Arsenal may boast best defence, but West Brom top the 2015 clean sheet charts

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West Bromwich Albion have kept 15 clean sheets in 2015.

Since the turn of the year, West Bromwich Albion have kept 15 Premier League clean sheets – two more than next best Arsenal and 10 more than rivals Aston Villa.

Writing in his column for the Independent, former Derby County player Danny Higginbotham has criticised the mentality of Premier League clubs.

With an added need to score more goals, teams have been spending millions of pounds in bringing in Europe’s finest attacking talent, but totally ignoring the importance of having a strong defence.

For those clubs at the bottom, Premier League survival is the only priority this season, yet too many clubs have seemingly gone the wrong way about securing it.

West Bromwich Albion, in contrast, haven’t and their reward for defensive discipline and hours spent on the training ground improving their shape has paid dividends.

  Clean SheetsGoals ConcededAppearances
West Brom 15 34 28
Arsenal 13 20 28
Liverpool 13 33 28
Man City 12 29 28
Chelsea 10 35 28
Aston Villa 5 50 28

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, Arsenal boast the best defensive record in the Premier League throughout 2015, but it is the Baggies who have recorded the most clean sheets.

The Gunners’ current position in the table illustrates how a tighter back-line has helped them to become genuine title challengers, whereas Chelsea’s struggles are down to their leaky defence.

Likewise, there is no coincidence that Sunderland, Newcastle United and Aston Villa are currently positioned in the bottom three as the trio have conceded 53 goals between them.

West Brom, on other hand, sit in 13th spot, and what’s even more amazing from Tony Pulis’s side is that they shipped nine of their 11 goals conceded in only three matches.

While supporters may not enjoy seeing the Baggies breached so ruthlessly by the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City and Everton – they must appreciate their record against their nearest rivals.

Tony Pulis’ side have kept clean sheets against Stoke City, Aston Villa, Watford, Southampton and Sunderland already this season – teams who they are in direct competition with.

Their record is testament to the excellent work produced by Pulis, a fine tactician and organiser and a manager who the Baggies can totally depend on when it comes to preserving their top-flight status.

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