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Petr Cech vs Shay Given vs Edwin Van Der Sar

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Uploaded on Feb 14, 2009

It's the battle of the Premiership keepers as three of the world's greatest collide. But who will come out on top?

Name: Petr Cech
Age: 26
Club: Chelsea
Nationality: Czech

Cech has been named the best goalkeeper in the Champions League on three occasions.

Name: Shay Given
Age: 32
Club: Man City
Nationality: Irish

Given has been voted into the PFA Team of the Year by his fellow pros on two separate occasions in 2002 and 2006. Cech and Van Der Sar have made it once.

Name: Edwin Van Der Sar
Age: 38
Club: Man United
Nationality: Dutch

Van Der Sar made the UEFA Euro 2008 Team of the Tournament and currently holds the British club record for the number of clean sheets.

However according to a Sky Sports survey using Opta stats, between November 15 and February 1st Van Der Sar played 12 games and made 19 saves which works out as an average of 1.58 save a game. Cech in the same period played 11 games and had to make 27 saves which works out as an average of 2.45 saves a game. Given meanwhile in the same period was the second busiest keeper in the league behind Scott Carson of West Brom and in 10 games had to make 41 saves. An average of 4.1 saves every game. Puts things into perspective.

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