What is the influence of the set pieces on the result of the match?
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What is the influence of the set pieces on the result of the match?

It is thought that set pieces are the easiest way of scoring a goal. That is why, the players attempt to get as many set pieces as they can. Penalty kicks, free kicks, corner kicks and throw-ins - are the set pieces that every team in the world tries to master. Statistically, up to 40-45% of all goals is said to be scored after the set pieces. Of course, these numbers may differ depending on the league and the preferred style of football of particular teams, nonetheless, these numbers are not far from the average percentage in any football competition.


Obviously, most footballers prefer to shoot at the goal from the penalty box. Penalty kick ends with a goal in 85% of the cases, but is not that common to happen in a match. It is differently when it comes to corners, which number in a single game is about 10. Although this time the probability of scoring a goal is not more than 25%, most teams still attempt to master this set piece. Free kicks have a similar importance to that of the corners, here only 5% of all direct free kicks ends with a goal. The most important thing when it comes to free kicks is the distance to a goal as well as individual skills of the player that will shoot it. As it turns out, on the major football tournaments, an average of 2 free kicks ends with a goal, which gives a very poor conversion average. In domestic competitions these statistics look much better as in every league there are few free kick specialists who often score goals after that type of set pieces.

That is why, it is important to check the average number of corners, penalties and free kicks as well as their conversion rate when you want to bet on a particular team. As it was mentioned before, some teams have players who have very high conversion rate of the set pieces. If the team you want to bet on has that kind of players, it is good to research their recent performances as well as their physical condition before you place a bet on that team. The correct analysis of the football statistics is crucial in the successful betting on that discipline of sport.