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Premier League 2023/24 Match Week 4 Review

Premier League 2023/24 Match Week 4 Review

By cryptogod-1 | CryptoGod-1 : Sports | 4 Sep 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 Chelsea lose again, Newcastle looking all out of sorts, City, Spurs, and Brighton go marching on, while Liverpool look back and United continue to struggle away from home.

You can find the preview for this round of games here: https://www.publish0x.com/cryptogod-1-sports/premier-league-202324-match-week-4-preview-xmjpqlr 

 

Week Predictions & Final Results

So in terms of the predicted scores, I got 0/10 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 6/10 correctly in this round of games.

 

Predicted: Luton 1-3 West Ham

Result: Luton 1-2 West Ham

Andersen - Bowen, Zouma

Edwards' side started quick here, snapping into tackles and pressing high, but Adebayo couldn't make the most of a loose Aguerd back pass. Barkley made space in the area and got their first shot of the game, and from there West Ham grew into the match. Bowen and Benrahma put efforts wide, but Paqueta's cross on37 minutes found the head of Bowen at the far post for the opening goal. Adebayo fired over and Morris headed over as Luton looked for a way back into the game, while Chong should have scored before the break. The second half saw West Ham come out with the momentum and Antonio had a goal chalked off for offside. Ward-Prowse's low cross towards to open Benrahma was cut out just in time by Barkley as West Ham looked certain to get a second, while Adebayo failed to beat Areola from a Marvelous Nakamba cross. Zouma got his side their second goal when he headed in from a Ward-Prowse cross in 85 minutes, but in the first minute of stoppage time Luton got their own headed goal through Andersen to make a tense finish. Ward-Prowse looked to have given away a late penalty for handball but VAR deemed otherwise as West Ham held on to move top of the league on Friday night. Luton remain bottom without any points and are struggling at this level. West Ham meanwhile are on a wonderful run of form and it will bode them well once their European games start.

 

Predicted: Sheffield United 0-0 Everton

Result: Sheffield United 2-2 Everton

Archer, Pickford OG - Doucouré, Danjuma

Neither side come dominate from the off as possession kept changing hands, and it showed neither of these sides had a point before today. Egan headed straight at Pickford in Sheffield's best early chance, but Everton made them pay soon after. On 14 minutes Onana headed on a corner and Doucouré was on hand to score at the second attempt after Foderingham saved his first effort. Danjuma had two efforts blocked as Everton should have scored more in the opening half, while Hamer tested Pickford at the other end. On 33 minutes Sheffield United made the breakthrough when Hamer crossed for McBurnie in the box, who in turn set up Archer to score a stunner. Beto looked dangerous for Everton but Sheffield United took the lead in the third minute of first half injury time. Archer released a fierce effort which hit the post and rebounded off Pickford into the goal to send the home fans wild. Everton came flying out in the second half with Beto wasting two early chances. On 55 minutes Beto laid the ball off for Patterson to cross, with Danjuma waiting at the far post to score and draw the sides level. Larouci then shot over for Sheffield United and Thomas tested Pickford from close-range. Tarkowski made a goal saving blocked, while in injury time Pickford produced a double save to ensure both sides left with a point. The draw will do little for either of these sides, but it does get them a point on the board and a platform to build from. Beto looks a super signing for Everton and could be the difference for them.

 

Predicted: Brentford 2-1 Bournemouth

Result: Brentford 2-2 Bournemouth

Jensen, Mbeumo - Solanke, Brooks

Brentford looked more dominant in the opening exchanges, with five wins in their previous home meetings with the Cherries it looked certain to be an extension of the run. It took only 7 minutes for the Bees to take the lead, as Jensen's free-kick on the edge of the area snuck in past Neto. From there Brentford managed to hit the post via Schade, Wissa, and Lewis-Potter. Solanke drew the sides level on 30 minutes when he received a long pass before firing past Flekken. On 77 minutes the Cherries took the lead when an under hit backpass by Henry allowed Brooks to run in and round the keeper before scoring. While it looked like all of Brentford's efforts were in vain, in the third minute of injury time the Bee's managed to salvage a point. Mbeumo turned Kerkez before going in on goal and slotting past Neto. With plenty of big chances wasted by Brentford they will rue the fact they only managed a point at home. Questions will be asked regarding whether or not Toney could have got them a win, but they are still putting points on the board which is the main thing. As for Bournemouth, Iraola will be disappointed they did not hold on to the lead as they still search for their first win under his charge.

 

Predicted: Burnley 1-3 Tottenham

Result: Burnley 2-5 Tottenham

Foster, Brownhill - Son x3, Romero, Maddison

Postecoglou decided to have Son lead the line going into this one and the decision paid dividends. It was Burnley who started better, and after 4 minutes they were ahead thanks to Foster bundling the ball in from Koleosho's pull-back. Spurs were not deterred, and on 16 minutes Son combined with Solomon to produce a chipped finish over Trafford. Spurs took control of the game from there and in the second minute of first half injury time got their reward when Romero fired in off the inside of the post. Kompany shifted to a back five at the break but Spurs remained in control in the second half. On 54 minutes the influential Maddison found himself in space before firing a curling effort in. Vicario then made a fine save to keep out Foster as Burnley maintained their threat. However, on 63 minutes the game was over when Son got his second thanks to another combination with Solomon. Three minutes later Son had his hattrick when Porro's ball set him in behind and the South Korean scored. Burnley substitute Brownhill managed a late consitlation goal in the fourth minute of injury time, but it meant little as Burnley remain without a point from their three games so far. Spurs meanwhile are showing plenty of capability under Postecoglou with plenty of positives on show and plenty more to come from this side.

 

Predicted: Chelsea 2-2 Nottingham Forest

Result: Chelsea 0-1 Nottingham Forest

Elanga

The Chelsea curse continues as they have now made their worst start to a season since 1995, managing only 4 points in their opening 4 games. Pochettino is still finding his best eleven, but has made only two changes to his starting lineups in his four league games so far. Sterling looked bright early on and had a good chance but saw it blocked by Aina. Gallagher then put an effort wide and Chilwell failed to covert a Sterling cross. Awoniyi put an effort over the bar from a free kick, then saw another effort go just wide. Danilo limped off for Elanga in first half injury time, and the substitute made his mark early in the second half. In the 48th minute Caicedo and Gallagher failed to combine in midfield, allowing Awoniyi to break with the ball. He fed Elanga and the Sweden forward slotted past Sanchez. Madueke, Palmer, Maatsen and Mudryk came on through the half as Chelsea searched for a goal to no avail. Jackson had his chances but could not make the most of them as Chelsea continue to struggle. Forest narrowly lost to Manchester United and Arsenal, but finally got the result their performances have deserved. It was also only Forest's second away league win since their promotion, and ended a run of 12 away league games without a win. Pochettino meanwhile believes it is only a matter of time before his side clicks and they get the right results.

 

Predicted: Manchester City 4-1 Fulham

Result: Manchester City 5-1 Fulham

Álvarez, Ake, Haaland x3 - Ream

The first half saw City nowhere near their free flowing best, and they took a huge benefit from VAR to go in ahead at the break. The match had seen Álvarez open the scoring on 31 minutes, but two minutes later Ream tapped into an empty net after Ederson had saved from Jiminez to draw the sides level. In the 5th minute of first half injury time the controversy began. A Foden corner was headed in by Ake, but Akanji was clearly offside and jumped over the ball on its way towards goal. Leno's view was obstructed but VAR waved play on. After the break City looked back to themselves as Haaland got his hattrick. Álvarez slipped him in on 58 minutes to apply a clinical low finish. Diop then fouled Álvarez on 70 minutes to allow Haaland the chance to score from the spot, which the Norwegian striker did. Then in the 5th minute of second half injury time Gomez's well-placed low cross was swept home by Haaland, making him the fastest player in Premier League history to reach 50 goal involvement - 42 goals and 9 assists in 39 Premier League games. Haaland also scored his fifth Premier League hattrick, with all of them coming at the Etihad. Fulham will be disappointed, especially Silva, with the VAR decision which changed the game. However, they will know they were always up against it here and they will have better days ahead.

 

Predicted: Brighton 2-1 Newcastle

Result: Brighton 3-1 Newcastle

Ferguson x3 - Wilson

The Seagulls were back to their best in this one, with wonderkid Evan Ferguson stealing the show. With both these sides having learnt their European fate, it was Newcastle who looked more settled early on. Isak wasted both of them and from there Brighton grew into the game. It was on 27 minutes that Pope rushed a clearance, resulting in a Brighton countered where Gilmour forced a save from Pope and Ferguson was on hand to score the rebound. Brighton had more intensity from there and Newcastle struggled to match it. In the second half Howe made the changes close to the hour mark but it had little effect. Instead on 65 minutes Brighton got their second as Ferguson found himself with time and space and curled a beautiful effort into the bottom corner. On 70 minutes the Irishman had his first career hattrick as he once again shot from outside the box, this time his effort taking a deflection of Schar and beating Pope. Gordon had wasted a chance for Newcastle prior to the third goal, but on 92 minutes Wilson found himself through on goal and pulled one back. While Brighton bounced back from their loss to West Ham last weekend, Newcastle are now on a run of three league defeats in a row. With both these sides facing challenging European tests ahead, getting into form early will be the key to them producing similarly impressive seasons this year just like they did last season.

 

Predicted: Crystal Palace 1-1 Wolves

Result: Crystal Palace 3-2 Wolves

Edouard x2, Eze - Hwang, Cunha

Wolves had the brighter start in this one but it was Palace who thought they would strike first when Eze went down in the area under a challenge from Joao Gomes, however the referee and VAR waved it away. Sa then played Gomes into trouble on the edge of their own area, allowing Lerma to nip in and square for Ayew but his effort was cleared off the line by Kilman. Neto had Wolves best chance as he saw an effort saved by Johnstone before the break, and after the break it looked like there would be more struggles for goals. However, on 56 the game changed when Edouard was on hand to score from Mitchell's cross. On 65 minutes Wolves managed to get one back as Hwang steered the back in with his shoulder from Neto's free-kick. Palace saw an effort saved by Ayew and then Eze's free-kick, but on 78 minutes they retook the lead. Eze took down Mateta's pass and flicked in into the goal, and six minutes later Edouard completed the game when he rifled home from Mateta's pass. Wolves managed to get one back through Cunha in the sixth minute of injury time, but his headed goal from a Neto cross was too little, too late. 

 

Predicted: Liverpool 3-1 Aston Villa

Result: Liverpool 3-0 Aston Villa

Szoboszlai, Cash OG, Salah

Liverpool started brighter here and it took all of 3 minutes to take the lead. A corner came out to Szoboszlai on the edge of the area and the midfielder connected with a beautiful left footed effort to give Martinez no chance. Liverpool continued to dominate from there and on 22 minutes they got their second. Alexander-Arnold played a beautiful ball over the top for Salah, who raced in and squared for Nunez. The striker smashed an effort off the post, which rebounded off Cash and went in. Matip then managed to head wide when unmarked from an Alexander-Arnold free-kick. Nunez also saw an effort from a tight angle hit the bar before the break as Liverpool looked in total control. The second half saw Villa have their first effort on target as Alisson saved a Cash header, but moments later Salah raced in and crossed for Nunez only for the striker to head narrowly wide. On 55 minutes Liverpool had their third when Nunez flicked on Robertson's corner and Salah applied the finish. It was a professional performance for Liverpool, with the only concern being Alexander-Arnold going off with a potential leg injury. Klopp's side are looking solid and their midfield still has the addition of Gravenberch to come into the side, meaning they look more than capable to challenge like Liverpool of recent years have. As for Villa, Emery has had a mixed start this season, and have won just one of their last seven away games in the league.

 

Predicted: Arsenal 2-2 Manchester United

Result: Arsenal 3-1 Manchester United

Ødegaard, Rice, Jesus - Rashford

The opening of this game matched the atmosphere of the crowd, electric. Havertz missed an open goal opportunity from Martinelli's cross on 14 minutes, while Martinez had to block from Nketiah and Ødegaard. Rice then headed over as Arsenal were dominating, but constant free-kicks stemmed the flow of the game. On 27 minutes Havertz then broke down an Arsenal move by giving the ball straight to Eriksen, who countered to see Rashford end the move by cutting in from the left and scoring off the inside of the post. Undeterred, a minute later Martinelli and Nketiah combined to eventually set up Ødegaard to score. Both sides had chances to increase their lead before the break, but nothing came of them. Martial had a shot saved early in the second half and Rashford spurned the follow up, and near the hour mark Havertz looked to have won a penalty but it was overturned. Hojlund made his debut on 67 minutes and soon after Martinelli put a shot just wide. Hojlund saw a flicked finish blocked while Saka could only shoot at Onana when clear in the box. Garnacho broke free and managed to fire past Ramsdale but the goal was ruled out for offside. Arsenal managed to steal the show in injury time, when in the 96th minute Rice controlled a corner with his chest before blasting it into the goal. Then in the 101st minute Jesus wrapped things up with a breakaway when left Dalot on the floor. Ten Hag will be fuming but his inability to get points on the road against top half sides is coming back to haunt him. Arteta meanwhile will look to use this as a platform to kickstart his sides campaign after a stuttering start.

 

 

Table After Match Day 4

A look at the top half of the table and Manchester City continue their perfect start to the season. Spurs, Liverpool, and West Ham make up the top four on 10 points each, with Arsenal in fifth also on ten points. Brighton are sixth with nine points, with Palace in seventh with seven points. Brentford, Nottingham Forest, and Villa make up the bottom half on six points apiece. 

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As for the bottom half, and Burnley are propping up the table with no points, while Luton are only ahead of them on goal difference. Everton make up the bottom three on a point as Sheffield United are just ahead of them. Bournemouth have two points, with Wolves and Newcastle on three points each. Fulham and Chelsea both have four points, while Manchester United make up the bottom half.

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Top Goal scorers After Match Day 4

1 — E. Haaland — Manchester City — 6 Goals
2 — E. Ferguson — Brighton — 4 Goals
3 — B. Mbuemo — Brentford — 4 Goals
4 — T. Awoniyi — Nottingham Forest — 3 Goals
5 — S. March — Brighton — 3 Goals
6 — J. Bowen — West Ham — 3 Goals
7 — Son — Tottenham — 3 Goals

+ 17 players on 2 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. We have the international fixtures over the next two weeks so see you all when the league actions resumes.

 

 

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