Premier League 22/23 Match Week 36 Review

Premier League 22/23 Match Week 36 Review

By cryptogod-1 | CryptoGod-1 : Sports | 16 May 2023

Good day everyone,

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 Newcastle drop points in their bid for top four, United win to keep their top four hopes alive, Villa beat Spurs in their race for sixth, Southampton got relegated, City go marching on towards the title, while Brighton put the final nail in Arsenal's coffin.


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



Week Predictions & Final Results

So in terms of the predicted scores, I got 3/10 correct scores this week. In terms of match-winner/loser, I had an excellent weekend where I managed to predict 9/10 correctly in this reduced round of games.


Predicted: Leeds 2-2 Newcastle

Result: Leeds 2-2 Newcastle

Ayling, Kristensen - Wilson x2

This result could have a huge impact at both ends of the table, as Leeds got a point in their relegation battle and Newcastle dropped points in their top four bid. Leeds started bright, showing energy which got the Elland Road crowd going, and took the lead on 7 minutes. Harrison released Bamford down the left, who crossed for Rodrigo. His header was saved by Pope, but Ayling was on hand to score the rebound. Joelinton then fouled Firpo to hand Leeds a penalty, but Bamford saw his spot kick saved just before the half hour mark. Soon after, on 31 minutes, Newcastle had a penalty of their own. Wober was reckless in his challenge on Isak, and Wilson stepped up to score. Almiron put an effort wide just before the break but Leeds were defending resolutely. Wilson saw an effort saved and Schar had a header cleared off the line in the second half as Newcastle pushed on looking for a winner. On 69 minutes Firpo gave away a second penalty when he handled the ball from Willock's deep cross. Up stepped Wilson to score his second spot kick of the game. Leeds got themselves back into it on 79 minutes when Gnonto's corner was struck by Kristensen from 25 yards and went in via a slight deflection of Trippier. Firpo ended up with a red card after a professional foul on Gordon in stoppage time, but Leeds held on for a point. Leeds have now both scored and conceded in their previous 11 league games, while Wilson has now scored the most league goals by a Newcastle player (17) since Shearer got 22 back in 2003-04.


Predicted: Aston Villa 3-2 Tottenham

Result: Aston Villa 2-1 Tottenham

Ramsey, Douglas Luiz - Kane

Both these sides are in the race for Europa League, and a win for Villa moved them level on points with Spurs, albeit behind them with two goals less in terms of goal difference. Spurs recent run of conceding early continued here, with Ramsey after 8 minutes from Bailey's cross. Spurs proceeded to produce a disappointing first half, without an attempt on goal. Villa though could have added more, with Bailey seeing an effort saved around the half hour mark and Buendia hitting the bar two minutes before the break. Buendia once again tested Forster early in the second half, but moments later Spurs should have been level. Luiz lost the ball near his own area and Kane pounced, but could only shoot at Martinez. Kulusevski then saw a curling effort go wide around the 65th minute as Spurs sparked into life. However on 72 minutes Villa managed to double their lead when Douglas Luiz curled in a free-kick from 25 yards out. In the 90th minute Kane won and converted a penalty after Martinez brought him down in the area, but it was too late for Spurs to force a draw from this one. Spurs are now winless in seven away league games, while 21 goals across those games. They have also conceded in the first ten minutes in their previous five league games. Villa meanwhile have won six consecutive home league matches for the first time since February 1993.


Predicted: Chelsea 1-1 Nottingham Forest

Result: Chelsea 2-2 Nottingham Forest

Sterling x2 - Awoniyi x2

A huge point here for Forest could be monumental come the end of the season, as they managed to peg back Chelsea to get the point. Forest set about with a game plan of hitting Chelsea on the counter, while Chelsea once again produced a poor first half as their torrid season continues. Felipe headed just wide from Lodi's corner early on as Forest showed their threat, and on 13 minutes Awoniyi got to a Lodi cross before Mendy and headed into an empty net. Sterling nearly got in behind from a diagonal ball, but Worrall got back in time to make a vital block. Bar that Chelsea were poor, and Kovacic also had to go off injured. After some booed them off at the break, Chelsea looked a new side in the second half. However, Forest still threatened from set pieces and Niakhate should have made it two nil early in the second half. Then on 51 minutes Sterling got his first to draw Chelsea level, as his effort deflected off Yates to go into the roof of the net. HIs second, and the lead for Chelsea, came on 58 minutes when Sterling cut in on his right foot to rifle an effort in. Forest battled back and the lead did not last long, as on 62 minutes from a long throw-in which was only half cleared, allowing Mangal to knock the ball back into the area and Awoniyi to head in. Lodi could have put Forest back ahead with a fierce long range effort but it went just wide, and the game ended with Chelsea making all the attacks. Forest held on tight and ensured Chelsea got nothing more from the game, and in doing so Forest got just their 7th away point of the season. The result means Chelsea are winless in six league games at Stamford Bridge, while Awoniyi is only the second player to score a brace two games in a row for Forest in the Premier League.


Predicted: Crystal Palace 2-1 Bournemouth

Result: Crystal Palace 2-0 Bournemouth

Eze x2

Palace produced a solid performance to secure a comfortable home win here, as Hodgson's side threatened from the start. Olise curled wide early on and then crossed for Zaha but he failed to score from three yards out. VAR was then needed when Andersen's hand appeared to hit Lerma in the face, but VAR went in the favour of the Palace defender. Soon after, on 39 minutes, Palace got their opener. A beautiful passing move resulted in Zaha spun away from his marker before cutting the ball back for Ayew to flick on towards Eze, who applied the finish. Andersen's stunning cross-field pass found Zaha soon after and he managed to shoot just wide. Bournemouth were penned in and the second half continued in the same manner, with Hughes forcing a save from Neto. Zaha had to come off with injury but Palace continued to dominate with Olise at the centre of it all. He played the ball across the park for Eze to control before darting inside and finishing in the 58th minute. Bournemouth could not find a way back into the game and Palace continued to dominate and saw out the game for their fifth win in Hodgson's eight games in charge. It also marked the first defeat for Bournemouth in four away league games, ending their their longest run of successive away wins in the top-flight. Bournemouth are all but safe after their recent excellent run of form and although they will need to improve on their defensive side next season, they can be happy with their late season form to keep them in the league. 


Predicted: Manchester United 1-1 Wolves

Result: Manchester United 2-0 Wolves

Martial, Garnacho

United entered into this on the back of two 1-0 defeats, and with Liverpool breathing down their neck, they need a result. Rashford was ruled out before kick off but United looked comfortable from the off against a toothless Wolves side. Antony had a good chance early on when a defensive slip could have put him in, and around the half hour mark the Brazilian headed wide from a Shaw cross. On 32 minutes the opener did arrive when Martial was on hand to score into an empty net after Antony got onto a Bruno pass before keeper Bentley and squared for the Frenchman. After the break United continued to test Bentley as Wolves offered little, with Sancho and Antony seeing efforts saved. Lopetegui’s side could not match their keepers effort, with Varane back for United but showing rustiness which Wolves should have taken advantage of. In the fourth minute of stoppage time Garnacho raced clear and scored in off the post to add gloss to the scoreline, although United always looked assured of the win. United won their 20th league game of the season here and just need two more wins to guarantee their place in the Champions League next season. They also managed six clean sheets in a row at home with this result, while Martial got his fifth league goal of the season. Wolves meanwhile are without a win in their last seven away games in the league, with three defeats in their last three.


Predicted: Southampton 2-3 Fulham

Result: Southampton 0-2 Fulham

Vinicius, Mitrovic

The loss at home to Fulham confirmed relegation for Southampton, who will be playing in the Championship next season, being relegated from the Premier League for the first time since since 2004/05. Back then it took seven years to finally make it back to the top flight, while also visiting League One along the way. The tension was palpable in the ground as the game kicked off, and Fulham had an early penalty appeal turned down when Wilson's cross struck Lyanco's arm. As the half worse on, Willian had a shot cleared off the line by Lyanco just before the break. Southampton had failed to turn up for the first half in their must win game, and three minutes into the second half they were behind. Wilson spotted the run of Reed, who saw Lyanco slide in to clear but the ball fell kindly for Vinicius to apply the finish. Mitrovic replaced Vinicius just after the hour mark and on 72 minutes he got the better of Walker-Peters to head home from Wilson's cross. The game petered out and the Saints were left with the ill feeling of relegation at the final whistle, eight points clear of safety at the time with only two games left. They had been in the bottom three for all but seven days since Christmas and it seemed their fate was always sealed. From Hassenhuttl to Jones to Selles, it was not to be and the fans will be facing a long summer with plenty of sales likely. It will be interesting to see if they can rebuild and bounce back up, and also interesting to see what the likes of Ward-Prowse decides to do. As for Fulham, they got a first win away to Southampton since the 1930s and are poised for a top half finish, with Silva aiming to build on their fantastic first season back in the league by building on this next year. Fulham could certainly be an example to Southampton of what to do, or not to do, looking back at their constant promotions and relegations over the last decade before finally coming back up this year and cementing themselves in the league.


Predicted: Brentford 2-1 West Ham

Result: Brentford 2-0 West Ham

Mbeumo, Wissa

The Bees were without Toney, with rumours of his impending ban circulating, but West Ham fielded a much rotated side as Moyes showed his priority was clearly on the Europa Conference League semi final. It was a player who did retain his place which led to the opener for Brentford, as Aguerd's sloppy pass was pounced upon by Damsgaard, finding its way to Jensen who set up Mbeumo to score on 20 minutes. Fabianski then denied Wissa twice as the Bees pressed on, but on 43 minutes Wissa did get his goal. Jensen's long throw was flicked on by Mee and Wissa was on hand to head in. Wissa, Mbeumo and Damsgaard all missed with good chances in the second half as West Ham failed to produce much of note, before Rice and Benrahma came on for the final thirty minutes and almost started a comeback. Benrahma saw an effort come back off the bar and fall for Lanzini, who squared for Ings to tap in but VAR ruled it offside. There was little else of note in terms of goalmouth action and the Bees held on for a solid win to keep their slim hopes of European football alive. They remain four points off the top seven and it is quite unlikely they will make the leap into European places, but nevertheless they have had an excellent second season in the Premier League. West Ham meanwhile remain comfortably clear of the bottom three, and while mathematically they are not safe yet, they are all but assured of their position in the league for next season.


Predicted: Everton 0-3 Manchester City

Result: Everton 0-3 Manchester City

Gündogan x2, Haaland

This game was a difficult start for City, who are closing in on their third title in a row, when Holgate just couldn't get to the ball from a corner after Tarkowski had nodded it on. Everton marshalled the City attacks well, as the away side dominated the ball and City took the lead on 37 minutes when Gündogan swivelled with the ball from a Mahrez cross to score. Two minutes later City had their second as Haaland was on hand to head in from a Gündogan cross. As if things could not get worse for Everton, they lost Calvert-Lewin to another injury as he was forced off at the break. On 51 minutes Gündogan was involved again, curling in a lovely free-kick to all but end the contest and put more relegation fears onto Everton. Tarkowski managed to head onto the bar from a corner as Everton looked for a way back into the game, and Haaland tried a spectacular scissor kick as the game came to a close. City have now won 11 in a row in the league and are marching towards the title, with their attention now going back to their Champions League semi final with Real Madrid. Pep's side also have the FA Cup to look forward to as they go for a treble, while Everton are now a point above Leeds and two behind Forest as they have now lost a club-record 10 league games this season. 


Predicted: Arsenal 1-2 Brighton

Result: Arsenal 0-3 Brighton

Enciso, Undav, Estupinan

The title race is well and truly over now, with Arsenal bowing out in horrendous fashion. The game started with a fierce tone, as neither side held back. Martinelli smashed into Mitoma, and soon later Caicedo returned the favour. Martinelli had to be replaced following Caicedo’s tackle and Trossard came on in his place. He managed to hit the bar against his former side, while Enciso tested Ramsdale at the other end. Odegaard and Saka put efforts wide, while Jesus forced a save from Steele. Enciso blasted over after great work from Mitoma, but in the second half Brighton atoned for their wasted efforts. Enciso got his goal on 51 minutes, heading in Estupinan’s cross while Kiwior fell to the ground. Arteta, who had been feeling the pressure all day, finally got booked for an outburst, while both Welbeck and Mac Allister went close. Nelson came on and almost scored, but Undav punished Trossard's mistake in the 86th minute as he chipped over Ramsdale to double the lead. Then in the sixth minute of injury time the final nail was put in Arsenal's title bid, as Estupinan was on hand to score the rebound after Ramsdale had parried Unav's long range effort. Arsenal have now managed to concede 25 league goals at home this season, their joint-most in a single campaign. Undav meanwhile has now scored three goals in his last four Brighton league games after not scoring in his previous 14. The Seagulls have moved up to sixth and are very much in the race for Europe, while any glimmer of hope Arsenal had for a title is now gone.


Predicted: Leicester 0-3 Liverpool

Result: Leicester 0-3 Liverpool

Jones x2, Alexander-Arnold

Leicester made the bright start here, knowing they needed a win for their battle against relegation, while Liverpool knew they needed a win to keep their slim top four hopes alive. The Foxes had the opening chance, as Maddison played in Barnes who in turn played in Vardy, but Alisson was alert to the danger. While Leicester were determined to get a result here, it was Liverpool in form and they took advantage with their first chance. Alisson booted the ball long and Faes allowed the ball to bounce, where Henderson played it on to Salah who crossed for Jones to score at the far post on 33 minutes. Three minutes later Liverpool, and Jones, got their second. Gakpo played the ball onto Salah who assisted once again by playing it for Jones to swivel and score. Gakpo could have made it three just before the break but shot straight at Iversen, but Leicester came out with intent in the second half. Barnes forced a save from Alisson while Daka and Tete came on later in the half. Salah had a curling shot saved approaching the hour mark, and on 71 minutes Liverpool wrapped up the game. Evans fouled Henderson outside the area, and Salah rolled the ball for Alexander-Arnold to score from the free kick into the top corner. Gakpo played Salah in late on but amazingly the Egyptian put it wide when he looked certain to score. The result was Leicesters 22nd loss in the Premier League this season and they look in real danger of going down. As for Liverpool, they are on a run of seven league wins in a row and unbeaten in nine as they make a late push for the top four and lay down markers for next season after a poor campaign overall.



Table After Match Day 36

A look at the top half of the table and City continue to lead the way, sitting four points clear of Arsenal with a game in hand and having the title al but secured. Newcastle are third, ahead of fourth placed United on goal difference. Liverpool remain in fifth, a point off United and Newcastle having played a game more. Brighton have moved into sixth, with Spurs seventh and Villa behind them on goal difference. Brentford and Fulham make up the top half.


As for the bottom half of the table, Southampton are now relegated on 24 points, with with Leicester in 19th with 30 points. Leeds are a place and a point ahead, with Everton just outside of the bottom three with 32 points. Forest are two points clear of them and three clear of relegation. West Ham are fifteenth, with Bournemouth and Wolves ahead of them. Palace and Chelsea make up the bottom half of the table.




Top Goal scorers After Match Day 36

1 — E. Haaland — Manchester City — 36 Goals
2 — H Kane — Tottenham — 27 Goals
3 — I. Toney — Brentford — 20 Goals
4 — M. Salah — Liverpool — 19 Goals
5 — C. Wilson — Newcastle — 17 Goals
6 — M. Rashford — Manchester United — 16 Goals
7 — G. Martinelli — Arsenal — 15 Goals
8 — M. Ødegaard — Arsenal — 15 Goals
9 — O. Watkins — Aston Villa — 14 Goal
10 — B. Saka — Arsenal — 13 Goals
11 — Rodrigo — Leeds United — 12 Goals
12 — A. Mitrović — Fulham — 12 Goals
13 — H. Barnes — Leicester — 12 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.

Peace. CryptoGod-1.


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