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The best penalty savers in Premier League history

23 Mar 2018
Ederson and Dimitri Kharin

Ederson has kept out both spot-kicks he has faced for Man City but a former Chelsea goalkeeper is the penalty king

It is almost a tradition for Premier League fans to celebrate being given a penalty as if they had just scored a goal.

But some goalkeepers in the competition have made a name for themselves by regularly frustrating opponents from the spot.

Dmitri Kharin is one such player.

The Russian, who represented Chelsea for seven years from 1992, is statistically the best Premier League goalkeeper when it comes to saving spot-kicks.

He successfully kept out five of the 11 he faced, a save rate of 45.45 per cent.

What about now? 

Three current PL goalkeepers are in the top 10, though such penalty prowess has not proven enough for them to presently be first choice at their respective clubs.

They are AFC Bournemouth's Artur Boruc, Burnley's Tom Heaton, and Simon Mignolet, of Liverpool.

Best penalty save rates (min. 10 faced)
GoalkeeperPens facedPens savedSave percentage
Dmitri Kharin11545.5
Manuel Almunia14642.9
Pavel Srnicek12541.7
Bryan Gunn10440.0
Artur Boruc14535.7
Mark Bosnich18633.3
David Seaman22731.8
Mark Crossley19631.6
Tom Heaton10330.0
Simon Mignolet28828.6

Two other goalkeepers new to the league for 2017/18 could be penalty kings of the future.

Ederson has saved both of the penalties he has faced for Manchester City, denying Crystal Palace's Luka Milivojevic and Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, while Brighton & Hove Albion's Mat Ryan has been beaten only one of three times.

James the main man

Both have a long way to go if they are to break the record for most individual penalty saves.

That feat belongs to David James, the goalkeeper who has made the most appearances in the PL, with 572.

James, who played for Liverpool, Aston Villa, West Ham United, Man City and Portsmouth, saved 13 spot-kicks.

Most penalty saves in PL history
GoalkeeperPens facedPens saved
David James6313
Thomas Sorensen5012
Mark Schwarzer4910
Brad Friedel5110
Shay Given6610
Heurelho Gomes349
Robert Green359
Jussi Jaaskelainen529
Simon Mignolet288
Edwin van der Sar318
Also in this series

Part 1: Swansea most ruthless from penalty spot
Part 2: Milivojevic leads the way with penalty prowess
Part 3: Perfect Toure top from the penalty spot
Part 5: Danny Murphy's masterclass on taking penalties

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