Huddersfield v Arsenal
Sunday, May 13 – 15:00
Huddersfield held Chelsea to a 1-1 draw on Wednesday night, securing their Premier League status for another season. Manager David Wagner described the news as ‘a bigger achievement than the promotion’, before praising his players for their ‘desire, passion, effort, attitude, and togetherness’. The German has done a fantastic job over the last 10 months, with the Terriers causing notable upsets against the likes of Man United and Man City. Can Huddersfield do it again on Sunday?
Arsenal lost 3-1 to Leicester City in their last league match, continuing their poor away form in 2018. In fact, since the turn of the year, the Gunners have lost all seven of their Premier League matches on the road. Arsenal are set for some huge changes over the summer, and perhaps with the added incentive of giving departing manager Arsene Wenger the perfect send off, their players can rise to the occasion this weekend. Arsenal are set to finish the season in sixth place, taking 60 points from their 37 matches.
What the stats tell us:
- Huddersfield have only managed to win one of their last 12 matches against Arsenal in the league (D7 L4).
- The Gunners are currently unbeaten in nine competitive matches against Huddersfield (W7 D2) – winning their last match at Huddersfield 3-0 back in 1993.
- Arsenal won 5-0 in the reverse fixture. Only twice have they netted five or more goals in both Premier League fixtures against an single opponent (Derby County – 2007/08, and Everton this season).
- The Gunners have only won three matches on the road in the Premier League this season – their worst record since 1989/90 (4).
- Arsene Wenger’s side have lost 11 of their away matches in the Premier League this season – a joint-high for them in the competition (1994/95).
- The Gunners have lost against both Newcastle and Brighton this season – the last time they lost against three promoted clubs was back in the 1980/81 season (Sunderland, Leicester City, and Birmingham).
- There have been 13 hat-tricks scored on the final day of the season since the Premier League was established. Four of them have been scored by Arsenal players (Olivier Giroud – 2016, Theo Walcott – 2015, Thierry Henry – 2006, Freddie Ljungberg – 2003).
- Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 12 final matches of the Premier League season (W10 D2) – winning each of their last six final fixtures.
- Sunday’s match will mark Arsene Wenger’s 828th and final Premier League fixture as Arsenal manager – three of the six stadiums he has failed to win at in the competition are situated in Yorkshire (Hillsborough, Valley Parade, and Bramall Lane).
- Huddersfield have failed to find the back of the net in 20 different matches in the Premier League this season.
It’s been a difficult season for Arsenal, but Gunners fans will now be looking forward to life under a new manager next season, and hopefully closing the gap on the rest of the ‘Big Six’. Arsene Wenger’s side haven’t been able to find their top form away from home over the last few months, but this is a great opportunity to end their season on a high. They beat Huddersfield 5-0 in the reverse fixture, and they’ll be confident of another big result on Sunday. It’s going to be an emotional affair, and we’re predicting plenty of goals.