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The North London Derby.

The North London Derby

The North London Derby

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 North London Derby. Tottenham take on Arsenal in a clash between two local rivals. But, there is more than local pride to play for. Arsenal are trying to finish in the top four to qualify for the Champions League and Spurs are chasing Chelsea in the race for the Premier League title. We also take a look at phrases that use extreme adjectives such as '...it's an absolutely massive match.' 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.

Transcript

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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 weekend there is a huge London Derby between Spurs and Arsenal. 

Rich: This derby match is not only about local pride but the Premier League title and the race for the Champions League match, too. Like you say Jack, it’s a huge match!

Jack: Before you make your prediction let’s take a look at this word ‘huge’. I see it being used to talk about football matches a lot. 

RIch: Huge means very big or more informally very important. It’s what we call an extreme adjective - this means that you can’t use words like ‘very’ to change how strong the adjective is like by saying very big or very, very big.

Jack: But you can use specific adverbs like ‘absolutely’. Something can be absolutely amazing for example.

Rich: Huge is very common to describe important football matches. ‘Massive’ is another word you often hear. You may often  hear the phrases ‘an absolutely huge match’ or ‘absolutely massive game’.

Jack: On Premier Skills English, we often correct your English in our comments section. Extreme adjectives are something that we’ve been helping RafaelRC from Brazil with, who is a regular visitor to the website.

Rich: Common mistakes in this area of English are saying things like: This match is very huge or It was an absolutely exciting match.

Jack: Think of some phrases to describe the goals or matches from last weekend and try to use some extreme adjectives.

Rich: You can write them in the comments section at the bottom of this page and we will take a look at them.

Jack: Well, the North London Derby is a very important match so we can say it’s an absolutely huge game. What do you think the result will be, Rich?

Rich: You’re right Jack. It’s a massive match for both teams. The North London Derby is the match that fans from both clubs look forward to most in the season. Spurs have been on a fantastic run in the Premier League and they are still chasing Chelsea at the top. Arsenal are still trying to finish in the top four but haven’t been playing so well recently. However, in the FA Cup last weekend, Arsenal had an absolutely brilliant result against Manchester City and Spurs had a very disappointing result against Chelsea. I’m going to disappoint both sets of fns and go for a draw. Final score: Spurs 1-1 Arsenal.

Jack: No, no you can’t sit on the fence like that not in a derby match. Arsenal all day long for me. Spurs 0-2 Arsenal.

Rich: ‘Sit on the fence’ that’s a nice phrase. It means to avoid making a decision or not to choose one side over another. By saying it will be a draw I’m sitting on the fence.

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 North London Derby 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.

Fixtures

Saturday 29 April 2017

Southampton 15:00 Hull City St. Mary's Stadium, Southampton
Stoke 15:00 West Ham bet365 Stadium, Stoke
Sunderland 15:00 Bournemouth Stadium of Light, Sunderland
West Brom 15:00 Leicester The Hawthorns, West Bromwich
Crystal Palace 17:30 Burnley Selhurst Park, London

Sunday 30 April 2017

Man Utd 12:00 Swansea Old Trafford, Manchester
Everton 14:05 Chelsea Goodison Park, Liverpool
Middlesbrough 14:05 Man City Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough
Spurs 16:30 Arsenal White Hart Lane, London

Monday 1 May 2017

Watford 20:00 Liverpool Vicarage Road, Watford

The Big Match

Rich's prediction this week is the North London Derby between Tottenham and Arsenal. It's an 'absolutely massive match' for both teams! Who do you think will win? Have a listen to what Rich and Jack think and then make your prediction.

Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, and Tottenham boss, Mauricio Pochettino.

Form

Matchweek 35 - Spurs v Arsenal

Prediction League

Last week's featured matches were the FA Cup semi-finals. Jack did very well. He predicted that both Chelsea and Arsenal would win and predicted the right score for the Arsenal match! Rich thought Spurs and Man City would win! Our listeners correctly predicted Chelsea would go through to the final but thought City would also win. A special congratulations to Buchiy from Japan who also predicted a 2-1 win for Arsenal. You can see in the table below that Rich is still ahead in our prediction league. He's predicted a draw between Tottenham and Arsenal! 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 the North London Derby! Can you predict the right score?

  FA Cup semi-finals Total Points Spurs v Arsenal
Rich 0 24 1-1
Podcast Listeners 1 20 ?
Jack 4 18 0-2

Make your prediction now!

Comment

What do you think?

This is the place to discuss all this week's football. Who will win the North London Derby? Which matches are you going to watch this weekend?

Which matches did you watch lat weeknd? Can you use some phrase with extreme adjectives to describe the match, a goal or another incident from a match?

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assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
12/07/2017
PS
3705
points

I think Spurs are going to win 2-0


assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
12/07/2017 20:07
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3705

I think Spurs are going to win 2-0

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
26/04/2017
GH
4768
points

The win by Spurs would be against palace instead contrary to my earlier post.


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
26/04/2017 13:13
Ghana
Manchester United
4768

The win by Spurs would be against palace instead contrary to my earlier post.

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
26/04/2017
GH
4768
points

I think Spurs are hungrier than arsenal and will win the north London derby.


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
26/04/2017 08:18
Ghana
Manchester United
4768

I think Spurs are hungrier than arsenal and will win the north London derby.

RafaelRC's picture
RafaelRC
26/04/2017
BR
663
points

Thanks for the comment in the podcast !!!! I'm very glad for it.

Please the transcript is not working.

I didn´t do very well on the last prediction. I messed all the predictions.


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RafaelRC
26/04/2017 02:28
Brazil
Wolverhampton Wanderers
663

Thanks for the comment in the podcast !!!! I'm very glad for it.

Please the transcript is not working.

I didn´t do very well on the last prediction. I messed all the predictions.

admin's picture
admin
26/04/2017
GB
560
points

Hi RafaelRC

You're welcome. You inspired us this week! The transcript is working now as well - thanks for letting us know.

Jack - The Premier Skills English Team


admin's picture
admin
26/04/2017 08:10
United Kingdom
Arsenal
560

Hi RafaelRC

You're welcome. You inspired us this week! The transcript is working now as well - thanks for letting us know.

Jack - The Premier Skills English Team

elghoul's picture
elghoul
25/04/2017
DZ
3988
points

A draw will suit both teams.

I shall try to watch the North London derby and Leicester playing away West Brom.

Last week end I saw Arsenal qualifier to the final FA Cup. What a wonderful thriller it was. I rarely saw Wenger so outsizedly happy. 


elghoul's picture
elghoul
25/04/2017 17:55
Algeria
Manchester City
3988

A draw will suit both teams.

I shall try to watch the North London derby and Leicester playing away West Brom.

Last week end I saw Arsenal qualifier to the final FA Cup. What a wonderful thriller it was. I rarely saw Wenger so outsizedly happy. 

Leaderboard

Top Scorers
RankNameScore
1mobeckham6473
2Alex_from_Ukraine6204
3hsn5119
4wsanta5085
5kwesimanifest4768
6Liubomyr4408
7elghoul3988
8assemjuve3705
9aragorn19863557
10Gergő Nagy3396
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1Colombia69121
2Ukraine34346
3Serbia27100
4Spain26559
5Brazil21717
6Albania20578
7Macedonia19074
8Vietnam18763
9Turkey18391
10Bosnia and Herzegovina16333
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RankNameScore
1Manchester United135996
2Liverpool103667
3Chelsea85182
4Arsenal79111
5Manchester City52105
6Tottenham Hotspur17257
7Leicester City13378
8Newcastle United10108
9Leeds United7875
10West Ham United6986

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2
Average: 2 (1 vote)

Goals

Use your football knowledge to predict the correct winner.

Use your football English to discuss this week's big football matches.