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Courtois v Cech – five key stats revealed

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Ahead of the big game this weekend between Chelsea and Arsenal, have unearthed several key stats to reveal how Thibaut Courtois has measured up to the man he replaced Petr Cech since joining the Gunners in 2015.

The two goalkeepers go head-to-head at Stamford Bridge this Saturday in a match which could have huge consequences on the title race this season, in particular, Arsenal’s. The Gunners currently trail Chelsea by nine points and a loss could mean the end of their title challenge.

Cech and Courtois could both play a huge part in separating the sides in this match so have taken stats from the beginning of the 2015/16 season to analyse how the Arsenal keeper has compared to the Belgian since leaving the Bridge:

As the Czech has made 11 more league appearances than the Belgian since August 2015, clocking up over 1,000 more minutes of action, our analysis has been made on a per minute, per game and per goal conceded basis.

Courtois has managed to keep 18 clean sheets in 46 appearances, while Cech, with 56 appearances has kept 23, narrowly edging out his opposite number by 40%

Although the Czech keeper has conceded more goals than Courtois since joining Arsenal (56 to 45), the 34-year-old edges the Belgium international on per minute basis, having conceded a goal every 92 minutes to Courtois’ 91.

Cech has also been far more active for Arsenal than Courtois has for Chelsea, making more save on average per game (2.9 to 2.3) and more saves per goal conceded (2.9 to 2.4). They are equal when it comes to the number of successful catches made per game at 2.3 each.

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