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World Cup 2018: Who Will Win The Golden Glove?

- 15:05, 20th May 2018
Brazil goalkeeper Alisson Becker in action against England


With the 2018 World Cup just around the corner, our attention turns towards the goalkeeping department and which shot-stopper could end up with the coveted Golden Glove award.

History shows the keeper that gets the award generally comes from the country that wins the World Cup, with four of the last five keepers to win the Golden Glove coming from the champions.

Germany's Manuel Neuer claimed the award in 2014, Spain's Iker Casillas in 2010, Italy's Gianluigi Buffon in 2006 whilst France's Fabian Barthez took the honours in 1998.

The only player in the last 20 years that has won the award for a country that didn't lift the trophy is Oliver Kahn, who was in Germany's 2002 team that lost in the final to Brazil.

So, based on my three candidates for the 2018 Golden Glove, I have looked at goalkeepers that I feel have the best chance of going far in the tournament.

Alisson Becker

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Heading my list is Brazil's Alisson. The Roma keeper has established himself as number one for both club and country over the past couple of years and he oozes confidence in between the sticks.

The former Internacional star, who moved to the Stadio Olimpico in 2016, kept 17 clean sheets in Serie A this season, putting him level with Inter's Samir Handanovic and just one behind Napoli's Pepe Reina.

Tite's men only conceded 11 goals in qualification, which is a fantastic record bearing in mind they played the likes of Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia, Peru and Chile.

With the Selecao drawn in Group E alongside Switzerland, Costa Rice and Serbia, I expect a strong defensive performance with the five-time winners destined for top spot, while they are 5/2 to reach the final.

Manuel Neuer

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Second on my list is Germany's Manuel Neuer...as long as he is fit to play. It is always hard to look past the Germans when it comes to major tournaments and the defending champions are 9/2 to retain their crown.

Neuer has been one of the best goalkeepers in the world for over five years now and he would become the first person to win the Golden Glove back-to-back should he prevail.

Joachim Low's men were very impressive in qualifying for the tournament, winning all 10 of their matches, and they only conceded four goals which was one of the best defensive records in the European section.

One major concern is the fitness of Neuer as he has missed almost the entire Bundesliga campaign but, if fit, he will certainly be a major candidate to win the award for the second time.

With Mexico, Sweden and South Korea drawn in Group F alongside Germany, it looks good value at 4/1 for Die Mannschaft to be the highest-scoring team in the tournament.

Rui Patricio

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The third and final selection, which offers great value, is Portugal's Rui Patricio. Fernando Santos' men shocked everyone two years' ago when they defeated France to win the 2016 European Championships and that triumph was built on defence.

Just one goal was conceded in the knockout stages of the tournament and a huge amount of credit went to the goalkeeper, who produced a solid display against Les Bleus.

Portugal have again been rock-solid at the back in qualifying, having conceded just four times, and it would be no surprise to see Patricio scoop the Golden Glove award for the first time.

Santos' men have been drawn alongside Spain, Morocco and Iran in Group B for the World Cup and the Euro 2016 winners look decent value at 2/1 to top their pool.

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