Penalty Killers: Nine Teams Who Have Saved the Most Premier League Penalties Since 2006/07

If a goalkeeper manages to be the centre of attention, more often than not it's for all the wrong reasons. Whether they've chucked the ball into their net or fumbled a cross, when you see a goalkeeper in the headlines, it's not normally a good thing.


But on the odd occasion, goalkeepers get to enjoy the spotlight for all the right reasons. They often get to enjoy the unadulterated thrill of being able to become a hero by making a save from a penalty.


The odds are stacked against the goalkeepers, which makes it that much more satisfying when you see your club's stopper manage to pull one out of the bag and leave the opposition striker with egg on his face.


Here's a list of the nine clubs who have made the most penalty saves in the Premier League since the 2006/07 season (when the statistic started to be recorded by the league).

9. Bolton Wanderers (8)

Bolton fans still consider Juusi Jaaskelainen to be their greatest ever goalkeeper and his record from the spot does help to explain why.


The Trotters have saved eight penalties, despite being out of the top flight since 2012. Seven of them were courtesy of Jaaskelainen who, despite his comparatively smaller frame, was able to hurtle himself across his line.


The only other save came from Ali-Al Habsi, but his penalty heroics are more fondly remembered by another team on this list.

8. Blackburn Rovers (8)

Similarly to Bolton, Blackburn have been out of the top flight since 2012, but they have also managed to make an impressive eight saves.


Six of their eight penalty saves were courtesy of their big American hero Brad Friedel, who even managed to save two in a single match against Sheffield United in 2006. 


Blackburn saved five penalties during the 2006/07 season (four from Friedel and one from Jason Brown) which was the most in a single season until 2018/19.

7. Stoke (8)

Only two goalkeepers have ever saved a penalty for Stoke City and it would come as no surprise to find out that that Thomas Sorensen and Asmir Begovic were the men responsible.


Sorensen's record from the sport was rather impressive, saving six of the 18 penalties that he faced for the Potters in the Premier League. 


However, Stoke were unable to make a single penalty save in the Premier League since Begovic's stop in 2014 and that will have to go on a little longer after being relegated to the Championship.

6. Wigan (10)

Wigan's stay in the Premier League was much longer than people would have initially anticipated when they were promoted in 2005.


During that time they were constantly flirting with the relegation zone and unsurprisingly had to call upon their goalkeepers an awful lot. 


They had to rely on Ali-Al Habsi the most and fortunately enough, the Omani stopper earned a reputation as a 'penalty killer', saving six penalties during his three seasons in the Premier League with the Latics.

5. Everton (10)

Everton owe a lot of their success from the penalty spot to one man in particular - Tim Howard.


The ex-Manchester United man made a remarkable nine penalty saves during his ten-year spell with the Toffees, meaning he was responsible for all but one of their penalty saves since the 2006/07 season. 


His most famous stop came against Liverpool in 2011, where the American managed to keep out Dirk Kuyt with a spectacular one handed stretch.

4. Arsenal (11)

Petr Cech may have only been able to make one penalty save since he joined Arsenal, but that doesn't detract away from the fact that they've enjoyed a decent ratio at saving penalties prior to his signing.


Thanks to Cech's predecessors Manuel Almunia and Wojciech Szczesny, Arsenal managed to save ten penalties before the Czech stopper's save against Watford earlier this year.


Incidentally, Almunia has one of the best penalty save ratios in Premier League history, saving six of the 14 penalties he had to face.

3. Liverpool (12)

Liverpool fans have never trusted Simon Mignolet during his time at Anfield, but the rare occasion they can feel relaxed is when he has to stand in the way of a spot kick.


The Belgian has made a remarkable seven penalty saves in the Premier League with the Reds and has a better record than Pepe Reina, who is still highly regarded by Liverpool fans. 


Newly signed Alisson may be superior in almost all aspects compared to Mignolet, but he may have hard time bettering his record from 12 yards.

2. West Ham (14)

West Ham spent a season outside of the top flight during the 2011/12 campaign, but that hasn't stopped them from making the joint most penalty saves at 14.


No keeper dominates the statistics, but Rob Green leads the way with six saves, narrowly ahead of current reserve keeper Adrian.


Considering how the Hammers have started the season, it wouldn't come as a surprise to see Lukasz Fabianski have to make one or two penalty saves before the end of the year.

1. Manchester City (14)

Level with West Ham at 14, Manchester City are the other club to top the table when it comes to penalty saves.


As is the case with the Hammers, no one keeper dominates the statistics, but it won't come as a surprise to see that Joe Hart leads the way with five saves. He is narrowly followed by Shay Given, who managed to make four penalty saves in the two seasons he started in goal for the Citizens.


A special mention also goes out to Ederson, who has managed to save both of the two penalties he's faced in the Premier League, meaning he sits on a 100% save ratio.