It’s not just the 2018/19 Premier League title race that is going down to the final day of the season. The destination of the Golden Glove is still up in the air as the season approaches its climax, with shot-stoppers Ederson and Alisson of top-of-the-table battlers Manchester City and Liverpool, respectively, vying for the award. Regardless of where it ends up, it’ll be the first time a Brazilian has taken the accolade, the first time the recipient will be from outside of Europe.
In the last gameweek, Liverpool welcome Wolverhampton Wanderers to Anfield, while Manchester City travel to the south coast to take on Brighton & Hove Albion.
Neither Ederson nor Alisson have missed a single-minute of on-field action in the league this campaign going into the final fixture of the season and have kept 20 clean-sheets apiece. The stability they offer between the sticks, with Ederson in his second season and Alisson in his first, undoubtedly fundamental factor in to both sides’ domestic league successes to put them far and away ahead of the pack.
Man City’s 1-0 win over Leicester City courtesy of captain Vincent Kompany’s simply fabulous wonder strike, allowed Ederson to finally draw level with Alisson, who has led the way for shutouts for the majority of the season. Liverpool narrowly escaped seeing out a draw , a late Divock Origi goal allowing Liverpool a 3-2 win in the penultimate fixture of the season.
If both or neither manage to keep a clean-sheet in each of their final games, it will be the second time the award has been shared, after Petr Čech (Chelsea) and Wojciech Szczęsny (Arsenal) in 2013/14, interestingly when neither of their sides won the Premier League.
Both Čech and Joe Hart hold the record for receiving the most Golden Glove, with four each, Hart also boasting the joint-most consecutive awards, with the three gained at Manchester City between 2010 and 2013.
Only on five occasions has the goalkeeper from the Premier League-winning side that particular season won the award since its inception in 2004/05. Last year’s winner was David De Gea of Manchester United, the Spaniard registering a tally of 18 clean sheets as the Red Devils finished second (this year he’s managed just seven). That’s a figure both Ederson and Alisson have already smashed, putting them on par with the latter’s predecessor Pepe Reina in the 2005/06 season.
If Ederson does take it, City can certifiably claim a record number of recipients, surpassing Chelsea’s tally and putting them on top of the pile alone. Liverpool will match the two blue clubs, taking their three up to four.
Either way, both keepers will fall short of the record number of clean sheets held in a season, set in the augural year of the award again by Čech as Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea romped to the title and conceded just 15 league goals.