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Analysis | Thursday, December 7, 2023 2:23 PM (Revised at: Friday, April 26, 2024 11:28 AM)

Premier League Set Pieces: Goals, Corners, and Free Kick Stats

Premier League Set Pieces: Goals, Corners, and Free Kick Stats
23rd December 2023; The City Ground, Nottingham, England; Premier League Football, Nottingham Forest versus Bournemouth; A corner flag at The City Ground before kick-off.

Look, it can be a bit of a task unearthing the necessary set pieces stats and information when approaching betting on goals, results, or whatever takes your fancy in any given weekend Premier League schedule. So, we thought, why not put a selection of set-piece stats in one place and task Sam Ingram to update it weekly as the 2023/24 Premier League season progresses? We’ll also place the microscope over happenings from the previous campaign to provide a bigger set-piece sample size.

In the table below, expect everything from goals scored from corners, general Premier League set piece goals and stats, and the expected goals for (xG) and against (xGA) from set pieces for all 20 teams.

Premier League Set Pieces: Goals, Corners and Free Kick Stats

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Premier League Set Piece Goals in 2023/24

We’ve got you. It’s a dirty job, but someone has to do it. Premier League set piece goals scored and conceded, corner stats, penalties, set piece expected goals, etc.

The data below comes from BETSiEFBREF, and Opta Analyst – all three of which should be front and centre of one’s betting arsenal.

Last Updated: April 23rd, 2024

Club SPG SP xG SP GC SP xGA CG CGC PK
Arsenal 18 12.64 6 4.90 12 6 9
Everton 15 16.18 11 9.17 10 9 1
Aston Villa 14 11.43 14 13.59 7 10 4
Luton Town 13 10.65 16 13.31 9 11 4
Liverpool 13 12.95 7 10.27 10 5 6
Man City 13 10.83 2 5.05 9 2 5
Wolves 13 10.58 8 10.75 9 5 4
Newcastle 12 10.74 8 9.52 6 4 7
Tottenham 11 7.71 11 13.79 9 7 1
West Ham 11 13.56 7 11.11 9 5 4
Bournemouth 10 10.95 10 9.08 10 6 2
Brentford 10 15.19 7 7.09 6 7 3
Fulham 10 10.38 6 11.85 10 2 2
Chelsea 9 7.03 9 10.43 8 7 11
Man United 7 9.20 12 14.79 5 9 5
Brighton 6 8.90 8 8.43 5 7 5
Nottingham Forest 5 8.99 21 11.48 3 14 1
Sheffield United 5 8.08 14 12.58 2 12 4
Burnley 4 7.71 16 14.52 3 11 2
Crystal Palace 4 9.82 10 11.80 1 7 4

 

Table abbreviations: SPG: Set Piece Goals – SP xG: Set Piece Expected Goals – SP GC: Set Piece Goals Conceded – SP xGA: Set Piece Expected Goals Against – CG: Corner Goals – CGC: Corner Goals Conceded – PK: Penalty Kicks Scored. + Leaders/Worst in bold.


Most Goals scored from Set Pieces in the Premier League in 2023/24

Who has scored the most goals from set pieces in the Premier League this season?

Given their expectations for the title, it may not surprise people that Arsenal and Manchester City are among the leading pack for the most set-piece goals scored in the Premier League. It doesn’t always work out this way, but couple their tall, physical squads with the likelihood of more set pieces in or near the final third, and it’s a good recipe for success from a dead ball.

It’s Luton, Everton and Aston Villa who are giving the title-chasers a run for their money. In fact, The Toffees’ Set Piece xG is the best in the division. If that kind of underlying process continues, don’t be surprised to see more Premier League goals from set pieces in Everton blue sooner rather than later. Sean Dyche has his Everton side, who are monstrously tall, performing in such a way from set pieces that no side can catch them right now. The ten Everton goals from set pieces suggest that Dyche has his squad drilled to within an inch of their life on the training pitch – something that is beginning to pay off on Merseyside.

Crystal Palace  and Burnley (4) are, statistically, the worst team from set pieces in the Premier League. That is, if the ‘goals scored’ stat is how one judges a top-flight outfit from a dead ball situation.


Goals conceded from a Premier League dead ball

One of the more intriguing set-piece stats in the Premier League when looking to oppose a side on the weekend comes in the shape of goals conceded from set pieces. Is a fragile-looking set-piece team coming up against an Arsenal or an Everton? Two teams bursting with aerial presence.

Whether opting for a defender as an anytime goalscorer or on the nose in the 1X2 markets, it’s handy to know how a team operates numbers-wise when scoring and conceding goals in the Premier League.

In 2023/24, Nottingham Forest have conceded the most Premier League goals from set pieces, just in front of Luton and Burnley.

Chelsea might have the unwanted record of having the smallest Set Piece xG, but it’s Burnley’s xGA processes that stands them out from the crowd for all the wrong reasons – potentially a nod towards why they’ve been battling for survival from the off.


Who has scored the most Free Kick Goals in the Premier League this season?

Is there anything more deflating for a free-kick taker than to arrow an attempt from a set piece past the keeper for it to hit the woodwork before taking a slight knick off the keeper and heading over the line for an own goal? 

Trent Alexander-Arnold’s thunderous free-kick did just that against Fulham on Match Day 14, with Bernd Leno in the Fulham net officially taking the unwanted plaudits as Liverpool players huddled around their Right-Back (/Central Midfielder?). That means the Scouser in Liverpool’s backline will head into 2024 without a free-kick goal in the Premier League this season. 

So, who has scored the most free-kick goals in the Premier League in 2023/24? Well, as it stands, only five players have accomplished such a feat – all managing to find the net just once from a free-kick.

 

Player Club Free-Kick Goals Free-Kick Attempts Conversion Rate
Phil Foden Man City 1 2 50%
Alexander-Arnold Liverpool 1 3 33.3%
John McGinn Aston Villa 1 3 33.3%
Raheem Sterling Chelsea 1 3 33.3%
Mathias Jensen Brentford 1 3 33.3%
Ivan Toney Brentford 1 7 14.2%
Eberechi Eze Crystal Palace 1 10 10%
Julian Alvarez Man City 1 13 8.33%

 

Phil Foden (1/2), Trent Alexander-Arnold, (1/3), John McGinn (1/3), Raheem Sterling (1/3),  Mathias Jensen (1/3), Ivan Toney (1/7), Eberechi Eze (1/10), and Julian Alvarez (1/13) of City fame have scored the most goals from a free-kick this season. 


Goals From Corners in the Premier League in 2023/24

Wolves appear as one of the sides to watch in terms of defending their box at corners in this division. Not only can they rub shoulders with the best when attacking a corner, but they’re also well-equipped when defending them at the other end. 

Only Wolves have successfully navigated the season without conceding from a corner in 2023/24, shutting out all opposing sides to date. 

Impressively, Liverpool (5) were the solitary team that didn’t concede from a corner last term – they’re 500% worse off already. 

Last season, Bournemouth led the way in terms of goals conceded from corners. A sizable 16 goals were shipped at the wrong end for the Cherries, seven more than the next-worst in Aston Villa, Brentford, and Forest (9).


Premier League Penalties and Goals scored From The Spot: Bournemouth Register Christmas Miracle

Dominic Solanke’s converted penalty for Bournemouth on Boxing Day is the Cherries’ first for 609 days. Andoni Iraola, if he’s aware of the old saying, will be hoping it’s a London bus scenario as his team aims for a top-half finish this season.

Once again, Arsenal stand tallest amongst the rest of the Premier League. Chelsea have scored 11 penalties in 2023/24, which indicates time spent and trickery inside the opposition’s 18-yard box. Last season, no one could better Manchester City’s nine dispatched Premier League penalties.


An analysis of set pieces in the Premier League in 2022/23

It’s all well and good being up to date with the latest season trends and stats surrounding set pieces. Yet, a larger sample size is always handy. Let’s dig into the numbers from last season, 2022/23, and unearth some of the more standout set-piece stats.

Who ended the season with the most set-piece goals? Which Premier League players were most successful from the penalty spot? And which top-flight defensive line was breached more than most? These are all intriguing questions that may help to inform betting decisions as we move into the business end of 2024.

Premier League Set Piece Goals in 2022/23: Liverpudlian cream

The cream rose to the top in Liverpool (17) last season as they surged towards the summit of ‘most goals scored in the Premier League from set pieces’ – not quite the accolade they were hunting at the start of the campaign.

Brentford (16), Tottenham (16), Arsenal (15), and Manchester City and Fulham (14), in that order, made up the top six most fruitful Premier League sides at scoring from set-pieces in 2022/23. After clinching promotion from the Championship in some style, props have to go to fifth-best Fulham, who raced to a tenth-placed finish before Saudi Arabia knocked for Mitrovic and, unsuccessfully, Marco Silva.

Those were the teams frequently scoring from a corner or a free-kick routine, but it’s also worth knowing which sides struggled in that department. Despite their finish (3rd) in the league, Manchester United only scored five goals from set pieces – the fewest in the Premier League last season. The 4.58xG United had accumulated (four goals) as they passed New Year’s Day this season, the halfway point for most, suggesting their set-piece woes have eased.

Wolves (6) and Brighton (6) joined Manchester United nearer the bottom end of the set-piece scoring charts.


The Worst Team in 2022/23: Conceding at a rate of knots

No team conceded more than Bournemouth last term. Twenty-one of their 71 goals shipped at the wrong end were set pieces. In the end, though, The Cherries did more than enough to stay up, with five invaluable points the difference between the Championship and the Premier League.

It might be unsurprising that two of the relegated sides made up the top five in this section. Both Leicester City (13) and Southampton (13), who are aiming for a swift top-flight return, were ranked as two of the worst teams for goals conceded from set pieces in 2022/23.

Aston Villa (14) and Nottingham Forest (16) were third and second worst last term, respectively. If we compare the stats from the previous campaign to the current one, there has been little let-up regarding goals conceded for Forest. Nuno Espirito Santo will need to plug any gaping holes or risk the conceded set-piece goals ushering the no-so Tricky Trees towards the drop.


Premier League Penalties in 2022/23: A sharp-shooting twenty four

In 2022/23, The Cherries were the only team not to score a penalty. As mentioned above, that barren stretch lasted 609 days. Eventually relegated Leeds United and Crystal Palace were the closest to Bournemouth’s zero-goal total – each side only managed one converted strike from the penalty spot.

Heading into 2024, Crystal Palace had already scored three penalties this season, convincingly blowing their 2022/23 tally out of the water.

Now, to someone who has never been labelled barren in any footballing sense, Erling Haaland completed the season having scored from the spot on seven occasions. The City forward ended the campaign with a 100% conversion rate in a stellar goalscoring season.

Who else joined Haaland with a 100% hit rate from the spot? Twenty-four players finished the Premier League season having dispatched every single penalty. Thirteen of which ended 1/1, stepping up just once and slotting home. Six ended on 2/2: Danny Ings, Demarai Gray, Jorginho, Morgan Gibbs-White, Alexander Isak and Bruno Fernandes.

That leaves five Premier League specialists who took at least three penalties and scored every one. Liverpool’s shiny new recruit from Brighton, Alexis Mac Allister, scored six from the spot, whilst Callum Wilson and Ruben Neves bagged three, and Said Benrahma hit 4/4.


Premier League Free Kick Goals Last Season: No chance of being in the realms of Robert

Last season, it was no surprise to see James Ward-Prowse end the campaign with the most free-kick goals. The former Saints man notched 3/17 attempts, with Ivan Toney (2/9) and James Maddison (2/13) as the only two other players to record more than one successful free-kick effort in 2022/23.

JWP’s 17 free-kick goals in the division put him one behind David Beckham’s 18 – the Premier League record for the most goals scored from direct free-kicks. It took Becks 11 top-flight seasons to hit such a total. James Ward-Prowse is now in his twelfth.

Given we reached the new calendar year this season with not one player on double figures from a direct free-kick, there’s little chance anyone will get anywhere near the record for most free-kicks scored in a single season. Back in 2001/02, Newcastle United’s Robert scored five direct free-kicks for The Toon. The Frenchman with dynamite in his boots matched David Beckham, who managed five the year before (2000/01) – a record that stands 24 years later.

Will anyone reach the three strikes Ward-Prowse hit last season? Probably not. That is unless John McGinn carries on his 100% strike rate just outside the box.


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