The Premier League makes its long awaited return with two games to finish off the 30th matchweek. Check out the statistics for both games below:
Aston Villa – Sheffield United
- Aston Villa have lost two of their last three league meetings against Sheffield United (D1),
as many as in their previous 14 against the Blades (W7 D5 L2).
- Following their 2-0 win at Bramall Lane in the reverse fixture in December, Sheffield United
are looking to secure their first league double over Aston Villa since the 1965-66 campaign.
- In this exact fixture in the Championship last season, Billy Sharp’s hat-trick had given
Sheffield United a 3-0 lead, before Aston Villa scored three times in the final 10 minutes to
salvage a point.
- This will be Aston Villa’s first ever competitive match played in the month of June. Sheffield
United have played twice before in June, winning both matches 2-1 in the 1946-47 topflight campaign (vs Arsenal and Stoke City).
Aston Villa have lost their last four Premier League matches and have failed to keep a
clean sheet in any of their last nine in the competition.
- Sheffield United have lost just two of their 13 away games in the Premier League this season
(W4 D7), with those defeats coming against the current top two sides Liverpool and
- Only Liverpool (9) have conceded fewer away goals than Sheffield United in the Premier
League this season (12), with the Blades the only side yet to concede more than twice in
a game on the road this term.
- The away side has won just two of the last 30 Premier League meetings between two
promoted clubs (D8 L20), with Aston Villa and Sheffield United both winning at Norwich this
- Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish has created seven chances directly following a takeon in the Premier League this season – only Adama Traore (13) has more. In fact, of players to have attempted at least 50 take-ons this season, Grealish has the highest % ending with
a chance created (7% – 7/104).
- After a run of 16 games without a goal, Sheffield United’s Billy Sharp has scored three goals
in his last four games in all competitions. He last scored in three consecutive games for the
Blades in February 2019.
Manchester City – Arsenal
- Manchester City have won their last six matches against Arsenal in all competitions, their
best ever winning run against the Gunners.
- Arsenal have lost their last five league matches against Man City; they last had a longer
losing run against an opponent between 1974 and 1977 against Ipswich Town (seven in a
- This will be both Manchester City’s and Arsenal’s second competitive match played in the
month of June in their histories – Man City beat Newport County 5-1 at home in a second
tier match in 1947, while in the same year Arsenal lost 1-2 at Sheffield United in the topflight.
- 12 of the last 16 Premier League goals Man City have scored against Arsenal have been
in the first half, scoring at least twice in the opening 45 minutes in four of their last six
- Manchester City have lost seven Premier League games this season, one more than they
had in their previous two campaigns combined. The average league position of their
opponents in these seven defeats this season is 9th – Arsenal’s place in the table coming
into this match.
- Arsenal are unbeaten in their last seven away league games (W1 D6), with each of their
last five in a row ending level. The Gunners have never drawn six consecutive away league
- Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is unbeaten in all seven of his away games in all
competitions for the Gunners (W3 D4) – the longest ever unbeaten away start to a
managerial reign in Arsenal’s history.
- Man City’s Sergio Agüero has scored 10 goals in his last 12 appearances against Arsenal
in all competitions, netting a hat-trick in the Citizens’ 3-1 win in this exact fixture last season.
Man City boss Pep Guardiola has never lost a home match against Arsenal in all
competitions in his managerial career (P7 W6 D1), with the Gunners netting exactly once
in each of these seven encounters.
- Man City’s Kevin De Bruyne has been directly involved in six goals in his last seven Premier
League starts against Arsenal (four goals, two assists), netting a brace in a 3-0 win at the
Emirates earlier this season.
- Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored 49 goals in 75 Premier League
appearances – if he scores in this game he’ll be the sixth fastest player to reach 50 in the
competition, with only Andy Cole (65), Alan Shearer (66), Ruud van Nistelrooy (68),
Fernando Torres and Mohamed Salah (both 72) doing so in fewer games.