Arsenal v Manchester Utd
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 match between Arsenal and Manchester Utd. Both teams are fighting for a top four finish which will mean Champions League qualification. Matches between Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger are often interesting to watch. Who will come out on top this time? Will United be distracted by their semi-final matches in the Europa League? We also take a look at the first conditional e.g. 'If Utd win the Europa League, the Premier League will have five teams in next season's Champions League.' 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 there is another big match between the teams fighting for a place in the top four of the Premier League.
Rich: The top four guarantees Champions League football next season and there are six teams battling for four places.
Jack: And the big match this weekend is Arsenal in sixth against Manchester Utd in fifth.
Rich: These two teams are just outside the top four so need to win to keep their chances of a top four finish alive.
Jack: I’m a bit worried about Arsenal. It could be the first time in 20 years that the Gunners don’t qualify for the Champions League.
RIch: It will also be a big deal if Manchester Utd miss out but at least they have two chances to qualify for the Champions League.
Jack: What do you mean?
Rich: The winners of the Europa League, Europe’s junior competition, also go into the Champions League.
Jack: Of course, and United are in the semi-finals this week against Celta Vigo from Spain.
Rich: ‘If United win the Europa League, the Premier League will have five teams in the Champions League next season.’
Jack: So what about this weekend’s match. I think Arsenal will win. They need to bounce back after losing the North London Derby to Spurs! I think they will win 1-0.
Rich: I actually agree with you, Jack. I think Man Utd will have their eye on the Europa League semi-finals. This match comes in the middle of the two legs of those matches against the Spanish team. United have also suffered lots of injuries lately, especially in defence. Arsenal only have the Premier League now and I think they will get the three points. Final score: Arsenal 2-1 Manchester Utd
Jack: I’m not sure it will be enough to get Arsenal into the top four but you never know…
Rich: Before we go, let’s take a look at one of the sentences we used earlier. It is ‘If United win the Europa League, the Premier League will have five teams in the Champions League next season.’
Jack: This is an example of a conditional sentence. It is often called the first conditional which is used to describe real and possible situations. It is possible that Utd will win the Europa League and the result of this happening would be five Premier League teams in the Champions League next season.
Rich: We create the first conditional by using if plus the present simple and then will in the second part of the sentence.
Jack: Some examples might be: If Swansea finish in 18th place they will be relegated or if Arsenal beat Manchester United at the weekend I’ll be very happy.
Rich: Can you think of some first conditional sentences? Try writing them in the comments section below.
Jack: Right, that’s all from us for now. We’ll be back later in the week with a new podcast. Let us know who you think will win the big match in the vote and in the comments section.
Rich: And remember to discuss the rest of this week’s football fixtures in the comments section. There are some other big matches this weekend, too.
Jack: Bye for now and enjoy your football.
Friday 5 May 2017
|West Ham||20:00||Tottenham||London Stadium, London|
Saturday 6 May 2017
|Man City||12:30||Crystal Palace||The Etihad, Manchester|
|Bournemouth||15:00||Stoke City||Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth|
|Burnley||15:00||West Brom||Turf Moor, Burnley|
|Hull||15:00||Sunderland||KC Stadium, Hull|
|Leicester City||15:00||Watford||King Power Stadium, Leicester|
|Swansea||17:30||Everton||The Liberty Stadium, Swansea|
|Arsenal||16:00||Man Utd||Emirates Stadium, London|
Monday 8 May 2017
|Chelsea||20:00||Middlesbrough||Stamford Bridge, London|
The Big Match
Rich's prediction this week is the match between Arsenal and Manchester Utd. This means that old rivals - Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger will go head to head once again! Who do you think will win? Have a listen to what Rich and Jack think and then make your prediction.
Last week's featured match was the the North London Derby between Spurs and Arsenal. Spurs won 2-0. Only our listeners got a point last week. They went with a 2-1 win for Spurs which closes the gap at the top of the table to just three points. A special congratulations to RafaelRC from Brazil and Buchiy from Japan who predicted a 2-0 win for Tottenham. It's the second week in a row that Buchiy has predicted the exact score! You can see in the table below that Rich is still ahead in our prediction league. He's predicted that Arsenal will beat Manchester Utd 2-1! What do you think? Remember, it's one point for the correct result and two additional points for the correct score. Can you predict the right score?
|Spurs v Arsenal||Total Points||Arsenal v Manchester Utd|
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What do you think?
This is the place to discuss all this week's football. Who will win? Arsenal or Manchester Utd? Which matches are you going to watch this weekend?
How many teams should each country have in the Champions League? Do youthink United will win the Europa League?
Can you write a sentence about football using the first conditional?