The 10 Goalkeepers With the Most Penalty Saves in Premier League History

Thanks to the Premier League's stats section, we are able to take a look back at some of the remarkable numbers that have come out of the world's best league, now that it has reached a quarter of a century in age.

There have been many great keepers in the Premier League era, from Peter Schmeichel to Petr Cech, but which 10 stoppers have saved the most amount of penalties. 

It may not be who you'd expect...

10. Ali Al Habsi

Number of penalties saved: 6

The Oman international has only played 111 Premier League appearances, so it is some achievement that he not only features in the top 10 but is ahead of the more top flight heavyweights like Shay Given, Joe Hart and Mark Schwarzer.

Originally a backup keeper for Jussi Jaaskelainen at Bolton Wanderers, the 35-year-old made just 10 league appearances for the Trotters, before becoming the number one at Wigan Athletic.

9. Brad Friedel

Number of penalties saved: 6

Friedel spent a total of 18 years in the English top flight, playing for Liverpool, Blackburn Rovers, Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur, breaking the record the latter two clubs' oldest ever player in the process.

However, the former American international most impressive record is having played in the most consecutive appearances in Premier League history, 310 games, a run that consisted the majority of his penalty saves.

8. Manuel Almunia

Number of penalties saved: 6

With just 109 Premier League games to his name, Manuel Almunia has the played the least from anyone on this list, after emerging as Arsenal's first choice stopper in just three of his seasons in North London.

Nevertheless, the Spaniard's most penalty saves came during his days with Watford in the Championship when he helped the Hornets reach the play-off final by saving a penalty in stoppage time as Troy Deeney scored at the other end less than a minute later.

7. Ben Foster

Number of penalties saved: 6

Now 34 years of age, Ben Foster is easily one of the most experienced keepers left in the Premier League, having racked up over 250 appearances in the top flights for the likes of Manchester United, Birmingham City and West Bromwich Albion.

Foster has been a difficult man to beat between the sticks when taking a penalty, with the former England international emerging the victor on six occasions during his decade-long career in the Premier League. 

6. David James

Number of penalties saved: 6

Fourth on the all-time Premier League appearance charts, David James was number one for Liverpool, Aston Villa, West Ham, Manchester City and Portsmouth, while also establishing himself as first choice for the England national team.

With his giant frame, it's not surprising that James makes the top 10 with six penalty saves, although having 572 times in the top tier of English football, you might expect him to have stopped more. 

5. Jussi Jaaskelainen

Number of penalties saved: 7

A legend in Bolton as a result of his 15-year stay at the Reebok Stadium, the legendary Finn also played 57 games for West Ham United in the Premier League, helping him to end his career in joint third for penalties saved.

Now retired, the 42-year-old has an excellent reputation from time as a Trotter and was a menace for strikers who readied themselves before taking a penalty kick against the 56-capped Finnish international. 

4. Simon Mignolet

Number of penalties saved: 7

For all his criticism, Simon Mignolet has proven his goalkeeping ability when facing spot kicks, having saved seven of them in as many years as a top flight goalkeeper in England, first with Sunderland and now with Liverpool.

The Belgian 29-year-old arrived on Wearside for just £2m in 2010 and quickly established himself as one of the most promising keepers in the league, prompting Liverpool to swoop for him three years later. 

3. Tim Howard

Number of penalties saved: 7

Tim Howard played for a total of 13 seasons in the Premier League and he saved seven penalties in that period. The United States international moved to Everton in 2006, after failing to hold down a first team spot for Manchester United.

Over a decade spent on Merseyside made Howard a legend with the Toffees, with his most memorable moment coming in a home fixture against Bolton Wanderers when his clearance found its way to the back of the net. 

2. Robert Green

Number of penalties saved: 9

Joint first in the list is relegation expert Robert Green, who suffered dropping out of the top flight on no less than four occasions for Norwich City, West Ham United and twice with Queens Park Rangers.

Nevertheless, the one-time England regular has a phenomenal rate of saving penalties, preventing a total of nine spot kicks in 267 Premier League displays. Not bad for a guy who got used to picking the ball out of the back of the net. 

1. Heurelho Gomes

Number of penalties saved: 9

Despite saving the same amount of penalties as Green, the giant Brazilian has played more than 100 games less, although four of those penalty saves came in just two games, with Gomes becoming the only keeper in Premier League to have repeated such an achievement.

First introduced in the English top flight by Tottenham Hotspur, Gomes' reputation has been restored with Watford, after what was an uncomfortable period in North London with the Lilywhites.