Welcome to 'This Week' from Premier Skills English, a weekly review of the action from the Premier League for learners of English from across the globe. In 'This Week', Jack and Rich talk about all of the weekend's action in the Premier League; the big headlines and the main talking points. We also ask you to get involved; do you agree with Jack and Rich's choices of best player, best team and best match of Matchweek 2? Make your prediction for next week's big match and tell us how your club or fantasy football team is doing. We welcome comments from all football fans and especially welcome comments from football fans who are learning English.
Rich: Hello my name’s Rich and welcome to our Monday round-up section on Premier Skills English.
Jack: Hi everyone. I’m Jack. Every Monday, we discuss last weekend’s action, the best players, the best matches, Fantasy Football, Football English phrases and make some predictions for next weekend.
Rich: We want you to practise your English and, at the same time, interact with Premier League fans in our comments section.
Jack: Either on the Premier Skills English website or the Premier Skills-British Council Facebook page - if that’s where you are listening to us.
Rich: Let’s get on with this week’s round up!
Jack: Let’s take a look at this week’s headlines …
Next, we’re doing section 2: the headlines
Rich: Chelsea win at Wembley.
Jack: Chelsea got their first win of the season as they beat Tottenham 2-1. Marcos Alonso scored a stunning free-kick for the visitors. Spurs equalised with 10 minutes to go but there was still time for Alonso to get his second and Chelsea’s winner.
Rich: United hit four past Swansea to record back to back 4-0 wins.
Jack: Manchester Utd won 4-0 for the second week running and are the early Premier League leaders. The scorers were Eric Bailly, Romelu Lukaku, Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial.
Rich: Jese stuns Arsenal on debut to give Stoke all three points.
Jack: Arsenal suffered their first defeat of the season as they lost 1-0 at Stoke City. The ex-Real Madrid player, Jese Rodriguez, scored the winning goal on an exciting debut for Stoke.
Rich: A great weekend of Premier League matches.
Jack: Yeah, some great matches. What about that game at Wembley?
Rich: Not the best start for Tottenham at their new home. I think they were a bit unlucky - Chelsea scored a stunning goal but Spurs had all the possession but just couldn’t get the ball in the net.
Jack: Maybe … Chelsea showed how strong they are at the back and it looks like they are getting back into form after that surprise home defeat to Burnley on the opening day of the season.
Rich: Manchester Utd scored another four goals. That’s back to back wins for Utd - two consecutive 4-0 wins. They’re looking really strong in attack.
Jack: Yes, you’re right, although it was only 1-0 until the last few minutes. I think 4-0 was a little harsh on Swansea. They didn’t deserve to lose so badly.
Rich: Arsenal didn’t look so good at Stoke.
Jack: I think they were just unlucky. The opposite of your team, Liverpool, who got a lucky 1-0 win against Crystal Palace.
Rich: Lucky? We should have scored 10!
Rich: Right, every Monday, we give out three Matchweek awards. Player of the week, Team of the week and match of the week.
Jack: In the comments section, you need to tell us if you agree with our choices …
Rich: Last week, most of you agreed with our match and team of the week, but some of you had some different ideas about who should have won player of the week.
Jack: Italy96 from Italy, Amgad from Egypt and Neryweh from Turkey all thought that the prizes should have gone to Lukaku for his performance against West Ham. It was a tough choice as there were some great performances - what about this week, Rich?
Rich: So many to choose from again … Jese Rodriguez getting the winner on his debut for Stoke, Henrikh Mkhitaryan with a couple of assists for Manchester Utd or maybe Riyad Mahrez who was looking really good for Leicester City in their 2-0 home win.
Jack: But we can only choose one and our Matchweek 2 Player of the week award goes to … (drumroll) Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso.
Rich: A great match for Alonso; a fantastic free-kick and the winning goal for the Blues.
Jack: Our next award is for team of the week …West Brom, Manchester Utd and Huddersfield all have two wins out of two but …
Rich: Our Matchweek 2 Team of the week goes to … (drumroll) Manchester United!
Jack: A perfect start for Jose Mourinho’s men.
Rich: And our third and final award is for the match of the week.There were 20 goals scored on the second weekend of the Premier League season - not including the Manchester City - Everton match that is being played tonight. Our match of the weekend is Southampton 3-2 West Ham.
Jack: A fantastic match; 5 goals, a red card, a comeback and a late winner for the hosts.
Rich: Charlie Austin got the winner so I’ve got to say this.
Jack: Say what?
Rich: Austin powers Saints to victory. Austin Powers. Do you get it?
Jack: Not awful but pretty bad, Rich.
Rich: What’s been happening in fantasy football this week, Jack?
Jack: Lots of points being scored - it was a good weekend for Manchester Utd defenders - especially Eric Bailly - Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso was the top scorer with 16 points.
Rich: Remember that Premier Skills also has a private league which you can join for free. The only thing you need is a private league code.
Jack: The code is 883788-212918.
Rich: You can join now and each matchweek we will announce the Fantasy Premier Skills team of the Week!
Jack: Who’s this week’s Fantasy Premier Skills team of the week so far?
Rich: The Premier Skills Fantasy Premier League Team of the Week for Matchweek 2 is The Ekualisers which is managed by Marc Harrison from Malaysia (clapping) The Ekualisers have scored 76 points and have gone to the top of the Premier Skills league!
Jack: Last week’s prediction was Tottenham v Chelsea. You thought Spurs would win - bad prediction, Rich. However, some of our listeners predicted a Chelsea win. Amgad from Egypt, Italy96 from Italy, and RafaelRC from Brazil all predicted a Chelsea win. Well done to all three of you!
Rich: Not a great prediction from me but most people thought Tottenham would win, you know.
Jack: Yeah, yeah … Which match are you going to look at this week?
Rich: This weekend’s big match is Liverpool v Arsenal. It’s my team against yours Jack! Both teams have had a mixed start to the season. Liverpool have four points and Arsenal have three. Liverpool are playing an important Champions League match on Wednesday so could be a bit tired on Sunday. That’s my excuse in case we lose, but I think Liverpool will have too much for Arsenal. Liverpool are at home and I think Sadio Mane will get the winner in a 2-1 win for the Reds!
Jack: You must be joking! Arsenal will be nice and relaxed and win the match 2-0!
Rich: We’ll see … we want you to make your predictions at the bottom of the page on the website. Are you a good predictor?
Jack: Right, that’s all we have time for now. I hope you have enjoyed this Monday round-up. Don’t forget to join the discussion at the bottom of this page.
Rich: Bye for now and enjoy your football.
There were some brilliant matches in Matchweek 2. Here are the full results:
Swansea City 0-4 Manchester Utd
Bournemouth 0-2 Watford
Burnley 0-1 West Brom
Leicester City 2-o Brighton
Liverpool 1-0 Crystal Palace
Southampton 3-2 West Ham
Stoke City 1-0 Arsenal
Huddersfield Town 1-0 Newcastle
Tottenham 1-2 Chelsea
Manchester City 1-1 Everton
Fantasy Premier League has kicked off and the Premier Skills Fantasy League has also started. Our Fantasy Premier League Team of the Week is The Ekualizers who is managed by Marc Harrison from Malaysia. THe Ekualizers scored 76 points. Well done, Marc! Each Matchweek, we will announce our weekly winner on this page. Maybe you could be our winner next week? If you want to play Fantasy Football, you can find out more here and if you want to join the Premier Skills private league, this is the code you need: 83788-212918 883788-212918
The Big Match
Rich's prediction this week is the match between Liverpool and Arsenal. It's a battle between two big clubs who hope to challenge for the Premier League title this season. Liverpool have started the season with a win and a draw while Arsenal have one win and one defeat. Rich thinks that Liverpool will win 2-0 but he is a Liverpool fan!! Have a listen to what Rich says and then make your prediction at the bottom of the page.
Last week Rich got it wrong! He predicted a 2-1 win for Tottenham but Chelsea won 2-1. Some of our listeners predicted a Chelsea win. Well done to:
- Amgad from Egypt
- Italy96 from Italy
- RafaelRC from Brazil
Jack and Rich have spoken about last weekend's Premier League football, now it's your turn! Have a look at the questions below and tell us if you agree or not with what Rich and Jack said. Write your answers in the comments section below.
- Jack and Rich chose Chelsea's Marcos Alonso as the Player of the Week. Who do you think played well in Matchweek 2?
- Jack and Rich picked Manchester Utd as the Team of the Week? Which team do you think played well in Matchweek 2?
- Jack and Rich selected Southampton v West Ham as the best game in Matchweek 2. Which match do you think was the best?
- This weekend's big match is Liverpool v Arsenal. Rich has predicted a 2-0 win for Liverpool. What do you think will happen?
- Tell us about your club, your fantasy football team, or anything connected to Matchweek 2 in the Premier League.
Don't forget to reply to fans of different clubs from different countries. Let's create a community!