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The five Premier League teams with the most consecutive clean sheets

Liverpool can equal their club record run of consecutive clean sheets with a shutout against Wolves tonight. 

The Premier League champions-elect are on a run of seven clean sheets in their last seven matches, one behind their best ever streak, which also happens to be the joint-third best ever string of consecutive clean sheets ever.

The Merseyside outfit can equal the overall record this season if they manage to stop Wolves, West Ham (twice), Southampton, Norwich, Watford, Bournemouth and Everton from scoring in their upcoming fixtures.

But how far away are Liverpool from equalling the all-time record?

The five Premier League clubs with the most consecutive clean sheets:

=3. Liverpool – 8 (2005/06)

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Basking in the glow of their recent Istanbul glory, Liverpool put in some tremendous defensive shifts in the the following Premier League campaign, in which they conceded just 25 goals overall.

The Reds were exceptionally well organised at the back under Rafael Benitez, who led the club to Champions League and FA Cup success, but couldn’t quite get them over the line in the league during his tenure.

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=3. Arsenal – 8 (1997/98)

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Arsene Wenger’s second season in charge of Arsenal was a very successful one, as the Frenchman guided the club to their second ever league and FA Cup double.

From January to March of 1998 the Gunners went on a run of eight games without conceding a goal, which may have been the momentum booster needed to snatch the title by a single point from Manchester United.

They possessed a formidable backline of Tony Adams, Martin Keown, Steve Bould, Nigel Winterburn and Lee Dixon, with super ‘keeper David Seaman minding the goal behind them.

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=3. Chelsea – 8 (2006/07)

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The second longest run of consecutive clean sheets Chelsea have ever had in the Premier League era, but it wasn’t enough to secure them the title as they finished behind eventual champions Man United, although they did beat Alex Ferguson’s charges in the first ever FA Cup final at the new Wembley.

The reigning title holders at the time, they had the best defensive record for the third successive season, conceding just 24 goals. They have only conceded as many in one season ever since, in 2008/09.

2. Chelsea – 10 (2004/05)

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Naturally, Jose Mourinho’s first campaign as Chelsea manager would be particularly high on this list, as the Blues managed to produce one of the all-time great defensive performances across an entire season.

The West London outfit conceded a record 15 goals in 38 games, accumulating a massive 95 points to win the title, with the unbeatable Petr Cech in net, Ricardo Carvalho and John Terry in the centre of defence, and the world-class Claude Makelele sweeping up in front of them in midfield.

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1. Man United – 14 (2008/09)

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And the leader by a wide margin is Fergie’s last great Man United team, which won multiple league titles at the end of the noughties due to both their attacking prowess and defensive strength.

The third of three consecutive titles was won with the rock solid centre-back pairing of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand, who were backed up by Edwin van der Sar. Together they conceded just 24 goals in the league. Considering the Dutch shot stopper’s feats with the Red Devils, should he be considered one of the league’s all-time greats?

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