Words: Josh Millar
Images: Offside Sports Photgraphy (Main) / Sky Sports (Body)
Man United and Man City fans tend to argue a lot on the internet. One of their main gripes is Who Has The Best Goalkeeper In The Premier League out of Ederson and David de Gea. The answer is neither. Apparently.
Stats from Sky Sports and World In Motion show that, over all competitions in 2018–19, Liverpool’s Alisson Becker has stopped the most shots in the Premier League, with Spurs’ Hugo Lloris behind him in second, while Arsenal’s Bernd Leno is in third.
Among the top 6 goalkeepers, Lloris ranks highest in that reliable old xG column, for expected goals saved. Of the 104 shots he’s faced this season, he’s conceded just 27 goals despite the stats showing he apparently should have conceded 33. Although those statistics can be misleading due to the form of the rest of their team, the Spurs man has saved nearly two more goals than his nearest rival, Allison, who has saved nearly five more goals than expected.
Down in the bottom half of the mini-table of top 6 ‘keepers, Ederson hasn’t excelled in keeping out shots that were expected to go in, and has conceded exactly as many goals as he should have. While Chelsea’s Kepa Arrizabalaga has let in two more goals than he should have, David de Gea has conceded over half-a-goal(?) more.
In terms of errors leading directly to goals, The Premier League reports that Lloris hasn’t made a single error that lead to one in the Premier League, Allison and Leno have made three each, while de Gea has made two.
Who has the best keeper in the league? Martin Dúbravka is statistically the most consistent, so maybe Newcastle can claim victory. That’s the real quiz.
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