Premier League 2023/24 Match Week 23 Review

Premier League 2023/24 Match Week 23 Review

By cryptogod-1 | CryptoGod-1 : Sports | 6 Feb 2024

Good day everyone,

I hope you are all well and had an excellent weekend, welcome to CryptoGod-1’s blog on all things sports.  This round of games saw thrilling draws in the games between Everton vs Spurs and Newcastle vs Luton, a big win for Brighton, Aston Villa thrashed Sheffield United, United beat West Ham while Arsenal overcame Liverpool in their title clash.

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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 managed to predict 4/10 correctly this weekend.



Predicted: Everton 0-2 Tottenham

Result: Everton 2-2 Tottenham

Harrison, Branthwaite - Richarlison x2

Richarlison stole the show early on against his former side as he opened the scoring in the 4th minute with a volley after Destiny Udogie's clever run. Everton were stunned but worked hard to try get level and consistently put crosses into the box. Vicario was found wanting in the 30th minute when a corner came in and Tarkowski headed the ball back into the centre of the box. Calvert-Lewin headed it towards goal and the ball went in off Harrison. Spurs managed to retake the lead in the 41st minute when Maddison played the ball to Richarlison and the Brazilian curled the ball into the far corner from the edge of the area. Everton were less impressive in the second half as Pickford was the busier of the two keepers. Porro and Maddison both tested the England keeper while at the other end Chermiti wasted a good chance to draw his side level. In the 4th minute of second half stoppage time Branthwaite headed in at the back post from a left-wing free-kick to give Everton a vital point. Spurs will be disappointed to drop points on the road as they opened the door for Villa to push them once again for the Champions League places, while the point gained for Everton could be crucial in their battle against relegation.



Predicted: Brighton 2-1 Crystal Palace

Result: Brighton 4-1 Crystal Palace

Dunk, Hinshelwood, Buonanotte, Pedro - Mateta

A huge win for Brighton as they started on the front foot and took the lead within 3 minutes when Dunk headed in from a Gross corner. New Palace signings Munoz and Wharton had debuts to forget as Brighton dominated proceedings, and in the 33rd minute Hinshelwood doubled the Seagulls lead with a header at the far post after Lamptey had beaten Munoz and crossed. A minute later it was three when Buonanotte curled home an effort from the edge of the area are Wharton had lost the ball. Guehi was forced off with injury for Palace and although Hodgson brought on star man Olise, ten minutes later he had to be subbed off with a hamstring injury. Brighton were less dominant in the second half and Mateta guided Andersen's cross into the net in the 72nd minute to give the away support a glimmer of hope. However in the 84th minute Pedro played a lovely one-two with Welbeck before finding the bottom corner. The boos and frustration from the Palace fans returned in force and although they were the biggest spenders in the January transfer window, the signs are not good. Brighton meanwhile go themselves back on track to secure a vital win as they look to push back into the European places.



Predicted: Burnley 1-0 Fulham

Result: Burnley 2-2 Fulham

Fofana x2 - Palhinha, Muniz

Burnley managed to extend their unbeaten home record against Fulham here, which stretches all the way back to 1951. It was Fulham who made the brighter start though, when Palhinha scored with a header at the near post in the 17th minute from a Pereira corner. Burnley did look bright in parts, but in the 21st minute they found themselves two down when Robinson's hopeful ball forward beat the offside trap and found Muniz who lobbed Trafford in the Burnley goal. Odobert had a close attempt at the far post but that was as good as it got in the first half for the home side. After the break Trafford denied Willian, along with a double save from Tosin Adarabioyo and an effort from Muniz. The momentum was with Fulham but a Burnley counter-attack from a Fulham corner in the 71st minute was scored by Fofana after Leno misjudged Assignon's cross. Fulham were still in full control and looked set to see out a 2-1 victory but in the first minute of stoppage time Odobert got past Castagne before sending in a low cross for Fofana to get his second and secure Burnley a huge point in their relegation battle. It was a dream home debut for the 21-year-old but Marco Silva will be extremely disappointed in his side letting a two goal lead slip.



Predicted: Newcastle 1-0 Luton

Result: Newcastle 4-4 Luton

Longstaff x2, Trippier, Barnes - Osho, Barkley, Morris, Adebayo

A cracker of a game ensued at St. James Park as the goals flew in throughout this clash. Longstaff opened the scoring in the 7th minute when Miley played a lovely diagonal pass to Trippier, who cut the ball back for his teammate to score. Ogbene caused problems with his skill and pace at the other end and it was from a set piece that Luton got themselves level in the 21st minute. Barkley crossed the ball in for Morris to head down and Osho was on hand to score. Two minutes later Newcastle were back in the lead when Longstaff scored after Kaminski palmed Gordon's effort into his path following a counter-attack. Gordon had another chance blocked but Newcastle could not hold onto the lead by half-time as in the 41st minute Barkley played the ball into Doughty, who saw his shot/cross parried by Dubravka and the follow up was finished by Barkley. Newcastle started bright in the second half but Luton were playing direct and Ogbene got the better of Burn to win a penalty in the 59th minute. Morris scored after being forced to retake the spot kick to give Luton the lead, and three minutes later Luton were two goals ahead. Barkley teed up Adebayo to score as the Hatters fans were in dreamland, but they were brought crashing back to earth soon after. Guimaraes played a beautiful outside of the boot pass to Trippier in the 67th minute for the full back to score and reduce the deficit to one, and in the 74th minute Newcastle were level. Barnes scored a beauty into the bottom corner from the edge of the area to mark his return from injury. Ogbene saw a chance saved deep into stoppage time after being released by Barkley as Luton looked to steal the points, but in the end a draw was a deserved result.



Predicted: Sheffield United 1-3 Aston Villa

Result: Sheffield United 0-5 Aston Villa

McGinn, Watkins, Bailey, Tielemans, Moreno

Villa managed their biggest Premier League away win since beating Derby County 6-0 at Pride Park in 2008. In the 12th minute Luiz released Watkins to chip Foderingham but his effort hit the post and came back out for McGinn to score. Four minutes later Villa doubled their lead when Watkins got onto Luiz's stunning outside-of-the-boot pass and finishing past Foderingham. Villa didn't take their foot off the gas, instead getting their third in the 20th minute when Watkins found Bailey, who drove into the box before curling an effort into the goal. The Blades were stunned and offered little in return, with Tielemans getting their fourth in the 30th minute as his effort went in off the woodwork. Villa began the second half in similar fashion and in the 47th minute Moreno made it five when Watkins crossed for him to volley home. Sheffield United did manage to grow into the tie as the game went on and in the 91st minute had the ball in the net, however Souza's effort was ruled out for offside by VAR. Villa kept their clean sheet and moved back into the top four, while Sheffield United look set for the Championship next season as they remain bottom of the table and struggling to find ways of gathering points.



Predicted: Bournemouth 2-2 Nottingham Forest

Result: Bournemouth 1-1 Nottingham Forest

Kluivert - Hudson-Odoi

The Cherries raced into an early lead here when Cook's corner was met by Sinisterra and ended up at the back post for Kluivert to score in the 5th minute. Yates had tow efforts saved by Neto as Forest looked for a way back into the tie, but for the majority of the first half there was a lack of quality in efforts. Hudson-Odoi won a 50/50 against Christie in the first minute of stoppage time before curling an effort into the back of the net. In the second half Forest came out with a renewed effort but their initial effort soon reverted back to their original gameplan as the match became open once again. Billing caught Hudson-Odoi with a bad challenge in the 84th minute to get a straight red card and from there the game played out as expected to end in a draw. The results has Forest sitting right in the mix of the relegation battle, while Bournemouth are still aiming to break into the top half of the table.



Predicted: Chelsea 1-1 Wolves

Result: Chelsea 2-4 Wolves

Palmer, Thiago Silva - Cunha x3, Disasi OG

Wolves moved above Chelsea into the top half with an impressive win at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea had been strong at home of late, with four home wins in a row in the league, but early on they allowed Wolves chances on goal. In the 19th however Caicedo threaded Palmer in on goal and he gave them the lead. It did not last long, as in the 22nd minute Neto got past Caicedo to play in Cunha to score an immediate equaliser with a slight deflection off Thiago Silva. Wolves defended strongly as Chelsea looked to breach them again, but in the 43rd minute Wolves took the lead. Neto found space behind Chilwell and crossed for Gomes, whose shot went in off Disasi. Wolves came out and dominated in the second half, almost scoring within 30 seconds before Neto found his way through the Chelsea defence in the 63rd minute to set up Cunha for his second. Gusto gave away a penalty in the 82nd minute for a foul on Cunha, which the attacker stepped up to bury. By that point plenty of the home crowd were making their displeasure known, and although Thiago scored a late consolation from a corner in the 86th minute, all is not well at Chelsea as they dropped back down into the bottom half of the table. O'Neil meanwhile was delighted with his sides performance and they fully deserved the three points.



Predicted: Manchester United 2-2 West Ham

Result: Manchester United 3-0 West Ham

Höjlund, Garnacho x2

Ten Hag stated before this game about his side building momentum and he got a great response from his players. On the weekend of the anniversary of the Munich Air Disaster it was West Ham who started brighter, testing Onana early on from a Soucek header. It was United who showed the clinical edge with Höjlund opening the scoring in the 23rd minute after Casemiro had won a loose ball. West Ham did have the better chances in the opening 45 and Emerson wasted their big chance in the second half when he won the ball of Maguire but fired over. United made them pay immediately as in the 49th minute Garnacho saw his left footed effort deflect off Aguerd and go past Fabianski into the goal. Bowen got in behind Maguire as West Ham looked to strike back but Dalot made a crucial tackle, while Martinez ended up going off injured. Phillips came on for West Ham, and just like in his last game, cost his side a goal in the 84th minute when McTominay nicked the ball off him in midfield and set up Garnacho for his second. It was a dominate performance from United and they will hope with key players back from injury they can start moving up the table. As for West Ham it was a disappointing result but they are still very much in contention for a European place this season if they can grind out results between now and the end of the season.



Predicted: Arsenal 2-3 Liverpool

Result: Arsenal 3-1 Liverpool

Saka, Martinelli, Trossard - Gabriel OG

Liverpool suffered only their second league defeat of the season, with both loses coming in North London after their defeat against Tottenham earlier in the season. Liverpool had the first chance when Jota just couldn't control the ball when through on goal, but it was Arsenal who dominated from their with their quick pressing pinning Liverpool in. Martinelli saw his cross headed wide by Saka but in the 14th minute the Englishman got his goal. Odegaard's pass put Havertz through on goal and although Alisson saved, Saka buried the rebound. Van Dijk had to block from Odegaard soon after as Arsenal continued to dominate, Gabriel had a low effort saved and Martinelli had an effort blocked by Konate as Liverpool failed to have a shot on target in the opening half. However, in the third minute of stoppage time Saliba failed to clear a ball in the area and Diaz saw his effort go in off of Gabriel. Liverpool came out in force in the second half, with Mac Allister and Jones going close, but Arsenal regained the lead in the 67th minute when a mix up between Van Dijk and Alisson allowed Martinelli to score into an empty net. Nunez fired over for Liverpool and Kiwior saw an unmarked header go straight at Alisson. Things got worse for Liverpool as Konate got a second yellow for a foul on Havertz, allowing Arsenal an extra man advantage. Trossard wrapped up the game in the second minute of second half stoppage time when he raced into the box and his effort went in through Alisson's legs. It was a huge result for Arsenal who closed the gap on the league leaders, while Liverpool will need to regroup to ensure their title bid does not fall short in Klopp's final season in charge.



Predicted: Brentford 1-3 Manchester City

Result: Brentford 1-3 Manchester City

Maupay - Foden x3

City closed the gap on leader Liverpool to just two points, while having a game in hand, after their comeback win at the Gtech Community Stadium. Brentford look bright from the off and from their very first chance they took the lead. Flekken's long goal-kick reached Maupay in the 21st minute after Toney had held off Ake but never touched the ball, and the Frenchman slotted past Ederson. Flekken saved twice from Alvarez and produced a sprawling save to deny Haaland as Brentford looked inspired. However in the third minute of first half stoppage time a weak Pinnock header landed for Foden and the Englishman levelled the scores. City took the lead in the 53rd minute when Foden drifted into the area unmarked and got a free header which beat Flekken. City looked more dominant and in the 70th minute Pinnock and Collins were focused on Haaland, allowing the striker to lay the ball off for Foden to slot home his third. Toney and Norgaard both had volleys go over and blocked respectively, but it was not to be as City held on to ignite the title race. Pep will know his side are very capable on going on and winning the league, along with possibly the Champions League and FA Cup once again. They have their destiny in their own hands and it will take a lot to stop them. Brentford meanwhile can take heart for their performance and if they keep playing like that they should be able to push away from the relegation battle.




Table After Match Day 23

A look at the top half of the table and Liverpool remain top on 51 points but the gap has been closed with Manchester City and Arsenal two points behind and City having a game in hand. Aston Villa make up the top four on 46 points, with Spurs in fifth on 44 points. Manchester United are up to sixth with 38 points, while West Ham dropped down to seventh with 36 points. Brighton are eight with 35 points, while Newcastle sit ninth with 33 points and Wolves have 32 points and make up the top half.



As for the bottom half, Sheffield United remain bottom with 10 points, while Burnley sit in nineteenth with 13 points. Everton take up the final relegation place with 19 points, while Luton sit a place above them with 20 points and a game in hand. Forest sit in sixteenth with 21 points, while Brentford are a point and a place above them. Palace have 24 points in fourteenth, with Fulham ahead of them on 26 points. Bournemouth have 27 points in twelfth while Chelsea make up the bottom half on 31 points.




Top Goal scorers After Match Day 23

1 — E. Haaland — Manchester City — 14 Goals
2 — M. Salah — Liverpool — 14 Goals
3— D. Solanke — Bournemouth — 13 Goals
4 — Son — Tottenham Hotspur — 12 Goals
5 — J. Bowen — West Ham United — 11 Goals
6 — O. Watkins  — Aston Villa  — 11 Goals

+ 4 players on 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 had a wonderful weekend. 

Peace. CryptoGod-1.


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