a lofted pass from Townsend which was headed on by Michael Dawson and then missed by Andrea Ranocchia. However, as Dawson's header did not significantly affect the direction of the ball on a horizontal plane (it was already heading to Ranocchia's left) and the Italian missed the ball completely, the assist was duly awarded to Townsend.

Crystal Palace 3 Hull 0
Goal: Luka Milivojevic
Assist: Jeffrey Schlupp

Palace moved out of sight with a third goal with five minutes remaining. Schlupp went on a rampaging run before his was hauled down in the penalty area, allowing Milivojevic to score from the spot. Again, as the live scoring feed does not allocate assists for penalties, this was subsequently added manually.

Chelsea 3 Watford 2
Goal: Daryl Janmaat
Assist: M'Baye Niang

After Chelsea regained the Premier League title on Friday night, the Blues followed it up with a 4-3 win against Watford on Monday. After going 3-1 down, Janmaat gave the Hornets some hope when he scored a fantastic individual goal. He picked up a loose ball after Niang was clattered by Cesar Azpilicueta and although fellow Kurt Zouma got a subsequent touch, Janmaat essentially picked up the ball in an almost identical position that he would have done otherwise, thus providing Niang with the assist.


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