Set-piece analysis: Odense BK offensive corners

Another monday, another article on set-pieces. This time I travel to Scandinavia and focus on the clubs in Denmark. In this article I will talk about the attacking set-pieces, corners to be precise, by Odense BK. They play in the Danish Superligaen in the 2020-2021 season.

In this analysis, I not only look at the successful corners routines that have resulted in a goal, but I also look at the deliveries of the set-pieces: where did they go, which were used the most and what the first ball contact was like. I’ve looked at the last 50 attacking corners Odense haven taken and made the analysis below. The video footage is from Wyscout.

Deliveries

In the image above we see the deliveries of every corner that is taken from the left. There are 20 corners taken from the left and as you can see in green, there has been scored 1 goal from it. This is a successrate of 5%. What is quite interesting is that the majority of the corners has been delivered to the near post and the specific zones related to them: front post near, front centre and front far – shots have been produced from that specific region.

From the 20 corners taken, 3 shots are generated from the attacking routines. 2 of them did not result in a goal, but they were 2 shots off target. The rest has resulted in duels where the first contact was won by the defending side rather than by Sweden.

In the image above we see the deliveries of every corner that is taken from the right. There are 30 corners taken from the right and as you can see in green, there have been scored 4 goals from it. This is a success rate of 13,33% – which is significantly higher than on the left side. What is quite interesting is that the corners have a wider variety than coming from the right.

From the 30 corners taken, 11 shots are generated from the attacking routines. 7 of them did not result in a goal, but they were 2 blocked shots, 3 shots off target, and 2 shots on target. The rest has resulted in duels where the first contact was won by the defending side rather than by Odense BK.

Odense BK vs Aalborg BK

In the video above we see attacking corner routine #1 from Odense in their game against Aalborg. The corner comes from the right from a left-footed player, meaning the ball will swing in towards the six-yard box, rather than swing out. The position of the runners is more advanced because the ball will go towards the six-yard box.

In the six-yard box, we see two players against a two-player zonal structure with two man-markers. Just outside the six-yard box, there is another player who makes a run forward. On the penalty spot, we see two players who are trying to make a run forward against their man-makers. There is another play who is standing far outside the penalty area, who is tasked with the first line of rest-defence.

As soon as the ball is kicked we see that the unit of two that is positioned on the penalty spot makes their run forward. They both move towards the front post zone, as are two players in the six-yard box. What follows is that the unit of two runners breaks and #20 goes more centrally in order to attack the ball. Eventually he scores the goal after this particular routine.

Odense BK vs Aalborg BK

In the video above we see attacking corner routine #2 from Odense in their game against Aalborg. The corner comes from the right from a left-footed player, meaning the ball will swing in towards the six-yard box, rather than swing out. The position of the runners is more advanced because the ball will go towards the six-yard box.

There is a little difference in set up compared to routine #1. In the six-yard box, we see two players against a two-player zonal structure with two man-markers. Just outside the six-yard box, there is another player who makes a run forward. On the penalty spot, we see three players who are trying to make a run forward against their man-makers. There is another play who is standing outside the penalty area, who is tasked with the first line of rest-defence and to attack cleared balls. In the penalty area a players moves deeper after he isn’t chosen for the short pass option.

As soon as the ball is kicked we see a lot of movement to the near post, but the deciding factor in this set-piece is the way Odense tries to overload the six-yard box in the front post zone and in the central zone. With six players in and around the box they want to create numbers in the box, and force something. In the end the ball is not cleared well enough and Odense scores the goal.

Odense BK vs AC Horsens

In the video above we see attacking corner routine #3 from Odense in their game against AC Horsens. The corner comes from the right from a left-footed player, meaning the ball will swing in towards the six-yard box, rather than swing out. The position of the runners is more advanced because the ball will go towards the six-yard box.

In the six-yard box, we see one player against a two-player zonal structure with one man-marker. On the penalty spot, we see six players who are trying to make a run forward against their man-markers. There is another play who is standing outside the penalty area, who is tasked with the first line of rest-defence and to attack cleared balls.

As soon as the ball is kicked we see a certain movement from the runners. The unit of six becomes a unit of five. The player that breaks off goes to the front post together with the player already in the six-yard box. The unit of five moves toward the far post and in the crowd they manage to shoot the ball into the net, a goal is scored for Odense BK.

Odense BK vs SønderjyskE

In the video above we see attacking corner routine #4 from Odense in their game against SønderjyskE. The corner comes from the left from a right-footed player, meaning the ball will swing in towards the six-yard box, rather than swing out. The position of the runners is more advanced because the ball will go towards the six-yard box.

In the six-yard box, we see four players On the penalty spot, we see two players who are trying to make a run forward against their man-markers. Just outside the six-yard box there is another player. Finally, there is another play who is standing outside the penalty area, who is tasked with the first line of rest-defence and to attack cleared balls.

As soon as the ball is kicked we see the four-man unit in the six-yard box move to the front post, opening up space in the central zone and in the far post zone. There is even more space created because the player just outside the six-yard box moves to the central zone as well – making it easier for the unit of two on the penalty spot, to move forward into that space. In the end, this results in another goal for Odense.

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