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EPL stats: Goalkeepers with most clean sheets in Premier League era

Goalkeepers are one of the most underrated players on a football pitch but their contribution to the game is immense. They are valued more highly by their teammates and coaches than the pundits. Even there are some supporters who easily give the credit to attackers over goalkeepers any day. Despite not getting the necessary recognition, keepers form an integral part to a team’s success. They are expected to be the most solid personality on the pitch than a player in any other position.

It is because a simple mistake from a goalkeeper might cost the match for their team. Many people might overlook the amazing saves made by a shot stopper to rescue their team from tight situations. However, one mistake from a keeper is criticised massively by everyone around the world. Hence, the player with the gloves in between the sticks are expected to maintain a certain high standard week in and week out.

Players with most clean sheets in Premier League history

Some players have been able to maintain a level of consistency for their respective clubs, while many others have failed to meet the required standard. In a league as difficult as the Premier League which is lot more physical and fast-paced, it becomes extremely difficult for a goalkeeper to maintain a high level. However, some keepers are able to meet the standard on a consistent basis than others. It is those goalkeepers who will be analysed in depth in this article.

The player with the most clean sheets in Premier League history is former Arsenal and Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech. He has 202 clean sheets to his name, which is way more than any other player, as per the premierleague.com (some stats are only available since 2006-07 season). To put it into better context, no player reached 200 clean sheets in the EPL era. He was a giant of a figure in between the posts at Chelsea. After getting the fame under Jose Mourinho’s management, Cech established himself as an important player for the Blues for many years. Later, he joined another London outfit in Arsenal and continued to thrive at the highest level.

Second in the list is former England goalkeeper David James. He has been a part of several clubs during his playing days. The most notable ones include that of Liverpool and Manchester City. James has played for teams all over England and has been an ever-reliable presence for his club. He has 169 Premier League clean sheets to his name.

David De Gea gaining momentum

Among the current crop of goalkeepers, Manchester United star David De Gea is sitting at the top end of this list. The Spaniard has been an ever-present for the Red Devils since joining them under former legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson. De Gea had his critics, especially at the start of his journey in England. However, the Spanish shot-stopper has overcome those troubles and has established himself as one of the best in the business. De Gea is fourth in this list with 143 clean sheets. Read the list below to find out who else made it into this prestigious table.

RankPlayerClean Sheets
1Petr Cech202
2David James169
3Mark Schwarzer151
4David De Gea143
5David Seaman141
6Nigel Martyn137
7Pepe Reina136
8Brad Friedel132
8Tim Howard132
8Edwin van der Sar132

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