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Stats Focus: Butland versus Hart

England’s two best goalkeepers go head-to-head on Saturday when Stoke City host the league leaders.

Jack Butland and Joe Hart face off at the Britannia Stadium and both will be hoping to keep up their excellent form in the first third of the season.

It’s been said that the Stoke ‘keeper is finally exerting pressure on his City counterpart for the England no.1 jersey but how do their numbers compare?

It’s a tight-run thing, as you can see below…

Games played

Butland has been an ever-present in the Potters line-up since Asmir Begovic left for Chelsea in the summer, while Joe missed the 4-1 loss to Spurs at White Hart Lane and the 4-1 win over Southampton last weekend.

Butland 14

Hart 12

Clean sheets

No goalkeeper in the Premier League has more shut-outs than Joe although West Brom’s Boaz Myhill comes close with six. Hart has kept clean sheets in 58.3% of his appearances and that number dramatically increases when Vincent Kompany plays in front of him.

Butland 5

Hart 7

Goals conceded

City have actually conceded the same number of goals as Stoke but Joe wasn’t on the field for five of his team’s concessions.

Butland 14 (1.0 per game)

Hart 9 (0.75 per game)

Saves

With Stoke 11 places behind City, perhaps it’s no surprise that Butland has been the busier of the two stoppers but he possesses a phenomenal save % record…

Butland 54

Hart 21

Save percentage

Joe’s save percentage is very healthy indeed but, as referenced above, his England teammates’ is ridiculous…

Butland 79%

Hart 70%

More stats

Player

Butland

Hart

Saves Diving

35

11

Saves Standing

7

8

Saves Reaching

5

0

Saves Stooping

7

2

Saves Hands

48

16

Saves Feet

5

5

Saves Body

1

0

Saves Parried Safe

28

7

Saves Parried Danger

7

8

Saves Caught

10

1

Saves Collected

9

5

Total Shots Conceded

154

67

Saves (from outside the box)  

33

15

Saves (from inside the box)

21

6


There you have it, plenty to ponder ahead of Saturday afternoon’s clash – which keeper will come out on top? Have your say on Twitter @MCFC.

Stats kindly provided by Opta Sports.

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