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Sound of Football Podcast 322 - A safe pair of hands

According to the number crunchers, if xG were actual Gs Manchester United would be languishing in 6th place — just one place above Crystal Palace. Is the difference between what should have happened and what did happen largely down to the performances of David de Gea in goal?

His numbers this season are phenomenal even for a player who has already set high standards. By many people's reckoning, his closest rival to the title of best goalkeeper in the Premier League is Thibaut Courtois but while they have conceded the same number of goals, the United man has faced almost twice as many shots on target.

Is a goalkeeper's ability to get a telling touch on a twenty yard screamer enough to judge his ability in the modern game? Graham, Terry and Jan discuss the men between the sticks and ask how their value to a side should be estimated.

For more information on the podcast and links related to the subjects discussed, check out the Show Notes on our blog.

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It's Liverpool v Spurs on Sunday in what's looking more and more like an early 4th place play-off. In Germany, can a resurgent Köln climb off the bottom of the table against a wobbly Dortmund? Terry selects seven of the best weekend's TV matches. Get our FREE weekly newsletter in your email by signing up to the Weekend Boxset today.

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