Assists Explained - Week 39

By: Tom Green 9th 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.

West Ham 1 Tottenham 0
Goal: Manuel Lanzini
Assist: Andre Ayew

West Ham put a huge dent in Tottenham's title aspirations with a one goal win at the London Stadium. Ayew's shot rebounded off defender Jan Vertonghen and back onto his body before falling to Lanzini to score the only goal of the game. Although somewhat fortunate, as the touch from Ayew to Lanzini acted as the final pass to the goalscorer, the assist was duly awarded - intention is irrelevant when it comes to determining assists.

Bournemouth 0 Stoke 1
Goal: Lys Mousset o.g.
Assist: Marko Arnautovic

Stoke broke the deadlock at the Vitality Stadium when Mousset headed in Arnautovic's corner into his own net. As the live scoring feed does not award assists for own goals, this was added manually after all of Saturday's matches were complete.

Bournemouth 2 Stoke 2
Goal: Ryan Shawcross o.g.
Assist: Josh King

As per the opener, the fourth and final goal came courtesy of an own goal. King's attempted shot was deflected into his own net by Shawcross, meaning that the Bournemouth striker was also awarded an assist after all of Saturday's matches had concluded.

Hull 0 Sunderland 1
Goal: Billy Jones
Assist: George Honeyman and John O'Shea

Relegated Sunderland hindered Hull's survival ambitions with a surprise victory at the KCOM Stadium. For the opener, Jones reacted first to a near-post flick-on by O'Shea from an outswinging corner from Honeyman. However, as O'Shea's flick-on made little difference to the direction of the ball on a horizontal plane, a "double assist" was awarded to both Honeyman and O'Shea.

Leicester 2 Watford 0
Goal: Riyad Mahrez
Assist: None

Leicester guaranteed their own survival despite a shaky defence of their Premier League title with a comprehensive 3-0 win against Watford. For their second goal, a long punt up field by Kasper Schmeichel was flicked-on by Jamie Vardy before the ball was mis-controlled by defender Adrian Mariappa, allowing Mahrez the opportunity to cut in and score. As the ball was initially heading parallel to the touchline, Mariappa's touch was deemed significant and no assist was awarded as a result.

Chelsea 1 Middlesbrough 0
Goal: Diego Costa
Assist: Cesc Fabregas

Chelsea moved to within one win of the Premier League title with a 3-0 victory over Middlesbrough. A through-ball from Fabregas took a slight touch off Fabio before falling to Costa to score at close range. However, as the defender's contact made no difference to the initial direction of the ball, the assist was duly awarded to Fabregas - even though there were other stats providers that stated it wouldn't count as an assist based on their own somewhat stricter criteria.

Chelsea 2 Middlesbrough 0
Goal: Marcos Alonso
Assist: Cesar Azpilicueta

Chelsea doubled their advantage when Azpilicueta found Alonso on the edge of the six yard box, with the Spaniard's shot deflecting off goalkeeper Brad Guzan and into the net. Although there was some doubt as to whether the Spaniard would be officially awarded the goal, this still remains the case 24 hours after the match, and even if it was subsequently overturned, no points amendments would now take effect.


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