Premier League 2023/24 Match Week 9 Review

Premier League 2023/24 Match Week 9 Review

By cryptogod-1 | CryptoGod-1 : Sports | 24 Oct 2023

Good day everyone,

I hope you are all well and had an excellent week, welcome to CryptoGod-1’s blog on all things sports. This weekend saw Liverpool win the Merseyside Derby, City get back to winning ways, Brentford demolish Burnley, Luton picked up another valuable point, and Chelsea and Arsenal had to settle for a share of the spoils.

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


Week Predictions & Final Results

So in terms of the predicted scores, I got 2/10 correct scores this week. In terms of match-winner/loser, I managed to predict 7/10 correctly this weekend.


Predicted: Liverpool 3-1 Everton

Result: Liverpool 2-0 Everton

Salah x2

As expected at Anfield it was Liverpool who controlled the ball in this one, although they struggled to carve Everton open and had to remain patient. The speed on the counter by Liverpool remained their best outlet, and in the 37th minute Young got a second yellow as he dove in on Diaz. With the extra man, Liverpool pushed on against a dogged defensive display by Everton. Dyche changed to a 5-3-1 formation which frustrated the Reds, and Tarkowski was on hand to make a vital block against Salah. Konaté became the talking point as the defender, already on a yellow, escaped a second caution for pulling down Beto on the break. Klopp immediately brought Matip on in his place, and with Diaz playing from a left back position Liverpool got their goal. Diaz had almost won a penalty from a Patterson challenge in the area, but on 75 minutes he did after his cross hit Keane's outstretched arm. Up stepped Salah to open the scoring, and from there a nervy ending ensured. Nunez managed to race clear in the seventh minute of stoppage time and picked out Salah to slot home and seal the victory. A huge win for Liverpool which moved them top of the table at the time, while this was Klopp's ninth win against Everton to make him the most successful manager against their local rivals. Everton meanwhile with just seven points from nine league games now have the fewest at this stage of a league campaign since 2005.


Predicted: Bournemouth 0-1 Wolves

Result: Bournemouth 1-2 Wolves

Solanke - Cunha, Kalajdzic

Iraola handed summer signing Scott a debut here as O'Neil faced off against his former club from the away dugout. Both keepers were tested early on as Brooks tested Sa, while Pedro Neto hit the bar for Wolves and Cunha forced a save from Cherries keeper Neto. Brooks and Billing combined in the 17th minute to set up Solanke to opening the scoring with a backheel finish. Both sides continued to threaten but went in level at the break. Two minutes after the restart Wolves were level when Cunha fired past a diving Neto, and from there things fell apart for Bournemouth. In the 54th minute Cook was shown a straight red for a headbutt on Hwang. Christie managed to force a save from Sa as Bournemouth tried to get the crowd going once again, and Neto managed to put a chance over the bar late in the half. Ouattara wasted changes as he looked to spark the hosts in life, however in the 88th minute Wolves stole the points. Neto and Billing had a mix up at the back allowing Hwang to play in Kalajdzic to side foot the winner. Defeat means Bournemouth have failed to win any of their opening nine league games for the first time in the clubs history. 


Predicted: Brentford 1-0 Burnley

Result: Brentford 3-0 Burnley

Wissa, Mbeumo, Ghoddos

The Bees started fast here, with Maupay almost scoring in the opening minutes following Jensen's quick free-kick. Soon after the Frenchman saw a goal ruled out for an offside call on Ajer. Brentford were dissatisfied but clearly not lacking in enthusiasm, as on 25 minutes Maupay set Mbuemo through before he laid the ball of for Wissa to score a tap in. Maupay then wasted a chance to double the lead moments later when he was sent through one-on-one as his weak shot was cleared off the line. Amdoui had Burnley's only effort of the half as Brentford continued to test Trafford. Koleosho came on at the break and Burnley looked much improved, but a sensational Mbeumo strike set Brentford on course in the 62nd minute. Koleosho missed a wonderful chance on 75 minutes, while three minutes later Roberts was sent off for a second booking. In the 87th minute Ghoddos got Brentford's third with an excellent half-volley from distance and seal the win. Burnley have now lost seven of their opening nine league matches for the first time since 1888-89. Brentford meanwhile had Mbeumo both score and assist at the Gtech Community Stadium for the third time in the Premier League, more than all other Brentford players combined in the competition.


Predicted: Manchester City 2-1 Brighton

Result: Manchester City 2-1 Brighton

Álvarez, Haaland - Fati

City welcomed back Rodri following their back-to-back league defeats, and he added the defensive nous they had been lacking of late. Doku let off a warning shot before beating Milner in the 7th minute to set up Álvarez for a lobbed finish. Baleba's blind pass from a Brighton throw in the 19th minute allowed Halland to double the lead, and Doku continued to cause all sorts of problems. Brighton re-emerged with greater energy and organisation after the break having restricted City to just two goals, and Adingra wasted a great chance to get one back. Mitoma hit the side netting having been denied by Ortega but finally in the 73rd minute Brighton got one back. Akanji's heavy touch from a Mitoma cross allowed Fati to nip in and score his second goal in three league games. Brighton struggled to continue creating openings as City looked to regain dominance, and even Akanji getting his marching orders in the 95th minute could not change the final result. Brighton can be praised for their efforts and making a game of it, but injuries to March and Welbeck were unfortunate casualties. 


Predicted: Newcastle 2-1 Crystal Palace

Result: Newcastle 4-0 Crystal Palace

Murphy, Gordon, Longstaff, Wilson

Newcastle showed their intensity from the off when they opened the scoring on 4 minutes thanks to a lovely Murphy lob. The hosts continued to cause problems down the right, as Trippier and Murphy combined to put Palace under all sorts of pressure. Gordon wasted a chance at the back post as he het the post, while Palace did not have a single shot on target in the first half. Gordon got his goal on 44 minutes when he converted Murphy's cross, while three minutes later Guehi slipped allowing Longstaff to score. In the second period Newcastle controlled the game instead of pushing forward as much, likely with one eye on their Champions League clash with Dortmund. In the 66th minute a counter lead to Murphy assisting Wilson for his fifth of the season. Palace had more chances in the second half, with Edouard and Rak-Sakyi forcing saves from Pope. Hodgson admitted his side were nowhere near good enough, while Howe will be pleased as his side shows they are still a force to reckon with in the league.


Predicted: Nottingham Forest 3-0 Luton

Result: Nottingham Forest 2-2 Luton

Wood x2 - Ogbene, Adebayo

This was the first top flight encounter between these two sides since April 1992. The game was lacking any clinical finishing in the opening half, as Forest had the best chances through Wood and Sangare. Luton offered little and were second best for much of the game. Everything changed early in the second half, as on 48 minutes Gibbs-White and Elanga combined to set Wood through to open the scoring. Both sides continued to scrap and press each other, but in the 76th minute the game seemed over as Wood glanced in from Elanga's centre. Luton however sprang into life and in the 83rd minute Ogbene neatly taken volley gave them hope. In the second minute of stoppage time the comeback was complete when Adebayo lashed home. The away fans were ecstatic as the club earnt its fifth point of the season, although it also equals their worst ever start to a season in the top four tiers of English football. Forest meanwhile recorded their highest xG (expected goals) total since their return to the Premier League in 2022 at 2.85.


Predicted: Chelsea 2-1 Arsenal

Result: Chelsea 2-2 Arsenal

Palmer, Mudryk - Rice, Trossard

Chelsea came out of the traps at full pace here, with Enzo testing Raya early on. Arsenal struggled to find a way into the match as they couldn't keep up with Chelsea's intensity. Sterling was causing problems and his cross led to Mudryk's flick winning a penalty off Saliba's arm. Palmer stepped up to slot home on 15 minutes, and almost added a second when his effort flashed past the post on the half hour mark. After the break Raya found himself in the spotlight as on 48 minutes Mudryk's miscued cross  went over the keeper, who was off his line, and inside the far post. Raya sent a stray pass right to Palmer, but managed to save his shot. Tomiyasu headed over for Arsenal at the other end, while Jackson and Palmer wasted chances for the Blues. Sanchez sent out a sloppy pass on 77 minutes, allowing Rice to curl into an empty net. On 84 minutes Trossard was on hand to turn in Saka's cross and silence Stamford Bridge. The comeback could prove decisive in the title race and the Arsenal fans were delighted. Chelsea meanwhile have clearly turned a corner and Pochettino will be disappointed to only take a point from this one.


Predicted: Sheffield United 2-2 Manchester United

Result: Sheffield United 1-2 Manchester United

McBurnie - McTominay, Dalot

The Red Devils continued their return to form here, making it four wins from their last six to try overcome their early season wobble. The Blades were looking more alert to the game but on 28 minutes McTominay managed to scuffle in a volley against the run of play. McBurnie and Archer both forced saves from Onana but he could do nothing about the Sheffield United equaliser in the 34th minute. McTominay handled the ball in the area to give away a penalty, which McBurnie stepped up to convert for his first Premier League goal of the season. Norwood and Brewster both tested Onana next, while Hojlund was thwarted his first league goal by Foderingham. Fernandes hit the bar and Amrabat hit the post in the second half as United began to take control on the game. Finally in the 77th minute Dalot scored with a bending effort to give United the win. United have now won successive away Premier League games for the first time since December 2022. Sheffield United meanwhile have become only the fourth side in Premier League history to register just one point from their opening nine games.


Predicted: Aston Villa 3-2 West Ham

Result: Aston Villa 4-1 West Ham

Douglas Luiz x2, Watkins, Bailey - Bowen

A solid win for Villa as they enjoyed the better possession and opportunities in this one. Luiz forced an early save and Watkins shot wide when he should have done better, but on the half hour mark the first goal arrived. Zaniolo found Watkins, who in turn found Luiz on the edge of the area to slot home. Paqueta and Bowen both had chances to get West Ham back into the tie before the break, but it was Villa who re-emerged with conviction. In the 51st minute Konsa got to the ball just before Paqueta to win a penalty, which Luiz converted to double his tally. Bowen then managed to hit the bottom corner of the net with a deflection of Pau Torres five minutes later to give West Ham hope. McGinn managed to find Watkins, who burst away on the counter, to smash Villa's third into the roof of the net in the 74th minute. In the 89th minute Bailey added gloss to the score line when he was found by Tielemans in the area and danced past the defence to score. Villa continue their dreams of pushing into the top four or five of the Premier League, while Bowen became the third player in Premier League history to score in each of his team's first five away games in a Premier League season.


Predicted: Tottenham 2-0 Fulham

Result: Tottenham 2-0 Fulham

Son, Maddison

Postecoglou's side were dominant from the off, with Leno keeping out an early Son effort. Spurs then wasted three free-kicks around the area as they lacked the finesse to create an opening, and Fulham almost took a shock lead on 12 minutes as Vicario saved a Palhinha header from a corner. Fulham began to match Spurs intensity but on the half hour mark Richarlison should have scored when instead he fired just wide. Son broke the deadlock six minutes later with a lovely finish into the top corner after Bassey lost the ball. Fulham made changes at the break and initially it seemed to work, but on 54 minutes Bassey once again lost the ball and this time Maddison scored. Late on Bassey almost gave Spurs a third when he lost the ball in the box to Maddison, but the Englishman could not finish. From there Richarlison's subsequent shot was blocked by Bassey to make up for his mistake. Jimenez, Cairney, and Wilson all had late chances for Fulham but in the end Spurs held on for a huge win to put them back top of the table. Postecoglou has picked up more points from his first nine games in charge than any other Premier League manager in history. Of the eight sides to gain 23 or more points at this stage, four of them have gone on to win the title. Fulham meanwhile are without a win in their last 11 Premier League London derbies since beating Chelsea back in January.




Table After Match Day 9

A look at the top half of the table and Spurs remain on top, with City, Arsenal, and Liverpool making up the top half. Villa is a further point behind, while Newcastle and Brighton sit three points off the top five. Manchester United, West Ham, and Chelsea make up the top half.


As for the bottom half, Sheffield United remain bottom of the pile as Bournemouth and Burnley make up the bottom three. Luton remain a point above the drop zone, with Everton two points clear of them. Nottingham Forest and Brentford both sit six points clear of relegation, while Fulham and Wolves both have 11 points. Crystal Palace makes up the bottom half a furth point ahead, and level on points with Chelsea in the top half.




Top Goal scorers After Match Day 9

1 — E. Haaland — Manchester City — 9 Goals
2 — M. Salah — Liverpool — 7 Goals
3— Son — Tottenham — 7 Goals
4 — Isak — Tottenham — 6 Goals
5 — J. Bowen — West Ham — 6 Goals

+ 6 players on 5 goal



Check out my 2023/24 Season Predictions here: Predictions 23/24 Season

Have a great day, I hope you enjoyed the preview of the matches and get to see the games.

Peace. CryptoGod-1.


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