Hugo Lloris v Joe Hart - Who is the best keeper?

Joe Hart and Hugo Lloris have been the two outstanding goalkeepers in the Premier League so far this season but who is the division's current No.1?

Hugo Lloris and Joe Hart are rated as two of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League bit which one is top dog?

Rating outfield players is fairly simple with all the statistics available these days, as goals scored would obviously separate strikers, but with keepers it is a touch more difficult.

Keeping clean sheets is the obvious thing to look at but that does not always tell the whole story, as the strength of defences playing in front of the custodian will differ at various clubs.

Some keepers will be more exposed than others and will be required to make more saves and so it is very much subjective.

And that was the case for Hart last season when Vincent Kompany and his rearguard were not at their best as City relinquished the Premier League title to Chelsea.

But Hart stood firm and was one of the reasons why the Citizens stayed in the title race with some stunning displays between the sticks.

His performance in the second leg of City's Champions League last-16 clash with Barcelona caused Lionel Messi to label him "phenomenal" after the England keeper had saved a penalty from the Argentina maestro and thwarted the Catalans on several occasions.

The 28-year-old has now tightened up, and the mistakes that saw him dropped in favour of Costel Pantilimon in the 2013-14 campaign seem to be a thing of the past.

There is no doubting his shot-stopping ability as the former Birmingham man has cat-like reflexes and he has already pulled off some amazing saves this term.

But Lloris is also one of the quickest off the mark and has excellent command of his box.

The France international, also 28, eventually replaced Brad Friedel between the White Hart Lane posts and, like Hart, has played more than 50 times for his country.

There always seems to be an air of calmness surrounding the former Lyon ace and he is the rock at the back that a side need if they are to challenge for the top four.

Both keepers have been miserly so far this season, with Hart only conceding two - both in the recent loss to West Ham - and Lloris picking the ball out of the net on four occasions.

City's defence look back to their best and so Hart has more protection, but he will be severely tested as the Etihad Stadium outfit go in search of Champions League glory as well.

Lloris only has the second-tier Europa League action to think about and so it should not affect his domestic displays too much.

Both shot-stoppers would be a welcome addition to any top side as they are coming towards the peak of their careers, but Hart has played many more top-flight games in England than his Spurs' counterpart and has the edge in experience.

Lloris was a regular in France's Ligue 1 with Lyon and Nice but that competition is nowhere near the standard of the Premier League.

Therefore, due to the fact that he has remained at the top of his game for so many seasons and plays for a team under intense scrutiny, the Englishman gets the nod in the battle of the number ones.

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