2014-15 Premier League Goalkeeper Stats

Petr Cech

Here are the statistics for every goalkeeper who made at least one appearance during the 2014-15 Premier League season:

Premier League 2014-15 goalkeeper statistics

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In all 45 goalkeepers made at least one appearance in the Premier League this season, with only Burnley’s Tom Heaton playing the full 3,420 minutes.  Jussi Jääskeläinen’s 27-minute cameo for West Ham was the shortest spell of action any goalkeeper saw in 2014-15.  David de Gea’s injury versus Arsenal in their penultimate game of the season saw Manchester United hand a debut to Víctor Valdés before handing him his first start on the final day of the season.

Clean Sheets

11 goalkeepers kept at least nine clean sheets during the 2014-15 Premier League season.  Joe Hart won the Golden Glove award for the fourth time in his career, leading the way with 14 clean sheets.  This is based on 90 minutes, as Liverpool’s Simon Mignolet didn’t concede a goal in his 74 minutes versus Burnley on Boxing Day.

Premier League 2014-15 Clean Sheets

Petr Čech has the best clean sheet to games ratio having kept five clean sheets in his seven appearances in what appears to be his final season at Stamford Bridge.  Stoke City’s Jack Butland kept two clean sheets in his three appearances towards the end of the season.

At the other end of the table, Newcastle United’s Jak Alnwick played the most games (6) without keeping a single clean sheet this season.

Minutes per Goals Conceded

Of goalkeepers to have made at least five starts this season, Petr Čech has the best record for average number of minutes played per goal conceded as the Czech Republic international only conceded two goals in his 606 minutes in the Premier League this season.

Premier League 2014-15 minutes per goal conceded

David Ospina, who started the final 18 games for Arsenal averaged 147 minutes of action between goals, whilst Fraser Forster (Southampton), Joel Robles (Everton), Joe Hart (Manchester City), Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea) and David de Gea (Manchester United) all averaged more than one game between goals.  Leicester City’s Ben Hamer averaged exactly one goal against in his eight games.

At the other end of the table, Queens Park Rangers’ Alex McCarthy averaged a goal against every 30 minutes during his two-and-a-half matches for the relegated side.  Shay Given conceded a goal every 34 minutes in his three matches and Jak Alnwick conceded a goal every 35 minutes in his five-and-a-half matches.

Of regular first-team goalkeepers, Aston Villa’s Brad Guzen allowed a goal every 43 minutes – the only regular to concede more than one goal every half on average.

Most Saves

Premier League 2014-15 goalkeeper saves

Swansea City’s summer signing Łukasz Fabiański led the Premier League with 137 saves – five more than Rob Green in second place.  The Polish goalkeeper joined on a free transfer from Arsenal in the summer as Michel Vorm departed to back up Hugo Lloris at Tottenham Hotspur and was particularly busy in the second half of the season.

West Ham’s Adrián was busy throughout the season, keeping numerous efforts out against his team.  His 127 saves was the same number as Burnley’s ever-present Tom Heaton.

Save Percentage

Premier League 2014-15 save percentage

Of goalkeepers to have made at least five starts during the 2014-15 Premier League season, Chelsea’s Petr Čech produced the highest save percentage in the league, saving 16 of the 18 shots he faced.  The Blues backup wasn’t forced into a single save during his first two appearances.

Of regular goalkeepers, David Ospina led the way with 81% – some five percent better than Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris.  Prior to the last game of the season, Boaz Myhill had been performing well in the place of injured Ben Foster.

PFA Team of the Year goalkeeper David de Gea saved 72% of the shots he faced during the course of the season.

At the bottom of the table, Newcastle’s Jak Alnwick saved a mere 33% of the 21 shots he faced on his goal.  Liverpool backup Brad Jones was the only other goalkeeper to save less than half of the shots he faced (44%).

Of regular first-choice goalkeepers, Everton’s Tim Howard had the lowest shots-to-save percentage, keeping out only 60% of shots he faced following the praise he received for his performance for USA in last summer’s World Cup.

Data collected from Opta Sports

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