War and Set Piece II: Analysing Brighton’s dead ball dilemmas

Part One: Defending Set Pieces

The basic set-up

Brighton’s hybrid approach against Wolves
As always, 5 on the 6-yard-box
9 Albion players behind the ball as Zouma makes contact
The set-up against Saints — Brighton concede in the final 15 minutes of the first half yet again
Vestergaard has won almost 73% of his aerial duels this season, among the top 20 in the league and better than any Albion player (8+ 90s played)

Mistakes in Black and (Ben) White

Albion in yellow and late to react to the quick Everton corner
Calvert-Lewin has cleverly got on the blindside of Ben White, who cannot see both the forward and the ball
6 foot 5 Yerry Mina heads home right-before half-time
Albion’s attempt at a high-line works for the near post runners, but Konsa arrives late and slides the ball home
The goal had an xG of 0.38
Albion will all players back in the box and 6 in the 6-yard area
Welbek and Webster get up but do not get the ball away
The goal had an xG of 0.58
Solly March is Albion’s opposite wide man from the free-kick
Albion lose the firs contact in the 6-yard box

If in doubt, blame the keeper

Part Two: Attacking Set Pieces

Straight Outta Corners (or Outta Straight Corners)

A pie chart breaking down Brighton’s corner type last campaign
A pie chart breaking down Brighton’s corner type this campaign

Tactical considerations and noteworthy numbers

Albion’s opportunities from outswingers

Dunk (5) and Webster (4) on the edge of the box pre-corner
Rinse and repeat: different opponent, same set-up

The importance of the ‘Second 6-yard box’

The second 6-yard-box area has been highlighted
Dunk wins the first contact in the second 6-yard-box
Arrows showing the movement of the primary and secondary runners

Mythbusting: Two players on corners

A side-on view of the set-up at West Ham

Throw-ins (yes, you heard)

Goal-map of Welbeck’s opener at Villa Park

The Set Piece specialists

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