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 1 Hull 0
Goal: Alexis Sanchez
Assist: Kieran Gibbs
Arsenal saw off Hull in controversial fashion as a Sanchez handball was missed by the officials. The Chilean got the opening goal of the game after a shot from Gibbs was cleared off the line, only for Sanchez to score at the second attempt from the follow-up – his initial shot being saved before deflecting off his arm into the goal. As no assists are awarded by the live scoring feed for either goal-line clearances or goalkeeping parries, this was added manually after all Saturday’s matches had finished.
Arsenal 2 Hull 0
Goal: Alexis Sanchez
Assist: Lucas Perez
The Gunners left it late to seal all three points, courtesy of a spot-kick from Sanchez. The penalty came when a shot from Perez was handled on the goal-line by Sam Clucas, resulting in a sending-off for the Hull midfielder. Goal-line clearances is the only instance where assists are awarded for handballs, so Perez was also subsequently awarded an assist.
Sunderland 0 Southampton 3
Goal: Jason Denayer o.g.
Assist: Ryan Bertrand
Sunderland missed out on the chance to move out of the relegation zone after Manolo Gabbiadini scored twice in only his second Southampton start to help his side to a comfortable 4-0 victory. The third goal came from a cross by Bertrand which was deflected into his own net by Denayer. As no assists are awarded by the live scoring feed for own goals, this was also added manually after all matches on Saturday were completed.
West Ham 1 West Brom 1
Goal: Sofiane Feghouli
Assists: Manuel Lanzini
West Brom left it late to steal a draw against West Ham after McAuley’s injury time header secured at 2-2 draw at the London Stadium. West Ham got back on level terms when Lanzini’s shot was tipped onto the crossbar by Baggies’ keeper Ben Foster, only for Feghouli to score from the follow-up. As neither the save from the goalkeeper or the rebound off the woodwork removes the assist, Lanzini was duly awarded two points.
West Ham 2 West Brom 2
Goal: Gareth McAuley
Assist: Jonny Evans
Tony Pulis’ side bagged an injury-time equalizer to grab a share of the spoils. A Chris Brunt corner was headed back in the opposite direction by Evans, immediately deflecting off the top of McAuley’s head and into the net – although the contact off McAuley is difficult to see at normal speed. As the goal was officially awarded to McAuley (and Fantasy League have no authority to overrule this even if we disagreed), the corresponding assist was awarded to Evans. Had Evans been given the goal, Brunt would have gained the assist. Moreover, as the defender’s header ensured that the ball went back in the opposite direction it came from, it cannot be considered for a double assist.
Bournemouth 0 Man City 1
Goal: Raheem Sterling
Assist: No assist
Manchester City closed the gap on Chelsea to eight points after the Citizens beat Bournemouth 2-0 at the Vitality Stadium on Sunday. Sterling gave City the lead after a cross from Leroy Sane deflected off the boot of Steve Cook, presenting Sterling with a tap-in from three yards. As the deflection took two other Bournemouth defenders out of play and ensured the City winger received the ball much closer to goal than he would have otherwise, the defensive intervention has to be regarded as significant and no assist was awarded as a result.
Bournemouth 0 Man City 2
Goal: Tyrone Mings o.g.
Assists: Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero
City sealed all three points through an unfortunate own goal from Mings. Sterling’s cross from the left was touched on by Aguero, but was ultimately put into his own net by the Bournemouth defender who was challenging the City striker. As Mings would have received the ball in an identical position even without Aguero’s touch (we cannot speculate as to whether or not he would have prevented an own goal in this instance), a double assist was awarded to both Sterling and Aguero.