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Stats: Who has been the best goalkeeper in the Premier League this season?

It is stiff competition between Petr Cech, Joe Hart and Jack Butland

Petr Cech clean sheets Premier League Arsenal
Petr Cech has kept the most clean sheets this season along with Joe Hart

The Premier League this season has seen a number of goalkeepers turn hero as they help their sides go home with all three points. Clean sheets have been few and far in between but the shotstoppers from the top sides have been vital to their position in the league table.

Most saves

After 22 games, it is Stoke City’s 22-year-old English goalkeeper Jack Butland who leads the way with 80 saves so far. It is one of the reasons why the Potters are seventh in the table. At the top of the table are Arsenal and their only summer signing is in second place with 75 saves. Petr Cech was meant to save the Gunners ‘12 to 15 points a season’ according to former Chelsea teammate John Terry and he has done exactly that.

The two goalkeepers were the heroes last Sunday when the Gunners held Stoke to a 0-0 draw at the Britannia. Butland himself was present to give away the Man of the Match award to Cech – two goalkeepers who had the utmost respect for each other despite the rivalry between the two clubs.

Everton’s Tim Howard is also tied for second with 75 saves. After a relatively poor season last time out, the American goalkeeper has come back strong this campaign. The other goalkeepers to have made more than 70 saves are West Ham’s Adrian and Sunderland’s Costel Pantilimon.

Most saves in 2015/16 so far
#PlayerClubAgeAppearancesMinutesSaves
1Jack ButlandStoke City2222198080
2Petr CechArsenal3322198075
 Tim HowardEverton3622198075
4AdriánWest Ham United2919170971
5Costel PantilimonSunderland2817153071
6Boaz MyhillWest Bromwich Albion3322198064
7Brad GuzanAston Villa3120180064
8Heurelho GomesWatford3422195762
9Kasper SchmeichelLeicester City2922189059
10Lukasz FabianskiSwansea City3022198058

Saves per goal conceded

When we look at the saves per goal conceded ratio, Stoke City’s Butland is ahead of Cech in this aspect too. Both clubs have a similar defensive record with Arsenal having conceded 21 goals while Mark Hughes’s side have conceded 22. 

Jack Butland Stoke City Arsenal
Jack Butland is proving to be one of the finest goalkeepers in the Premier League this season

The English goalkeeper has been a revelation this season and is a serious contender to take Hart’s place in the England setup in the future. The two other goalkeepers who have made 3 or more saves per goal conceded are Adrian (West Ham) and Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur).

Saves per goal conceded in 2015/16 so far
#PlayerTeamAppearancesSavesSaves per Goal
1Jack ButlandStoke City22803.63
2Petr CechArsenal22753.57
3AdriánWest Ham United19713.22
4Hugo LlorisTottenham Hotspur21513
5Joe HartManchester City20462.87
6David de GeaManchester United18482.67
7Heurelho GomesWatford22622.48
8Tim HowardEverton22752.34
9Kasper SchmeichelLeicester City22592.27
10Costel PantilimonSunderland17712.15

Clean sheets

But when it comes to clean sheets, Joe Hart and Cech have the same – 10 clean sheets. But the English goalkeeper has made two lesser appearances, with Willy Caballero playing twice this season.

Joe Hart Premier League clean sheets
Safe hands – Joe Hart has kept 10 clean sheets in 20 games

Although Butland has more clean sheets (9) than Manchester United’s David De Gea (8), the Spanish goalkeeper has played lesser games having not started a single match until his transfer to Real Madrid collapsed. 

Clean Sheets in 2015/16 so far
#PlayerTeamAppearancesClean SheetsClean Sheet %
1Joe HartManchester City201050
2Petr CechArsenal221045.4
3David de GeaManchester United18844.4
4Jack ButlandStoke City22940.9
5Wayne HennesseyCrystal Palace16637.5
6Heurelho GomesWatford22836.3
7Maarten StekelenburgSouthampton17635.2
8Hugo LlorisTottenham Hotspur21733.3
9Simon MignoletLiverpool21733.3
10Boaz MyhillWest Bromwich Albion22731.8

Data courtesy of the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, the Official Player Rating Index of the Barclays Premier League

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