The Goalkeepers Who Have Saved the Most Penalties in Premier League History

Jude Summerfield
Dec 3, 2020, 6:15 PM GMT
Fabianski has made his fair share of penalty stops
Fabianski has made his fair share of penalty stops | Catherine Ivill/Getty Images
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It's rare that you don't fancy a striker's chances of scoring a penalty, but there are those few goalkeepers who have a knack of guessing the right way.

Whether they end up making the save with their hands, feet or face, it doesn't matter - all that matters is keeping that ball out of the net.

Here are the Premier League's top penalty savers since 2006/07, when data was invented... probably.

35. Michel Vorm - 3

Doesn't look like Michel stopped this Lampard effort
Doesn't look like Michel stopped this Lampard effort | IAN KINGTON/Getty Images

We start with just the three for a few goalies.

Vorm's best days came at Swansea before he joined Tottenham as back up and then later a third choice to Hugo Lloris.

Two of his stops came in 2011/12 before his final save from Romelu Lukaku in 2013.

34. Allan McGregor -3

McGregor saving a penalty at Stamford Bridge
McGregor saving a penalty at Stamford Bridge | Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

After a season in Turkey, McGregor joined Hull where he would stay for five seasons, yo-yoing between the Premier League and the Championship.

The former Scotland international earned the Tigers points with saves from Charlie Austin and Graham Dorrans, though he also denied Frank Lampard from the spot - his side still lost 2-0 to Chelsea, however.

33. Jonas Lossl - 3

Aboubakar Kamara was in hot water at Fulham after this Lossl save
Aboubakar Kamara was in hot water at Fulham after this Lossl save | Justin Setterfield/Getty Images

Huddersfield somewhat miraculously avoided relegation in their debut Premier League season, and strangely enough that had nothing to do with Lossl's penalty saves.

He made two in 2017/18 and another in 2018/19, but each time the Terriers would go on lose.

32. Brian Jensen - 3

What? What do you mean you've never heard of Brian Jensen?

In Burnley's 1-0 victory over Manchester United in 2009 - probably their most famous Premier League triumph ever - Jensen saved Michael Carrick's spot kick.

Look him up, kids.

31. Wayne Hennessey - 3

Hennessey saving Austin's effort
Hennessey saving Austin's effort | MB Media/Getty Images

Welshman Hennessey has jumped across his goal to stop a few penalties in his time.

He recorded two penalty stops in 2011/12 before adding to his tally in 2018/19 by keeping out Charlie Austin.

30. Tom Heaton - 3

Heaton reaching unsuccessfully for a penalty against QPR
Heaton reaching unsuccessfully for a penalty against QPR | OLI SCARFF/Getty Images

England stopper Heaton has made penalty saves in three equally boring games.

In each of the three games he stopped penalty takers netting, the final score was 1-0. Burnley only won one of those games.

29. Marcus Hahnemann - 3

Not the most effective penalty saving technique
Not the most effective penalty saving technique | Clive Rose/Getty Images

Hahnemann is more well known as the Reading goalkeeper who conceded seven goals at Portsmouth back in 2007. He was a good goalie, but it's hard to top an event like that.

He did, however, stop things getting any worse with a save from Robbie Keane in a 6-4 defeat at Tottenham, while Matthew Taylor and Hugo Rodallega were also foiled.

28. Neil Etheridge - 3

Etheridge saving a penalty against Leicester
Etheridge saving a penalty against Leicester | Malcolm Couzens/Getty Images

Three penalty saves in a single season is pretty good going.

Etheridge was excellent in Cardiff's ultimately ill fated 2018/19 campaign, stopping James Maddison, Kenedy and Callum Wilson from the spot.

27. Rui Patricio - 3

It may only be the three spot kicks Patricio has saved for Wolves so far in the Premier League, but he's stopped some pretty illustrious names from scoring.

Paul Pogba, Raheem Sterling and Jamie Vardy have all been mugged off so far by the Portugal international.

26. Scott Carson - 3

Carson has been on loan at Manchester City in recent years
Carson has been on loan at Manchester City in recent years | James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images

Carson's had a weird career. He could never quite nail down a starting position at a Premier League club and spent his best years in the Championship before joining Manchester City on loan.

He still managed a few penalty saves at Charlton and one for Aston Villa, mind.

25. Asmir Begovic - 3

Asmir couldn't quite get to this one
Asmir couldn't quite get to this one | Joe Pepler/Getty Images

Begovic's best playing days came at Stoke, where he would stop penalties from Steed Malbranque and Frank Lampard.

He completed his trio of stops by denying Christian Benteke, earning Bournemouth a point in the process.

24. Wojciech Szczesny - 4

Szczesny holds Dzeko's penalty precariously over his line
Szczesny holds Dzeko's penalty precariously over his line | Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Szczesny had to leave Arsenal to become the truly exceptional talent he is today, but he still showed glimpses of his potential while in north London.

Among his penalty victims in the Premier League were Kevin Davies, Dirk Kuyt and Edin Dzeko.

23. Mark Schwarzer - 4

Schwarzer feeling pumped after a penalty miss at Arsenal
Schwarzer feeling pumped after a penalty miss at Arsenal | IAN KINGTON/Getty Images

Here's a 2000s goalkeeping hero for all you Match of the Day eggheads out there. Schwarzer was a brilliant goalie for Middlesbrough and Fulham, closing out his career with back-up roles at Chelsea and Leicester.

He made four penalty stops in total and was never on the losing side.

22. Pepe Reina - 4

Nwankwo Kanu, Wayne Rooney, Shane Long and Son Heung-min have all been foiled by Reina over the years.

He could have pushed the efforts from Rooney and Son a little wider to stop them scoring on the rebound, but they all technically count.

21. Jordan Pickford - 4

Pickford after denying Milivojevic
Pickford after denying Milivojevic | Jan Kruger/Getty Images

If Pickford only ever faced penalties and wasn't allowed to overthink things to the point where mistakes become worryingly regular, everyone would love him. But no, that's too much to ask for.

But when he's asked to just guess and dive one way, the England stopper does pretty well.

His first stop saw him deny Manuel Lanzini, though Luka Milivojevic and Paul Pogba have also been thwarted.

20. Tim Krul - 4

For his heroics at the 2014 World Cup alone, you'd think Krul would rank way higher here. But you'd be wrong.

Dutchman Krul's standout moment came during the 2019/20 season, when he saved two spot kicks in the same game against Manchester United. Norwich still ended up losing 3-1.

19. Petr Cech - 4

Cech's save at Fulham earned Chelsea a point in 2011
Cech's save at Fulham earned Chelsea a point in 2011 | IAN KINGTON/Getty Images

Cech holds the record for the most Premier League clean sheets for a goalkeeper with 202, though penalty saving was never really his forte.

His stop from Paul Dickov secured Chelsea a 1-0 win at Blackburn in 2005 on their way to the title.

He faced 31 spot kicks in total in England's top flight.

18. Thomas Sorensen - 5

Sorensen made over 350 Premier League appearances
Sorensen made over 350 Premier League appearances | GRAHAM STUART/Getty Images

A staple of the Premier League for over a decade, Sorensen impressed during his spells at Sunderland and Aston Villa.

His first penalty stop came in 2001 when he kept out David Unsworth's effort against Everton.

17. Kasper Schmeichel - 5

Schmeichel probably doesn't get the recognition he deserves. Leicester's goalie during their title winning campaign, the Dane rarely messes up and is always a tough object for opposition strikers to get past.

His most recent save came against Brighton, denying Neal Maupay who likes a penalty miss.

16. Adrian - 5

Adrian made three Premier League penalty saves in 2016
Adrian made three Premier League penalty saves in 2016 | Julian Finney/Getty Images

Liverpool fans probably never want to see Adrian play for their club again, given the clangers he seems to drop whenever he's needed in place of Alisson.

However, he can boast being one of the few to have saved a Harry Kane penalty, even if the striker did eventually stick it in on the rebound.

15. Hugo Lloris - 5

Tottenham stopper Lloris has never been renowned for his penalty saving prowess. He's a lot more intimidating when charging out of his area than stood in the middle of the goal.

That being said, he's made some crucial stops in more recent times, keeping out esteemed spot kick takers like Ilkay Gundogan, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Jamie Vardy.

14. Shay Given - 5

Not today, Frank
Not today, Frank | Alex Livesey/Getty Images

You've gotta love Shay Given.

One of the best goalkeepers in the world at his peak with Newcastle, Given had incredible reflexes, could anticipate brilliantly and commanded his area well.

His tally of five saves is decent enough, with one of those coming against Chelsea legend Frank Lampard.

13. Artur Boruc - 5

Unfortunately for Zlatan, this penalty didn't ripple the net
Unfortunately for Zlatan, this penalty didn't ripple the net | Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Considering he didn't play in the Premier League until he was already past his best, a tally of five saves is decent for Celtic hero Boruc.

His first came at Southampton before a further four at Bournemouth, including one to deny Zlatan Ibrahimovic in 2017. Remember that game? The one where Ibrahimovic and Tyrone Mings basically punched each other in the face for 90 minutes? Weird stuff.

12. David James - 6

You're stepping up for a penalty and staring you down from the goal is this behemoth...good luck
You're stepping up for a penalty and staring you down from the goal is this behemoth...good luck | Clive Rose/Getty Images

When he wasn't charging around up front for Stuart Pearce's Manchester City, James was an imposing goalie with sharp reflexes.

He even kept out a Nicky Shorey spot kick in Portsmouth's memorable 7-4 win over Reading in 2007. That game had just about everything.

11. Ali Al-Habsi - 6

Al-Habsi denying Javier Hernandez in 2012
Al-Habsi denying Javier Hernandez in 2012 | PAUL ELLIS/Getty Images

Acrobatic to a fault, Al-Habsi had great highlight reels from his time at Wigan and Bolton.

Among his victims from the spot were Robin van Persie, Mikel Arteta, Carlos Tevez and Javier Hernandez, though he was never on the winning side when he saved a penalty.

10. Manuel Almunia - 6

Saving a penalty is a great reason for a hug
Saving a penalty is a great reason for a hug | Clive Mason/Getty Images

It took Almunia a while to find the right club, though when he did play for Arsenal he had a tremendous penalty record.

Saving six of the 14 spot kicks he faced, the Spaniard's finest hour came in a 2-1 win over Tottenham in 2007 when he parried Robbie Keane's shot.

9. Brad Friedel - 6

Friedel pouching a Dean Whitehead effort in 2008
Friedel pouching a Dean Whitehead effort in 2008 | Gary M. Prior/Getty Images

For a player who was around for what felt like a billion years, you'd think Friedel would have got through more than just six penalty saves.

Only six, Brad? For a man of your stature?

In all fairness, the former Blackburn and Tottenham goalie was more adept to making himself big rather than athletically sprawling across his goal for penalties, and six still ranks him among the best stoppers in Premier League history.

8. Jussi Jaaskelainen - 7

Jaaskelainen denying Young from the spot
Jaaskelainen denying Young from the spot | Alex Livesey/Getty Images

If you grew up watching Match of the Day in the 2000s, you'll know all about Jussi Jaaskelainen.

Whether it be for Bolton, West Ham or Wigan, the former Finland international was always capable of the spectacular and was a fearsome opponent for any penalty taker.

7. Joe Hart - 7

His best days may be behind him, but Hart is still a dependable goalie keeping the reserve jersey warm at Tottenham.

He had to wait for about five hours for his latest penalty save, with Paul Pogba taking his time before striking towards goalie's right. As they say, Hart was equal to it.

6. Tim Howard - 7

Howard foiled Benteke from the spot in October 2013
Howard foiled Benteke from the spot in October 2013 | ANDREW YATES/Getty Images

Former USA international Howard was reliable all the way throughout his Everton career, racking up over 400 appearances during his time on Merseyside.

He stopped seven Premier League penalties, the last of which came during the Toffees' 2-0 win at Aston Villa in October 2013.

5. Lukasz Fabianski - 7

Fabianski saved a vicious Lookman penalty in November 2020
Fabianski saved a vicious Lookman penalty in November 2020 | JULIAN FINNEY/Getty Images

The Premier League's top current penalty saver, Fabianski has grown in stature and reputation since leaving Arsenal in 2014.

The Poland international is one of the best goalies in England and is a tough proposition to beat from the spot, saving a total of nine penalties.

More recently, Fabianski 'stopped' Ademola Lookman's effort in the 2019/20 season, though it was probably the easiest one he's ever had to face.

4. Simon Mignolet - 8

Mignolet saving a Jamie Vardy penalty in 2017
Mignolet saving a Jamie Vardy penalty in 2017 | Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

His time at Liverpool may have tarnished his reputation somewhat, but for a long time Mignolet was seen as a pretty good shot stopper.

The Belgian impressed previously at Sunderland, often winning his side points with his acrobatic saves.

It was at Anfield where he pulled out most of his penalty heroics. Mignolet performed memorable saves against Stoke's Jonathan Walters and Chelsea's Diego Costa.

3. Ben Foster - 8

A late bloomer, Foster's best years came at West Brom and Watford, the latter of whom he still plays for in the Championship.

More recently he's save efforts from Raheem Sterling - though the Manchester City star tapped in the rebound - and Everton's Gylfi Sigurdsson.

2. Rob Green - 9

Green denying Alexis Sanchez in 2014
Green denying Alexis Sanchez in 2014 | Julian Finney/Getty Images

The 2010 World Cup gaffe aside, Green was a solid Premier League stopper, making the majority of his top flight appearances for West Ham with a few games for Norwich and Queens Park Rangers thrown in.

Among his penalty victims were Steven Gerrard, Jermain Defoe and Cristiano Ronaldo. Not bad.

1. Heurelho Gomes - 9

Gomes saved two Saido Berahino penalties against West Brom in April 2016
Gomes saved two Saido Berahino penalties against West Brom in April 2016 | Alex Morton/Getty Images

Who had former Tottenham and Watford stopper Gomes, known for his hilarious gaffes at White Hart Lane, joint top here?

If you did, fair play.

The Brazilian stopped a whopping nine spot kicks in his 195 top flight appearances, facing 34 in total. That's a pretty hot average.

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