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Euro 2024 Golden Glove: Clean sheet predictions and match odds

By Squawka News

Published: 14:00, 24 June 2024

Euro 2024 clean sheet predictions

“No doubt offence sells the tickets, but defence wins championships,” as famed basketball coach Dave Thorson once said.

Once Euro 2024 concludes, the winning team will probably have the best defensive record. This will be evident in the number of clean sheets they have kept (matches in which they prevent the opposing team from scoring) and the fewest goals conceded.

Euro 2024 most clean sheets
1. Mike Maignan (France) – 2 clean sheets, 7 saves (180 minutes)
2. Unai Simón (Spain) – 2 clean sheets, 6 saves (180 minutes)
3. Florin Nita (Romania) – 1 clean sheet, 10 saves (90 minutes)
4. Bart Verbruggen (Netherlands) – 1 clean sheet, 9 saves (90 minutes)
5. Péter Gulácsi (Hungary) - 1 clean sheet, 9 saves (270 minutes)
6. Martin Dúbravka (Slovakia) – 1 clean sheet, 8 saves (90 minutes)
7. Jordan Pickford (England) - 1 clean sheet, 7 saves (180 minutes)
8. Koen Casteels (Belgium) - 1 clean sheet, 7 saves (180 minutes)
9. Manuel Neuer (Germany) - 1 clean sheet, 5 saves (270minutes)
10. Diogo Costa (Portugal) - 1 clean sheet, 3 saves (180 minutes)

Players with equal clean sheets are separated by saves, then minutes played. Stats correct as of 13:00, 24/06/24.

Euro 2024 clean sheet predictions: Group stage matches

Only six of the 50 teams participating in the qualification phase boasted a clean sheet percentage above 50%. Portugal led the way with an incredible 90%, and Roberto Martinez’s men only let in three goals (0.2 per match). The five other nations mentioned are France (75%), Croatia, Netherlands, Belgium (all 63%), and Romania (60%).

France and Romania kept six clean sheets, although the former played two more games. France were the only other team to concede fewer than 0.4 goals per game (0.38), while Croatia, Belgium, Albania, and England were on 0.50.

Group A

  • Germany 5-1 Scotland
  • Hungary 1-3 Switzerland
  • Germany 2-0 Hungary
  • Scotland 1-1 Switzerland
  • Switzerland (4/1) vs Germany (3/2)
  • Scotland (11/4) vs Hungary (27/10)

Germany were not in good form defensively going into Euro 2024, conceding in their past 12 games at major tournaments. That run stretched to 13 thanks to an own goal by Antonio Rudiger against Scotland. However, they did get their clean sheet in the next game, beating Hungary 2-0.

Scotland have the worst defence at Euro 2024 so far, conceding six goals, while Switzerland and Hungary are also awaiting their first clean sheet of the tournament.

Group B

  • Spain 3-0 Croatia
  • Italy 2-1 Albania
  • Croatia 2-2 Albania
  • Spain 1-0 Italy
  • Albania (13/2) vs Spain (4/5)
  • Croatia (29/10) vs Italy (2/1)

Italy managed only three clean sheets across eight qualification matches, a modest return for a nation that has historically prided itself on defence. Spain were only slightly better, with four sheets in the same number of games. However, Spain have kept two clean sheets from two games so far, shutting out Croatia and Italy. Unai Simon leads the way for clean sheets in the competition as a result.

In two games at Euro 2024, Croatia have conceded more goals than in their eight qualifying matches, letting in two against Albania. Albania also breached the Italian after just 23 seconds.

Group C

  • Slovenia 1-1 Denmark
  • Serbia 0-1 England
  • Slovenia 1-1 Serbia
  • Denmark 1-1 England
  • England (10/13) vs Slovenia (5/1)
  • Denmark (11/5) vs Serbia (13/4)

Gareth Southgate’s side finished their qualifying campaign with a clean sheet in 50% of their outings. England, who conceded 0.50 goals across eight matches, will fancy themselves hard to breach, especially with Jordan Pickford between the sticks. Despite another difficult campaign, Everton and England’s number one managed 13 shutouts in the Premier League, with only David Raya producing more. And there was a clean sheet for England in their Group C opener against Serbia.

Denmark only kept three clean sheets in their 10 qualifying matches and conceded in their first game of Euro 2024, a 1-1 draw with Slovenia. The second round of fixtures brought two more 1-1 draws, ending England’s run of five consecutive clean sheets in the group stage at the European Championship, which stretched back to Euro 2016.

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Group D

  • Poland 1-2 Netherlands
  • Austria 0-1 France
  • Poland 1-3 Austria
  • Netherlands 0-0 France
  • Netherlands (2/1) vs Austria (13/4)
  • France (1/1) vs Poland (11/2)

Les Bleus were in a league of their own during Euro 2024 qualifiers. France posted an impressive six clean sheets from their eight matches while conceding twice, giving them a healthy 0.38 average per game. And they opened Euro 2024 with a clean sheet against Austria.

The Netherlands kept one fewer clean sheet than Didier Deschamps’ side in that group. Oranje, meanwhile, conceded 0.88 goals per game and should carry that defensive prowess into the Euros, especially with Virgil van Dijk marshalling that Dutch backline.

Poland, who had to go through the playoffs to qualify for Germany, conceded an average of 1.10 goals per match and only managed to keep four clean sheets in 10 games. Austria, 0n the other hand, kept just three clean sheets in eight matches, and with Ralf Rangnick, known for his gegenpressing tactics, leading the team, expect them to defend from the front.

Group E

  • Romania 3-0 Ukraine
  • Belgium 0-1 Slovakia
  • Slovakia 1-2 Ukraine
  • Belgium 2-0 Romania
  • Slovakia (15/8) vs Romania (19/10)
  • Ukraine (15/4) vs Belgium (3/2)

Only the French and Portuguese boasted a higher clean sheet percentage than Belgium during the Euro qualifiers. Domenico Tedesco’s side only conceded four goals through eight matches (0.50 per game). Romania, though, kept more clean sheets (six) than Belgium but played two games more; hence, their clean sheet percentage is a respectable 60%. And Romania kept a clean sheet in their opening game.

Slovakia had 50% clean sheet return in qualifying and are 100% at Euro 2024 so far, shocking Belgium in their opening game. Meanwhile, Ukraine were porous, producing only three clean sheets from 10 outings. They conceded 1.00 per game so it shouldn’t have been too much of a surprise to see them ship three to Romania.

Group F

  • Turkey 3-1 Georgia
  • Portugal 2-1 Czech Republic
  • Georgia 1-1 Czech Republic 
  • Turkey 0-3 Portugal
  • Georgia (8/1) vs Portugal (10/13)
  • Czech Republic (5/2) vs Turkey (2/1)

Portugal were one clean sheet away from perfection. Roberto Martinez’s side kept nine clean sheets out of 10 matches and conceded the fewest goals (2) of any team in the qualification phase. In a favourable group, they are expected to keep three more clean sheets, although nothing should be taken for granted.

The other teams have kept at least five fewer clean sheets, with the Czech Republic posting four through eight contests, giving them a modest 50% clean sheet percentage. Turkey and Georgia produced three clean sheets each. However, Turkey played two fewer matches than Georgia, who progressed to a debut international tournament via the playoffs.