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.
Arsenal 2 Sunderland 0
Goal: Alexis Sanchez
Assist: Olivier Giroud
Arsene Wenger's side were forced to wait until the final 15 minutes before finding a breakthrough against bottom side Sunderland. Sanchez scored both goals for the hosts - his second coming after Giroud's header was saved by Jordan Pickford, with the Chilean being on hand to slot home the loose ball. As the live scoring feed does not allocate assists for goalkeeping parries, this was added manually after the game.
Burnley 1 West Ham 2
Goal: Andre Ayew
Assist: Edmilson Fernandes
West Ham just missed out on a top half finish despite a final day victory at Burnley. Ayew scored the winner when he followed up a Fernandes shot which twice rebounded off the crossbar. As the live scoring feed does not award assists following rebounds off the woodwork, yet alone twice in succession, this was added after all of Sunday's matches had been completed.
Man Utd 2 Crystal Palace 0
Goal: Paul Pogba
Manchester United's youngsters came through against Crystal Palace with two goals in the first 20 minutes. For the second, a pass from Jesse Lingard was partially cut-out by defender Joel Ward, allowing Pogba to slot home. After viewing the goal from several different angles, the view from behind the goal demonstrated that the ball initially went past Pogba, but then Ward effectively stopped the ball for the midfielder to pick up the loose ball. Had Ward not intervened, Pogba would have been forced to run much further to retrieve the ball and receive it at a much wider angle to the goal. For that reason, it was decided that the defensive intervention was significant and no assist was awarded to Lingard as a result.
Watford 0 Man City 5
Goal: Gabriel Jesus
Assist: Sergio Aguero
Manchester City were rampant in their final game of the season as they put five past Watford. For their fifth, Jesus received a lofted pass from Aguero, and although he temporarily lost possession, swiftly regained the ball to score. However, as the defensive intervention came after Jesus had taken a touch from Aguero's pass, the "last pass to the goalscorer" had effectively already been made, so the assist was duly awarded to the Argentine.