In a season with thrillingly tight battles throughout the Premier League, the race for the Castrol Golden Glove is as close as any, with the top five contenders separated by just two clean sheets.
Race for the Golden Glove
|David De Gea
Nick Pope was leading the way earlier in 2023, having kept six successive shut-outs between November and January. But he has now conceded in each of his last six matches.
However, Pope has the advantage of having two matches in hand on Ramsdale. Indeed, all of Ramsdale’s main rivals for the Golden Glove will play at least once more than him over the rest of the campaign.
When it comes to the fixtures ahead, the joint-leaders and their closest pursuers all face two of the top six sides in their next five outings.
On the other hand, Ramsdale’s other three matches are against teams in the relegation fight – Leeds United, West Ham United and Southampton – whereas Pope faces tricky mid-table sides Brentford and Aston Villa, plus West Ham.
Goalkeepers’ next five fixtures
David De Gea is only one clean sheet behind the leaders after keeping three shut-outs in his last four matches.
Bizarrely, his other outing in that run was a 7-0 defeat at Liverpool.
The Spaniard, who won the 2017/18 Golden Glove, can move level with Pope in the standings this Sunday when Man Utd visit Newcastle.
Alisson has kept five clean sheets in his last six matches, while Ederson has kept shut-outs in his last two.
The Brazilians go head-to-head at the Etihad Stadium this weekend.
Alisson’s two fixtures after that are also difficult, against Chelsea and Ramsdale’s Arsenal, while Ederson has an easier pair of fixtures against Southampton and Leicester City sides who are battling relegation. But the Man City goalkeeper then takes his turn to face Ramsdale and the Gunners.
Ederson recently became the third-fastest goalkeeper to reach 100 Premier League clean sheets.
And if he can overtake his rivals to win this season’s Golden Glove, he would become the first man to claim the prize in four successive campaigns.