Andre Onana Manchester United

Goalkeepers with the most clean sheets

Keeping clean sheets strengthens your chances of securing that vital win, and here we take a look at the goalkeepers who have kept the most clean sheets in the Premier League this season.

We are just sixteen matches into the 2023/24 Premier League season, and we have already seen hundreds of goals being scored up and down the country so far. Goal scoring in football is obviously vital, but so are keeping clean sheets and being resolute defensively.

Keeping a clean sheet guarantees at least a point, which could prove vital in achieving a team’s target for the season. Some defences have been protected better than others, some play attacking football whilst conceding goals, whilst others are not quite so prolific but do not concede many either. There are also a few sides who have the balance about right so far.

For example, if you hold ambitions of winning the Premier League title, clean sheets and a resolute defence are vital. Last season, Champions Manchester City conceded the joint least goals with 33. The season before that City were champions again, conceding the joint least goals alongside Liverpool with just 26.

Finally, when they were Champions in 2020/21, Manchester City conceded just 32 times in 38 matches – this was ten less than the next best, Liverpool (42).

There have been a plethora of top class goalkeepers who have graced the Premier League over the years. Since the league’s formation in 1992, the player who has kept the most clean sheets is former Chelsea and Arsenal stopper Petr Cech with no less than 202.

The Czech Goalkeeper is followed by David James (169), Mark Schwarzer (152), David De Gea (147), David Seaman (141), Nigel Martyn (137), Pepe Reina (136), Brad Friedel (132), Tim Howard (132) and Edwin van der Sar (132).

Now let’s move on and take a look at the goalkeepers who have kept the most Premier League clean sheets so far in the 2023/24 campaign.

4: Aaron Ramsdale (Arsenal) & Matt Turner (Nottingham Forest) – 2

Current Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, former Gunners, and now Nottingham Forest stopper Matt Turner have kept 2 clean sheets in the Premier League so far. Starting with Ramsdale, he has made just 5 starts in the Premier League after David Raya joined the club in the summer. 2 clean sheets in 5 is a decent record.

As for Turner, he has made 11 starts, but due to Nottingham Forest’s struggle to find form in the Premier League season so far is why the American ‘keeper has kept 2 clean sheets to date.

3: Mark Flekken (Brentford) & Robert Sanchez (Chelsea) – 3

Next up are Mark Flekken and Robert Sanchez, who play their club football for Brentford and Chelsea, respectively, and they have kept 3 clean sheets each. Both goalkeepers are new signings, so they are still getting used to playing with their new teammates. As the defences and goalkeepers get used to each other, further clean sheets are likely to follow.

2: Emiliano Martinez (Aston Villa), Alisson (Liverpool), Neto (AFC Bournemouth), David Raya (Arsenal), Ederson (Manchester City) & Guglielmo Vicario (Spurs) – 4

Emiliano Martinez, Alisson, Neto, David Raya and Ederson have all kept 4 Premier League clean sheets each so far this season. Aston Villa are third at the time of writing and have been resolute defensively so far with only 20 goals conceded – only Manchester City (18), Arsenal (15) and Liverpool (15) have conceded less.

Neto is part of an AFC Bournemouth side that are excelling under the stewardship of Andoni Iraola. The Cherries sit 14th after some great performances and wins, and the Spanish stopper’s clean sheet total of 4 is good, to say the least.

Alisson has been tremendous for league leaders Liverpool, who, as mentioned earlier, have conceded the joint least amount of goals as a team. The Brazilian’s clean sheets, alongside the Reds’ attacking prowess have meant that Jurgen Klopp’s side are well and truly in the title race this season.

David Raya has been Arsenal’s number one in the 2023/24 campaign on loan from Brentford. The Spaniard has started 11 matches, and his performances have helped Arsenal challenge for the title under Mikel Arteta once again.

Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City are looking for a fourth Premier League title in succession, and Ederson’s 4 clean sheets to date will help the Cityzens in their efforts to make history in England’s top flight.

Finally, Spurs have had a great season so far, and Guglielmo Vicario’s 4 clean sheets have been a significant part of that. The North London club sit 5th with 30 points, just seven off the top of the table.

1: Sam Johnstone (Crystal Palace), Bernd Leno (Fulham), Andre Onana (Manchester United), Jordan Pickford (Everton) & Nick Pope (Newcastle United) – 5

Quite satisfyingly, five goalkeepers have kept five clean sheets this season – the joint most in the Premier League as of the time of writing.

Firstly, Roy Hodgson’s sides tend to be good defensively, and this has been the case for his Crystal Palace side, who have conceded just 23 goals – the joint 5th least alongside Ange Postecoglou’s Spurs. A significant reason for this is Eagles Goalkeeper Sam Johnstone, who has kept five clean sheets so far this season.

Fulham themselves have only conceded 26 goals, and Marco Silva’s side are flying high in 10th place with 21 points as of the time of writing. Bernd Leno has been key this season for the Cottagers, with his 5 clean sheets helping to ensure that the West London side has a solid defence.

Next up is Andre Onana, who joined Manchester United from Italian heavyweights Inter Milan in the 2023 summer transfer window. Erik Ten Hag’s Red Devils have been good defensively this season, with only 21 conceded. Onana’s record of 5 clean sheets in 16 matches is good.

Everton have shown some tremendous form since their points deduction with a 1 – 0 win against Nottingham Forest, a 3 – 0 win against Newcastle United and a 2 – 0 win against Chelsea last time out. Jordan Pickford’s 5 clean sheets have been a key factor behind the Toffees’ rise up the Premier League table.

Finally, Newcastle United stopper Nick Pope has been critical for Eddie Howe’s Magpies so far this term, and his 5 clean sheets have helped them to a spot in 7th place with only a point separating them and Manchester United in sixth place.

Unfortunately for Newcastle, Pope will be out for approximately four months after an injury in their 1 – 0 win against Manchester United at St. James’ Park.

It will be interesting to see how long each goalkeeper can keep up their form, and if any of them can maintain their excellent form between the posts, this could mean that their club is increasingly likely to realise their ambitions for the 2023/24 Premier League season.

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