A few weeks back the race for the Premier League Golden Glove looked set to be contested between three men.
West Brom’s Ben Foster and Simon Mignolet of Liverpool were the protagonists attempting to overthrow leading clean sheet-keeper Fraser Forster.
The Southampton stopper is blazing the trail on 13 shutouts, but a cruciate knee ligament injury suffered against Burnley last time out means he won’t be adding to this tally.
Baggies onion-bag minder Foster is also ruled out for the remainder of the campaign, so he won’t be augmenting his haul of 11 either, effectively clearing the path for Mignolet to steal the gong.
The Belgian custodian has recovered from a shoddy start to the season in some style and boasts a silver medal-sharing 11 clean sheets at present.
Of the three keepers boasting this tally, only Mignolet and Swansea’s Lukasz Fabianski are fit, but given the superior side the former represents, he understandably assumes favouritism to claim the mantle, with a fair price of 9/10 saying he’ll be stood at the top of the podium come full time on gameweek 38.
For those interested, Fabianski weighs in at 10/1 and is certainly not without a shout, but there’s a longer odds offering who rates as better value than both the Pole and the former Sunderland stopper at the head of the betting.
With ten shutouts to his name, the Spanish sensation has come roaring into contention and is certainly worth a punt at a monstrous 8/1 to don the Golden Glove.
Looking at the foes both keepers have left to face, they’ll each bolster their seasonal clean-sheet tallies by two based on how the corresponding collisions panned out.
Liverpool’s goals against column wasn’t worsened when they faced Hull and Stoke earlier in the campaign, while Man Utd kept both the Tigers and Crystal Palace at bay.
Based on current form though, it’s De Gea who’s poised to finish stronger.
A deflected Daniel Sturridge strike in the Red Devils’ 2-1 win at Anfield last time out prevented the Atletico Madrid academy graduate from recording four straight clean sheets.
While Mignolet has been stockpiling them too, he can only boast two bagels from his last quartet.
De Gea’s hopes are further boosted through stats such as Arsenal, final visitors to Old Trafford, haven’t scored in five of nine Theatre of Dreams sojourns, while West Brom, who are United’s penultimate guests, have been unable to bag in four of six visits.
It’s sure to be a close-fought contest, but marginally superior form and favourable figures make De Gea well worth a flutter to out shutout Mignolet.