De Gea breaks top 10 keepers with most PL clean sheets

Date published: Wednesday 2nd March 2022 8:38 - Ian Watson

Petr Cech, David De Gea, Pepe Reina feature in the top 10 keepers for Premier League clean sheets.

David De Gea overtook Peter Schmeichel to break into the top 10 keepers with the most clean sheets in the Premier League. But he’s still 73 behind the leader.

Here are the top keepers to have kept the most clean sheets in the Premier League…


10) David de Gea – 129 clean sheets
Games played: 364
Clean sheet percentage: 35.3%
Club: Man Utd (129)

De Gea edged ahead of Peter Schmeichel by shutting out Watford on Saturday, though the Denmark legend reached 128 shut-outs in just 310 matches. Just imagine how many De Gea might have claimed without playing behind some of the defences United have given him over the last decade.


9) Brad Friedel – 132 clean sheets
Games played: 450
Clean sheet percentage: 29.3%
Clubs: Blackburn (77), Aston Villa (35), Tottenham (14), Liverpool (6)

Friedel has kept as many shut-outs as the two keepers ahead of him on this list, but he sits in ninth place owing to Tim Howard and Edwin van der Sar’s superior clean sheet percentage.


8) Tim Howard – 132 clean sheets
Games played: 399
Clean sheet percentage: 33.1%
Clubs: Everton (116), Man Utd (16)

Howard’s 17 clean sheets for Everton in 2008/09 would have been enough to win or share the Golden Glove in eight seasons since the award was first handed out in 2005. The American’s reliability meant he missed only seven Premier League games in eight seasons between joining the Toffees from United in 2006 and 2014.


7) Edwin van der Sar – 132 clean sheets
Games played: 313
Clean sheet percentage: 42.2%
Clubs: Man Utd (90), Fulham (42)

The former Holland keeper kept his sheet clean in two-thirds of his 202 appearances for United in all competitions. Van der Sar achieved 368 clean sheets in total over 718 career appearances, keeping opponents out in 51% of his matches.


6) Pepe Reina – 136 clean sheets
Games played: 297
Clean sheet percentage: 45.8%
Clubs: Liverpool (134), Aston Villa (2)

The former Spain stand-in has the highest clean sheet percentage of any keeper with over 100 Premier League shut-outs, which helped him retain the Golden Glove award through three seasons between 2005 and 2008.


5) Nigel Martyn – 137 clean sheets
Games played: 372
Clean sheet percentage: 36.8%
Clubs: Leeds (82), Everton (30), Crystal Palace (25)

The Cornishman played top-flight football before football was invented in 1992, with another 14 shut-outs in Crystal Palace’s goal to add to his Premier League total with Palace, Everton and Leeds.

David Seaman in action for Arsenal.

4) David Seaman – 141 clean sheets
Games played: 344
Clean sheet percentage: 41%
Clubs: Arsenal (138), Manchester City (3)

Seaman and his glorious ‘tache kept goal for Arsenal, QPR and Birmingham prior to the arrival of the Premier League, keeping another 40 clean sheets in 113 Division One appearances.


3) Mark Schwarzer – 151 clean sheets
Games played: 514
Clean sheet percentage: 29.4%
Clubs: Middlesbrough (92), Fulham (56), Chelsea (2), Leicester (1)

The former Australia goalkeeper kept clean sheets in 18 Premier League seasons after arriving in English football with Bradford in what is now the Championship. The most shut-outs he managed in any one campaign was 15 with Fulham in 2008/09.


2) David James – 169 clean sheets
Games played: 572
Clean sheet percentage: 29.6%
Clubs: Liverpool (72), Portsmouth (39), Aston Villa (21), Manchester City (19), West Ham (18)

Not bad for a keeper nicknamed Calamity. The former England keeper’s longevity was key, with no No.1 making more Premier League appearances than any other keeper. In fact, James benefitted from 18 months’ more appearances than Schwarzer, the second-most active keeper in the Premier League. Only four players – Gareth Barry, Ryan Giggs, Frank Lampard and James Milner – have played more Premier League games.


1) Petr Cech – 202 clean sheets
Games played: 443
Clean sheet percentage: 45.6%
Clubs: Chelsea (162), Arsenal (40)

The Czech stopper holds the joint record for having won the most Golden Glove awards, with four won in 2005, 2010 and 2014 with Chelsea, and 2016 with Arsenal.


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