Premier League 22/23 Match Week 38 Review

Premier League 22/23 Match Week 38 Review

By cryptogod-1 | CryptoGod-1 : Sports | 29 May 2023

Good day everyone,

I hope you are all well and had an excellent weekend while enjoying the final round of Premier League matches this season, welcome to CryptoGod-1’s blog on all things sports. This weekend saw the relegation battle come to a climax, with Everton managing to avoid the drop on the final day, seeing Leeds and Leicester going down. Villa secured their place in the Europa Conference League, with Spurs missing out on European football next season. Brentford recorded a league double over Manchester City, while United ensured they finished in third.

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 weekend. In terms of match-winner/loser, I managed to predict 3/10 correctly in this final round of games.


Predicted: Arsenal 1-0 Wolves

Result: Arsenal 5-0 Wolves

Xhaka x2, Saka, Jesus, Kiwior

A fitting send off for the home fans in a season where they pushed for the title but fell short in the final weeks. Long serving player Xhaka, who is edging close to a move to Bayer Leverkusen. scored two early goals to set the tone. The first was on 11 minutes, when he was picked out by Jesus to head home. Three minutes later he got his second when Odegaards backheel flick cross went off a Wolves defender and landed for Xhaka to score. On 27 minutes Saka got his goal, curling home a fine finish from inside the area. Xhaka wasted a chance to score a first half hattrick, but in the second half Jesus got in on the action, heading in on the 58th minute from a Trossard. Wolves failed to get a shot on target, and Arsenal got their fifth when Kiwior's weak shot managed to go in beyond Sa in the 78th minute. Arsenal got a strong win which their fans will be hopefully can be a building point for another table topping challenge next season. They will need a good summer in the market to go one better next time around. As for Wolves, they secured their safety and it showed that most players already had their minds on their holidays here.


Predicted: Aston Villa 2-1 Brighton

Result: Aston Villa 2-1 Brighton

Douglas Luiz, Watkins - Undav

A huge result for Villa here, as they secured their spot in the Europa Conference League for next season, their first time in Europe since 2010/11 where they were eliminated in the play off round. Bailey hit the bar inside five minutes as Villa started strong, while on 8 minutes they took the lead. Ramsey played a beautiful pass to puck out Luiz, who smashed the ball home. Undav had an effort ruled out for offside as Brighton looked to have drawn level, and on 26 minutes Villa got their second. Watkins got in after a swift Villa counter to tap the ball in and double the lead. However, Brighton did get one back on 38 minutes when Undav did get his goal, after controlling in the box from a free kick before smashing home. This time VAR did not rule it out for offside. Mac Allister put an effort wide in a bright opening to the second half for Brighton, but Ramsey should have scored for Villa from a Bailey cross. Ramsey was denied by Steele in the closing stages and Brighton struggled to really get back into the game, with only three shots in the second half. It was a wonderful end to the season for Villa, with Emery having worked miracles. The same can be said for Brighton, who have managed to secure themselves a place in Europe for the first time in the clubs history.


Predicted: Brentford 1-1 Manchester City

Result: Brentford 1-0 Manchester City


A win was not enough for the Bees to sneak into Europe, with other results going against them, but by beating the Champions they managed to record a league double over City this season. It was Brentford who dominated and created the chances in the first half, as Pep rotated but still had a very capable team on the field. Wissa hit the inside of the post while Pinnock and Janelt both shot over. Mee forced two saves from Ederson, while Phillips and Gomez and Alvarez all had tame chances for City. Pep's side looked better in the second half, although Brentford had three calls for handball waved away. With time running out it looking like a draw would be the likely outcome, Brentford managed to score when Pinnock scored after Mbeumo had headed the ball to him from a Schade cross on 85 minutes. Palmer had three late chances to score but he was denied by fierce Brentford defending. It was not to be for the Bees in their quest for European football, but they produced a strong second season in the Premier League and will be looking to build on it next season. City meanwhile have one trophy secured, and will be aiming to add the FA Cup and Champions League to the trophy cabinet this season as Pep looks to win the treble.


Predicted: Chelsea 1-1 Newcastle

Result: Chelsea 1-1 Newcastle

Trippier OG - Gordon

Neither side had much to play for bar pride going into this one, although Newcastle knew they could have moved back up to third if they managed to win and Manchester United lost. It took the Magpies only 9 minutes to get their goal, a perfect start as Gordon got his first goal from the club when he was left unmarked in the area from Anderson's cross. Prior to that Isak had forced a save from Kepa on 2 minutes. Almiron then had a shot saved and Isak struck wide as Newcastle pressed on. Chelsea pushed to get back into it, with Thiago Silva seeing his headed blocked by Trippier before Madueke had two efforts blocked. on 29 minutes a quick Enzo free kick caught out the Newcastle defence and put Sterling through, who saw his low cross from the right go in off Trippier. Chelsea still stuggled to create chances, with their first official shot in the 43rd minute, although Sterling had an effort cleared off the line just before the break. The second half saw Chelsea on top but their poor finishing let them down. Madueke, Sterling, Hall and Felix also wasted chances to score, while Pulisic and Felix wasted the best chances to score. Miley did hit the bar for Newcastle but in the end it was a share of the points for these sides. Its been a disaster of a season for Chelsea, who will want to address their issues in the summer and come back stronger next season. As for Newcastle, they have made the Champions League but now they will need to consolidate themselves as a top four side and build on this progress next season.


Predicted: Crystal Palace 3-1 Nottingham Forest

Result: Crystal Palace 1-1 Nottingham Forest

Hughes - Awoniyi

Neither of these sides had much to play for going into this one, with Hodgson and Cooper having already overseen their sides ensure their Premier League status. Olise and Eze were the shining lights for Palace, while Forest played their counter attacking style. Eze fired wide on 17 minutes having been set up by Olise, while Eze combined with Olise once again around the half hour mark but Ayew blocked his effort. Forest went ahead on 31 minutes when Gibbs-White produced some magic to curl an effort between the Palace defence with Awoniyi on hand to score. Forest continued to threaten from deal balls after the break, but Olise and Eze caused them plenty of havoc. Worrall blocked three clear goal chances in a stellar performance at the back to deny Palace, but on 66 minutes they got their goal. Hughes was on hand to head home on his 50th appearance for the club after the ball deflected off Boly, and a draw was probably a just result. Awoniyi ended the season with 6 goals in 4 games and Cooper will hope he can carry that form into next season. As for Palace, they will need to decide what happens with Hodgson but in Olise and Eze they have bright attacking talent to lead a push towards the top half in the next campaign.


Predicted: Everton 1-2 Bournemouth

Result: Everton 1-0 Bournemouth


A massive win for Everton ensured they avoid the drop on the final day, ensuring they continue with their status as one of the six clubs to have remained in the Premier League since its creation in 1992. Bournemouth were stronger from the off, with Lerma shooting over early on while Everton attacked down the left for the majority of the game. The Toffees lacked presence in the area but Gueye did finally manage to test Travers, who tipped the effort over. Gueye forced another save soon after, as the pressure grew on Everton with the news of their relegation rivals Leicester taking the lead. Brooks wasted a volleyed chance for the Cherries as they looked to add to Everton's problems, while Senesi put an effort just wide. Gray saw an effort saved early in the second half but finally on the 57th minute Everton got their goal. Gueye's searching ball was towards Onana, but it was headed clear only as far as Doucouré, who drilled the ball into the goal from distance. Everton need to hold on to their lead and Moore came on to cause more problems along with Solanke, as Pickford and Coady kept Everton in it. Vina drew a save from Pickford late into stoppage time, with 10 minutes having been added from a potential bite from Mina, and it was a save which kept Everton in the division. At the final whistle a pitch invasion ensued as Everton fans celebrated staying up once again. They will need a lot of work to avoid a third season battling the drop next year, while Bournemouth will hope to build on their impressive first season back in the top flight.


Predicted: Leeds 3-2 Tottenham

Result: Leeds 1-4 Tottenham

Harrison - Kane x2, Porro, Lucas Moura

Leeds needed a win and for results elsewhere to go their way if they were to remain in the Premier League, but from the off the unlikely became impossible. Kane scored his first after two minutes when Porro and Son combined to slice open the Leeds backline. Koch wasted Leeds best chance to get level in the first half from a Rodrigo cross, and Struijk had an effort deflected for a corner as Leeds tried to get back into the game. Spurs threatened on the break but couldn't create any real chances. Two minutes after the break they did, as Porro arrowed a low shot into the far corner after Kane set him up. Leeds did not wilt, instead searched for their own goal and on 67 minutes Harrison scored when he shot from the edge of the area low into the far corner. However, just two minutes later Kane scored again, this time Sanchez's simple long clearance cut out the Leeds backline and Kane curled an effort home. With news of Everton and Leicester being ahead, Leeds knew their slim hopes were now gone, and the fans let their unhappiness be known from the stand. In the fifth minute of injury time Moura got a fitting farewell on his last appearance for the north London club after he scored following his mazy run through the Leeds defence. A poor season for both sides, as Spurs missed out on a place in Europe while Leeds got relegated. Both will need to reassess in the summer and consider their options in terms of players and managers, with the future of Kane likely to be a big talking point as the England captain scored 30 league goals this season in a struggling side to show his class.


Predicted: Leicester 2-2 West Ham

Result: Leicester 2-1 West Ham

Barnes, Faes - Fornals

The Foxes knew a win might not be enough depending on results elsewhere, but put in a valiant effort to maintain themselves in the Premier League. Iheanacho was at the heart of Leicester's attacking play as they looked for a first win in a month, and played better than they had for most of their relegation battle. Iheanacho grazed the bar early on, and on 34 minutes played a one-two with Barnes before the Englishman scored from an angle. The second half saw Evans almost head into his own net early on from a corner, but the Foxes were comfortable against a lacklustre West Ham side. Faes managed to head in his first goal for the club on 62 minutes, but by then news had come through about Everton taking the lead. More than once fake news of a Bournemouth equaliser trickled through the King Power stadium, and the fans erupted in roars before realising the truth. Fornals managed to pull one back from close range in the 79th minute as the tension and nerves at the King Power were palpable, but in the end the win was not enough. Seven years after a shock Premier League win under Ranieri, Leicester are going back to the Championship. Their poor recruitment, or more so their lack of recruitment, cost them in the end, especially in the goalkeeping department. West Ham meanwhile lost their 20th league game of the season, but had one eye on their Europa Conference League final with a chance to get some silverware and into the Europa League next season if they manage to win it.


Predicted: Manchester United 2-2 Fulham

Result: Manchester United 2-1 Fulham

Sancho, Fernandes - Tete

Both sides had nothing to play for going into this one, with United assured of a top four finish and Fulham of a top half finish. United needed a win to guarantee they finished in third, but a sluggish start saw Fulham take the lead on 19 minutes when Willian swung in a corner and Tete headed home unmarked. Cairney was tripped in the box by Casemiro soon after and SIlva's side should have doubled their lead, but Mitrovic saw his spot kick saved. United punished Fulham for that on 39 minutes when Sancho scored following the ball ricocheting to him following a Fred run. After the break United pushed on to get the lead, and on 55 minutes Fred played a big part once again. This time he picked out Fernandes with a lovely pass for the Portuguese to round the keeper and slot into the net. Ten Hag withdrew his stars late in the game as he kept one eye on the FA Cup, and while Fulham tried for an equaliser, it was in vain. The win meant United finished third and Ten Hag could add a second trophy for his first season in the Cup final, although it wont be easy facing off against City. As for Fulham, they can be content with their first season back in the Premier League resulting in a top half finish, and they will look to build on this next season.


Predicted: Southampton 1-4 Liverpool

Result: Southampton 4-4 Liverpool

Ward-Prowse, Sulemana x2, Armstrong - Jota x2, Firmino, Gakpo

A much changed Liverpool fielded Kelleher in goal while also resting Van Dijk, but it only took 10 minutes to take the lead. Southampton tried to play out from the back, but a loose pass found Jota in the box and he scored in the unguarded net. Four minutes later Liverpool had their second as Firmino got his farewell goal, with Alexander-Arnold playing the ball into Fabinho, who laid it off to Firmino. He put two defenders on the ground before scoring low beyond the keeper. The Saints got one back on 19 minutes when Sulemana and Alcaraz combined before playing him in. On 28 minutes Southampton were level as Walcott found Sulemana who shot low beyond Kelleher. After the break Southampton took the lead on 47 minutes when Sulemana was on hand to score after Firmino had lost possession. In the 64th minute Henderson played the ball straight to Armstrong, who raced in to score 49 seconds after entering the field. Liverpool came back into it, as on 72 minutes Alexander-Arnold hit a cross for Gakpo to tap in, and a minute later Salah released Jota to smash home into the top corner. The Saints are relegated but at least managed to put on a worthy performance for their final game. As for Liverpool, they can be happy enough with the result and while they did have a good surge towards the end of the season, it has been poor overall and they will want to come racing out of the traps next season.



Table After Match Day 38

A look at the top half of the table and Manchester City are champions with 89 points. Unlike in previous seasons the points did not run in the 90's, but Arsenal finished in second and five points behind. United and Newcastle made up the top four, with Liverpool and Brighton in the Europa League. Aston Villa managed to drag themselves up into the Europa Conference League, while Tottenham will miss out on European football next season. Brentford finished ninth after their excellent season, with last seasons promoted Fulham in tenth.


As for the bottom half, Palace finished comfortably in eleventh, with Chelsea two points behind in their worst season for almost three decades. Wolves pushed up into thirteenth, with West Ham, Bournemouth, and Forest behind them. Everton avoided the drop on the final day to secure their Premier League status, but Leicester, Leeds, and Southampton all finished below the dotted line and will be playing in the Championship next season.


In terms of next season, Burnley, Sheffield United, and Luton Town will all be playing in the Premier League next season.



Top Goal scorers After Match Day 38

1 — E. Haaland — Manchester City — 36 Goals
2 — H Kane — Tottenham — 30 Goals
3 — I. Toney — Brentford — 20 Goals
4 — M. Salah — Liverpool — 19 Goals
5 — C. Wilson — Newcastle — 18 Goals
6 — M. Rashford — Manchester United — 17 Goals
7 — G. Martinelli — Arsenal — 15 Goals
8 — M. Ødegaard — Arsenal — 15 Goals
9 — O. Watkins — Aston Villa — 15 Goals



Season Predictions

At the beginning of the season I did a prediction of how the final table would look, including the league winners, European place teams, and those who would be relegated. Now it is time to see just how right, or wrong, I was.


Predicted Final Table At Start of Season- (Actual Final League Place)

1 - Liverpool (5th)

2 - Manchester City (1st)

3 - Tottenham (8th)

4 - Arsenal (2nd)

5 - Chelsea (12th)

6 - West Ham United (14th)

7 - Newcastle United (4th)

8 - Manchester United (3rd)

9 - Leicester (18th)

10 - Aston Villa (7th)

11 - Wolves (13th)

12 - Crystal Palace (11th)

13 - Southampton (20th)

14 - Nottingham Forest (16th)

15 - Brighton (6th)

16 - Brentford (9th)

17 - Everton (17th)

18 - Leeds (19th)

19 - Fulham (10th)

20 - Bournemouth (15th)


I believed prior to the start of the campaign the Liverpool would be strong contenders for the title, but that was not the case. In the end City won it, with Arsenal giving them a strong push in the race throughout the season.

European places I felt like Spurs would be strong and manage to finish in the top four, with Chelsea in the Europa League along with West Ham, with Newcastle taking the Europa Conference League place. I am sure we were all pleasantly surprised with how well Newcastle did this season, and bemused at how poor Spurs and especially Chelsea were. United surprised me and managed to finish much higher than I had anticipated.

Relegation wise Bournemouth were many peoples favourite for the drop before the season began but have shown they are capable of cutting it in the top flight. Fulham have outdone everyone's expectations and are no longer a yo-yo club, while Everton avoided the drop on the final day. There was heartache for Southampton, Leeds and Leicester fans, with their stays in the Premier League having come to an end.



My Team of the Season

I have done my own team of the season, based of the performances of players throughout the campaign. It was a very tough one with plenty of players just missing out, but overall I am happy with my choices.


GK - Alisson (Liverpool)

RB - Trippier (Newcastle)

CB - Saliba (Arsenal)

CB - Botman (Newcastle)

LB - Estupiñán (Brighton)

CM - Rodri (Manchester City)

CM - Ødegaard (Arsenal)

CM - De Bruyne (Manchester City)

RW - Salah (Liverpool)

LW - Kane (Tottenham)

ST - Haaland (Manchester City)

Subs: Pope (Newcastle), Lisandro Martinez (Manchester United), Ake (Manchester City), Casemiro (Manchester United), Ramsey (Aston Villa), Saka (Arsenal), Rashford (Manchester United), Toney (Brentford), Wilson (Newcastle)




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 preview of the matches and get to see the games.


Have a great day.

Peace. CryptoGod-1.


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