Premier League 2023/24 Match Week 15 Review

Premier League 2023/24 Match Week 15 Review

By cryptogod-1 | CryptoGod-1 : Sports | 7 Dec 2023

Good day everyone,

I hope you are all well and had an excellent week so far, welcome to CryptoGod-1’s blog on all things sports. This midweek round of fixtures saw late drama at Kenilworth Road, Liverpool keep their good form going, Villa deal more damage to Pep, while Ten Hag overcame Pochettino and Bournemouth continued their upturn in form under Iraola.

You can find the preview for this round of games here: 



Week Predictions & Final Results

So in terms of the predicted scores, I got 0/10 correct scores this weekend. In terms of match-winner/loser, I managed to predict 4/10 correctly this weekend.


Predicted: Wolves 2-1 Burnley

Result: Wolves 1-0 Burnley


Following their thrashing of Sheffield United over the weekend, Burnley set up with a defensive mindset here. The game started slow as Wolves showed their own cautious approach. Rodriguez had an excellent chance from close range for Burnley to open the scoring but saw his effort saved by Bentley before he parried the rebound from Brownhill around the post. As the Clarets were growing into the game, they created their own issues in the 42nd minute. O'Shea's pass to Berge was pounced on by Sarabia, who in turn played in Hwang to score. It was the South Korean's eight Premier League goal of the season, with seven of them coming at Molineux. Burnley pushed on in the second half looking for a way back into the game, winning a number of free-kicks and corners but failing to produce any chances of note. Sarabia meanwhile tested Trafford for Wolves and although the home side made the better chances the second goal was not required. Wolves ended a run of two league defeats in a row and will look to push themselves further up the table as Kompany's men come back to reality with another league defeat to leave them firmly in the relegation zone.



Predicted: Luton 2-2 Arsenal

Result: Luton 3-4 Arsenal

Osho, Adebayo, Barkley - Martinelli, Jesus, Havertz, Rice

A late goal was required here to saves Arsenal's blushes, having gone 3-2 down only to come back and win this one. With this being a physical contest from the off, Luton held their own against the league leaders and made a bright start. The opener came on 20 minutes when keeper Kaminski got played a poor pass, forcing him to boot it for a throw in. Jesus took it quick for Saka, who raced into the area and pulled the ball back for Martinelli to score. Luton responded and were level five minutes later when Doughty's out-swinging corner was headed in by Osho. Jesus, Martinelli and Saka were all denied by Kaminski as the game became open, and on 45 minutes Arsenal took the lead once again when White's cross was headed in by Jesus. Luton had renewed energy after the break and draw level on 49 minutes thanks to a Raya mistake as he was beaten in the air by Adebayo. With their tails up, Luton went ahead on 57 minutes when Raya let Barkley's shot go through him. The lead did not last long as on the hour mark Havertz was found by Jesus and levelled with a smart finish. Arsenal began to dominate in search of a winner while Luton continued to counter, and with the game seemingly heading for a draw Arsenal stole the points at the death. Rice popped up with a header in the seventh minute of stoppage time as the away fans were ecstatic and they will begin to believe this could be their year. As for Luton, they put in a great performance going toe to toe with the league leaders and can be proud even though they were unlucky not to get a point.



Predicted: Brighton 3-3 Brentford

Result: Brighton 2-1 Brentford

Groß, Hinshelwood - Mbeumo

The Seagulls recorded their first home win since September as they overcame Brentford at the Amex Stadium. Frank's side set up with a back four instead of their usual back five away from home and it paid off as Janelt was pulled down by Van Hecke in the area on 27 minutes. Up stepped Mbeumo to slot the spot kick home into the bottom left corner. Brighton composed themselves and were level after 31 minutes when Mitoma played in Groß to fire home. Mbeumo was then forced from the field with an injury to dampen the Bees spirits, but after the break it was all about Brighton. Their latest teenage sensation, Hinshelwood, denied Wissa a certain goal minutes before he climbed highest to head home from a Groß corner in the 52nd minute. Brentford struggled to create much else of note and it was Brighton who could have extended their lead further when Adingra twice went close. Brighton have now scored in 31 league games in a row and are only the fifth side to both score and concede in each of their opening 15 matches of an English top-flight season. Brentford meanwhile will dust themselves as they remain just outside the top half of the table.



Predicted: Crystal Palace 1-2 Bournemouth

Result: Crystal Palace 0-2 Bournemouth

Senesi, Moore

Another big win for Iraola's side who are clearly finding their feet after the opening struggles under their new manager. The game had a fast start as both Olise and Ayew wasted chances for Palace, while Semenyo forced a low save from Johnstone. On 25 minutes the Cherries found their opener and there was little Johnstone could do when Senesi headed in from Sinisterra's near-post flick-on. Ayew's powerful shot was parried by Neto as Palace looked to get level, but Bournemouth began to take control. Kluivert fired wide and Solanke had an effort saved before the break, and Palace offered little in the second half. They failed to have a shot on target although Lerma did strike the woodwork. Bournemouth slowed the game down and allowed Palace to chase them, waiting to strike. In the first minute of stoppage time Moore was on hand to head in Billing's diagonal cross and wrap up the three points. Plenty of boos rang out around the ground at the full time whistle and Hodgson hit back saying the fans have unrealistic expectations. Bournemouth meanwhile are unbeaten in four league games while Palace have now failed to score in four home Premier League games this season.



Predicted: Fulham 1-0 Nottingham Forest

Result: Fulham 5-0 Nottingham Forest

Iwobi x2, Jiménez x2, Cairney

A huge result which could spell trouble for Cooper in the forest dugout, although the away fans were chanting his name throughout the match. Fulham dominated from the off, with Pereira hitting the post from a free-kick before the home side finally took the lead on 30 minutes. Iwobi was at the back post to convert from Willian's delivery before four minutes later Jiménez doubled the lead with a first-time finish from Pereira's through pass. Forest failed to have a shot on target in the opening half and Cooper rang the changes at the break. The changes made little impact as in the 54th minute Fulham get their third goal when Jiménez linked up with Pereira before rounding Vlachodimos to score. As Fulham pressed on they got their fourth in the 73rd minute when Iwobi was at the back post to finish from Wilson's cross. Finally in the 86th minute Cairney rounded off the scoring when he found acres of space before placing his shot to leave Cooper's men with plenty to ponder. Fulham meanwhile have scored 3+ goals in three consecutive Premier League matches for the first time. Forest meanwhile conceded 5+ goals in a Premier League for the 10th time.



Predicted: Sheffield United 0-4 Liverpool

Result: Sheffield United 0-2 Liverpool

Van Dijk, Szoboszlai

With Chris Wilder having returned to take over the club following Heckingbottom's sacking, and his change to a back four made things difficult for Liverpool. The Blades had the first real chance when Archer got the ball of Gomez to set up McAtee, but Kelleher saved. Van Dijk then stopped an Archer run into the area after Konate lost the ball. Liverpool had nine corners throughout the half and in the 37th minute van Dijk volleyed in from an Alexander-Arnold cross. Ahmedhodzic was on the floor but VAR said no foul. Mac Allister forced a save from Foderingham just before the break, but the World Cup winner was forced off after the break from an earlier challenge with Vini Souza. Salah forced a save from Foderingham in the second half as Liverpool again attacked from a corner. Nunez also wasted a good chance when put clear through from Alexander-Arnold's pass. Liverpool held firm at the back but Konate was lucky not to give away a penalty for a foul on McAtee late on. In the fourth minute of stoppage time Szoboszlai sealed the win after Nunez crossed for him to score. It was a big win for Liverpool to ensure they keep hot on the tails of Arsenal. As for Sheffield United, they will be disappointed but Wilder knows he has a lot of work to do going forward.



Predicted: Aston Villa 2-2 Manchester City

Result: Aston Villa 1-0 Manchester City


A massive result for Aston Villa as they secured their 14th home league win in a row and in the process condemned Pep's side to a fourth game with points dropped. Emery's side went for City from the off and did not hold back as Bailey forced a save from Ederson, as did Torres' curled shot. Haaland has two quick chances but Martinez managed to save both. Those were City's only two shots of a frantic first half as Villa had 13. Stones and Lewis struggled as Douglas Luiz saw an effort ruled out for Villa as the ball had gone out of play. City briefly looked better after the break as Villa were more cautious, but Villa threatened and Bailey seized Silva's loose pass but McGinn could not apply the finish. Bailey got away from Gvardiol in the 74th minute before cutting inside and firing home via a deflection off Dias. Villa did not sit back and Douglas Luiz almost got them a second only for Ederson to save. Soon after Douglas Luiz saw another effort come back off the post but a second goal was not needed in the end. Villa moved above City with this result as Pep endures one of his worst runs as a manger. How City respond will be telling as Villa march on in their hunt for Champions League football next season.



Predicted: Manchester United 2-3 Chelsea

Result: Manchester United 2-1 Chelsea

McTominay x2 - Palmer

With the pressure mounting on Ten Hag he badly needed a performance from his side and from the off they showed the guile and fight they had been lacking in their defeat to Newcastle. They took the game to Chelsea and should have been ahead when Enzo had a late tackle on Antony in the area and the referee awarded a spot kick. However Fernandes' penalty was weak and easily saved by Sanchez. Both Garnacho and Mudryk wasted chances but on 19 minutes McTominay fired home after Maguire had an effort blocked. The Scotsman then had a header saved when he should have doubled his tally, while Onana produced a big save from Jackson. However on 45 minutes Chelsea were level when Mudryk passed for Palmer, who in turn made space to place a low finish past Onana. Both sides made changes at the break as Chelsea changed to a 4-4-2 to ensure they were solid without the ball. Both sides somewhat cancelled each other out, but on 69 minutes McTominay was on hand to put United back in the lead when he guided home Garnacho's curling cross. Garnacho wasted a chance to ensure the points and late on a James cross just evaded Enzo as Chelsea made a rare attack. United are now firmly back in the top four, and possible even an outside bet at the title, race as Chelsea continue to falter and have now lost more Premier League games in the calendar year of 2023 than the entirety of their previous two years combined. Lots of work to do for Pochettino as his side always seem to fall once they being to produce some positive results.



Predicted: Everton 1-1 Newcastle

Result: Everton 3-0 Newcastle

McNeil, Doucouré, Beto

Goodison Park witnessed a huge result as Everton managed to overcome Newcastle. With Everton having the worst conversion rate this season thus far, their performance here followed that pattern as Calvert-Lewin had two efforts saved before firing a close range volley over. McNeil also put an effort wide as Newcastle showed signs of tiredness given their injuries and packed schedule. Almiron put an effort wide while Isak wasted a chance just before the break. Calvert-Lewin saw a chance wasted when it deflected off Lascelles and forced a save from Dubravka, while Gordon almost got one against his former side when he stole the ball from Tarkowski only to shoot straight at Pickford. After the break Gordon shot over again, and a Trippier mistake cost the visitors. He hesitated on the ball and McNeil pounced before rushing in on goal and scored from the edge of the area on 79 minutes. Seven minutes later Everton got their second when Trippier made a near-identical mistake, allowing Harrison to tee up Doucouré for his goal. In the sixth minute of injury time Beto got his goal following a pass from Patterson as Everton made the most of it against this tired Newcastle team. 



Predicted: Tottenham 3-2 West Ham

Result: Tottenham 1-2 West Ham

Romero - Bowen, Ward-Prowse

Ange Postecoglou will begin to face serious questions soon as his full on entertainment football has now seen the club go five games without a win. Romero, Spurs only fit centre back going into this game, opened the scoring after 11 minutes when he got between Aguerd and Edson Alvarez to head in from Porro's cross. Kudus put a Coufal cross just wide moments later and as the half continued he saw an effort saved by Vicario. Lo Celso tested Fabianski while Bissouma put an effort over after Kulusevski's initial shot was charged down. Paqueta headed wide from a Kudus cross while Johnson's low cross was turned onto the post by Zouma. Seven minutes into the second half and West Ham found themselves level when Kudus cut inside but his pass was blocked by Romero, who in turn lashed the ball off of Davies. The ball landed for Bowen to score and from there West Ham did not look back. Paqueta tested Vicario as Spurs began to loose their way. Richarlison headed wide from a Porro cross and in searching for three points they lost the game. Udogie played a terrible pass to Vicario, who managed to knock the ball away from Bowen but into the path of Ward-Prowse in the 74th minute. His first attempt hit the post but he was alive to the rebound and ensured the Hammers got all three points from this one. Postecoglou will face questions on whether he needs to be more flexible with his style, but for now its Moyes who will be celebrating the hard work and commitment of his side.




Table After Match Day 15

A look at the top half of the table and Arsenal remain top of the table with Liverpool two points behind in second. Villa sit in third two points behind, with City making up the top four but six points off league leaders Arsenal. Spurs occupy fifth, three points behind City, with Manchester United sitting behind Spurs on goal difference alone. Newcastle sit in seventh another point behind, with Brighton a point behind them and West Ham a further point back in ninth. Chelsea make up the top half on 19 points.


As for the bottom half, Sheffield United remain bottom with 5 points, as Burnley sit just two points above them. Luton sit eighteenth on 9 point with Everton out of the relegation zone and sitting in seventeenth. Forest sit sixteenth and four points clear of the drop, with Bournemouth and Crystal Palace both on 16 points. Wolves and Fulham both have 18 points with Brentford a point ahead and only in the bottom half on goal difference. 





Top Goal scorers After Match Day 15

1 — E. Haaland — Manchester City — 14 Goals
2 — M. Salah — Liverpool — 10 Goals
3— Son — Tottenham Hotspur — 9 Goals
4 — J. Bowen — West Ham United — 9 Goals
5 — O. Watkins — Aston Villa — 8 Goals
6 — H. C. Hwang — Wolves — 8 Goals

+ 4 players on 7 goal




Check out my 2023/24 Season Predictions here: Predictions 23/24 Season

Have a great day, I hope you enjoyed the review of the matches and got to see the games during the week.

Peace. CryptoGod-1.


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