The 2019/20 Premier League season is almost underway and whether you’re looking to predict the winners on opening weekend, the division’s outright winner, or even the Golden Boot, you can find all the Premier League odds online.
But what about the Golden Glove? Last year, Liverpool may have narrowly missed out on the title, but they did lay claim to having the best defence, with goalkeeper Alisson Becker conceding the fewest goals (22) and ultimately, winning the Golden Glove for keeping the most clean sheets (21).
We think it could be a close-run thing between Manchester City and Liverpool again this year, so let’s take a look at who could challenge Alisson to the Golden Glove this season.
Ederson – Manchester City
Last season, Ederson failed to keep a clean sheet in Manchester City’s final game against Brighton & Hove Albion, which ultimately ruled him out of winning the Golden Glove. However, Ederson had a decent defence in front of him and the team only conceded 23 goals. As a result of this, he was named in the PFA’s Premier League Team of the Year.
City may have since lost talisman Vincent Kompany to Anderlecht, but have signed João Cancelo from Juventus. Pep Guardiola is an advocate of attacking play and City have defensive midfielders such as Fernandinho and new signing, Rodri, who can slot into the back line if necessary.
With that in mind, we believe Ederson is the likeliest candidate to challenge Alisson for the Golden Glove.
Assessment – A+
Hugo Lloris – Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham’s first choice keeper and captain, Hugo Lloris kept 12 clean sheets last campaign, conceding only 39 goals in the process. In fact, in his 239 Premier League appearances, the Frenchman has kept 86 clean sheets. Not only has Lloris cemented his place in the Spurs side since his arrival in 2012, but he is also up there as one of the best keepers in the division.
Spurs sold Kieran Trippier to Atlético Madrid last month; however, their defence is much the same as last season, with no new arrivals. While we expect Tottenham to keep a strong back line and Lloris to keep a number of clean sheets again, we just don’t think it will be enough to rival Alisson – or Ederson.
Assessment – B
Kepa Arrizabalaga – Chelsea
Last season, Kepa ended the season as the joint third-best keeper in terms of clean sheets, with 14, also conceding just 39 goals like Lloris. This season is a different matter and for a number of reasons, we can see Chelsea struggling.
Firstly, with their two-window transfer embargo, they are unable to sign players. Defenders Gary Cahill and David Luiz have left for fellow London clubs, Crystal Palace and Arsenal, respectively. The latter is another huge loss, on top of the departure of Eden Hazard. Secondly, with a new manager comes new ideas and with Frank Lampard at the helm, who knows what Chelsea line-up will feature, or the style of play they’ll adopt.
We simply cannot predict how the campaign will go for the Blues and for that reason, don’t believe Kepa can win the Golden Glove.
Assessment – B-
We simply can’t see past Alisson again. He had a fantastic debut season in the Premier League, having made the move from Serie A – and will surely go from strength-to-strength. He has been rewarded for his performances last campaign, taking the number 1 shirt from Loris Karius.