Weekend In Numbers: Giroud to score, Rooney's drought and good omens for Bony

Take in the stats ahead of the final Premier League match of the season courtesy of Opta

Wayne Rooney, Manchester United

Picture by: Mike Egerton / EMPICS Sport

It's almost here ... the last match-day of the season.

The Premier League title is accounted for, we know who's going to be relegated. All of which leaves few loose ends to tie up on Sunday.

The battle for the final Champions League spot is still to be nailed down with Manchester United having an outside chance of pipping rivals City to fourth.

Arsenal can still make sure St Totteringham's Day takes place this year by over-taking Tottenham who sit two points above them.

Field day for Giroud? 

Arsenal could have three points guaranteed already as they take on the worst team in the division, Aston Villa, at the Emirates. And it might not just be goals guaranteed, but perhaps goals for striker Olivier Giroud.

Having scored against Manchester City last Sunday, his streak could well continue against Villa seven days on:

  • Olivier Giroud has scored in each of his last five appearances against Aston Villa in all competitions.

And Arsenal have scored 14 goals without reply against Villa. 

Can the Magpies steal a result off Spurs? 

Newcastle might be playing in the second tier next term but they have already beaten Tottenham once already this season.

But their overall record against Spurs in recent games is poor:

  • The Magpies have won just one of their last five Premier League home matches against Tottenham Hotspur (W1 D2 L2).

Apart from the carrot of finishing above Arsenal, Tottenham have another motivation. If they win this fixture, they will beat their highest ever points tally in a single season set in 2012-13, which stands at 72.

Manchester City's Wilfried Bony during the Barclays Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

 Bony Omens?

Wilfried Bony's time at Manchester City has been a disappointment but he has found matches against former club Swansea to be a happy hunting ground.

As City look for a result to secure a Top Four place, the Ivorian could well continue his recent streak against the Swans:

  • Wilfried Bony has scored in both of his Barclays Premier League matches against former club Swansea City.
  • Bony also scored three goals in his last two appearances in this fixture for Swansea against Man City.

But by that token, Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis has scored on both of his last two Premier League appearances against Man City.

Rooney's Annus Horribilis 

Manchester United's defeat at West Ham on Tuesday night gave City the impetus to seal fourth place.

But Man United still have an outside chance of Champions League football if they beat Bournemouth and Swansea do them a favour.

But counting on captain Wayne Rooney for goals may not be the answer against the Cherries, because this has been a less than memorable year in front of goal for the England skipper:

  • Wayne Rooney has scored just seven Premier League goals this season; he's never before failed to reach double-figures in a top-flight campaign with Manchester United.

Injury has contributed of course, but a lack of goals is a general trend at Man United this season. The Red Devils have netted just 46 top-flight goals this season so far; their lowest goal tally in a completed Premier League campaign is 58 in 2004-05.

All facts courtesy of Opta.