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Drawing on the fascinating PSxG minus goals allowed metric, powered by FBREF, we delve into the world of top-flight goalkeepers. You might be scratching your head, wondering, "What in the world is this all about?" Well, allow me to demystify...
Post-shot expected goals (PSxG) calculates a goalkeeper's likelihood of saving a shot. Subtract the goals conceded, and you get these intriguing numbers. Positive figures hint at either remarkable luck or an exceptional ability to thwart shots.
Let's dive into the Premier League's goalkeeping elite:
1. Bernd Leno (Fulham): +3.7
Leno, the German custodian, emerged as a summer sensation, continuously proving his mettle for Fulham. Three clean sheets adorn his early-season tally.
2. Alphonse Areola (West Ham): +3.2
Areola has grabbed the mantle as West Ham's No. 1, a move that ruffled a few feathers but seems justified. His heroic ten saves against Manchester City stand as a testament.
3. Guglielmo Vicario (Tottenham): +2.9
Spurs supporters had every reason to be apprehensive about Vicario adapting to the Premier League post his Empoli move. However, the Italian maestro has embraced Ange-ball with effortless finesse.
4. Jose Sa (Wolves): +2.8
After whispers of Sa's potential summer departure following criticism from fans, the Portuguese international has seemingly reignited his form, as evidenced by his performance against Everton.
5. Neto (Bournemouth): +2.6
Bournemouth may be winless this season, but without Neto, they might as well be pointless.
6. Wes Foderingham (Sheffield United): +1.1
Facing 15 shots on target against Newcastle is a heroic feat in itself!
7. Robert Sánchez (Chelsea): +1.1
Chelsea's woes don't seem to emanate from Sánchez's end of the field, although he might not have been thrilled with Ollie Watkins' strike at Stamford Bridge.
8. Ederson (Manchester City): +0.9
Ederson seems to be on an upward trajectory compared to last season, and City hasn't paid the price for his improvement.
9. Emiliano Martínez (Aston Villa): +0.9
Martínez displayed brilliance in preserving a clean sheet against Chelsea, a team with plenty of expected goals (xG) but a lack of finishing prowess.
10. Alisson (Liverpool): +0.8
Last season's Premier League top goalkeeper, Alisson, continues to dazzle, with his save against Miguel Almiron's volley at Newcastle being a highlight.
11. David Raya (Arsenal): +0.7
It's safe to say Raya has firmly established himself as Arsenal's No. 1.
12. Jason Steele (Brighton): +0.5
Steele, an unexpected hero in Brighton's goal last season, briefly made way for Bart Verbruggen but has now returned with a strong performance.
13. Andre Onana (Manchester United): +0.2
Onana must have been delighted with a clean sheet against Burnley, following a challenging midweek match in Munich.
14. Nick Pope (Newcastle): +0.2
Pope had a shaky start against Brighton but managed to bounce back with consecutive clean sheets.
15. Matt Turner (Nottingham Forest): +0.1
Since his debut at Arsenal, Turner has been a reliable presence for Nottingham Forest, more than filling the shoes of his predecessor.
16. Jordan Pickford (Everton): -0.1
Pickford's late-game heroics against Sheffield United salvaged Everton's first point of the season.
17. James Trafford (Burnley): -0.2
While some Burnley fans may question Trafford's distribution compared to Ari Murij, he's proven his mettle in defending the goal, even as the Clarets have conceded 13 goals in five games.
18. Thomas Kaminski (Luton): -0.3
Kaminski couldn't keep out Jarrod Bowen's header, but his overall adaptation to the Premier League has been impressive.
19. Bart Verbruggen (Brighton): -1.0
Verbruggen's overreliance on blocking saves has been evident, with occasional lapses against West Ham and Newcastle.
20. Sam Johnstone (Crystal Palace): -1.6
Johnstone responded to Dean Henderson's challenge with a brilliant clean sheet against Fulham, featuring five saves.
21. Aaron Ramsdale (Arsenal): -1.8
Ramsdale faces a similar competitive situation to Leno's, and a shaky moment against Fulham didn't do him any favors. His save percentage is a cause for concern.
22. Mark Flekken (Brentford): -2.4
Brentford's new goalkeeper, Flekken, is experiencing a tough start, although his save percentage surpasses that of Arsenal's Raya.
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