Manchester United's David De Gea or Tottenham's Hugo Lloris? Who is the better goalkeeper?

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Hugo Lloris

The goalkeeping quality in the Premier League is phenomenal. With teams outside the “big six” also boasting of incredible shot-stoppers in Jordan Pickford, Martin Dubravka, Rui Patricio and so on, the Premier League can claim to host the best of goalkeepers.

We attempt to analyse some of the top goalkeepers and help you decide who’s the best in the business.

First up is David De Gea and Hugo Lloris who are definitely among the top goalkeepers in the world. The Spaniard has performed at the top level for about five years now and the Frenchman is a World Cup winner.

Liverpool’s Alisson and Manchester City’s Ederson will feature next but first, let’s look at De Gea and Lloris.

WHAT THE STATS SAY

This is an area where both De Gea and Lloris excel. De Gea has played all 11 games for Manchester United in the league and has kept just one cleansheet. Many would argue that Manchester United’s defence is fragile and easy to tear open, which makes De Gea’s task between the posts even harder. But the xGA (expected goals against) stats will be taking this into consideration

Lloris missed four games due to injury and Michael Vorm had to step in to take charge of the posts. In the seven games that Lloris featured, he kept a cleansheet on four occasions.

The Frenchman’s saves per goal ratio of 0.71 is more than three times that of the Spaniard (0.22). The quality of the defence influences the quality of the chances the opponents are provided with and the xGA should normalise every factor and provide a common platform to compare the shot-stopping ability of the players.

The xGA/GA (goals against) ratio should give a good reading of how the keeper is performing, taking into comparison the quality of the shots he faces. De Gea has an xGA/GA of 0.955 and Hugo Lloris has an incredible ratio of about 2.03.

The loop-hole in this approach is that it does not take into consideration the quality of the players who takes the shot. However, the deviation is unlikely to be so much as to tilt this statistic in De Gea’s favour.

There are absolutely no questions about the Spaniard’s quality, but the fact remains that he’s had a rough patch since the World Cup and loses out to his French compatriot.

SHOT STOPPING RATING:

De Gea: 8/10

Lloris: 9/10

David De Gea of Man Utd

DISTRIBUTION

De Gea’s distribution for Spain under Julen Lopetegui was solid enough. However, he plays for a team where playing the ball out from the back is not in line with the philosophy of the manager.

The 28-year-old passes the ball about 26 times per game with an accuracy of 53.5 percent. Most of De Gea’s passes are long, cross-field balls which explains the unimpressive passing accuracy.

On the other hand, Lloris has an accuracy of 69.7 percent for his 33 passes every game. This has more to do with Tottenham’s style of play than Lloris’ distribution ability.

Both the players are clearly not great with their feet when they are compared to the likes of Ederson, Alisson, Bernd Leno and Kepa Arrizabalaga. But the Frenchman gets a marginal victory here.

DISTRIBUTION RATING: 

De Gea: 6.5/10

Lloris: 7/10

COMPOSURE

Of the two players, one has played a World Cup final and the other has had to deal with having one of the worst defences his club has fielded for over a decade. The composure of such players cannot be questioned.

In the first match of the season, De Gea put In a stellar performance to provide United a 2-1 win over Leicester City. There were more than just murmurs in the media about the Spaniard’s apparent decline after a forgettable World Cup.

But De Geas has stepped up big to provide his team a win on the opener, amid all the negativity around him. He made two incredible saves in that game, including a spectacular effort to deny Damian Gray from close range.

Jamie Vardy was left in space and had his half-volley saved by the Spanish international. The game would surely have ended in Leicester City’s favour had it been any normal keeper.

There isn’t much to talk about the composure of someone who’s performed on the biggest stage of world football. However, Lloris did have his nervy-moments in the game and begged Mario Mandzukic to score Croatia’s second goal.

Hugo Lloris sees red in Eindhoven.

Hugo Lloris sees red in Eindhoven.

The 31-year-old’s moment of the season came against West Ham when his fingertips denied Marco Arnautovic’s header from entering the top-corner.

Lloris was given his marching orders for a harsh, last-man tackle on Hirving Lozano when Tottenham met PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League.

Spurs went on to drop two points after conceding in the death. One might argue that he was left with no choice, but although Lloris can boast of a host of virtues, composure is not particularly one of his best traits.

COMPOSURE RATING

De Gea: 8/10

Lloris: 7/10

VERDICT

Both the keepers are two of the finest and David De Gea has performed consistently for the past few years behind a horrendous United defence that’s probably getting worse every season.

Lloris has had some of the best centre-halves in the league in front of him and has managed to out-perform his Spanish compatriot this season.

However, numbers can’t do justice to the performances these custodians put on display every weekend. Lloris (23/30) edges De Gea (22.5/30) but these numbers are for reference and not inference.

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Premier League Stock Exchange: Man United, Man City and Newcastle are biggest movers

Alex Rea 6/11/2018
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Scintillating football and a week of firsts were the main narratives from Gameweek 11 in the Premier League.

Keeping tabs on all 20 Premier League teams is the Sport360 Stock Exchange (360SE), our season-long measurement for top flight sides as we track each club throughout the campaign and take into account their results to assign positions.

We initially used reputation and squad worth to determine the starting price but from Gameweek 2 onward, we’ve examined their output to create a new value.

The total points gained for the season are used as a tiebreaker but sides which have produced big wins against strong opposition get a big boost and vice versa.

Without further ado, here’s the rankings after GW11.

1. Manchester City: 551 / 560 / +9

Total for 2018/19: +65

Raheem Sterling was one of the stars of Gameweek as he scored twice and grabbed tw assists as City thrashed Southampton 6-1. A side scoring six goals would usually be met with amazement but to City, this is an incredibly high standard they are setting. Relentless and ruthless, it’s difficult to look past Pep Guardiola’s champions and they are pulling away at the top of the table and in our rankings. The Catalan’s assessment of a fine Sterling display tells you why they’re in the position they are. “He is a top player but still so young to consider [being] the world’s best,” he said. “Still he can lose simple balls.”

2. Liverpool: 535 / 539 / +4

Total for 2018/19: +64

The better chances fell to Liverpool, the better play was from Arsenal. An electric clash at the Emirates Stadium ended with a 1-1 draw thanks to Alexandre Lacazette’s sumptuous late strike after James Milner‘s 50th Premier League goal. Virgil van Dijk was monstrous at both ends and genuinely should have bagged a hat-trick. But a point at enterprising Arsenal is excellent and is enough for a stock bump.

3. Chelsea: 478 / 484 / +6

Total for 2018/19: +54

Maurizio Sarri will claim contrary but the Premier League is far from a two-team race. Chelsea maintained their unbeaten start by sweeping aside Crystal Palace 3-2. They sit third in our rankings but that gap will continue to close with the results being produced. Again, Chelsea are susceptible unlike Liverpool and they’re not assaulting teams quite like City, but they do remain right in it. Alvaro Morata scored twice, and should have had his hat-trick, Pedro scored the other. It’s hard to believe this side finished 30 points off City last season, that won’t be the case this term.

4. Arsenal: 451 / 456 / +5

Total for 2018/19: +26

The draw with Liverpool was real evidence of progress under Unai Emery. The intensity, bravery and enthusiasm was matched by tactical prowess from the Spaniard. We knew he inherited a stock of talent and now Emery is coaxing the very best from them. Lucas Torreira was a terrier in midfield and hallmarked a fine Arsenal display.

5. Manchester United: 449 / 451 / +2

Total for 2018/19: -9

United are notorious for their lethargic starts and they required another comeback to secure three points at Bournemouth. Brimming with belief and confidence, the hosts repeatedly carved open opportunities and deservedly took the lead through a Callum Wilson tap in. Anthony Martial responded with a crisp finish after a fine United pattern of play and Marcus Rashford scrambled home an injury-time winner. The contrast is startling but a bright mark was Alexis Sanchez’s bright display as the spearhead.

6. Tottenham Hotspur: 442 / 444 / +2

Total for 2018/19: +24

In the end, Tottenham’s victory over Wolves was far tighter than it needed to be after going 3-0 up. Eric Lamela and Lucas Moura struck within minutes of each other inside the first half hour, Harry Kane netted his sixth Premier League goal of the season, but then came a late collapse. Juan Foyth marked his Premier League debut by giving away two penalties which Ruben Neves and then Raul Jimenez dispatched. Spurs avoided being bitten again, though, and a sixth away win of the season is enough for a small stock rise.

7. Everton: 369 / 374 / +4

Total for 2018/19: +3

First there was a flicker, then Everton proceeded to pour water on the flame. Now, though, they’re showing signs of blazing. Their £40m summer signing Richarlison produced two superb finishes against Brighton while Seamus Coleman cupped his ear in celebration after silencing his own home critics with their second. Everton passed with purpose, moved between the lines intelligently and crucially, possessed players who demanded the ball and wanted to play with quality. It’s four wins out of the last five and another stock rise.

Richarlison of Everton

Richarlison of Everton

8. Leicester City: 353 / 358 / +5

Total for 2018/19: +8

Leicester’s visit to Cardiff was always going to be a difficult day. The tragic death of owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was of course at the forefront of the minds of everyone involved in the club. And after a harrowing week, Demarai Gray’s emotionally-charged winner was a fitting salute to their owner. The passionate scenes between away fans and the players was an outpouring rarely seen in football.

9. West Ham: 355 / 358 / +3

Total for 2018/19: -5

West Ham are an odd team. Both bold and brittle, they are bit like a hammer made of glass at the moment. A 4-2 win over Burnley is justification of their fearlessness going forward and a soft centre. Marko Arnautovic, a Felipe Anderson brace and Javier Hernandez late strike secure the three points, but only after twice letting a lead slip. A thrilling and crazy game, rather emblematic of Manuel Pellegrini’s side. It’s enough for a small stock increase, though.

10. Bournemouth: 334 / 334 / 0

Total for 2018/19: +54

Bournemouth’s attacking play is free-flowing and fluid and for much of the first-half, they drowned Manchester United with their brilliance going forward. The second-half introductions of Ander Herrera and Marcus Rashford made the difference, though, as the visitors began to dominate the ball at 1-1. It was a tough defeat for Eddie Howe’s team to take and that’s why their stock value doesn’t take a hit.

11. Wolves: 334 / 334 / 0

Total for 2018/19: +36

Good game, bad result was the affable Nuno Espirit Santo’s assessment of his side’s 3-2 defeat against Spurs. Two goals on the counter-attack cut out their heat after early ambition but they recovered well in the second half. Wolves have a way of playing and Santo is correct in not deviating away from that despite a disappointing result like this. Keep an eye on 18-year-old midfielder Morgan Gibbs-White who looks a real find after his dazzling substitute appearance.

12. Watford: 300 / 298 / -2

Total for 2018/19: +48

Javi Gracia’s side had their chances, plenty of them at that, to come away from Newcastle with all three points but were guilty of ineptitude in front of goal. Ultimately, it was all pretty and no punch as the hosts showed the grit and determination to claim all three points.

13. Crystal Palace: 296 / 296 / 0

Total for 2018/19: +6

Palace really challenged Chelsea at times and the 3-1 scoreline was a little harsh on them. Still, they have not won in six Premier League fixtures, a run stretching back to mid-September and with Manchester United and Spurs next, the run is grim. Roy Hodgson refuses to panic and is adamant they’ll be safe after 38 games. They remain high in our rankings and won’t take a hit after a positive performance, if not the result.

14. Brighton: 290 / 290 / 0

Total for 2018/19: +40

Resolute and confident, Brighton arrived at Everton on the back of three straight top-flight victories for the first time since 1981. All three were achieved with clean sheets but they collapsed at Goodison Park. Lewis Dunk soared to head home an equaliser, yet that was as good as it got and a 3-1 defeat was inflicted. No stock hit, however, as Everton are a top side and anything other than a defeat for Brighton would have been viewed as a bonus.

15. Newcastle United: 275 / 280 / +5

Total for 2018/19: -10

Sound the alarm, Newcastle have a first league win of the season. They were incredibly fortunate at times because Watford on another day could have been well clear. But two substitutes combined to secure a 1-0 triumph for the hosts. Ki Sung-yueng fizzed in a fierce free-kick which Ayoze Perez was able to flick home via his head at the near post. It was a sweet moment after a sustained period of bitterness and it could be a potentially season-transforming result.

Rafael Benitez celebrates with defender DeAndre Yedlin

Rafael Benitez celebrates with defender DeAndre Yedlin

16. Burnley: 275 / 272 / -2

Total for 2018/19: -17

Sean Dyche’s team are chronically struggling to create the same consistency which impressed last season. That’s not even uniformity in collecting points, but just performances. Indeed, Burnley swing wildly from characteristic defensive strength to an uncharacteristic erroneous streak. They look hopeless right now – conceding 13 goals in their last three games – even despite twice equalising through smart finishes from Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Chris Wood.

17. Fulham: 270 / 262 / -8

Total for 2018/19: -28

Fulham are hurtling towards disaster and Slavisa Jokanovic’s reputation is being torn apart in the process. Their worst start to a top-flight season is deteriorating further after Huddersfield claimed a 1-0 win at home. “It is outside of my control,” the Serb said when asked about his job security. His side are bit out of control as well, pressing the self destruct button having conceded 29 goals in 11 games. They’re bottom of the league, and deserve to be as well.

18. Southampton: 262 / 256 / -6

Total for 2018/19: -14

Southampton are just meh. Ironically, they actually ended their goal drought through Danny Ings penalty and at the same time brought to a close City’s clean sheet streak which stretched to September 1. That goal was a massive consolation, though, as they were beaten and battered 6-1. How long will Mark Hughes remain at the helm because the Saints are really not this bad.

19. Huddersfield Town: 211 / 217 / +6

Total for 2018/19: -3

A Gameweek of firsts. David Wagner has waited patiently for a first league win of the season and it happened to arrive just as fellow relegation fodder Newcastle did likewise. That it arrived through an own goal as Timothy Fosu-Mensah inadvertently diverted through his net won’t bother Huddersfield one bit. They deserved their good fortune having not been rewarded in previous games and were more than worthy winners anyway.

David Wagner

David Wagner

20. Cardiff City: 208 / 208 / 0

Total for 2018/19: +8

Neil Warnock described the visit of Leicester as a surreal experience after the tragic events over the last week. His players dealt with the game reasonably well and dominated the first half. But a game in which Cardiff desperately needed points, they ultimately claimed nothing. However, as a club, they deserve respect for how they met this fixture with complete class and grace.

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Pedro confident but calm over Chelsea's Premier League prospects

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Pedro says Chelsea are refusing to look too far ahead after their unbeaten start to the Premier League season.

The Blues, fifth last term, claimed an eighth win from 11 games with Sunday’s 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace.

The win, secured by Alvaro Morata’s double and a Pedro strike, took Maurizio Sarri’s side into second, above Liverpool on goal difference and trailing holders Manchester City by two points.

“The most important thing is step by step, game by game,” Pedro told Chelsea TV.

“The team knows we’re now in a very good position, but it’s too early to know anything.

“There are a lot of games until the end. It’s very important to continue in this moment.”

Eden Hazard returned from a three-game absence with a back problem and performed well.

Pedro added: “He’s the most important player here. He’s a star for us. Eden is playing very good. It’s very good news for us that he’s in very good form.”

Chelsea have never lost in a game in which Pedro has scored, according to the club’s in-house TV channel.

The Spain winger said: “This is good, I didn’t know. I’m really happy to score the goal. The team worked very hard.”

The Blues next play Everton on Sunday, after Thursday’s Europa League clash at BATE Borisov in Belarus.

Palace are winless in six league games and next face Tottenham and Manchester United, either side of the international break.

Andros Townsend, who equalised for the visitors early in the second half, rued the concession of a set-piece goal which restored Chelsea’s advantage.

“When you play the top teams the minimum you have to do is not concede from set plays,” Townsend told cpfc.co.uk.

“They are good enough to cut you open, so if you are going to lose then let it be via a great goal from one of their world class players but I’m sure we will learn from that. We will work on it and go again next week and learn from the mistakes we made.”

Palace are on a challenging run of fixtures, after drawing with Arsenal and the defeat at Chelsea.

Townsend added: “It’s difficult, we are playing well enough and creating chances but have been unlucky on one or two occasions.”

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