Burnley keeper Nick Pope on course for at least a share of the Premier League Golden Gloves award

If Nick Pope keeps a clean sheet in Sunday's final game of the season at home to Brighton, he is assured of at least a share of the Premier League Golden Glove award.

Nick Pope
Nick Pope

Closest rival Ederson of Manchester City can draw level on 15 shut outs tonight at Watford, ahead of City's home game with relegated Norwich on Sunday.

Current holder Alisson of Liverpool is the only other keeper who could match Pope's current total, if he gets clean sheets against Chelsea tomorrow night and at Newcastle United on Sunday - providing Pope concedes against the Seagulls.

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Should Pope come out on top, he would be the only keeper to win it from outside Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and the two Manchester clubs since it was first awarded in 2004/05.

Boss Sean Dyche said: "He's got to have a chance, at the end (at Norwich) he's screaming at the two centre halves to get back from a corner, so he's obviously aware of the record.

"He deserves it, he's been terrific for us all season, but he has got a strong group working in front of him.

"I know he respects that and all the players for what they give him from a defensive side.

"And then we keep managing to find moments, which is important, and managing to win games."

Burnley have never won as many clean sheets in the Premier League - indeed Pope's 15 shut outs is the most a Clarets keeper has earned in the top flight since the great Colin McDonald in 1954/55, also with 15.

The Clarets are on a record 15 Premier League wins in a season, and level with their previous best points haul of 54 set two years ago in finishing seventh.

And Dyche added: "It's a big ask going into the last game to see if we can take over that best-ever total, and I couldn't be more pleased for the players.

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"They've put a lot in, generally, and after lockdown, and they're getting their rewards."