Premier League 2023/24 Match Week 2 Review

Premier League 2023/24 Match Week 2 Review

By cryptogod-1 | CryptoGod-1 : Sports | 22 Aug 2023

Good day everyone,

I hope you are all well and had an excellent weekend while enjoying the recent round of Premier League matches, welcome to CryptoGod-1’s blog on all things sports. This weekend saw Forest pick up their first win, Everton woes continue, Liverpool get past Bournemouth, United fail away to Spurs, while City overcame Newcastle.

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 week with many predications just one goal off. In terms of match-winner/loser, I had an strong weekend where I managed to predict 8/9 correctly in this round of games.


Predicted: Nottingham Forest 3-1 Sheffield United

Result: Nottingham Forest 2-1 Sheffield United

Awoniyi, Wood - Hamer

A fast start for Forest saw Awoniyi score his eight goal in six league games when Aurier delivered a delicious cross for the forward to head in on 3 minutes. Awoniyi equalled Stan Collymore's record for the club in the Premier League with his goal, but Forest struggled to find a second. They keep going but could not find that second goal and the tempo began to drop. Sheffield only had one shot in the first half, via Souza's curled effort, but they were growing into the match. United came out strong and three minutes into the second half they were level when Hamer angled his shot into the far corner of the goal after the ball came out to him from a corner. Sheffield United began to dominate, but Forest played on the counter and Awoniyi had a goal ruled out for offside. With time ticking on Traore wasted a great chance to steal the points for the away side, but in the end it was Chris Wood who stole the show. He was on hand in the 89th minute to head in from another Aurier cross and get all three points for Forest to kick start their season. As for Sheffield United, Heckingbottom's team will be disappointed and know two games in and they have already faced some of their easier opponents with nothing to show for it. A long, long season ahead for the club.


Predicted: Fulham 1-2 Brentford

Result: Fulham 0-3 Brentford

Wissa, Mbeumo x2

No Toney? No problem for Brentford as once again Wissa and Mbeumo turned up with the goals. It was a tough first half as neither side could find their cutting edge, that was until a Diop mistake allowed Brentford to find the opener on 44 minutes. Moments earlier Robinson cleared a Wissa effort off the line, but Wissa was alive to Diop's attempted back pass and pounced to round Leno and score.  Decordova-Reid saw an effort come back off the bar just after the break as Fulham looked to draw level, and Jensen's volley forced Leno into a save. A controversial moment arrived in the 64th minute as Wissa missed his kick and went to ground from Ream, who got his second yellow card. Mbeumo stepped up to the spot and scored, with Brentford in control from there. In the second minute of stoppage time Mbeumo got his second as Ajer crossed and he applied a simple tap in. All in all it is another positive result for Brentford as Frank has they playing with confidence and style, ensuring the absence of Toney is not felt. Fulham meanwhile will know they have a lot to do if they are to ensure second season syndrome does not impact them.


Predicted: Liverpool 4-1 Bournemouth

Result: Liverpool 3-1 Bournemouth

Diaz, Salah, Jota - Semenyo

An awful start for Liverpool saw Bournemouth have a goal ruled out early on, but on 3 minutes Alexander-Arnold lost the ball in midfield and the Cherries pounced. Solanke broke into the box and although he was tacked, the ball fell for Semenyo to smash it into the bottom corner. Soon after Van Dijk hit the bar with a header from a corner, but Bournemouth were full of confidence and countering in Iraola's new system. Alisson was then booked for a foul on Anthony after losing the ball when coming out of his own box. A cross from the right saw Jota go down in the area after a shirt pull by Solanke, but the ref waved play on. Liverpool did get back into the game on 27 minutes when Diaz recieved the ball in the box and flicked it up before firing home. On 36 minutes Liverpool took the lead when Szoboszlai made a nice run before being tackled just inside the area and winning a penalty on 36 minutes. Salah saw his spot kick saved but he scored the rebound. Liverpool were on top with Bournemouth looking dangerous on the counter, but on 58 minutes Mac Allister got a controversial red card for a high boot on Christie. Liverpool did not let it impact them, as on 62 minutes Jota tapped the ball in after Szoboszlai's effort from range was clumsily spilled by Neto. Endo got his debut and Liverpool looked comfortable, although Kluivert and Hamed Traore did test Alisson before the final whistle. Salah became Liverpool's fifth all-time top-goalscorer with 187 goals, overtaking Steven Gerrard, as Liverpool got their first win of the season. Bournemouth put in a good effort and considering they conceded 9 here last season, it was a vast improvement.


Predicted: Wolves 1-3 Brighton

Result: Wolves 1-4 Brighton

Hwang - Mitoma, Estupinan, March x2

Brighton moved top of the league on Saturday with this win, as they ran riot in the Midlands sunshine. It took 15 minutes for Mitoma to get the first, as he scored a goal-of-the-season contender by dancing past two defenders before drifting into the box and side-footing into the goal. Wolves did have their moments, and could have been level at the break but once again their finishing let them down. In the second half Brighton made them pay, as straight from the kickoff in the second half Welbeck forced a save from Sa and Estupinan doubled the visitors' lead with a simple tap in. Two quick counters produced the next goals, with the first on 51 minutes. March was on hand to finish off from an Enciso ball, and the move was repeated on 55 minutes for March to get his second and Brighton's fourth. Wolves did get a goal back through Hwang when his far-post header looped in, but it was too little, too late. Nunes made things worse in injury time when he got sent off after tempers flared on the byline. Brighton continue their excellent form under De Zerbi and the record sale of Caicedo has not impact the side at all. Wolves meanwhile need to click under O'Neil soon as once again their lack of goals is causing plenty of issues for the side.


Predicted: Tottenham 2-1 Manchester United

Result: Tottenham 2-0 Manchester United

Sarr, Martinez OG

The first home game for Postecoglou began with a vibrant atmosphere as the fans showed their excitement prior to kick off. It was United who started stronger, with Vicario stopping Rashford in a one-on-one, before Rashford header over from a Bruno cross. Romero was lucky not to give away a penalty for a handball in the box from a Garnacho shot on 27 minutes, and ten minutes later a free Bruno managed to skew a header wide when it looked easier to score. Spurs grew into the game at the end of the half, with Porro hitting the crossbar and Sarr's cross-shot deflected off Shaw against the post. Spurs continued on top in the second half, and on 49 minutes Sarr put them ahead. Kulusevski's cross came off Martinez and landed for Sarr to fire into the roof of the net. Antony then hit the frame for United as they looked to get level, and Bissouma was denied by Onana. Spurs wanted penalties for Martinez challenges on Romero and Maddison, but never got them. On 83 minutes Spurs got their reward as Davies' shot was deflected by Martinez and trickled into the goal. The home fans were clearly loving the new style under Postecoglou as their side ran rampant. Untied meanwhile once again lost away from home to a top half side and looked stale in midfield, with more questions being asked over their ability to challenge the bigger sides.


Predicted: Manchester City 3-1 Newcastle

Result: Manchester City 1-0 Newcastle


Newcastle were looking for their first league win over Manchester City in 23 years, but it was not to be. Guardiola's side came into this game off the back of winning the UEFA Super Cup against Sevilla during the week, and while they were not at their best, they were professional. Álvarez and Foden upfront caused plenty of problems, and their first real chance came when Akanji curled a long-range attempt over. Haaland then failed to meet an Álvarez cross, but Foden and Álvarez changed that on 31 minutes. The Englishman, filling the void left by De Bruyne, found space before playing a reverse pass for Álvarez to score. Foden set up Haaland soon after but the striker shot wide. Newcastle struggled to find a way into the game, and only managed one shot on target, which was from Barnes. City could not find a way to kill off the game and while it remained a contest until the end, they were comfortable and Pep decided against making any substitutes in the game. Howe claimed afterwards that City are an elite team. Álvarez has now been involved in  20 goals in his 26 starts across all competitions for Manchester City, with 15 goals and 5 assists.


Predicted: Aston Villa 3-0 Everton

Result: Aston Villa 4-0 Everton

McGinn, Douglas Luiz, Bailey, Duran

Villa were dismantled by Newcastle last weekend, but Emery showed his sides capabilities here against a lacklustre Everton side. Both sides started brightly, but it was Villa who settled first. They opened the scoring on 18 minutes when Diaby set Bailey into the area and his pull back was finished by McGinn. Watkins soon had an effort cleared off the line by Patterson but Villa got a penalty as Pickford clattered into the striker. Up stepped Douglas Luiz on 24 minutes to double the lead. Calvert-Lewin had to go off after he couldn't shake off a collision with Martinez, with Danjuma his replacement. He tested Martinez in first-half injury time, but that was as good as it got for the Toffees. In the second half Villa got their third on 51 minutes when Keane failed to clear a throw in, allowing Bailey to steal in and score. Everton were the creators of their own demise when on 75 minutes Young threw the ball straight to Duran from a throw in, and with the 19-year-old on the field less than a minute, he scored with ease. Everton suffered their biggest ever home loss under Dyche, putting them bottom of the table after two games and piling on the pressure. Villa meanwhile showed their capabilities and that the result against Newcastle will not be the norm under Emery this season.


Predicted: West Ham 2-2 Chelsea

Result: West Ham 3-1 Chelsea

Aguerd, Antonio, Paqueta - Chukwuemeka

Ten men West Ham were up against it here as Pochettino gave £115m signing Caicedo his debut from the bench, however its the same old story for Chelsea. West Ham got a rousing reception as they played their first home game since winning the Europa Conference League, and on 7 minutes debutant Ward-Prowse's corner landed on Agured's head for the defender to score. Chelsea were level on 28 minutes when Chukwuemeka cut inside from the left and curled home. Sterling won a penalty before the break but Enzo save his effort saved by Areola, and Chukwuemeka was forced off with a knee injury. Many expected Chelsea to push on in the second half but it was West Ham who once again took the lead on 53 minutes when Antonio thumped home from a Ward-Prowse ball. Caicedo came on and soon after Aguerd got his second yellow on 67 minutes after taking down Jackson, but Chelsea failed to make the most of their additional man. Instead it was West Ham who won a penalty in the fifth minute of injury time when Caicedo brought down Emerson. Up stepped Paqueta to give the home fans a delightful victory while leaving Chelsea scratching their heads with plenty of work to do.


Predicted: Crystal Palace 1-3 Arsenal

Result: Crystal Palace 0-1 Arsenal


It was a slow start once again for Arsenal here, with Eze seeing a shot saved and Doucoure putting a rebound wide with Palace threatening. Arsenal had their moments, with Nketiah hitting the woodwork after being set through by Saka. Rice found him soon after but the stand in forward scooped his next effort over. Ayew was denied by Saliba as Palace continued to attack but Arsenal came into the fixture towards the end of the half as Ødegaard forced Johnstone into a save. Martinelli put an effort wide as Arsenal racked up the shots, and nine minutes into the second half as Martinelli found Nketiah who was taken out and Ødegaard stepped up to convert the penalty. Eze then put a free-kick over as Palace tried to find a way back into the game, and Tomiyasu got his second yellow on 67 minutes to make things tense for Arsenal. Eze had a claim for a penalty from a challenge by Partey turned down as Palace looked for a way back into it, while Mitchell wasted a great opportunity at the death to grab his side a point. Arsenal have had a low and stuttering start to the season but have managed to win both their games and will look to get their fast flowing football back on track. As for Palace, Hodgson will know they had a tough test here and will have better days ahead.



Table After Match Day 2

A look at the top half of the table and Brighton lead the way on goal difference. De Zerbi's side are followed by Manchester City and Arsenal as the unbeaten sides. Brentford, Liverpool, Tottenham, and West Ham all have 4 points and sit in the European places. Newcastle, Villa, and Forest make up the top half on 3 points each.


As for the bottom half, Everton, Wolves, Burnley Luton and Sheffield United make up the bottom five, each with no points on the board so far. Above them in 15th is Chelsea on one point, with Bournemouth a place ahead. Fulham, Manchester United, and Crystal Palace each have 3 points and make up the rest of the bottom half.




Top Goal scorers After Match Day 2

1 — B. Mbuemo — Brentford — 3 Goals
2 — S. March — Brighton — 3 Goals
3 — A. Isak — Newcastle — 2 Goals
4 — E. Haaland — Manchester City — 2 Goals
5 — T. Awoniyi — Nottingham Forest — 2 Goals
6 — L. Diaz — Liverpool — 2 Goals
7 — Y. Wissa — Brentford — 2 Goals

+ 38 players on 1 goal


Check out my 2023/24 Season Preview and 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.


Have a great day.

Peace. CryptoGod-1.


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