Set-piece analysis: Offensive corners Top-4 WSL 2020-2021 – Part II: Arsenal & Manchester United

Earlier this week I wrote about OH Leuven’s attacking corners. I didn’t only look at their routines but also had a look at their deliveries, the expected goals generated per corner, and the average xG generated by corner type. I’m going to do this as well, but this time concentrating on the Women’s Super League in England.

In this analysis I will look closely to the top-4 in England: Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal, and Manchester United. I will analyse their expected goals from corners, how their deliveries are, their average xG per corner type, and some of their successful corner routines. This is part two and will look at Arsenal and Manchester United.

I’ve chosen to look at the top-4 because I wanted to get a better idea of what the corners are in the WSL and because these top-4 teams, also are the top-4 when it comes to scored goals from corners. To get a good view of the attacking corners in this particular league, these teams are definitely worth watching in my opinion. I’m going to look at their last 4/5 games of the WSL 2020-2021 season to assess the generated xG.

Arsenal

Expected goals per corner

GameSideFootSwingZonal structureLengthZonexGGoalMinute
EvertonRightLeftInTwo playerLongFar post0No4
EvertonRightRightOutTwo playerLongFront post0,01No14
EvertonRightLeftInTwo playerLongCentral0No30
EvertonLeftLeftOutTwo playerLongFront post0,05No67
West Ham UnitedLeftRightInFive playerShortCentral0,27No3
West Ham UnitedLeftLeftOutFive playerLongCentral0,07No35
West Ham UnitedRightRightOutFour playerLongFar post0No41
West Ham UnitedRightRightOutFour playerShortFront post0No70
West Ham UnitedRightLeftInFour playerLongCentral0No71
West Ham UnitedRightLeftInFour playerLongCentral0,09No92
Brighton and Hove AlbionLeftLeftOutTwo playerLongFar post0,18No7
Brighton and Hove AlbionRightLeftInTwo playerLongCentral0No8
Brighton and Hove AlbionRightLeftInFour playerShortCentral0,01No14
Brighton and Hove AlbionRightLeftInFour playerLongFar post0No23
Brighton and Hove AlbionLeftLeftOutFour playerLongCentral0No23
Brighton and Hove AlbionRightRightOutFour playerLongFar post0No25
Brighton and Hove AlbionLeftRightInFour playerShortFront post0No26
Brighton and Hove AlbionRightLeftInFour playerLongCentral0No41
Brighton and Hove AlbionRightLeftInFour playerLongCentral0No42
Brighton and Hove AlbionLeftLeftOutFour playerLongCentral0,01No44
Brighton and Hove AlbionLeftLeftOutFour playerLongCentral0,43No45
Brighton and Hove AlbionLeftLeftOutFour playerLongCentral0No57
Brighton and Hove AlbionLeftLeftOutFour playerLongFar post0,08No94
Bristol CityRightRightOutSix playerLongCentral0No14
Bristol CityRightRightOutSix playerLongFront post0No31
Bristol CityRightRightOutFive playerShortFront post0No31
Bristol CityLeftRightInFive playerLongCentral0,16No37
Bristol CityLeftRightInFive playerLongFront post0No39
Bristol CityRightLeftInFive playerShortCentral0No42
Bristol CityLeftRightInFive playerLongFar post0No47
Bristol CityLeftLeftOutFive playerLongCentral0No75
Bristol CityRightLeftInFive playerLongCentral0No82
Bristol CityLeftLeftOutFive playerLongFront post0,05No86
Bristol CityLeftRightInFive playerLongCentral0No88

In the table above you see every corner taken by Arsenal in their games against Everton, West Ham United, Brighton and Hove Albion, and Bristol City. What is interesting is that there are 34 corners taken by the Arsenal team, but 6 of those corners have been short. In total Arsenal have generated 1,41 expected goals from those 34 corners. That is an average of 0,415 xG per game via corners.

In the game against Everton, Arsenal have generated 0,06 xG. In their game against West Ham United, Arsenal have generated 0,43 xG. In their game against Brighton, Arsenal have generated 0,63 xG. In their game against Bristol City, Arsenal have generated 0,29 xG.

Corner typeTotal xGAverage xG
Left1,30,038235294
Right0,110,036666667
Swing in0,530,015588235
Swing out0,880,025882353
Short0,280,008235294
Long1,130,033235294
Front post0,110,003235294
Central1,040,030588235
Far post0,260,007058824
Two player zonal0,240,007058824
Four player zonal0,620,018235294
Five player zonal0,550,016176471
Six player zonal00

In the table above I’ve divided the corners into certain categories to assess how many xG has been generated per corner type. If we look at which side is most successful in generating that xG, then this is the left side. When we look whether short or long corners generate the most xG, then it is the long corner option.

When we have a look at which zone – the ball is being delivered into – generates the most xG in these games, then we can conclude that the central zone generates the most xG. Finally, if we look at the successful generating xG against certain zonal structures, we can conclude that Arsenal generates the most xG against four player zonal structures in the six-yard box.

Deliveries

In the image above we see the deliveries of every corner that is taken from the left. There are 15 corners taken from the left and as you can see in green, there has been scored no goal from it. This is a success rate of 0%. What is quite interesting is that the majority of the corners have been delivered to the central zones, but that the shots attempted have all been inside the six-yard box

From the 15 corners taken, 2 shots are generated from the attacking routines. 2 of them did not result in a goal, but they were 1 shots off target and 1 shot on target. The rest has resulted in duels where the first contact was won by the defending side rather than by Arsenal.

In the image above we see the deliveries of every corner that is taken from the right. There are 19 corners taken from the right and as you can see in green, there has been scored 0 goals from it. This is a success rate of 0%. What is quite interesting is that the corners have a common delivery theme as the ones coming from the left.

From the 19 corners taken, 2 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 Arsenal.

Successful routines

In the video above we see attacking corner routine #1 from Arsenal. The corner comes from the left from a left-footed player, meaning the ball will swing out away from the six-yard box, rather than swing in. The position of the runners is deeper because the ball will come between six-yard box and penalty spot.

Arsenal lines up with one player in the six-yard box and with three player outside the six-yard box who will make runs forward. Two players are standing outside the penalty area in case of a cleared ball and/or as the first line of defence. They will make runs into the panty area as well. Deep outside the penalty are we have another Arsenal player

As soon as the ball is kicked, we see the three runners making runs, with two of them going to the front post, as well as the player in the six-yard box. They manage to lose their direct marker and this example it is Miedema who scores an excellent goal.

In the video above we see attacking corner routine #2 from Arsenal. The corner comes from the left from a left-footed player, meaning the ball will swing out away from the six-yard box, rather than swing in. The position of the runners is deeper because the ball will come between six-yard box and penalty spot.

Arsenal lines up with one player in the six-yard box and with five player outside the six-yard box who will make runs forward. Two players are standing outside the penalty area in case of a cleared ball and/or as the first line of defence. They will make runs into the panty area as well.

As soon as the ball is kicked, we see the five runners making runs. As the ball is played deep to the far post, we see that the players as a unit occupy the central zones and the far post zones. This means that Wubben-Moy can profit at the back post, because of the numbers in the six-yard box.

In the video above we see attacking corner routine #3 from Arsenal. 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 closer to the goal as the ball will be delivered close to the six-yard box.

There are three players outside the penalty area with two players close to the edge in the central zones, and one player on the right. There is one player in the six-yard box, while we have two units of two at the far post zones. These two units will attack the ball when it’s played close to the far post.

As soon as the ball is played, we can see that the ball is played to the far post zones and that the four players in those two units move to the far post. In the end, it’s Beattie from the unit close to the far post who heads the ball in goal.

Manchester United

Expected goals per corner

GameSideFootSwingZonal structureLengthZonexGGoalMinute
Bristol CityLeftRightInFour playerLongFront post0,39No39
Bristol CityRightRightOutFive playerLongCentral0No43
Bristol CityRightRightOutFive playerLongFar post0No67
Bristol CityRightRightOutFive playerLongCentral0No88
Tottenham HotspurLeftRightInFour playerLongFar post0,14No18
Tottenham HotspurLeftRightInThree playerLongFar post0No23
Tottenham HotspurLeftRightInThree playerLongCentral0,01No72
Tottenham HotspurLeftRightInThree playerLongCentral0No87
Brighton and Hove AlbionRightRightOutFive playerLongCentral0,03No26
Brighton and Hove AlbionRightRightOutFive playerLongCentral0,18No32
Brighton and Hove AlbionRightRightOutFive playerLongFront post0No41
Brighton and Hove AlbionRightRightOutFive playerLongFar post0,08No50
Brighton and Hove AlbionLeftRightInFive playerLongFront post0,02No53
Brighton and Hove AlbionRightRightOutFive playerLongCentral0,06No74
Brighton and Hove AlbionRightRightOutFive playerLongCentral0No82
Brighton and Hove AlbionLeftRightInFive playerLongCentral0,15No90
West Ham UnitedLeftRightInFive playerLongCentral0,01No13
West Ham UnitedRightRightOutFive playerLongFar post0,35No36
West Ham UnitedLeftRightInFive playerLongFront post0,01No39
West Ham UnitedLeftRightInFive playerLongFront post0,03No40
West Ham UnitedLeftRightInFive playerLongCentral0,41Yes49
West Ham UnitedRightRightOutFive playerLongCentral0No58
West Ham UnitedRightRightOutFive playerLongFar post0No68
West Ham UnitedLeftRightInFive playerLongFront post0No86
West Ham UnitedLeftRightInFive playerLongFar post0,07No89

In the table above you see every corner taken by Manchester United in their games against Bristol City, Tottenham Hotspur, Brighton and Hove Albion, and West Ham United. What is interesting is that there are 25 corners taken by the Manchester United team, none have been short. In total Manchester United have generated 2,57 expected goals from those 34 corners. That is an average of 0,415 xG per game via corners.

In the game against Bristol City, Manchester United have generated 0,39 xG. In their game against Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United have generated 0,15 xG. In their game against Brighton, Manchester United have generated 0,52 xG. In their game against West Ham United, Manchester United have generated 0,88 xG.

Corner typeTotal xGAverage xG
Left1,240,0496
Right1,330,0532
Swing in1,240,0496
Swing out1,330,0532
Short00
Long2,570,1028
Front post0,450,018
Central0,850,034
Far post1,270,0508
Three player zonal0,010,0004
Four player zonal0,530,0212
Five player zonal2,030,0812

In the table above I’ve divided the corners into certain categories to assess how many xG has been generated per corner type. If we look at which side is most successful in generating that xG, then this is the right side. When we look at whether short or long corners generate the most xG, then it is the long corner option – because there have not been short passes.

When we have a look at which zone – the ball is being delivered into – generates the most xG in these games, then we can conclude that the far post zone generates the most xG. Finally, if we look at the successful generating xG against certain zonal structures, we can conclude that Manchester United generates the most xG against five player zonal structures in the six-yard box.

Deliveries

In the image above we see the deliveries of every corner that is taken from the left. There are 12 corners taken from the left and as you can see in green, there has been scored 1 goal from it. This is a success rate of 8,33%. What is quite interesting is that the majority of the corners have been delivered to the central zones and that the shots attempted have all been in and around the six-yard box

From the 12 corners taken, 6 shots are generated from the attacking routines. 5 of them did not result in a goal, but they were 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 Manchester United.

In the image above we see the deliveries of every corner that is taken from the right. There are 12 corners taken from the right and as you can see in green, there has been scored 0 goals from it. This is a success rate of 0%. What is quite interesting is that the corners from the right come deeper into the penalty area, which can be deducted from the fact that a lot of the corners have outswinging.

From the 12 corners taken, 4 shots are generated from the attacking routines. 4 of them did not result in a goal, but they were 4 shots off target. The rest has resulted in duels where the first contact was won by the defending side rather than by Manchester United.

Successful routines

In the video above we see attacking corner routine #1 from Manchester United. The corner comes from the right from a right-footed player, meaning the ball will swing out away from the six-yard box, rather than swing in. The positioning of the runners will be different as their runs will be more conservative as the ball is played between the six-yard box and the penalty spot.

There is one player to the right who is available for the short pass option, but she makes her way into the penalty area. In the six-yard box, we see a player against the two player zonal structure employed by Bristol City in this particular game. There are four runners who will make runs towards the six-yard box to attack the corner.

As soon as the ball is played, we can see that the ball is played to the far post zones and that the four players each move into a different position to enhance the chance of getting at the end of the cross. Ultimately it’s Turner at the far post who scores the goal.

In the video above we see attacking corner routine #2 from Manchester United. 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 positioning of the runners will be different as their runs will be more progressive as the ball is played in the six-yard box.

In this game against Manchester City we see two players outside the penalty area. They are tasked with dealing with the cleared balls and attacking them, but also with the first line of rest-defence in case of a counter-attack. In the penalty area, we see four players on the edge of the six-yard box, one making a run from deeper in the penalty area, and one player in the six-yard box.

As soon as the ball is played, we can see that the ball is played between the front post zones and the central zones, with six players in the six-yard box. The players move towards the front post and perhaps it doesn’t seem flawless, but in the end, Manchester United score a very important goal against Manchester City.

In the video above we see attacking corner routine #3 from Manchester United. 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 positioning of the runners will be different as their runs will be more progressive as the ball is played in the six-yard box.

In this game against Tottenham Hotspur, we see two players in the six-yard box. On the right we see a player who is available for the short pass option, and on the edge of the penalty area, we see two players who are tasked with attacking the cleared balls – and guarding the first defensive line of rest-defence. There is one player on the edge of the six-yard box and one player who is situated on the deep far post zone.

As soon as the ball is played, we can see that the ball is played between the far post zones and the central zones, with three players in the six-yard box. Two players move to the central zones, luring defenders away from the far post. By creating space at the far post, it becomes easier for the player over there to attempt a shot at goal. The header is well executed and gives Manchester United another goal.

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