Premier League 2023/24 Match Week 18 Review

Premier League 2023/24 Match Week 18 Review

By cryptogod-1 | CryptoGod-1 : Sports | 24 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 weekend saw Villa's winning home run ended, West Ham overcame United, Luton beat Newcastle, Spurs beat Everton, Liverpool and Arsenal played out a thrilling draw, while Chelsea lost against Wolves.

Manchester City also overcame Fluminense 4-0 to secure the club's first ever FIFA Club World Cup trophy.

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



Week Predictions & Final Results

So in terms of the predicted scores, I got 0/9 correct scores this weekend. In terms of match-winner/loser, I only managed to predict 4/9 correctly this weekend.



Predicted: Crystal Palace 2-2 Brighton

Result: Crystal Palace 1-1 Brighton

Ayew - Welbeck

This game started off as expected, with two sides out of form struggling to produce any quality of note. Adingra and Gross managed to force saves from Henderson while Mateta's long-range strike tested Verbruggen in the half's main chances. As the opening period was coming to a close however Verbruggen was to blame when Crystal Palace took the lead in the 45th minute. Richards pressed him well and the keepers pass was rushed, resulting in Hughes intercepting before playing the ball to Olise, who crossed for Ayew to head home. De Zerbi riled his side up for the second half as Buonanotte was the driving force behind their attacks. Hinshelwood had a penalty shout waved away while Palace brought on Eze but it did not have the desired impact. In the 82nd minute the pressure paid off for the Seagulls as Welbeck was on hand to head home from Gross' cross. The drama did not end there, as Welbeck could have stolen the three points when a Henderson cleared punch deflected off him and went just wide. Brighton are now 22 Premier League games without a clean sheet, while this fixture has now ended 1-1 in the last five encounters.



Predicted: Aston Villa 3-0 Sheffield United

Result: Aston Villa 1-1 Sheffield United

Zaniolo - Archer

A massive result as Sheffield United end Villa's run of 15 consecutive home wins in the Premier League. Emery will be disappointed as his side missed the chance to move to the top of the table after he went with a more attacking line-up. Villa dominated in the opening half, with six shots and 79% of the ball, but struggled to get a goal. The build-up play was patient and after the break it seemed like Villa's approach had paid off when Bailey swept home a Watkins cross in the 59th minute. However, VAR intervened and the goal was ruled out for a foul by Ramsey on Foderingham. The atmosphere at Villa Park rose and Emery's side began to look dejected and lacking ideas. Hamer almost got a goal for the Blades following a weak back pass from Diaby to Martinez, and as the game wore on the Blades had their first shot of the game in the 78th minute. As Villa began to see their chance of winning slip away, Konsa almost turned Lowe's left-wing cross into his own net. In the 87th minute Villa Park was silenced when Hamer got past McGinn and his cross into the box was turned home by Archer. Moreno tested Foderingham as the clock ticked down but the Blades could not hold on for what would have been a huge win. Instead, in the 98th minute Zaniolo got onto Douglas Luiz's angled ball to head home and secure a point for the hosts. 



Predicted: West Ham 2-2 Manchester United

Result: West Ham 2-0 Manchester United

Bowen, Kudus

United started this game with Kambwala making his debut in defence with Varane out with illness. The away side dominated possession in the opening stages but failed to really test West Ham, while Emerson tested Onana early on. Garnacho was played in by Antony but the winger could not finish as the game began to spark into life. The game was end to end as Antony's cross evaded Hojlund and Garnacho before Ward-Prowse's cross was headed wide by Soucek. With the scores level at the break United had played their 7th half of football without scoring, and in the second half Bowen tested Onana with a header early on. United continued to have lots of the ball but could do little with it, and in the 72nd minute Paqueta's sensational pass found the run of Bowen for the Englishman to score with a deflection off Onana. Six minutes later Kudus ensured of the three points as Mainoo lost the ball for Paqueta to play in Kudus to score. The result saw West Ham move above United in the standings, while United have now lost 13 of their 26 games this season. They have also failed to score in four consecutive games for the first time since 1992, and have failed to win three successive Premier League away games under Ten Hag for the second time. Moyes made it successive wins over Manchester United as they won their third home game in a row without conceding. 



Predicted: Fulham 3-0 Burnley

Result: Fulham 0-2 Burnley

Odobert, Berge

Rebecca Welch made history here by being the first female to referee a game in the Premier League. It was Fulham who started the brightest here as Wilson had an effort saved, while Palhinha had an effort parried. Muniz saw an effort go into the side netting as the half went on, while Iwobi saw efforts in the area blocked. Two minutes after the restart Kompany's side took the ascendancy when Odobert curled an excellent effort home. From there the Clarets were better than Fulham in all departments and after 66 minutes they doubled their lead when fatigue set in and Berge drove through the midfield before firing into the bottom left. The result was a massive victory for Burnley and thanks to other results means they are right back in with a fighting chance to starve off relegation. Finding form and building on this win will be vital. Fulham meanwhile had their most ever shots against an opponent without scoring as their 19 efforts failed to hit the net.



Predicted: Luton 2-1 Newcastle

Result: Luton 1-0 Newcastle


A huge win for Luton who secure the three points in their first game since Lockyer collapsed last weekend. Lockyer's name rang around the ground throughout as Luton went out to deliver the perfect performance in the given conditions. Newcastle were looking strong and providing pressure but a corner in the 25th minute when Barkley headed a Doughty corner to the back post for Townsend to score. With Newcastle suffering from injuries and fatigue, Luton should have doubled their lead when Barkley hit the crossbar from distance. Botman and Isak were brought on to spark some life into the away side but they became frustrated as their attempts resulted in little reward. Adebayo played in Brown after holding off the Newcastle defenders but the ball crashed off the crossbar as Luton couldn't find a second. Isak had the ball in the back of the net from Almiron's pass but he was flagged offside but VAR. it means Newcastle have now lost their last four away games as Newcastle struggle to overcome their recent wobbles. Luton meanwhile secured their first ever clean sheet in the Premier League.



Predicted: Nottingham Forest 1-3 Bournemouth

Result: Nottingham Forest 2-3 Bournemouth

Elanga, Wood - Solanke x3

Nuno Espirito Santo start off his Forest tenure with a defeat as Solanke took the plaudits in this game. Forest had little of the ball in the opening period but they had a bright start with Elanga and Wood both testing Neto. Bournemouth grew into the game and Boly was forced to bring down Solanke for  an early yellow, and he got his second yellow for a tackle on Smith. Soon after a potential penalty for a handball against Smith was waved away to cause furore among the home support. It took only 90 seconds after the restart for Forest to take the lead, with Elanga played in by Wood. It did not last long though as on 51 minutes Solanke scored with a header from Senesi's cross. Then on 58 minutes the Cherries were ahead when Solanke got his second with a flick from a short corner. Forest were stunned but kept going and found themselves level on 74 minutes when Wood scored from Gibbs-White's corner. When it looked like the points would be evenly split, Solanke managed to get his third in the 94th minute when he headed in from Smith's cross. It was not a happy start to Nuno Santo's tenure but he will be looking to build on their positive performance. As for Bournemouth, they continue their excellent league form and are fifth in the form table over the last ten league games.



Predicted: Tottenham 3-2 Everton

Result: Tottenham 2-1 Everton

Richarlison, Son - Gomes

Spurs were given a real test here by an Everton side looking for their fifth away league win in a row, but it was not to be as Ange's sides emerged victorious. Calvert-Lewin was let down by a poor touch early on when he could have scored and he was made to rue the opportunity when Richarlison scored in the 9th minute at the near post. Spurs continue to control the game and in the 18th minute Son doubled their lead when he scored the rebound after Pickford had saved Johnson's effort. Calvert-Lewin and Harrison tested Vicario before Calvert-Lewin had the ball in the back of the net only for VAR to rule it out for offside. As both sides continued to test each other it was in the 82nd minute that Gomes got one back for Everton with a rasping drive and the Toffees continued to test the Spurs keeper for the remainder of the match, with Danjuma wasting a number of chances against his former side. However they were unable to find the required goal to snatch a point and in the end Spurs moved back into the top four as City were not playing this weekend. Spurs made it three wins on the bounce following their five-game winless run, while Dyche remains without a win against Tottenham in his managerial career.



Predicted: Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal

Result: Liverpool 1-1 Arsenal

Salah - Gabriel

Arteta's side started brightly here, testing Alison via Jesus from Saka's deflected cross. Jesus hit the ball at Alisson from the corner but Arsenal's next effort put them ahead when Odegaard whipped in a free-kick for Gabriel to nod in. Salah managed to hit the side netting following Zinchenko's lapse in concentration as Liverpool grew into the game. A Alexander-Arnold free-kick resulted in Odegaard handling the ball in the area but no penalty was given, with reasoning being that his arm was moving towards the ground / his body for balance. Odegaard then fired wide, as did Jesus, on the break, before Alexander-Arnold played a perfect ball out of defence for Salah on the break. The attacker burst past Zinchenko before cutting inside and firing into the net. Just before the break Alisson managed to thwart Saka going around him and in on goal, leading to Martinelli firing wide. Liverpool were dominant in the second half, with Salah firing at Raya and Rice having to intercept an breakaway. Gomez put an effort wide while Arsenal tried to control the ball but lacked opportunities to carve shooting chances. Elliott had an effort hit the post before Liverpool broke at speed like the former Klopp years. Zinchenko and Odegaard got in each others way as a corner was being cleared, allowing Salah to burst away. Liverpool were 6 v 2 in the race at goal but Alexander-Arnold smashed the effort off the bar after Salah play him in. Gomez tested Raya's palms at the near post but in the end Arsenal held on and kept top spot in the Premier League table over their opponents by a single point.



Predicted: Wolves 2-2 Chelsea 

Result: Wolves 2-1 Chelsea 

Lemina, Doherty - Nkunku

Chelsea had an attacking trio of Broja, Jackson, and Sterling, but while they caused plenty of problems the goals never arrived. Broja put an effort over, Jackson mis-controlled when he should have scored, and Sterling hit the ball at Sa when through on goal. Lemina had a shot blocked for Wolves while Hwang wasted a shot when played in by Sarabia. The sides went in level at the break and Thiago Silva almost gifted a goal early in the second half and in the 51st minute Lemina made the breakthrough as he headed in Sarabia's corner. Hwang and Lemina forced saves as Wolves looked to assert control on the game. Jackson found space but could not score and Nkunku forced a clearance from Toti after coming on. Sterling injured himself while shooting as Wolves began to defend deeper and deeper. Badiashile's weak clearance in the third minute of injury time allowed Doherty to score after Chelsea had thrown wasteful attacks throughout the encounter. In the sixth minute of injury time Nkunku got his goal by heading in from a Sterling cross. The result makes it four defeats in a row for Chelsea on the road.




Table After Match Day 18

A look at the top half of the table and Arsenal sit top of the tree for Christmas closely followed by Liverpool in second. Villa are third on goal difference with Spurs in fourth and City in fifth. West Ham moved up to sixth with Newcastle in seventh and Manchester Untied dropping down to eight. Brighton sit in ninth place while Chelsea make up the top half.



As for the bottom half, Sheffield United stay bottom of the table with Burnley in nineteenth and Luton making up the relegation places. They sit two points off Forest, with Everton and Palace above them. Brentford are a point ahead with Fulham, Bournemouth, and Wolves making up the bottom half with a total of 4 points between those four sides.




Top Goal scorers After Match Day 18

1 — E. Haaland — Manchester City — 14 Goals
2 — M. Salah — Liverpool — 12 Goals
3— J. Bowen — West Ham United — 11 Goals
4 — Son — Tottenham Hotspur — 11 Goals
5 — D. Solanke — Bournemouth — 11 Goals
6 — O. Watkins — Aston Villa — 9 Goals

+ 1 players on 8 Goals




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 over the weekend.

Peace. CryptoGod-1.


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