As the race for the Premier League title comes into the final day of the season, so does the race for the golden boot and the Golden Glove where Liverpool and Manchester City goalkeepers are at loggerheads to claim the’glove’.
As it stands, the award will also go to one of Manchester City or Liverpool, goalkeepers with Ederson and Alisson both locked together on 20 clean sheets for the season that is ending over this weekend where the two sides are locked at the top of the League with a potential of either team clinching it.
Ederson levelled up with Alisson following Monday night’s Manchester City tight win over Leicester at the Etihad as Vincent Kompany’s screamer handed City the advantage over Liverpool in the title race.
The Brazilian team-mates have been competing for the number one shirt for the national side for years now, with Alisson coming out on top.
But with Ederson seemingly having an easier task with Brighton coming up on the final day, whereas Alisson faces a potent Wolves side, this race will be defined by the shot-stoppers ability to keep their concentration throughout.
Both men have helped change the perception of goalkeepers in the Premier League, often sweeping up expertly when their defenders can’t.
Since joining Manchester City in 2017, Ederson’s ability with his feet has been crucial for Pep Guardiola’s free-flowing side and the 25 year-old even has an assist to his name this season.
This season has been a wonderful first year in England for Alisson, with Liverpool only suffering one Premier League loss.
Brazil’s number one will also be on a high as Jurgen Klopp’s side pulled of a miracle to reach the Champions League final in Madrid, after a 4-0 demolition job of Barcelona overturned a 3-0 loss in the first-leg.
The closest competitors to the pair are Chelsea ’s Kepa Arrizabalaga and England number one Jordan Pickford, who both have 13 clean sheets.
Manchester United ’s David De Gea, who won the Golden Glove last season with 18 clean sheets, only has seven this season as the Red Devils continue to spiral into disappointment.
In fact only relegated Fulham and Huddersfield have kept less clean sheets than the English giants this season.
The brilliance of the title-challenging goalkeepers can be summed up by the fact that it is only the second time in Premier League history where more than one goalkeeper has kept 20 clean sheets in a season.
The only other pair also included a Liverpool goalkeeper, when Pepe Reina kept a clean sheet 20 times but still had less than Manchester United great Edwin van der Sar, who bettered the Spaniard by one.
Premier League clean sheets 2018-2019
20 Ederson (Manchester City)
20 Alisson (Liverpool)
13 Kepa Arrizabalaga (Chelsea)
13 Jordan Pickford ( Everton )
12 Hugo Lloris ( Tottenham Hotspur)
10 Martin Dubravka ( Newcastle United)
9 Neil Etheridge ( Cardiff City)
9 Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester City)
7 Vicente Guaita ( Crystal Palace )
7 Ben Foster ( Watford )
7 David De Gea (Manchester United)
7 Rui Patricio (Wolves)