There's an amazing trick to saving more penalties on FIFA 17

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One of the biggest changes EA Sports made to FIFA 17 was how to take penalties.

Whereas on previous versions you simply held down circle or B - depending on your console - and selected the direction to shoot, penalties on FIFA 17 require more care.

Now, gamers must first push the left analogue stick forward to begin the run up, aim left or right to determine the direction and apply X amount of power using the shoot button.

Depending on how long you hold down circle or B will determine whether the ball finds the bottom, middle or top corner of the goal.

Gamers have had six months to get used to the new penalty taking system now but it's still all too easy to sky your effort or shoot wide of either post.

Saving penalties, on the other hand, is still very much the same: choose which direction to dive using the right analogue stick.

Guessing which way your opponent is going to shoot is all about luck, but what if I told you there was a way to increase your chances of saving penalties? Well, there is.

Thanks to YouTuber Krazi, per Dream Team FC, an amazing trick to working out which way a player will shoot has emerged - but don't be fooled, it doesn't work 100% of the time.

In the video below, Krazi explains how a player's movement as they begin their run up indicates which way they're planning to shoot. Take it away.

Here's what you need to know: if a player shuffles left as they begin their run up, they're aiming to shoot left; if they shuffle right, they're aiming to shoot right; and if they run straight, they're aiming to shoot down the middle.

So now you know which way to dive, look at how much power your opponent applies to determine whether the ball will fly towards the bottom, middle or top of the goal.

One bar of power will go towards the bottom corner, two bars of power will go towards the middle, and 2.5-3 bars of power will go towards the top corner.

However, as mentioned, it doesn't work every time. Only if your opponent immediately pushes left or right on the analogue stick to begin their run up and sticks to that direction can you tell which way to dive.

Gamers can change direction up until the point of kicking the ball, so for all you know, they started by shooting right but actually ended up going left.

Either way, Krazi has provided a useful way to improve your chances of saving a penalty - I guess it just depends on how good your opponent is.

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Thierry Henry

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