Liverpool v Everton
Welcome to this week's Premier League Prediction! Every Monday we have a new prediction for you to make. This week Rich and Jack talk about the Merseyside Derby that takes place this weekend. Rich wants Liverpool to win but Jack thinks Everton will win. This is also a page for you to discuss all the upcoming Premier League matches. This weekend sees some big matches in the Premier League and we want you to discuss all the matches in the comments section below.
Jack: Hi everybody. I’m Jack and we’re here with a little bit of extra football English for you to think about.
Rich: That’s right, Jack. Just a little bit. Hi, everybody. I’m Rich and we’re here with this week’s Premier League Prediction and some football English for you to practise.
Jack: This week’s bit of football English is the word ‘derby’. Later, Rich, you’re going to predict the result of the Merseyside Derby between Liverpool and Everton, but first, we’re going to look at the word derby in a bit more detail.
Rich: First, the meaning of derby is a match between two teams from the same city or region. Liverpool v Everton is the Merseyside Derby because Merseyside is the region where Liverpool is located.
Jack: In the Premier League, there are lots of derby matches. The Manchester Derby, the North London Derby between Arsenal and Spurs. There’s a North East Derby or the Tees- Wear Derby between Sunderland and Middlesbrough and lots of other London Derbies.
Rich: A derby is always a match between two teams from the same region. A derby is never just a match between two important teams. A match between Chelsea and Manchester Utd can never be called a derby.
Jack: But why do we say ‘derby’?
Rich: Well, nobody is 100% sure but it probably came from a horse race called The Derby. The Derby was the UK’s most famous horse race in the 19th century and the word ‘derby’ started to be used for a contest in any type of sport.
Jack: So, the word derby but more specifically the term ‘local derby’ started to be used in football in the early 20th century.
Rich: But, over time, the word ‘local’ was often dropped and the word ‘derby’ came to mean a match between two local teams.
Jack: So, in Liverpool, when they talk about the derby they mean the match between Liverpool and Everton.
Rich: That’s right and that is the match I’m going to speak about now. The Merseyside Derby. This Saturday, Liverpool play Everton at Anfield in the 228th Merseyside Derby. Both teams are in good form and have won three of their last five matches. Everton have Romelu Lukaku, who is the Premier League’s top scorer with 21 goals, so will always be dangerous. But Liverpool need the three points in their fight to finish in the Champions League places With Adam Lallana and Sadio Mane playing well I think Liverpool will have too much quality for their local rivals. I also have a feeling that Philippe Coutinho will have a good game. Final score: Liverpool 2-1 Everton
Jack: You know there is a cliche in football which says ‘form goes out of the window in derby matches’ it means that because of the passionate atmosphere and desire of the players to win the quality of the players is less important.
Rich: Does that mean you think Everton are going to win?
Jack: Yes, Everton will win 3-2!
Rich: Thanks, Jack!
Jack: You can discuss this match and the rest of this week’s football fixtures in the comments section. There are some other big matches this weekend, too. Arsenal v City on Sunday!
Rich: Bye for now and enjoy your football.
|Burnley||15:00||Tottenham||Turf Moor, Burnley|
|Chelsea||15:00||Crystal Palace||Stamford Bridge, London|
|Hull||15:00||West Ham||KC Stadium, Hull|
|Leicester City||15:00||Stoke City||King Power Stadium, Leicester|
|Man Utd||15:00||West Brom||Old Trafford, Manchester|
|Watford||15:00||Sunderland||Vicarage Road, Watford|
|Southampton||17:30||Bournemouth||St.Mary's Stadium, Southampton|
|Swansea||13:30||Middlesbrough||Liberty Stadium, Swansea|
|Arsenal||16:00||Man City||Emirates Stadium, London|
The Big Match
The biggest match this weekend is Liverpool against Everton. It's the 228th Merseyside Derby! Have a listen to what Rich and Jack think and then make your prediction.
Last week's featured match was Manchester City v Liverpool. Rich and our listeners thought Liverpool would win but Jack correctly predicted a 1-1 draw. Well done Jack, you're starting to catch up! You can see in the table below that Rich is still ahead in our prediction league. He's predicted a home win for Liverpool this week! What do you think? Remember, it's one point for the correct result and two additional points for the correct score. The big match this week is Liverpool v Everton. Can you predict the right score?
|Man City v Liverpool||Total Points||Liverpool v Everton|
Make your prediction now!
What do you think?
This is the place to discuss all this week's football. Who do you think will win the Merseyside Derby? Which matches are you going to watch this weekend?
Do you think 'derby matches' are different from normal games? Why?
There are two other 'derby matches' this weekend? Look at the fixtures. Do you know which matches are 'derby matches'? How good is your UK geography?