Hugo Lloris fighting for top goalkeeper title

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To that end I though I'd take a look at goalkeepers and see how the 'clean sheet' race is going and delved into some further stats.

The 'Golden Glove' race for the number of clean sheets kept is very tight at the top. Petr Cech (Chelsea) and Hugo Lloris (Spurs) go head to head at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Premier League Golden Glove Race Season 2013/14
Player, Club, Played, Starts, Mins, W, D, L, Clean Sheet, Shots, Conceded, Pens Faced, Pens Saved

Wojciech Szczesny Arsenal  28 28 2520 18 5 5 12 319 28 5 0
Petr Cech            Chelsea 28 28 2520 19 6 3 12 286 22 0 0
Hugo Lloris          SPURS  27 27 2430 16 5 6 12 298 32 3 0
Tim Howard          Everton  26 26 2273 12 9 4 10 295 25 5 2
John Ruddy           Norwich 28 28 2520 7 7 14 10 431 43 2 0
Artur Boruc           Saints    21 21 1858 9 7 5 9 189 20 2 0
David De Gea        Man U    27 27 2430 13 6 8 9 318 31 0 0

As you can see, three goalkeepers are tied at the top with 12 clean sheets each but Hugo Lloris has played less minutes. Joe Hart (Man City) has won this race for the last 3 seasons but it looks to be going elsewhere this season. Could it be coming to White Hart Lane, we'll see.

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That prompted me to look at goalkeepers who have kept clean sheets in the Premier League over time.
position, Player, Appearances, Clean Sheets, Average, Clubs with games played

1.  David James          572 170 0.29 Liverpool (72), A Villa (21), West Ham (18), Man City (20), Portsmouth (39)
2.  Petr Čech              320 157 0.49 Chelsea (157)
3.  Mark Schwarzer 504 149 0.41 Middlesbrough (93), Fulham (56), Chelsea
4.  David Seaman 344 142 0.41 Arsenal (138)
5.  Nigel Martyn          372 138 0.37 Crystal Palace (25), Leeds United (82), Everton (31)
6.  Jose Reina             285 134 0.47 Liverpool (134)
=   Edwin Van der Sar 314 134 0.32 Fulham (42), Man Utd (92)
8.  Brad Friedel         450 132 0.29 Liverpool (6), Blackburn (77), Aston Villa (35), SPURS (14)
9.  Peter Schmeichel 310 129 0.41 Man Utd (113), A Villa (7), Man City (9)
10. Shay Given            440 115 0.26 Blackburn (1), Newcastle (91), Man City (15), A Villa (8)
11. Tim Howard          331 113 0.34 Man Utd (16), Everton (97)
12. Thomas Sørensen 361 109 0.3 Sunderland (36), A Villa (46), Stoke City (27)
13. Jussi Jääskeläinen 435 108 0.32 Bolton (89), West Ham (19)

Edwin van der Sar holds the record for the most consecutive clean sheets 14 for Man United between 22 Nov 2008 and 18 Feb 2009.

Moving away from goalkeepers at the moment Cardiff City, Crystal Palace and Liverpool sit top of the Fair Play League with Spurs languishing in 14th spot.

The most booked player in the Premier League is Lonas Olsson (WBA) with 9 yellows, Marouane Chamakh (Crystal Palace) Wayne Rooney (Man U), Gareth Barry (Everton) and Jonathon Walters (Stoke City) have all been booked 8 times.

The most booked Spurs player is Michael Dawson with 6 to his name.

Top assists so far this season goes to Luis Suárez (Liverpool) 10 with  both Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) and Wayne Rooney (Man U) having 9 each. Spurs don't even have anyone in the top 25.

There you have it, a few stats to get your teeth into. Ten games to go and Hugo Lloris is still fighting it out for top spot.



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