Right now there’s an unprecedented competitiveness in the goalkeeping ranks among the Premier League’s richest clubs and Chelsea are no different.
Luckily for news.bwin.com/en/ devotees, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to put our readers in possession of pecking-order determining wisdom courtesy of our ‘Clash of the Custodians’ series.
We’ve already chewed the fat over the relative merits of Manchester City’s Willy Caballero and Joe Hart, now it’s the turn of Stamford Bridge number ones Petr Cech and Thibaut Courtois.
It couldn’t hurt for Jose Mourinho, who is reportedly to let the pair know the identity of the Blues first-choice gloveman on Sunday, to have a gander…
The Belgian is a hefty 9/50 jolly in bwin’s seasonal Premier League starts head-to-head market, with the incumbent unceremoniously shunted out to 33/10 to retain the lion’s share of the game time.
As you can see from the bwinfographic below, a glance at last season’s numbers suggest Courtois has earned his favouritism.
However, there’s sufficiently little in it for the lopsided assessment of the bwin layers to be considered somewhat derisory to the 326-appearance veteran.
In addition to the stats in the graphic, Courtois also kept more clean sheets (20 to Cech’s 16) and averaged a greater amount of saves per game (1.62 to his rival’s 1.53).
Yet the presiding keeper has experience of the Premier League in his favour as well as greater success in claiming the ball, a skill that may carry greater importance in England than in Spain given the division’s rough and ready reputation.
Ultimately, however, the tide of time may simply be against Cech, who has seen fellow 2004/05 title-winners Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole moved on this summer.