Here are the statistics for every goalkeeper to have made at least one appearance during the 2013-14 Premier League season:
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There were a total of 41 goalkeepers who made an appearance, including Arsenal’s Łukasz Fabiański and Crystal Palace’s Wayne Hennessey who made their sole appearances on the final day of the season, and Hull City’s Eldin Jakupović who made his only appearance in their penultimate game of the season.
Aston Villa’s Brad Guzan, Liverpool’s Simon Mignolet and Norwich City’s John Ruddy were the only three goalkeepers to play every minute for their team this season. West Brom’s Luke Daniels had the shortest run out – appearing for only 12 minutes in their 0-0 draw at Everton back in August following Ben Foster’s injury.
Cardiff City’s David Marshall conceded the most goals this season (73) as he failed to prevent his side finishing bottom of the league and relegated in their debut Premier League season. The top 6 goalkeepers to concede the most goals in 2013-14 are as follows:
With a weak defence in front of him, David Marshall also led the league in saves, averaging more than 4 saves per game as his total of 153 for the season was 22 more than second-place Vito Mannone. The Sunderland shot stoppers tally was even more impressive as he only appeared in 29 games this season. Or perhaps this is an indication of how weak their defence was. The top 10 shot stoppers are below:
Chelsea’s Petr Čech and Arsenal’s Wojciech Szczęsny shared the Golden Glove award for the most clean sheets kept in the Premier League this season. The Czech Republic and Poland goalkeepers respectively shut out 16 teams throughout the course of the season. The top 5 goalkeepers keeping the most clean sheets are as follows:
The average save percentage in the Premier League this season was 69%. There were 11 goalkeepers in the league to make at least 10 appearances who were above this average. At the top of the list was Sunderland’s Vito Mannone who saved 77.5% of the shots he faced on target this season. The Italian was closely followed by Chelsea’s Petr Čech on 77.1% and West Ham’s Adrián was third with a 76.1% save rate. The top 10 goalkeepers were:
Minutes per Goal Conceded
Goalkeepers conceded 1 goal every 65 minutes on average this season. Three goalkeepers conceded less than a goal per game on average, amongst those making at least 10 appearances. Those were: Petr Čech (128 minutes per goal), Artur Boruc (99 minutes per goal conceded) and Joe Hart (93 minutes per goal conceded). The 10 were as follows:
At the other end of the table, Keiren Westwood conceded a goal every 39 minutes on average during his 10 appearances at the start of the campaign. Fulham’s Maarten Stekelenburg also averaged a goal against every 39 minutes, whilst his team mate David Stockdale wasn’t much more successful – picking the ball out of the back of the net every 41 minutes.
Saves per Goal Conceded
A strong indicator of how well a goalkeeper has played is by the number of saves they have made between conceding goals. Not many would argue amongst the names on the following list as being contenders for goalkeeper of the season – those who made the most number of saves between conceding a goal on average:
You’ll notice that Cardiff City’s David Marshall does not make it on the list. Personally, I think he’s been overrated by some areas of the media (some even claiming he should have been in the PFA Team of the Year). With a terrible defence in front of him, Marshall has been forced into making a number of saves per match this season. I recall one or two good ones for sure, but overall I don’t believe he has done enough to earn such amount of praise. In contrast, Sunderland’s Vito Mannone made 3.4 saves for every goal conceded – the same as Chelsea’s Petr Čech who was named in the PFA Team of the Year for 2013-14.
Long Shots Conceded
Stoke City’s Jack Butland made the most appearances amongst goalkeepers not to have conceded a shot from outside the penalty area. The England youngster only played in 2.5 games however. A shout out for Steve Harper who only conceded one from outside the 18-yard box in his 13 Premier League appearances this season though – that being from Stoke City’s Peter Odemwingie. Petr Čech only allowed two goals in from 18+ yards in his 34 league matches this season.
A full list of the goalkeepers and how many goals they conceded from outside the penalty area is below:
Stoke City’s Thomas Sørensen played the most games amongst goalkeepers not to conceded from a corner this season. Though the experienced Danish goalkeeper did only play in 4 games this season.
West Ham’s Adrián allowed only 1 goal from a corner in the 20 appearances he made after winning the number one spot at Upton Park from Jussi Jääskeläinen during the season.
Fulham’s David Stockdale and Cardiff’s David Marshall led the league with 8 goals conceded from corners this season – 1 more than Fulham’s Maarten Stekelenburg, Sunderland’s Vito Mannone and Manchester United’s David de Gea.
Stats from Opta Sports