English Premier League Match Day 26 Review

English Premier League Match Day 26 Review

By cryptogod-1 | CryptoGod-1 : Sports | 20 Feb 2022

Good day everyone,

I hope you are all well and enjoyed the Premier League action over the weekend. Welcome to Cryptogod-1's blog on all things sport. Below we have the review of the latest round of matches in the Premier League, which saw one of the best matches of the season between City and Spurs, while the teams at the bottom managed some excellent results. If you would like to see my preview for this round, you can find it here: https://www.publish0x.com/cryptogod-1-sports/english-premier-league-match-day-26-preview-xooedrl


Weekend Predictions & Final Results

So in terms of the predicted scores, I didn't manage to get correct this weekend. In terms of match-winner/loser, I managed to predict 4/10 correctly in this round of games.


Predicted: West Ham 2-2 Newcastle

Result: West Ham 1-1 Newcastle

Dawson - Willock

The first game of the weekend saw Newcastle continue their excellent run of form, now taking 10 points from their last 4 games. West Ham started well and managed to take the lead just after the half hour mark when Dawson climbed highest to head the Hammers into a lead. Newcastle showed their spirit and fight, and managed to get level just before the break after Willock applied a deft finish from a tight angle when just snuck over the line after bouncing off the post. In the second half, top four chasing West Ham failed to register a single shot on target, showing their lack of imaginative play. Newcastle were excellent and Willock showed why he is started ahead of Bruno Guimaraes who cost Newcastle £40 million. Willock scored his first league goal this season after netting in each of his final seven appearances last season. West Ham meanwhile were lucky to escape with a point and will need to get Antonio firing if they wish to maintain their Champions League ambitions.


Predicted: Arsenal 1-1 Brentford

Result: Arsenal 2-1 Brentford

Smith-Rowe, Saka - Norgaard

Arsenal dominated the first half and were unlucky not to be head at the break after Lacazette had a goal ruled out for a narrow offside call. With 16 shots, the Gunners dominated but only had two efforts on target. Things changed early in the second half as Smith-Rowe skipped between two defenders before slotting past Raya and into the bottom corner. With just over ten minutes remaining Saka finished off an excellent counter-attack with a strike went in off the inside of the post. Brentford managed to pull one back right at the end as Christian Norgaard scored but his effort was flagged as offside. VAR intervened and the goal was narrowly awarded. The win keeps Arsenal in the hunt for top four, level on points with West Ham and have three games in hand. Brentford meanwhile are winless in their last seven league games having lost their last five away in the league.


Predicted: Aston Villa 3-1 Watford

Result: Aston Villa 0-1 Watford


A surprise result in which Roy Hodson's side scored their first goal under his management and got their first win. Prior to this encounter the Hornets had lost 10 of their last 12 games in all competitions, but gave their survival hopes a boost with this result. Villa started well and Ings had an early shout for a penalty turned down and hit the outside of the post after the half hour mark, but Watford grew into the game from there. Gerrards sides rarely threatened in the second half and in the 78th minute Femenia switched play from left to right as the visitors counterattacked, finding Sarr in space on the right who managed to pick out Dennis in the box. The Nigeria international heading home his ninth goal in 24 games this season to give Watford the three points. Aston Villa are now winless in their last four league games at Villa Park after winning their first two out of three under Gerrard. Watford meanwhile managed to keep two clean sheets in four Premier League games under Roy Hodgson which is as they had in their previous 36 games in the competition combined.


Predicted: Brighton 2-0 Burnley

Result: Brighton 0-3 Burnley

Weghorst, Brownhill, Lennon

The visitors secured a surprise result at the Amex stadium, running out clear winners against Brighton. Burnley were excellent and determined throughout, taking the lead on 21 minutes when Weghorst opened his account for the club with a finish at the near post. Brighton were very poor, but could have levelled when Lallana header wide. Soon after the Clarets doubled their lead as Duffy and Sanchez got mixed up and Weghorst laid the ball to Brownhill, who checked inside and found the net with a shot which deflected off Cucurella and Veltman. With 21 minutes left to play Rodriguez got to the edge of the area and passed to Lennon, who scored with a thunderous shot into the top corner. Burnley had not won in 12 away games in the league before this, while scoring more in this game than in their last five away games combined where they managed two. Brighton meanwhile have not managed a win in any of their last five league games against teams starting the day bottom of the table.  


Predicted: Crystal Palace 1-3 Chelsea

Result: Crystal Palace 0-1 Chelsea


Fresh from their Club World Cup exploits, Chelsea struggled against Palace until they snatched a win in the 89th minute. This game saw the continued disregard for Lukaku amongst Chelsea supporters, as the Belgian forward only managed seven touches at Selhurst Park, the lowest ever recorded for an outfield player who played the 90 minutes of a match in the league. For Palace, Olise and Zaha combined on a number of occasions to open Chelsea up and create chances in the absence of Gallagher who could not face his parent club. Zaha had two big chances0 in the game but fired both wide, the first at the end of the first half and the other to equalise deep in the second half. It was Chelsea who got the goal, although Ziyech thought he had scored for Chelsea 15 minutes before his winning goal after he finished from close-range when Lukaku's parried effort fell for him in the area, but was ruled out by VAR with the Belgium striker offside. Alonso's cross found Ziyech free at the back post in the 89th minute and he sealed the win for his side. With this victory Chelsea claimed their first back to back league wins since October, while Crystal Palace lost their third consecutive home league matche.


Predicted: Liverpool 4-0 Norwich

Result: Liverpool 3-1 Norwich

Mané, Salah, Diaz - Rashica

The Reds had their front line to thank for the three points against Norwich, although it was perhaps the substitution which saw Thiago enter the field around the hour mark which changed the game. Tsimikas, Virgil van Dijk and Mane all had chances to give Liverpool the lead in the first half but poor finishing or last ditch defending stopped them. Pukki spurned an excellent opportunity for Norwich while Rashica had the ball in the net early on but was ruled out for offside. Early in the second half things changed as Rashica saw his effort loop off Matip and wrongfoot Alisson to give the Canaries the lead. Soon after the substitutions Tsimikas headed Hendersons ball towards Mané, and the Senegal international scored with a delightful bicycle kick. Soon after Alisson set Salah free and after some fancy footwork the Egyptian slotted the ball into the net to give the Reds the lead. WIth just under 10 minutes remaining Henderson set Diaz through to dink the ball over the keeper for his first Liverpool goal and finish a move that saw 35+ passes from the Reds. Mo Salah became the 10th player to score 150 goals in all competitions for Liverpool, and was the 30th time that both Salah and Mané scored in the same league match for Liverpool. Norwich meanwhile have now lost eight of their last eleven Premier League fixtures.


Predicted: Southampton 1-1 Everton

Result: Southampton 2-0 Everton

Armstrong, Long

The Saints extended their unbeaten home record to nine games with this win, lost just once in 11 matches in all competitions. The Toffees started brightly but soon after Southampton took control with an aggressive midfield approach. Both sides had chances in the first half, as Ward-Prowse saw a free kick saved by Pickford and Livramento saw a neat flick also saved. Calvert-Lewin scored a header early in the second half, but was ruled offside. Soon after Southampton took the lead with Armstrong scoring with a measured finish after Adams laid the ball off to him. Southampton didn't let up and could have scored more, but it was Long who scored with a header near the end to seal the victory. Lampards side have only managed 22 points from their first 23 games in the league this season, making it their worst tally at this stage of a top-flight campaign since 1950-51. Southampton also recorded their first clean sheet in 13 league games.


Predicted: Man City 3-2 Tottenham

Result: Man City 2-3 Tottenham

Gundogan, Mahrez - Kulusevski, Kane x2

No doubt about it, this game blew the title race wide open. With Liverpool winning earlier in the day this loss ensured the gap has been reduced to six points while the Reds have a game in hand. Kane was outstanding, showing Pep what he missed out on in the summer. On four minutes Kane beat City's high line with a beautiful pass for Son to run in behind and tee up Kulusevski for his first goal. Just after the half hour mark Sterling crossed the ball in and Lloris spilled the ball for Gundogan to score. Just before the hour mark Son played the ball in for Kane to restore Spurs lead. He had another when he collected Kulusevski's pass to beat Ederson but VAR came to City's rescue. In injury time City won a penalty and Mahrez scored it will real power, with City thinking they had stolen a point. Kulusevski ensured Tottenham would claim all three points in the 95th minute as his cross from the right found Kane who headed in and the Spurs bench erupted in celebrations. Tottenham Hotspur became the fourth side to ever complete a league double over a side managed by Man City boss Pep Guardiola. This was the Citizens first league defeat since October when they lost to Crystal Palace.


Predicted: Leeds 1-1 Man United

Result: Leeds 2-4 Man United

Rodrigo, Raphina - Maguire, Fernandez, Fred, Elanga

On a windy afternoon, two goals in the space of 24 seconds brought Leeds right back into this match, after United had dominated in the first half. With the wind swirling and pitch covered in water it was difficult for either side to get a free flowing game going. United managed to take the lead as Maguire got the better of Llorente to head home from a corner, the first corner United scored from after 140 times of asking. IN the sixth minute of first half stoppage time United doubled their lead as Fernandez headed in from a Sancho cross. In the 53rd minute the game came alive as Leeds got their first goal. Rodrigo played a hopeful ball which somehow ended up past De Gea in the net thanks to the weather conditions. 24 seconds later James drove a low cross to the far corner for Raphina to draw the teams level. On 70 minutes United retook the lead as Sancho laid the ball on to the overlapping Fred in the box who blasted home at the near post. In the 89th minute Elanga slotted past Meslier to round off a big win for Manchester United. This win boosts United top four hopes, while this was the fourth time Leeds have conceded 4+ goals in the league this season.


Predicted: Wolves 2-0 Leicester

Result: Wolves 2-1 Leicester

Neves, Podence - Lookman

With less than 10 minutes on the clock a fierce long range effort from Neves saw Bruno Lage's team take the lead at Molineux. Wolves attacked from the off, making the most of the wide areas and putting pressure on Leicester. The Foxes had not won a league game since December, kept themselves in the game and tested Wolves goalkeeper Jose Sa with fierce drives from Tielemans and Dewsbury-Hall. Just before half time they drew level, when Albrighton ran on to Tielemans' defence-splitting pass and pulled it back across the box for Lookman to score. Leicester looked motivated in the second half and took control of the game but couldn't find the back of the net. Against the run of play Wolves rergained the lead as Podence collected a square ball on the edge of the area and fired a low shot past Schmeichel. Wolves held on to maintain their push for European football next season, while Leicester continue to have a poor season and sit 11th in the table.



Table After Match Day 26

A look at the top half of the table, and with Spurs thrilling win against City it has blown the title race wide open. Liverpool are 6 points off the top with a game in hand and this should become a very exciting title race. United gave themselves a firm grip on fourth but Arsenal and Spurs are very much still in the Champions League race thanks to their games in hand, especially with West Ham only managing a draw.



As for the bottom half, Burnley moved off the bottom and were replaced by Norwich. Newcastle have moved a step closer to the teams above them and will have real aspirations of moving clear of the relegation fight. Leeds, Everton, and Brentford are now very much in a relegation battle with only 6 points between 14th and 18th.



Top Goalscorers After Match Day 26

1 - M. Salah - Liverpool - 17 Goals   
2 - D. Jota - Liverpool - 12 Goals
3 - R. Sterling - Man City - 10 Goals   

+ 8 players on 9 goals


I hope you found some enjoyment in my post and managed to see the matches over the weekend. We have the Champions League this week and return to League action with four of the rearranged fixtures taking place on Wednesday and Thursday.

Have a great day.

Peace. CryptoGod-1.


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