Premier League 22/23 Match Week 34 Review

Premier League 22/23 Match Week 34 Review

By cryptogod-1 | CryptoGod-1 : Sports | 3 May 2023

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I hope you are all well and had an excellent weekend while enjoying the latest matches, welcome to CryptoGod-1’s blog on all things sports. This weekend saw big wins for Palace, Brighton, and Bournemouth, a late thriller at Anfield, Leeds and Southampton look in real danger now, and Leicester and Everton had to settle for a share of the spoils in their battle against relegation.

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


Week Predictions & Final Results

So in terms of the predicted scores, I got 0/10 correct scores this week. In terms of match-winner/loser, I managed to predict 5/10 correctly in this reduced round of games.


Predicted: Crystal Palace 1-1 West Ham

Result: Crystal Palace 4-3 West Ham

Ayez, Zaha, Schlupp, Eze - Soucek, Antonio, Aguerd

The game kicked off 15 minutes late due to turnstile issues, but when it did Palace were quick on the attack. However, they left themselves exposed at the back and on nine minutes went behind as Olise's poor defensive header from a corner fell for Soucek to score. Palace responded well as five minutes later Ayez scored with a lovely shot at the near post. On 20 minutes Zaha put his side ahead when he stole in at the back post. West looked shaken and on the half hour mark Palace got their third when Soucek was dispossessed by Schlupp, who raced in to slot the Eagles third. The Hammers did managed to find a way back into the game on 35 minutes, when Soucek flicked on the ball at the near post for Antonio to apply the finish. Zaha thought he had won a penalty just before the break when he was dragged down by Coufal, but the ref waved play on. The second half brought more goals, as Aguerd did give away a penalty for a tug on Eze in the 66th minute. Up stepped Eze to send Fabianski the wrong way and restore the two goal cushion. Palace were once again undone by a corner, this time in the 72nd minute, as Soucek flicked the ball on for Aguerd to apply the finish. It was too little in the end for West to stage a comeback but while their performance was not at its best, they did at least manage to show some effort. The win puts Palace on 40 points, the magical number to ensure their status in the division. West Ham meanwhile will be annoyed they did not get anything from the game, allowing Palace to do the double over them this season. They are still not out of the relegation dogfight just yet, with 34 points meaning they will need to find more results before the end of the campaign while managing their Europa Conference League semi final.


Predicted: Brentford 2-2 Nottingham Forest

Result: Brentford 2-1 Nottingham Forest

Toney, Dasilva - Danilo

In a cruel twist of fate at the end of this one, Forest had their first away win in the league since early January snatched from their grasps. The game had started slow, with Mbeumo and Schade both seeing efforts go straight to Navas. As Forest held firm with their defensive shape, the game came alive just before the half. Raya came out for Johnson's cross but missed it, and somehow Awoniyi headed over with the goal at his mercy. Pinnock then saw a long range effort saved and Damsgaard putting the rebound straight at the keeper as Brentford wasted their best chance of the half. Almost immediately after, in the first minute of stoppage time, Forest were ahead. A corner was cleared to Gibbs-White, and his effort got deflected into the path of Danilo, with the Brazilian firing into the top corner. Brentford had the majority of the ball after the break but did little with it, as Niakhate shot straight at Raya and Mee saw a header saved. With time running out, in the 82nd minute Toney stepped up to score from a free kick. The Forest wall was very questionable, and the ball hit off the post before going in off Navas, although it looked to be going in anyway. Brentford kept up the pressure and Navas saved from Onyeka's deflected effort but in the fourth minute of stoppage time Forest had their hearts broken. Dasilva cut inside and his effort went through Navas' gloves and in at the near post. It was unfortunate for Navas, who was seen as a smart signing when he arrived in January. After keeping a clean sheet against Leeds in his first game, he has failed to keep on in his last 13 games. Bournemouth meanwhile kept their slim hopes of pushing into the top seven alive, although they are almost guaranteed to have a top half finish to the season.


Predicted: Brighton 3-1 Wolves

Result: Brighton 6-0 Wolves

Undav x2, Groß x2, Welbeck x2

A dominating performance from Brighton as they kickstarted their push to get into the European places. From the off they were in control, with Undav getting the first on six minutes when Welbeck backheeled the ball to him for the strikers first Premier League goal. The second came on 13 minutes when Enciso caused all sorts of problems down the right before playing the ball into Groß to score into the top corner. Welbeck wasted a great chance when firing over after Sa cleared the ball straight to him on the edge of the box, but the third came on 26 minutes when Groß smashed home a volley from 25 yards out. Prior to that Nunes forced a good save from Steele in one of Wolves better chances. Wolves, very much the masters of their own downfall, conceded the fourth on 39 minutes after giving the ball away sloppily in the centre of the park. Brighton worked it out wide on the left and Welbeck was on head to power his header home, with Lopetegui left furious on the touchline. Welbeck got his second just three minutes into the second half when he struck from the edge of the area. Brighton had started with many players rested, but brought on Mitoma, Mac Allister and Caicedo as De Zebri pushed his side to keep going. The sixth and final goal came when Kilman lost the ball in his own area, allowing Undav to chip the ball over Sa for his second. Estupinan and Gilmour both had chances to add even more damage to the score line but in the end the game finished comfortably for the Seagulls, whose fans were chanting 'Give them their money back' towards the travelling fans that stayed until the end. The was the first time in their history that Brighton scored six in a top flight game, and their biggest winning margin in any competition since November 2006. It was also the first time a Lopetegui side ever conceded six or more goals, while being Wolves first time conceding six since September 2012. 


Predicted: Bournemouth 2-1 Leeds

Result: Bournemouth 4-1 Leeds

Lerma x2, Solanke, Semenyo - Bamford

A huge result for Bournemouth as they all be ensured their Premier League survival, moving on 39 points with this win. Leeds meanwhile are very much facing dropping back into the Championship. Leeds almost got off to the perfect start when Bamford's flick was handled in the box by Vina, but VAR ruled it was outside the box. While Leeds were putting pressure on the Cherries, on 20 minutes the game changed on its head. Billings shot was blocked and Lerma was on had to curl aa lovely effort beyond Meslier. Four minutes later he got his second as Christie floated in a corner, the keeper missed it, and Lerma struck the ball high into the roof of the net. Leeds didnt manage a shot for the following ten minutes or so, but on 32 minutes they got one back, as Gnonto played the ball in for Bamford to head home. The match showed the tense nerves expected of it, but in the second half Bournemouth regained control. On 63 minutes Outtara chased down a long ball before crossing into the box. Leeds failed to deal with it and Solanke was on hand to apply the finish. Roca tested Neto as Leeds looked to get back into the game, before Koch and then Gnonto tested the keeper. Leeds failed to find the back of the net and in the first minute of stoppage time Bournemouth got their fourth. Semenyo collected a ball from Anthony and blasted the ball through Meslier's hands and into the net. Leeds have now seen 23 goals go into the back of their net throughout April, a new record for a single month in the league. Leeds have also lost all five of their games in April as they look destined for the bottom three. 


Predicted: Fulham 1-4 Manchester City

Result: Fulham 1-2 Manchester City

Vinicius - Haaland, Álvarez

City moved top of the table with this hard fought win here, albeit without De Bruyne in their squad. It was the perfect start as Haaland scored from the spot on three minutes after a clumsy challenge from Ream on Alvarez. It was Haaland's 50th goal of the season and 34th strike in the league. Fulham got themselves right back into it though, as on 15 minutes they were level. Pereira played a lofted ball into the box, which Wilson knocked down for Vinicius to slice home past Ederson. Grealish had an effort tipped over by Leno but on 36 minutes City were back ahead. Alvarez collected the ball from Mahrez and curled a beautiful 25 yard effort into the top corner. Ream had to go off with a broken arm, and Alvarez got past his replacement Diop to find Grealish, who crossed for Haaland but the striker saw his effort saved. Pereira then had to go off on a stretcher after a collison with Akanji. Leno kept Fulham in it with some fine saves from Alvarez. Ederson could have given away a penalty when going for the ball at Vinicius' feet but missing the ball entirely, but the referee waved play on. Decordova-Reid put a long range effort wide as Fulham began to control things, and City had just one shot on target in the final 39 minutes. However, Fulham could not find a way back into the game, and City held on to move top of the table with Arsenal not playing until Tuesday night.


Predicted: Manchester United 2-2 Aston Villa

Result: Manchester United 1-0 Aston Villa


Villa entered this game full of confidence and looking to do the double over United this season, but instead things didn't go to plan. Their defence looked weak and could have conceded more, Sabitzer had shot over early on and Casemiro saw an effort crash back off the bar with Martinez beaten. As the game progressed Rashford caused all sorts of problems, often only the offside flag saving Villa. However, on 39 minutes Rashford got onto a Fernandes pass but saw Martinez save his effort. The ball landed for Fernandes and the Portuguese took his chance to score. United continued in the same vein in the second half, creating more but lacking that killer instinct. Villa brought on Bertrand Traore in an attacking move, and they could have been level late on. Luiz saw an effort cleared off the line by Lindelof and United managed to hold on for the three points. It was a difficult result to take for Villa, who were making a late push towards the top four, but can at least still go for a place in Europe. This was also the first league game where Villa have failed to score since Emery took over. As for United, they strengthened their grip on the top four and will just need to get through their final few games to ensure a return to the Champions League at Ten hag's first attempt.


Predicted: Newcastle 4-2 Southampton

Result: Newcastle 3-1 Southampton

Wilson x2, Walcott OG - Armstrong

Southampton started brightly here, with Walker-Peters forcing a save from Pope within the first minute. Guimaraes and Gordon both had good chances for Newcastle, but the hosts struggled. Without a shot on target in the first half, their best chances came when Isak played Gordon in and the Englishman hit the post. On 41 minutes they were hit by a counter attack, as Lavia won the ball off Guimaraes in midfield before setting Alcaraz away, who in turn played it for Sulemana. He played in Armstrong to finish from inside the six-yard box after getting past Trippier. Wilson came on for the second half and scored after nine minutes. Botman had seen a chance saved a moment before, but Isak then played the ball across the goal for Wilson to score. Newcastle dominated from there, as Willock saw an effort saved and Wilson had a header go over. Wilson had a goal ruled off for offside, but in the 79th minute Newcastle were ahead. A Trippier corner was headed on by Botman and the ball went of Walcott and into the goal. Two minutes later Newcastle got their third as he rounded McCarthy and ended the tie as a contest. He was denied his third late on as an effort came crashing back off the bar. Newcastle moved onto 65 points thanks to this win, the last time they achieved that amount was in 2011/12 season. Wilson also scored his eight goal of the month, while Southampton are now without a win in nine league games and all but relegated, barring a miracle, at this stage. They have lacked that fight when needed most, but the fact they have lost their last two games in the competition in which they've scored first is telling. Newcastle meanwhile need one final push to ensure they get Champions League football for next season.


Predicted: Liverpool 3-1 Tottenham 

Result: Liverpool 4-3 Tottenham

Jones, Diaz, Salah, Jota - Kane, Son, Richarlison

A lightning fast start from Liverpool and abysmal defending from Spurs saw Liverpool race into an early lead here. A lovely cross to the back post from Alexander-Arnold saw Jones sweep home the first in the third minute. From there, Diaz got Liverpool's second in the fifth minute when Salah put Gakpo in down the right and the attacker crossed into the six yard box for Diaz to score. Things got worse for Spurs on fifteen minutes when Romero fouled Gakpo in the box with a clumsy challenge, giving Liverpool a penalty which Salah put down the middle. Liverpool continued to dominate, with Diaz showing his rustiness after being gifted the ball by Dier, but Spurs could and should have been level at the break. Son saw an effort cleared off the line by Van Dijk before Perisic took advantage of a Van Dijk slip on 39 minutes to cross for Kane and the striker pulled one back. Kulusevski then forced a big save from Alisson, while Son then hit the post in a frantic end the first half. Ten minutes into the second half and Spurs hit the post again, this time after Kane played a lovely ball to Romero and his effort came crashing back off the goal. Porro then forced a save from Alisson from 35 yards out as Spurs pushed on to get back into this game. Liverpool gained more control over the game from there, with Jota and Henderson coming on for Diaz and Elliott. Soon after Jota headed a Henderson cross onto the roof of the net as Liverpool looked for their fourth. In the 77th minute Spurs pulled one back as Romero played a lovely ball in behind for Son to race onto and his scored past Alisson. Soon after Skipp was looking for a penalty from a challenge by Alexander-Arnold in the area, and Jota got booked for a high boot moments after when he connected with Skipp's head. Richarlison came on for Skipp and went done under a Konaté challenge looking for a penalty but nothing was given. Liverpool looked so disjointed and out of sorts, picking up silly bookings and in the third minute of stoppage time the former Everton striker Richarlison met a Son free kick with a header into the ground which looped beyond Alisson, scoring his first goal for Spurs in the league. Jota, the man who caused Richarlison to come on after his clash with Skipp atoned for that by getting the last laugh, a minute later getting in and scoring low to the bottom right corner, all from Moura playing a blind pass. An amazing result which sees Liverpool move above Spurs in the table by two points while also having a game in hand. The race for Europe is far from over yet, although top four may be out of their reach, both of these sides are still in a battle with the likes of Villa and Brighton to at least secure Europa League football for next season.


Predicted: Leicester 2-1 Everton

Result: Leicester 2-2 Everton

Söyüncü, Vardy - Calvert-Lewin, Iwobi

The big game between two of the bottom three served up a thriller, although the result did little to help either side in their battle against the drop. It was Everton who started brighter, determined to silence the home crowd. Iwobi could have opened the scoring on 8 minutes but Iversen pulled off a spectacular save to keep the scores level. However, he could not do much about the opener on 15 minutes. Castagne gave away a spot kick for a careless foul on Calvert-Lewin, and the Everton striker stepped up and slotted it home. The Foxes did not wilt, infact they grew into the game from there. Söyüncü scored a lovely half volley on 22 minutes to level the scores after a Maddison free kick was crossed back into the box by Barnes, and Faes headed it down for Söyüncü. Iwobi then gave the ball away with a sloppy pass and Maddison set Vardy away, with the veteran striker rolling back the years to round Pickford and give his side the lead on 33 minutes. Calvert-Lewin then wasted a wonderful chance to score from yards out, and Vardy saw an effort come off the bar as both sides looked to push on. Vardy then won a penalty as his cross hit the arm of Keane, but Maddison saw his effort saved by Pickford. The second half continued in the same manner, and on 54 minutes Everton were level. McNeil crossed the ball into the area and it found its way to Iwobi, who hit it first time into the far corner. Doucoure forced a fine save from Iversen, and Tarkowski blocked Vardy’s goal-bound effort on the line as both sides pressed on looking for a winner. Vardy could and should have won it late on when he hit the side-netting with the goal gaping after stealing the ball off Pickford. In the end Leicester have moved out of the relegation zone on goal difference, while Everton are a point from safety. 


Predicted: Arsenal 0-0 Chelsea 

Result: Arsenal 3-1 Chelsea 

Ødegaard x2, Jesus - Madueke

From the off it was pure domination by Arsenal in this one. In the fifth minute Azpilicueta nearly gifted Arsenal a goal as his weak header back fell for Xhaka, but Kepa managed to save his effort. Arsenal were in full control, focusing their attacks down the right on Azpilicueta's side, and on 18 minutes got their opener. Xhaka picked out Ødegaard to fire home the first, Chilwell could have drawn his side level when he burst into the area and let off a shot but Ramsdale got down to save. That was Chelsea's only chance of the half, and on 31 minutes Arsenal got their second. In a similar move to the first, Xhaka played the ball in from the right for Ødegaard to fire home. Three minutes later they got their third when Chelsea failed to clear from White's cross and Jesus scored at the second attempt. Arsenal continued in the same vein after the break, with Silva clearing the ball off the line from a Gabriel header. Against the run of play Madueke scored for Chelsea on 65 minutes when some poor Arsenal defending allowed him in on goal and his scuffed shot into the ground looped into the goal. Chelsea never threatened a comeback though, as Arsenal have previously suffered against Liverpool and West Ham to derail their title bid. Mudryk did provide some scares with his pace but Arsenal held on, and moved back top of the table in the process. Lampard has continued to lose all his games in charge in his second stint as Chelsea manager, while Arsenal will at least try and push City in the title race although Pep's side have tow games in hand and remain two points behind.



Table After Match Day 34

A look at the top half of the table and the top four remains unchanged, with Arsenal moving back to the top of the league after their win over Chelsea. They remain two points clear of City, who have two games in hand. Newcastle and United make up the top four, with Liverpool moving into fifth. Spurs drop to sixth and Villa down to seventh, while Brighton, Brentford, and Fulham make up the top half.


As for the bottom half of the table, Southampton remain bottom and six points from safety. Everton are on 29 points in 19th, while Forest are a point ahead in the final relegation spot. Both Leeds and Leicester are on the same number of points but out of the drop zone on goal difference. West Ham sit four points ahead, with Wolves a further three points clear of them. Bournemouth sit in thirteenth with Chelsea above them on goal difference alone, and Palace finishes out the bottom half of the table.




Top Goal scorers After Match Day 34

1 — E. Haaland — Manchester City — 34 Goals
2 — H Kane — Tottenham — 25 Goals
3 — I. Toney — Brentford — 20 Goals
4 — M. Salah — Liverpool — 17 Goals
5 — M. Rashford — Manchester United — 16 Goals
6 — G. Martinelli — Arsenal — 15 Goals
7 — C. Wilson — Newcastle — 15 Goals
8 — O. Watkins — Aston Villa — 14 Goal
9 — M. Ødegaard — Arsenal — 14 Goals
10 — B. Saka — Arsenal — 13 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.


Have a great day.

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