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Facebook Football Awards Best XI: goalkeepers

David de Gea, Petr Cech and Jack Butland are the three goalkeepers vying for the number one spot in the Premier League Best XI at this year’s Facebook Football Awards

Which goalkeeper deserves to make your best XI? Credit: Oulala

The awards allow you, the fans, to choose your Best XI on ITV Football's Facebook page, with the team announced during our live awards show on May 9th.

We’ve asked Oulala to examine the key stats between the three goalkeepers shortlisted, as a way of helping you decide which player deserves to be included in your team.

The figures show that De Gea and Cech have kept 14 clean sheets apiece – four more than Butland – and it's worth noting that De Gea has played one game less than his rivals stoppers.

De Gea has also conceded the fewest amount of goals (28), with Cech shipping 29 and Butland picking the ball out of his net 37 times..

Before suffering a season-ending injury in March, Butland was averaging more saves and catches per-game than either Cech or Butland, which is hardly surprising considering Stoke typically come under greater pressure defensively than Arsenal and Man United.


Yates not suspended over failed test

Simon Yates was using an inhaler for asthma. Credit: PA

Cyclist Simon Yates has not received a suspension after failing a drugs test as his Orica-GreenEdge team try to clear up an administrative error.

Yates tested positive for terbutaline, which is being blamed on an inhaler he was using for his asthma, as his Australian team take full responsibility for the failed test.

The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) confirms that British rider Simon Yates has been notified of an adverse analytical finding of terbutaline in a sample collected in the scope of an in-competition control on March 12, 2016.

As per the UCI's anti-doping rules, such substance does not entail the imposition of a provisional suspension.

The rider has the right to request and attend the analysis of the B sample.

At this stage of the procedure, the UCI won't comment any further.

– UCI statment

Man City hijack Man United deal for £46m midfielder

Man City have hijacked a £46m deal that would have seen rivals Man United sign Benfica midfielder Renato Sanches.

Sanches is set to leave Benfica for Manchester. Credit: PA

According to reports in Portugal, Pep Guardiola was so impressed with the 18 year old during Bayern Munich's two Champions League ties against Benfica that he instructed City officials to pursue the teenager immediately.

With the media reporting that United are on the brink of confirming the Portuguese international, it remains to be seen whether he favours a move to the blue half of Manchester.

After starring for Benfica's B team in 2014/15, Sanchez forced his way into the first team in October 2015, two months after celebrating his 18th birthday.

A string of commanding performances since then earned Sanches his first two senior Portugal caps as he began drawing comparisons with Paul Pogba, the French international whose loss at Old Trafford still rankles with the club's hierarchy.

One key factor in the chase for Sanches could boil down to whether Jose Mourinho replaces Louis van Gaal in the summer, since Mourinho and Sanches are both represented by Portuguese super agent Jorge Mendes.

Leicester city centre lit up in blue

Leicester town hall Credit: Reuters

With Leicester City edging closer to their Premier League title, some of the city's most famous buildings have been lit up in blue.

While the Foxes could seal glory by winning against Manchester United on Sunday, there is still a chance they may lose out to second-placed Spurs.

However, in anticipation of three points at Old Trafford, some buildings across Leicester have been lit up in blue, and pictures of Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez plastered on walls.

A number of buildings are lit up in blue Credit: ITV News
A tower lit up in blue Credit: ITV News
Jamie Vardy on a building wall Credit: ITV News


Black: It is not fun being Aston Villa boss

Eric Black only knows defeat. Credit: PA

Aston Villa caretaker manager Eric Black admits he has not enjoyed being in charge of the sinking club.

The 52-year-old has lost his four games since taking over from Remi Garde last month and Villa were relegated from the Barclays Premier League on his watch two weeks ago.

I've got to be honest - I don't think there's been a lot of enjoyment.

I don't want it to sound like I'm looking for sympathy because I'm not but there's a lot of negativity around, especially over the last seven or eight weeks and that has made it hard.

This is not a normal job in football, you're not working with normal football elements here.

But the elements are what they are and I'm caretaker manager so I will do what I can to make sure it remains professional and hopefully get a result Saturday.

– Eric Black
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