Premier League 2023/24 Match Week 19 Review

Premier League 2023/24 Match Week 19 Review

By cryptogod-1 | CryptoGod-1 : Sports | 29 Dec 2023

Good day everyone,

I hope you are all well and had an excellent festive period so far, welcome to CryptoGod-1’s blog on all things sports. This round of games saw Nuno get his first win as Forest manager, the Cherries fine form continue, a big win for Luton in the relegation battle, Ten Hags side roar back at home, a massive win for Wolves, while Moyes got another big result at the home of a Top Six club.


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



Week Predictions & Final Results

So in terms of the predicted scores, I got 1/10 correct scores this weekend. In terms of match-winner/loser, I only managed to predict 3/10 correctly this weekend.


Predicted: Newcastle 2-0 Nottingham Forest

Result: Newcastle 1-3 Nottingham Forest

Isak - Wood x3

A familiar face was the downfall of Newcastle in this Boxing Day clash, as former attacker Wood put three past the club he only managed a single goal for over 12 months. Nuno’s first game in charge saw changes and the match was cagey and disjointed for the opening half an hour. Within that period Newcastle had taken the lead in the 23rd minute when Isak converted the penalty he won from Aina’s clumsy tackle. Elanga and Hudson-Odoi were having joy on the counter and Elanga was wasteful when he could have teed Wood up for the leveller. That arrived in the first minute of stoppage time when Elanga did set up Wood to tap in following Gibbs-White's run. Forest continued in the same vein after the break and in the 53rd minute were ahead when Wood dinked a finish over Dubravka after Elanga and Gibbs-White had wasted chances. Wood had his hat-trick on the hour mark after beating the Newcastle offside trap and slotting into the empty net after rounding Dubravka. Niakhate’s goal-line block kept the lead intact while Guimaraes and Wilson also had penalty claims saved. It was a massive win for Forest who put some daylight between themselves and the relegation places, while Newcastle fell further adrift of the Champions League places.



Predicted: Bournemouth 3-1 Fulham

Result: Bournemouth 3-0 Fulham

Kluivert, Solanke, Sinisterra

The Cherries had not played at the Vitality Stadium since Luton's Lockyer collapsed on the pitch on December 16th, and the home side started on the front foot. Solanke had an early effort blocked by Adarabioyo while Kluivert was thwarted by a tackle from Tosin. In an back-and-forth game it was in the 44th minute when Kluivert opened the scoring after an excellent run from Scott. Fulham had more purpose after the break and Robinson tested Neto early doors. However in the 62nd minute Bournemouth had a penalty after Palhinha sent Semenyo tumbling inside the area. Up stepped Solanke to score his sides second by sending Leno the wrong way. Muniz was wasteful with a volley when he could have reduced the deficit, while the tempers flared after Leno appeared to push a ball boy. Sinisterra's cross just evaded Brooks for what would have been a goal, but in the third minute of injury time Sinisterra got his goal when his effort curled past Leno. That was the Cherries first ever Premier League win on a Boxing Day, and it was done with manager Iraola in the stands serving his suspension. Fulham have now lost four away league games in a row while conceding 3+ goals in each game for the first time since March 1969.



Predicted: Sheffield United 1-1 Luton

Result: Sheffield United 2-3 Luton

McBurnie, Ahmedhodzic - Doughty, Robinson OG, Ben Slimane OG

Luton began with their tails up following their home win over Newcastle over the weekend and put their relegation rivals under plenty of pressure. Doughty beat Hamer in the 20th minute before squeezing his shot through the legs of Foderingham to open the scoring for Luton. Kaminski had to save a Hamer free around the half hour mark as Sheffield United began to take charge. They should have scored but wasted the chance when Brooks had an effort blocked and Trusty his the bar with a header. The second half saw them get their reward in the 61st minute when McAtee powered into the box and got through Lokonga's challenge to squeeze the ball into McBurnie for the equaliser. Luton's defence crumbled in the 69th minute when Ahmedhodzic was on hand to score following efforts from McAtee and Lowe. Luton came right back to life and in the 77th minute were level when Robinson steered the ball past his own keeper from a Doughty cross. Four minutes later Luton stole the points as a throw-in in found Morris who crossed into the area for Slimane to slice the ball into his own net. Sheffield United were unlucky and conceded two own goals in a Premier League game for the very first time. The Blades are also the first side since Barnsley in 1997-98 to concede 47+ goals in their opening 19 Premier League games of a season.



Predicted: Burnley 0-2 Liverpool

Result: Burnley 0-2 Liverpool

Nunez, Jota

Liverpool began with Nunez upfront and he repaid the faith in the sixth minute with his first goal in thirteen games with a lovely effort from the edge of the area. That set the tempo for the first half, with Liverpool dominating but failing to find the crucial second goal. The Reds forced eight saves from Trafford throughout the opening period, with a lovely Salah effort forcing a fingertip save. Gakpo had the ball in the net from the rebound but it was ruled out for a Nunez foul on Taylor. Elliot had a goal ruled out for offside after a lovely combination with Gravenberch, and Burnley grew into the game in the second half. Gudmundsson wasted their best chance when he headed over at the far post, while Larsen was wasteful when Endo passed straight to him 30 yards from goal. Liverpool looked dangerous again in the final period of the game and the returning Jota marked the win with a goal in the 90th minute. The result means Liverpool have won all six of their Boxing Day fixtures under Klopp. Burnley meanwhile became the first Premier League side in history to lose nine of their opening ten home league games.


Predicted: Manchester United 1-2 Aston Villa

Result: Manchester United 3-2 Aston Villa 

Garnacho x2, Höjlund - McGinn, Dendoncker

During the first half Aston Villa showed exactly why Emery has made them one of the strongest teams in the league this season. They played with confidence and found their way through United's shape. The opener came when McGinn sent in a free-kick from the far right which bounced past Onana into the net in the 21st minute. Bailey had been in the keepers ear moments before to put him off. Dendoncker got the second on 26 minutes when lack defending at a corner allowed him to volley in unmarked. United were having luck running in behind, but Villa played a very tight offside line. The fans booed the home players off at the break and they emerged for the second half with more purpose. Rashford broke the offside trap and fed Garnacho to round Martinez and score, but it was ruled off for Garnacho being offside. Soon after United had a goal back when in the 59th minute a poor pass by Diego Carlos were pounced on by Rashford, who fed Garnacho to score. Garnacho fired another effort wide but got his second in the 71st minute when he cut inside on his left foot to beat Martinez. With their tails up, United went on to win the game in the 82nd minute when Höjlund scored with an instinctive volley from a corner. The result ended a run for United of three successive Premier League games without a win or a goal. This was the first time all season Villa dropped points from a winning position, becoming the last side in the Premier League to do so.



Predicted: Brentford 3-2 Wolves

Result: Brentford 1-4 Wolves

Wissa - Lemina, Hwang x2, Bellegarde

The Bees started bright here, creating the early chances with their runs as Wissa was denied a tap-in by Toni Gomes and Janelt was blocked by Cunha. Wolves managed to score from their first real chance in the 13th minute as Sarabia crossed in for Lemina to score after a corner was cleared. A minute later it was two as Hwang pounced on Collins' short back pass to Flekken before rounding the keeper and scoring. Brentford did get one back in the 16th minute when Wissa fired past Sa after Maupay's deft flick to set him free. Janelt should have made the score level a moment later but his back post header was saved. In the 28th minute Wolves got their third as Hwang flicked the ball over Pinnock before finishing. Collins managed to head over from close range and in the second half Brentford missed more good chances through both Lewis-Potter and Damsgaard. Cunha hit the post for Wolves as they looked for a fourth, and it finally arrived in the 79th minute when Collins gifted the ball to Cunha, and he in turn rolled the ball back for Bellegarde to score. Bellegarde forced another save late on but Wolves held on to make it back-to-back Premier League wins.



Predicted: Chelsea 1-1 Crystal Palace

Result: Chelsea 2-1 Crystal Palace

Mudryk, Madueke - Olise

Pochettino got a badly needed win here as they struggled to create for much of this match. Nkunku made his first start for the club following his goal at Molineux off the bench last time out, and was involved in the opener in the 13th minute. Nkunku got away from Clyne before playing the ball across the pitch to Malo Gusto, who in turn crossed for Mudryk to score his third Premier League goal. The goal was against the run of play but Chelsea should have doubled their lead when Jackson outmuscled Andersen to find Nkunku but he could not finish. A soft equaliser was conceded in the first minute of first half stoppage time after Ayew found Olise unmarked at the far post. Mateta had an effort saved after the break as Petrovic was continually tested in the Chelsea goal. Chelsea looked stiffled by their own changes as they struggled to create for large parts of the second half. Finally in the 89th minute they found the winner when Madueke won a penalty after Eze dangled a leg in the box. Up stepped Madueke to score and give Pochettino's side a badly needs Christmas present of three points. As for Palace, the days of Roy Hodgson may be nearing an end as the fans will be looking at the available Steve Cooper to fill the managers seat.



Predicted: Everton 2-2 Manchester City

Result: Everton 1-3 Manchester City

Harrison - Foden, Alvarez, Silva

A huge win for Pep's side as they returned to domestic action for the first time since their victory in the FIFA Club World Cup. Although Haaland was missing once again, City tested Pickford plenty during the opening period. City couldn't find a way past the England international and were made to pay in the 29th minute when Rodri lost the ball on the edge of his own area. McNeil then crossed for Harrison to knock in the opener against the run of play. Ederson had to stop Harrison getting a second as Everton had more of the ball, but after the break City took control. Foden scored in the 53rd minute with a lovely low driving effort while in the 63rd minute Alvarez scored from the penalty spot after Onana had handballed Ake's cross. Everton failed to have a shot on target and in the 86th minute Silva got his goal when he lobbed Pickford following a poor clearance from the keeper. The result was Everton's sixth home defeat of the season so far. City meanwhile closed the gap on the top of the table and have a game in hand over their title rivals.



Predicted: Brighton 1-1 Tottenham

Result: Brighton 4-2 Tottenham

Hinshelwood, Pedro x2, Estupinan - Véliz, Davies 

Postecoglou’s side had won their previous three going into this one while Brighton started brightly and tested Vicario twice from Welbeck. The Seagulls took the lead in the 11th minute after a mazy run by Pedro led to Hinshelwood firing the ball into the roof of the goal. Pedro then scored from the spot in the 23rd minute after Kulusevski dragged Welbeck to the ground. Vicario stopped a Pedro chip and Milner hit the post as Spurs were lucky to only concede twice before the break. In the second half Richarlison and Destiny Udogie wasted good chances and the Brazilian had a goal ruled out for offside. Estupinan came on as a substitute and in the 63rd minute struck a perfect long range effort into the top corner. It was four in the 75th minute when Pedro once again scored from the spot, this time following a Lo Celso foul on Ferguson. Spurs pulled one back in the 81st minute when Dunk lost the ball to Kulusevski and he played in Véliz to score. Davies then headed in at the back post in the 85th minute but it was too late for a comeback. De Zerbi's side got their first win in three games to spark life into their chances of getting into Europe next season.



Predicted: Arsenal 2-3 West Ham

Result: Arsenal 0-2 West Ham

Soucek, Mavropanos

Arsenal missed the chance to go back top of the table in their home loss to West Ham, but both sides started well in this one. Ward-Prowse shot over and Saka fired straight at Areola but West Ham opened the scoring in the 13th minute in controversial fashion. An Emerson cross was left by Gabriel and Zinchenko but Bowen crossed it back in for Soucek to score and VAR could not determine the ball had gone out so the goal stood. Saka had an effort saved as Arsenal looked for a way back, while Martinelli shot wide and Saka then hit the post. Paqueta had to go off injured and Arsenal came out with intent as Rice fired over against his former side. In the 55th minute Mavropanos got away from Gabriel to head in from a Ward-Prowse corner. Nelson and Nketiah came on and also produced a goal but Jesus could not apply the finish. The Brazilian then wasted after being set up by White. Rice gave away a penalty in injury time buy Raya managed to save from Benrahma but West Ham took the three points. Questions will be asked over Arteta's squad depth and what business lies ahead. West Ham meanwhile pushed themselves right into the continental places with this win.




Table After Match Day 19

A look at the top half of the table and Liverpool lead the way at the halfway point of the season. Arsenal are two point behind in second, with Villa a point behind in third. Manchester City sit in fourth, with Spurs in fifth. West Ham moved up to sixth, with Manchester United in seventh. Brighton sit in eight, with Newcastle ninth and Chelsea making up the top half.


As for the bottom half, Sheffield United remain on the bottom with 9 points, while Burnley sit on 11. Luton have moved up to eighteenth with 15 points, with Everton a point ahead in seventeenth. Forest, Palace, and Brentford all sit within four points of the relegation places, while Fulham are two points ahead. Bournemouth and Wolves sit level on points with tenth placed Chelsea.





Top Goal scorers After Match Day 19

1 — E. Haaland — Manchester City — 14 Goals
2 — M. Salah — Liverpool — 12 Goals
3— D. Solanke — Bournemouth — 12 Goals
4 — Son — Tottenham Hotspur — 11 Goals
5 — J. Bowen — West Ham United — 11 Goals
6 — Hwang — Wolves  — 10 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 festive week.

Peace. CryptoGod-1.


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