Premier League 2023/24 Match Week 24 Review

Premier League 2023/24 Match Week 24 Review

By cryptogod-1 | CryptoGod-1 : Sports | 12 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 Haaland back with a bang, Liverpool continue their title push, drama in the relegation zone as Sheffield United beat Luton, late action at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, while United secured a massive win in the Champions League race.

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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: Manchester City 3-0 Everton

Result: Manchester City 2-0 Everton

Haaland x2

City moved to the top of the table with this win against an Everton side who battled to stifle their hosts at the Etihad Stadium. De Bruyne was on the bench from the start as Doku only managed one real breaking chance in the first half while Haaland headed over from his only notable contribution in the opening 45 minutes. Everton broke on occasion and Harrison fired a good chance over, while their priority of being organised defensively saw Tarkowski blocked from Akanji at close range but the City penalty appeals for handball were shrugged off. After the break Guardiola's side continued to struggle against Everton, with Rodri and Alvarez shooting over from range. A City set-piece in the 71st minute was initially blocked away but the ball came back into Haaland and the striker hit a first-time shot into the net. Beto was twice flagged offside as Everton looked for a response, but in the 85th minute substitute De Bruyne played an early pass to Haaland, and the striker outmuscled Branthwaite before firing past Pickford. De Bruyne saw a late lob attempt land on the roof of the net as City sealed an important win to pile the pressure on Liverpool and Arsenal. Everton meanwhile remain in the relegation zone as Dyche's side continue to struggle.



Predicted: Fulham 1-1 Bournemouth

Result: Fulham 3-1 Bournemouth

Reid, Muniz x2 - Senesi

The Cottagers secured a big win and made the better start to the match. Muniz centred the ball in the 5th minute and Cook stumbled, allowing Reid to find the far corner of the net. Fulham went on to double their lead in the 36th minute when Reid headed Willian's cross back across goal as Muniz beat Neto to the ball and scored. Fulham were in complete control as the game reached half time, but after the break Bournemouth showed their fighting spirit. In the 50th minute a corner was met by Solanke, who headed it towards Senesi and the striker turned and swivelled before firing into the net. The comeback did not last long as two minutes later Fulham got their third when Cairney won the ball and powered forward before finding Willian. The Brazilian crossed for Muniz to get his second of the day to end any hopes of a Cherries comeback. Iraola will be disappointed his side allowed the momentum to shift back to Fulham so early after scoring, but Silva should take delight in how his side managed out the game to move above their opponents in the standings.



Predicted: Liverpool 4-0 Burnley

Result: Liverpool 3-1 Burnley

Jota, Díaz, Núñez - O'Shea

Burnley made a bright start, showing no fear of playing their style of football at Anfield, as Liverpool were missing Alisson in goal and Kelleher took his place  between the sticks. He made a smart save early on to stop Amdouni and looked assured with the ball at his feet to distribute to the flanks. In the 31st minute Liverpool managed to take the lead against the run of play, as Jota headed in from an Alexander-Arnold as Trafford got caught in the mele in the area. As Liverpool began to take control of the game and Diaz was denied by Trafford before Jota had a penalty claim turned down. In the 45th minute O'Shea rose to head in from Brownhill's out-swinging corner. Alexander-Arnold was replaced by Elliott at the break and in the 52nd minute Liverpool took the lead when Díaz stopped to head in from the substitute's low cross. Liverpool were looking strong but twice Fofana wasted chances when through on Kelleher, with the keeper making a smart save for the first and the second effort going wide of the post. Jota had an effort saved and Quansah fired narrowly over before Núñez scored with a neat header in the 79th minute. Núñez wasted another chance when through on goal as Trafford saved, but Klopp's side moved back to the top of the table and their favourable looking fixtures in the league will have Liverpool hoping to remain the lead when they host Manchester City on March the 10th. Burnley meanwhile remain rooted in the relegation zone as games are running out in their survival bid.



Predicted: Luton 4-2 Sheffield United

Result: Luton 1-3 Sheffield United

Morris - Archer, McAtee, Souza 

A fast start for Sheffield United saw Hamer fed McAtee in the box within 28 seconds but the midfielder shot wide. Luton began to dominate possession from there as Osho and Burke put efforts wide, but on the half hour mark Sheffield United got their first. Archer burst past Osho on the left before cutting inside to shoot and score, having missed a glorious chances moments before after a cute flick by Souza. Souza headed on a corner at Kaminski and as Luton broke VAR called it back and a penalty was given, which McAtee dispatched in the 36th minute. After the break Luton got back into the game as Adebayo headed onto Souza's arm in the 52nd minute with Morris scoring from the spot. Luton tested the Blades but the held firm in defence, with Wilder's side sealing the win in the 72nd minute when Osborn fed Souza to score. Adebayo had an effort saved and Chong put another wide as Luton looked for a way back into the game. The win didn't change the standing of either side in the table, but closed the gap for Sheffield United in what will have to be an unlikely survival bid.



Predicted: Tottenham 3-1 Brighton

Result: Tottenham 2-1 Brighton

Sarr, Johnson - Groß

Brighton started fast here and Welbeck forced a save from Vicario in the opening minute. Van de Ven clumsily fouled Welbeck inside the box in the 17th minute which allowed the reliable Groß to convert the spot kick. Richarlison's one-on-one chance was saved by Steele five minutes later as Spurs looked for a way back into the game. Mitoma then forced a save from Vicario as the game was end-to-end. Richarlison put another effort wide and Kulusevski had a shot saved as Spurs failed to get level before the break. In the second half Maddison had a-minute free-kick saved and Werner saw an effort go wide Kulusevsk played in Sarr in the 61st minute to score with a first time effort. Ange Postecoglou made a triple change after the goal, bringing on Son and he immediately played in Johnson but his effort was saved. Fati and Buonanotte both had efforts go just wide as Brighton looked to take control again and the game looked set for a draw. However in the sixth minute of second half stoppage time Johnson finished after Richarlison played in Son and he crossed for the goal. Agonising for Brighton who deserved a point for their effort, but Spurs take the win in their push for the Champions League places.



Predicted: Wolves 2-1 Brentford

Result: Wolves 0-2 Brentford

Norgaard, Toney

Brentford look like more like the side from last season with their high-pressing and quick tempo from the off causing problems for Wolves. Twice Maupay saw efforts saved by Sa but in the 35th minute Norgaard got to a corner ahead of Sa and nodded into an unguarded net. Flekken saved from Neto in their best chance of the first half and O'Neil's side lasted until the break before bringing on Fraser for the second half. Neto hit the base of the post early in the second half, and Dawson had the ball in the back of the net before VAR ruled him offside. Brentford dug in for the rest of the second half and Toney showed how he can inspire them for the rest of the season with a beautiful goal in the 77th minute. It was Brentford's only chance of worth in the half when Janelt's floated cross was dispatched past Sa. Molineux was deflated and although Wolves continued to dominate the ball, it was without any attacking threat. A big win for Brentford as they look to move away from the relegation zone, while Wolves need to assess things in thir push for a top half finish.



Predicted: Nottingham Forest 2-2 Newcastle

Result: Nottingham Forest 2-3 Newcastle

Elanga, Hudson-Odoi - Guimarães x2, Schär

Forst were quick out of the traps as the home crowd spurred them on, and Gibbs-White wasted an early chance to give them the lead. Newcastle punished them in the 10th minute when Guimarães volleyed in at the far post from a Trippier ball after a short corner. Dubravka had to deny Elanga as Forest looked for a way back into the game, abut in the 26th minute Elanga made no mistakes as Gibbs-White's inch-perfect pass played him in behind. Another defensive lapse let Forest down as in the 43rd minute Trippier's free-kick allowed Botman to head the ball back for Schär to score. Their lead did not last long, as in the sixth minute of injury time Hudson-Odoi's strike took a huge deflection off Miley and went in. After the break Awoniyi had the ball in the net but it was ruled out for offside. Awoniyi then thought he should have been given a penalty after a trip by Dubravka's outstretched arm but the referee waved play on. Three minutes later, in the 66th minute, Newcastle took the lead again when Guimarães got to Elanga's loose pass before striking into the bottom corner. Newcastle held on to secure the win and will hope to kickstart their push for European football next season. Forest meanwhile remain in the relegation mix and Nuno will hope they can find form sooner rather than later.



Predicted: West Ham 1-2 Arsenal

Result: West Ham 0-6 Arsenal

Saliba, Saka x2, Gabriel, Trossard, Rice

Despite the result West Ham matched Arsenal in the opening period of this game. Arsenal had seen a Trossard effort saved by Areola but West Ham began to fall apart from the opening goal. Saliba met a Rice corner at the far post and headed home in the 32nd minute. Arsenal grew in confidence and in the 41st minute Saka won and converted a penalty after a foul be Areola. In the 44th minute Gabriel managed to turn the ball in from a diagonal free-kick by Rice. Moyes' side could not old on until the break and Arsenal got their fourth in the second minute of injury time when Odegaard found Trossard to curl the ball in. Phillips and Mavropanos came on at the break to add more defensive stability for West Ham but Arsenal did not take their foot of the gas. Areola denied Saka but in the 63rd minute the Englishman scored his second when Odegaard's pass put him in to finish at the near post. Two minutes later and Rice finished haunting his former side by getting his name on the score sheet when Odegaard and Trossard let the ball run between them but Rice was on hand to curl the ball in past Areola. It was a statement win for Arsenal who had the luxury of taking off their stars for some youngster in the closing stages of the game, and Arteta will want his side to continue their belief as they sit right in the title mix. West Ham meanwhile will need to consider a solution soon with back-to-back defeats and no wins in their last five league games.



Predicted: Aston Villa 3-2 Manchester United

Result: Aston Villa 1-2 Manchester United

Douglas Luiz - Höjlund, McTominay

While Villa dominated possession during the opening half but United were strong with their counter attacks. Fernandes fed Höjlund into the area but the striker hit his effort over, before Garnacho blasted a long-range effort wide. Fernandes' corner found Maguire in the area in the 17th minute, with the England defender laying it off for Höjlund to opening the scoring. Villa gave a brilliant response, with McGinn forcing a save from Onana. Ramsey put an effort wide as Villa dominated the end of the half. Shaw went off for Lindelof and three minutes into the second half he gifted the ball to Cash who played in Watkins but Onana saved. Ramsey wasted two more chances and Onana had to save from Lenglet at a corner which United only cleared as far as Bailey. He whipped the ball back into the box and Luiz blasted it home in the 67th minute. Garnacho fired wide as United looked for a response, while Luiz and Diaby wasted chances. Garnacho fired straight at Martinez and in the 86th minute Dalot's instinctive cross was headed home by McTominay. The win was huge for United as they are right back in contention for the Champions League places, while Villa are a far cry from the side who were unbeatable at home during their run in 2023.



Predicted: Crystal Palace 2-2 Chelsea

Result: Crystal Palace 1-3 Chelsea

Lerma - Gallagher x2 Enzo

Palace made the better start here, with Ayew and Mateta forcing early saves from Petrovic. The pressure gave and Lerma scored a stunner to open the scoring on 30 minute when the ball broke for the midfielder to strike it on the volley after good work by Mitchell. Chelsea were non-existent for the half, with their only shot coming in stoppage time when Gallagher put an effort wide. After the break Gallagher got Chelsea level from a Gusto cross within 90 seconds of the restart. Chilwell put an effort over the bar and Jackson put one wide as the chance were few and far between. Franca's effort forced a save from Petrovic as Palace looked for their winner, but it was Chelsea who pounced in stoppage time. In the first minute Palmer pulled the ball back for Gallagher to score. Then in the fourth minute Enzo scored after a wonderful run by Palmer on the counter-attack. All in all it was devastation for Palace as their fans continue to question the manager and owners of the club. Chelsea meanwhile moved back into the top half and Pochettino will hope they can use this momentum in their upcoming fixture with Manchester City before their Carabao Cup final with Liverpool at Wembley.




Table After Match Day 24

A look at the top half of the table and Liverpool remain top of the pile with 54 points. Manchester City are second with 52 points and have a game in hand on the Reds, with Arsenal third on the same points as City and have the same goal difference thanks to their big win. Spurs remain fourth with 47 points, while Villa stay in fifth with 46. United are on 41 after their win over Villa, with Newcastle moving up to seventh on 36 points. West Ham are behind on goal difference alone, with Brighton in ninth on 34 points. Making up the top half in tenth position are Chelsea on 34 points.



As for the bottom half, Sheffield United moved level on points with Burnley but remain bottom of the league with their lesser goal difference, as Everton and Luton loses see them remain eighteenth and seventeenth respectively. Nottingham Forest sit in sixteenth with 21 points, while Palace drop down to fifteenth with 24 points. Brentford moved into fourteenth with 25 points, while Bournemouth have 27 points in thirteenth. Twelfth place Fulham have 29 points while Wolves make up the bottom half in eleventh with 32 points.





Top Goal scorers After Match Day 24

1 — E. Haaland — Manchester City — 16 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

+ 5 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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