Stats show Jack Butland outperforming Joe Hart ahead of Spain v England

Stats highlight how Jack Butland is giving Joe Hart a run for his money after Stoke City star's impressive start to the season

Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland is pushing Joe Hart for England spot Photo: www.oulala.com

Jack Butland is competing with Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart for an England starting spot amid reports Roy Hodgson is set to field strong line-ups in England’s upcoming friendlies against Spain and France.

To date, 22-year-old Butland has only made two appearances for England with one of them coming in a friendly. However, his recent form of four clean sheets in five Premier League matches could earn him another first-team start.

Despite having less game time than Hart, stats obtained from www.oulala.com highlight that Butland has certainly been the busier of the two goalkeepers.

This season Butland has averaged 27 minutes per save compared to Hart’s 71 minutes. This is no doubt a testament to City’s defence conceding just five goals in 11 matches that Hart has played in.

Meanwhile, Stoke City have conceded 12 goals in 12 matches with Butland ever-present. However, as pointed out the Stoke goalkeeper has had a lot more to deal with and also edges Hart in terms of saves per goal, averaging 3.3 and 2.8 respectively.

Although competent and highly reliable, Hart has made one error which led to a direct goal, while Butland has made none. Naturally, the busier Stoke keeper has also made more catches per game (3.7 to 2.7) than Hart.

Oulala’s stats show that in terms of punches per game Hart has the edge with 0.7 compared to Butland’s 0.4.

No doubt at 28 and 55 England caps under his belt, Hart has the greater experience. However the upcoming international friendlies might just be the perfect test for Butland to earn more experience and further cement his place as a top flight English goalkeeper for years to come.

This infographic was supplied by Opta-powered fantasy football game www.oulala.com

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