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Premier League 22/23 Match Week 33 Review

Premier League 22/23 Match Week 33 Review

By cryptogod-1 | CryptoGod-1 : Sports | 28 Apr 2023


Good day everyone,

I hope you are all well and having an excellent week enjoying the latest matches, welcome to CryptoGod-1’s blog on all things sports. This midweek round saw Hodgson finally lose, City overcame Arsenal, Liverpool went marching on, and United dropped a lead against Spurs.

You can find the preview for this round of games here: https://www.publish0x.com/cryptogod-1-sports/premier-league-2223-match-week-33-preview-xnndpnd?a=olejZqrzej 

 

Week Predictions & Final Results

So in terms of the predicted scores, I only got 1/10 correct scores this week. In terms of match-winner/loser, I managed to predict 5/10 correctly in this reduced round of games.

 

Predicted: Wolves 2-2 Crystal Palace

Result: Wolves 2-0 Crystal Palace

Andersen OG, Neves

Wolves needed a response after their lose to relegation threatened Leicester last time out, and change by Hodgson may have helped. Palace struggled for rhythm from the off while Wolves were strong. Costa won a corner early on and from Neves' right-wing corner the ball ricocheted off the legs of Andersen on 3 minutes. Olise and Eze both tried to get Palace back into the game, while  Lokonga forced a saved from Sa. Wolves began to sit back and Palace began to exert control without the final product. Eze fired some efforts from distance while the home crowd grew more and more anxious. As Wolves held on some, at time with some desperate defending, Palace could have seen keeper Johnstone sent off late on for an over-the-top challenge on substitute Neto. The resulting spot kick in the fourth minute of second half stoppage time allowed Neves to double his sides lead and ensure they kept the three points at Molineux. They have now won three home games in a row in the league, while Neves has now scored all eight of his Premier League penalties. Palace meanwhile lost their first game under Hodgson and Andersen's own-goal was the earliest in the league since Shaw scored an own-goal against Newcastle in October 2020. Wolves and Palace are now level on points with 37 each and five games left to play, and both can be almost guaranteed of their Premier League status at this stage. 

 

Predicted: Aston Villa 3-1 Fulham

Result: Aston Villa 1-0 Fulham

Mings

Fulham started this game well, with Pereira causing problems early on and seeing his effort go just wide. Villa took charge of the game from there and Young saw a goal bound effort blocked away be Reed and then thought they should have been awarded a penalty from Adarabioyo's challenge on Watkins. Wilson was forced off with illness for Decordova-Reid and on 21 minutes Villa found their opener when McGinn's corner was headed in by Mings. Fulham looked out of sorts and could not find a way back into the game, but Villa became complacent in the second half. They attempted to slow down play and retain the ball, seeing out the match but this almost backfired when with eight minutes left to play Mings put the ball into his own net. However, the assistant waved for offside in the build up to Reed's cross and Villa were saved their blushes. Although it was an underwhelming performance in the second half, Villa made it five clean sheets in a row now and continued their fine record of scoring in every match since Emery took charge. With 26 points from their last ten games they are right in the mix for European football next season. Fulham meanwhile have dropped off after their excellent start to the campaign and now look unlikely to challenge for European football next season, although they can still be delighted with how their first season back in the league has gone. 

 

Predicted: Leeds 2-3 Leicester

Result: Leeds 1-1 Leicester

Sinisterra - Vardy

A huge point gained for Leicester and two point dropped for Leeds in this relegation six pointer. The Foxes were the stronger side in the opening period, seeing a Tielemans goal ruled out after a Maddison corner was cleared to him and the Belgian unleashed a rocket of a shot. However, the Elland Road crowd were roaring in delight as Boubacar Soumare was ruled as offside in the build up. Barnes then saw an effort blocked and Maddison put an effort wide as Leicester continued to push on but on 20 minutes Leeds took the lead. Harrison cutting inside from the right and crossed for Sinisterra to head home. Leeds took control of the match from there and Leicester struggled to get their forwards into the game. In the second half Bamford saw an effort blocked by Faes and Rodrigo saw his effort blocked by the same defender. Iheanacho then managed to retrieve a Faes shot from the byline and cross in for Barnes, who blasted over. Maddison hit the wall from a close-range free-kick as Leicester tried to get back into the game, but Daka and Vardy came on to improve the away side. Meslier made a double stop from Iheanacho and Daka while Soyuncu fired over from a corner. On 80 minutes Daka and Maddison played quickfire passes to set Vardy free and his scored with aplomb. Vardy then scored again late on but once again Leicester had a goal ruled out for offside. Roca and Aaronson had close range efforts saved but Bamford missed the chance to win it for Leeds late on as he couldn't score from a Roca flick on from a corner. Both teams are still very much in the relegation battle at this stage but importantly, neither allowed their rival to gain a valuable three points and both will believe they can drag themselves away from the bottom three places in their remaining games.

 

Predicted: Nottingham Forest 1-2 Brighton

Result: Nottingham Forest 3-1 Brighton

Groß OG, Danilo, Gibbs-White - Buonanotte

Brighton were looking to get back on track after their FA Cup semi final defeat over the weekend, but things did not go to plan from the off. Estupinan clumsily fouled Williams within nine minutes but Steele made an excellent save from Johnson's spot kick. Forest let their heads drop, while Niakhate also had to go off with an injury, and were nearly behind on 15 minutes when Enciso forced a flying save from Navas. It was Navas who handed Brighton the lead on 38 minutes when his goal kick went straight to Brighton and he could only palm March's shot into the path of Buonanotte. Brighton dominated but Forest were level in the 45+3 minute as Groß turned in Lodi's cross. In the second half Mitoma saw an effort go just wide as Brighton looked to get back in the lead, while Williams was forced off on a stretcher for Forest after a collision with his teammate. However, in the 68 minute the game changed as Danilo first intercepted the ball in midfield, then raced in behind and met Awoniyi's through pass and went on to score past Steele. The home crowd was ecstatic and Forest did not stop there, with Brighton looking to have lost their cool. In the first minute of stoppage time Gibbs-White slotted home the second penalty of the night for Forest after Dunk had inexplicitly handballed in his own area. The win moves Forest up to 30 points and while they are still very much in relegation danger, their home form could be the key to getting them over the line. It was also their first win in 12 league matches, and six of their seven wins in the league have come at home. Brighton meanwhile will be disappointed and need a response next time out as their aims of securing European football may just begin to unravel.

 

Predicted: Chelsea 0-2 Brentford

Result: Chelsea 0-2 Brentford

Azpilicueta OG, Mbeumo

Question will need to be asked, not just about Chelsea, but Lampard will need to ask himself how much damage is he doing to his managerial career having taking over the job until the end of the season. He has now lost his opening five games in charge in this stint as Chelsea manager and its their worst run since 1993. The Bees were without a win in six league games and Chelsea had a decent start, albeit not very threatening. Silva saw a header spilled by Raya before the keeper gathered it up, and Enzo saw a shot palmed over. Brentford though found themselves in the lead on 37 minutes when Jorgensen headed Jensen's corner in off Azpilicueta. That was the 15th goal Brentford have scored from a set piece this season, but they had to be weary having failed to win the previous four league games where they scored first. The fans booed at half time as Chelsea already looked defeated, with Mudryk and Aubameyang came on after the break. Aubameyang flicked a header over and had another shot saved but the home side could muster little else. The fans showed appreciation for the attacking effort but it was Brentford who struck in the 78 minute to settle the game. Baptiste's pass found Mbeumo, who in turn cut inside Fofana and saw his shot take a slight deflection off Silva's heel before going in. Brentford have now won consecutive away league games against Chelsea for the first time. Chelsea meanwhile have now failed to win in five consecutive Premier League home games for the first time since 2016, and are on a run of only one goal scored since Lampard took charge.

 

Predicted: West Ham 2-4 Liverpool

Result: West Ham 1-2 Liverpool

Paqueta - Gakpo, Matip

Another win for Liverpool as they are threatening to pull off the most shocking of surges towards the top four before the campaign ends. However, things did not go to plan from the off. Twice Liverpool gave West Ham the ball in and around their area in the opening ten minutes, while on 12 minutes Paqueta punished them. The Brazilian was involved in some excellent one-two's on the left hand side before cutting inside and letting off a fierce drive which took the slightest of touch off Van Dijk before crashing into the back of the net. Liverpool grew into the game from there, and six minutes later they were level. Gakpo picked up the ball in the middle of the park and let his own long range shot off, with the ball crashing into the goal off the inside of the post. Alexander-Arnold, once again playing a hybrid right back / holding midfielder role, was pulling the strings. Jota and Fabinho sent shots and a flick on by Henderson just evaded Jota as Liverpool looked for a second. West Ham came back to life at the end of the first half and Van Dijk had to be alert to Antonio from Benrahma's low cross. Ten minutes into the second half and Rice harried well to disposess Alexander-Arnold before releasing Bowen, who cut inside from the right and arrowed a shot into the far corner, only for VAR to rule it out for offside. Alexander-Arnold shot over as Liverpool looked to take the lead, and substitute Diaz caused problems. It was corners which undid West Ham, as Matip forced a crucial block from Fabianski from the first but from the resulting corner he was free and sent an unstoppable bullet header into the top corner on 67 minutes. West Ham continued to try get back into it, with Alisson beating Ings to a through ball and Cornet shooting over. Thiago was deemed fortunate not to give away a penalty for handball in the 88th minute but it seemed far from intentional as the ball hit his arm while he was falling on the ground. Liverpool held on for their third league win in a row. West Ham meanwhile have now lost seven Premier League home games this season and will need a couple more points on the board to ensure their survival this campaign.

 

Predicted: Manchester City 3-1 Arsenal

Result: Manchester City 4-1 Arsenal

De Bruyne x2, Stones, Haaland - Holding

The title decider to many, this game was very much a one way affair and showed the gulf in class between the current top two in the league. Haaland was causing problems for Holding from the outset and on seven minutes it was crucial to the opening goal. Haaland held off Holding and Partey failed to track De Bruyne, giving him time to pick out the corner of the net. The Belgian was running the show, finding space between Arsenal's pressing midfield and their backtracking defence. Arsenal failed to offer much in attack, clearly aware of how crucial not losing was, and City got a deserved second just before the break. In the first minute of stoppage time Stones found himself unmarked at a De Bruyne's free-kick, and headed home with ease. Initially he looked offside but VAR ruled the foot of White was playing him onside. The second half saw more of the same, as Haaland was toying with Gabriel. On 54 minutes Haaland got to a loose ball from Odegaard and played in De Bruyne, with the Belgian getting his second and all but ending the contest and title race. From there City knew it was about managing the game, a position they have been in plenty of time over the years under the guidance of Pep. As for Arsenal, they looked dejected, bereft, and like a team who were about to drop points for the fourth game in row at the most crucial time of their season. No title winning side does that unfortunately. They did manage to get one back on 86 minutes when Holding was on the edge of the City area and managed to fire home. It was a fine strike but too little, too late for Arsenal. Not to be outdone, Haaland got on the end of a Foden pass to fire home in the fifth minute of second half injury time to put the gloss on the result, and score his 33rd Premier League goal of the season, the most any player has scored in a 38-game season in the Premier League. City have also managed to win seven league games in a row for the first time since January 2022. Arsenal meanwhile are the second worst defensive side in the Premier League this month, having only seen Leeds concede more goals than them in April. Arteta will know his side are not finished in the title race yet, they can still hope, but with City two points behind and having two games in hand, it seems like they blew their best chance to secure a league title in two decades.

 

Predicted: Everton 1-2 Newcastle

Result: Everton 1- 4 Newcastle

McNeil - Wilson x2, Joelinton, Murphy

Everton started brightly, as Gueye had two early shots saved and Iwobi put an effort wide. Newcastle absorbed the pressure and took their chances, on 28 minutes Joelinton raced down the left and skipped inside Godfrey before seeing Pickford parry his shot. The ball went off Tarkowski and feel kindly for Wilson to open the scoring. Everton kept fighting, as Calvert-Lewin saw an effort ruled out for offside and they made it to the break only one goal down. Tarkowski had to clear the ball off the line from Willock early into the second half and Calvert-Lewin saw a effort saved by Pope. Longstaff wanted a penalty after being caught late by Tarkowski but it mattered little as soon after Newcastle got their second. Willock drove forward and played a lovely ball for Joelinton to head home in the 72nd minute. Three minutes later Guimaraes drove forward and played in Wilson for a lovely finish to all but end the contest. In the 80th minute McNeil saw his corner miss Doucoure at the near post but it caught out Pope and went in. A reprisal for Everton did not last long though as Newcastle immediately as Isak toyed with Keane, Godfrey, and Gueye near the by-line before crossing for Murphy to finish. This was Newcastle eight away win in the league this season, their most since 2011/12. They are secure in the top four for now and know if they can maintain their levels they will be assured of Champions League football next season. Everton meanwhile remain rooted in the relegation zone and their next game, against Leicester, will be a crunch battle.

 

Predicted: Southampton 2-2 Bournemouth

Result: Southampton 0-1 Bournemouth

Tavernier

A huge win for the Cherries but a damaging result for Southampton who are now almost certain of relegation. The Saints needed to show some desire and heart, and although Walcott and Armstrong came close early on, they were soon overwhelmed and it showed. McCarthy started in goal ahead of Banuzu but was picking the ball out of his net from Vina early on, only for Solanke to have been ruled offside in the build up, Solanke then put a shot over after being afforded too much space in the area, and things got worse in the second half as Ward-Prowse didn't remerge due to illness. Southampton went with five at the back but five minutes into the second period it backfired. Tavernier danced in from the right wing and fired a low shot in to give his side the lead. Bednarek was lucky not to give away a penalty for a handball but Bournemouth keep up their dominance and Southampton lacked any real fight until late on. Adams volleyed past Neto late on and Southampton thought they were level but VAR ruled it out for a slight offside. The win means Bournemouth have won three top-flight away games in a row for the first time ever. Southampton meanwhile have only managed four clean sheets in the league all season and no teams in the top four levels of English football have kept fewer. Their fate seems all but sealed, although manager Selles vowed his team will fight until the very end, it will take a miracle at this stage for them to stay up. 

 

Predicted: Tottenham 2-1 Manchester United

Result: Tottenham 2-2 Manchester United

Porro, Son - Sancho, Rashford

A massive game for Spurs with Mason taking charge for the first time after replacing Stellini. Their defensive frailties were exposed by United, just like against Newcastle, as Rashford managed to play in Sancho early on and the winger curled a low shot in from the left hand side on seven minutes. Richarlison then shot straight at De Gea when he was put through, but United should have doubled their lead on nineteen minutes when Sancho saw his effort headed off the line by Perisic. Foster, in for the injured Hugo Lloris, had to save from Rashford and Fernandes as United were on top. Perisic's flicked header from a corner, which De Gea saved, was Spurs best chance of the half. Immediately after, on 44 minutes, United got their second. Rashford got onto Fernandes pass and raced through, getting past Dier and blasting the ball home. Spurs raised their intensity in the second half, and Porro got them back into it with a driving shot from a tight angle after Kane's close-range effort had been blocked on 56 minutes. Fernandes then got through the Spurs defence but smashed his effort off the bar, and Forster saved the follow up. Spurs took control from there and Kane put Son in with a lovely pass but the finish was lacking. Dier wasted an excellent headed opportunity but on 79 minutes Son scored from a beautiful Kane pass. Spurs kept going, searching for that winner, but it was not to be. A share of the spoils was likely deserved, but leaves Spurs chasing in the race for top four. 

 

 

Table After Match Day 33

A look at the top half of the table and City have closed the gap on league leaders Arsenal down to a two points, while having two games in hand.  Newcastle sit pretty in third with united two points behind them with a game in hand. Spurs are fifth and six points off the top four, with Villa level on points with them. Liverpool are chasing them by a point and have a game in hand, while Brighton are four points off Liverpool with two games in hand. Brentford are in ninth with Fulham in tenth and two points behind them.

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As for the bottom half of the table, Southampton remain bottom and are now six points from safety. Everton and Leicester make up the bottom three, with Forest and Leeds a points ahead. West Ham are four points clear of them with Bournemouth a further two points ahead. Wolves and Palace sit on 37 points with Chelsea two points clear of them to make up the bottom half.

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Top Goal scorers After Match Day 33

1 - E. Haaland - Manchester City - 33 Goals
2 - H Kane - Tottenham - 24 Goals
3 - I. Toney - Brentford - 19 Goals
4 - M. Salah - Liverpool - 16 Goals 
5 - M. Rashford - Manchester United - 16 Goals
6 - G. Martinelli - Arsenal - 15 Goals
7 - O. Watkins - Aston Villa - 14 Goal
8 - B. Saka - Arsenal - 13 Goals
9 - M. Ødegaard - Arsenal - 12 Goals
10 - C. Wilson - Newcastle - 12 Goals 
11 - Rodrigo - Leeds United - 11 Goals
12 - A. Mitrović - Fulham - 11 Goals
13 - M. Almirón  - Newcastle - 11 Goals

 

 

Check out my 2022/23 Season Preview and Predictions here: Premier League 2022/23 Prediction

You can also find my updated predictions after the Round of 16 Champions League draw here: Champions League 22/23 Round of 16 Draw & Prediction

Have a great day, I hope you enjoyed the review of the weekends matches.

 

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