Willy Caballero and Emiliano Martinez are set to do battle this weekend as Chelsea tackle Arsenal within the FA Cup closing – a match that has been dubbed the ‘battle of the backups’.
The Wembley showpiece – which is LIVE on talkSPORT – guarantees to be an intriguing encounter with each Mikel Arteta and Frank Lampard hoping to win the primary main trophy of their brief managerial careers.
However how have each goalkeepers discovered themselves between the sticks this season?
Having moved to Chelsea from Athletic Bilbao for a world-record £71million again in 2018, Kepa Arrizabalaga has struggled to make an impression in west London and Caballero has displaced him within the line-up.
His kind has been so poor he really boasts the worst save share of any goalkeeper in Premier League historical past to play 10+ video games, with a save price of simply 54.5 per cent, placing him in 730th out of 730 goalkeepers.
The Spaniard stored simply eight clear sheets in Premier League in 2019/20, whereas the Blues have had simply ONE shut-out away from dwelling all season.
And Lampard, not for the primary time this season, determined to drop him within the 2-Zero victory over Wolves final weekend.
It is a stark distinction to Martinez, nonetheless, who has been a revelation in objective for the Gunners.
After Bernd Leno sustained a season-ending knee damage when he clashed with Brighton’s Neal Maupay, the Argentine goalkeeper has deputised spotlessly and is ready to maintain his place for Saturday’s conflict.
He has performed so nicely that Arsenal followers even assume their German no.1 might have a battle on his palms to get his spot again when he regains full health.
Apparently, different stories have steered that Martinez may even be poached by Chelsea this summer time as they give the impression of being to switch Kepa forward of subsequent time period.
However how do the 2 goalkeepers evaluate in stats? talkSPORT.com has in contrast and contrasted the 2 Argentines forward of the FA Cup closing.
As seen by the information, Martinez (22) has performed ten extra matches than Caballero (12) and many of the pair’s appearances have been because the restart.
The Gunners ace has stored 9 clear sheets in that point, whereas the Chelsea stopper has stored simply three in his 12 outings.
Martinez additionally boasts a greater save share than his compatriot, saving 74.three per cent of the pictures he faces to Caballero’s 60.5.
Nonetheless, Martinez has made one error resulting in a objective in his outings – one thing Caballero hasn’t performed.
The Chelsea goalkeeper concedes on common 1.25 targets per sport, nonetheless, while Martinez has a greater ratio with 0.95 per sport.
With each London golf equipment boasting terrible defensive information this marketing campaign, the FA Cup closing may very well be a match the place each goalkeepers take centre-stage.
However who will prevail? Solely time will inform.