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When is an assist actually an assist?
Gary Neville got us going on Sunday in the Spurs v Chelsea game when he claimed that Eriksen wouldn’t be credited with an assist for Batshuayi’s own goal from the Spurs man’s free kick. We all had Eriksen in our team and so we’d thought we’d been diddled out of some points but although Gary may have been right on the PL stats, when it comes to the FPL it’s different.
We all know what a clear assist is but what happens when it’s not so clear?
When a defender touches the ball before it reaches the goalscorer
If a player from the defending side touches the ball after the assist pass from the attacking player’s final pass and it significantly alters the intended destination of the ball, then no assist is awarded. Should two opposing players touch the ball after the final pass before a goal is scored, then no assist is awarded.
But what about rebounds?
If a shot on goal is blocked by an opposition player, is saved by a goalkeeper or hits the woodwork, and a goal is scored from the rebound, then an assist is awarded.
And getting back to Sunday, what about own goals?
If a player shoots or passes the ball and forces an opposing player to put the ball in his own net, then an assist is awarded, so Gary was definitely wrong in PFL terms.
Do you get an assist if you win a pen or a free-kick and a goal is scored?
The player earning the penalty or free-kick is awarded an assist if a goal is directly scored, but not if he takes it himself, in which case no assist is given.
So why does who got the assist sometimes change after the game and why does who got the assist vary between sites?
Assist points are awarded by Opta and are calculated using additional stats which may differ from other websites. Points awarded in-game are subject to change up until one hour after the final whistle of the last match of any given day when the FPL’s Assist Panel looks at any iffy ones, however once the points have all been updated on that day, no further adjustments to points will be made.
In our league, the Top 10 are as follows:
Rob Shackleton, Pari Passu
Manager of the Week
We haven’t set eyes on Kevin since the 2014/15 season when he briefly popped up with MOTW but he’s not only done it again but he’s the joint leader as well. Being a QPR fan, Martin doesn’t have any issues with selecting rival players and only Xhaka, Salah and Alderweireld let him down this week.
What a performance Kevin. Very well done.
Page 2 Pacesetter
Another blast from the past and another Page 2 Pacesetter award for Tim. Despite having the misfortune of KdB as his captain and Walker being sent off due to a mixture of incompetence and pure cheating, Tim pulled thru with 62 points, 9 of which were from our “one to watch”, Andrew Robertson.
Excellent start Tim. Page 1 beckons.
The Best of the Rest
With 44 points in joint 99th place we find Arsenal fan Rick Foster. Rick has so much faith in his real team that he only has one Arsenal player selected and that was two-point Lacazette. He’s got a couple of Spuds in there though, but they only brought him a measly 2 points between them.
Keep going Rick!
The Palace winger that Frank de Boer was hoping would supply Benteke with a host of goal scoring opportunities has injured his knee and is out for a month. At the start of the season you would have paid the same for the Ivory Coast International as Chelsea’s Willian but you can’t do a straight swap any more with a £200k price differential. Zaha is still owned by 11% of managers none of which can afford to leave £7m on the bench in these crucial few weeks. We think you should just ….
Get him binned!
One to watch..........
The young Scottish left back signed over the summer from Hull for £10m could be the answer to Liverpool’s troubles in that position. Last season the superb, but right footed James Milner played there but it was only ever going to be a stop gap. Robertson missed the first game where Liverpool leaked 3 goals and it’s no coincidence that they kept a clean sheet on Saturday when he played and picked up no less than 9 points without even an assist. At £4.9m, an ownership of less than 2% and a definite starter, he could be a…………
Team of the Week
Norway’s Krister Svingen is top of the world league with what looks like a pretty ordinary side. He has got 199 points so far though.
So, what’s his team?
His subs were
Foster, Van Dijk, Yaya, Can
Not bad eh?
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