Top Five: The Premier League’s clean sheet kings
When it comes to the highest level of English football, every team is looking for a goalkeeper who can make valuable saves and secure those coveted clean sheets. Since the beginning of the Premier League era, there are several goalkeepers who have excelled in this regard, some racking up the clean sheets through sheer longevity, others doing so through consistent performances over a shorter period of time.
Here, we’ve compiled a list of the five goalkeepers who have kept the most clean sheets in Premier League history, each helping their various teams’ chances in the English Premier League odds. Read on to find out the clean sheet king!
5. Nigel Martyn (137 clean sheets)
In fifth spot is a goalkeeper who Crystal Palace, Leeds United and Everton fans will remember with great fondness. Nigel Martyn made a total of 372 appearances in the Premier League, keeping a mightily impressive 137 clean sheets along the way. Martyn’s most successful spell came at Leeds, where he was a vital part of the club consistently challenging for the top Premier League spots, and qualifying for Europe. He was a key part of the squad that reached the semi-finals of the 2000-01 Champions League.
4. David Seaman (141 clean sheets)
An Arsenal legend and cult hero, David Seaman made well over 300 Premier League appearances for the Gunners. The former England number one was a mainstay in the Arsenal teams that enjoyed so much success in the late ’90s and early 2000s. Seaman’s final appearance for Arsenal yielded the fourth FA Cup the goalkeeper had won with the club, as Seaman captained the side to a 1-0 win over Southampton to lift the trophy. His fine tally of clean sheets also helped contribute to two Premier league titles, in 1998 and 2002.
3. Mark Schwarzer (151 clean sheets)
One of the finest Australian players to grace the Premier League, Mark Schwarzer enjoyed a stellar Premier League career which spanned across four clubs: Middlesbrough, Fulham, Chelsea and Leicester City. It was at Middlesbrough where he enjoyed his best days, helping the club win the League Cup and reach the UEFA Cup final, all while consistently challenging in the top half of the Premier League.
2. David James (169 clean sheets)
Second on the list is a goalkeeper who has made more Premier League appearances than any other – 572 in total, for five clubs. David James began his Premier League career at Liverpool, where he made more Premier League appearances than at any other club, and enjoyed a stellar career up until his retirement in 2014. Despite his large collection of clean sheets, James is perhaps best remembered for when he was deployed as a striker for Manchester City in the second half of a vital Premier League match against Middlesbrough in 2005.
1. Petr Čech (202 clean sheets)
Sitting pretty at the top of the Premier League clean sheets is Petr Čech, a goalkeeper who wrote the book on not conceding goals. Čech was a vital cog in José Mourinho’s winning machine at Chelsea, as the Czech international conceded just 37 goals across the club’s two successive title-winning seasons. Čech was a large part of the reason teams feared Chelsea in those years, as he made himself such an imposing presence in the Stamford Bridge goal.