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Just nine more games to go. Nine! It is such a nerve-racking time of the season, unless you are stuck in mid-table mediocrity. This is looking to be one of the tightest fought Premier League seasons ever. Certainly I struggle to remember a more exciting, exhilarating time, and I have been around the game for far too long.
You have to feel sorry for anyone who plays Tottenham and its super saver Hugo Lloris (pictured). According to our stats they are averaging nearly seven shots on target a game. Good job Arsenal had super saver David Ospina in the net, especially with Petr Cech injured. The Colombian saved nine shots at the weekend, helping earn the Gunners a point, and keep them in the title race. If it wasn’t for their keepers, they wouldn’t even be in the Champions League spots just now.
If only the teams at the bottom had these keepers saving their bacon. Only Stoke can really be thankful for their shot stopper. Newcastle in particular won’t be impressed with the performances of all of their keepers. Our stats show they have helped cost the Magpies four league places, and as a result are sitting in the relegation zone with not very many games left to play.
How the alternative league table works
Here at Scottish Friendly we thought we would highlight just how important keepers are to a team, after all they are savers in their own right! We imagine each game without keepers and take the number of shots on target by each team as the result. By looking at it this way, we can see which goalies have been busy winning their team points, while also finding out which ones are holding their team back.
|Team||W||D||L||Shots on target +||Shots on target –||Shots
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