Matchweek 14 - What a blunder!
Welcome to This Week from Premier Skills English, a weekly review of football action for learners of English from across the globe. In This Week, Jack and Rich talk about the latest action from the Premier League. They keep you up to date with our prediction competition and have lots of football English for you to learn.
Rich: Hello my name’s Rich and welcome to our weekly round-up section called ‘This Week’ on Premier Skills English.
Jack: Hi there. I’m Jack. That’s right. We’re going to discuss all the latest football action from last weekend in the Premier League.
Rich: And not only that, we’ve also got lots of interesting words and phrases to help you talk about football in English.
Jack: And we want you to use and practise these phrases by interacting with Premier League fans from around the world in our comments section.
Rich: You can find all our latest content on the Premier Skills English homepage or the Premier Skills-British Council Facebook page.
Jack: Let’s start with this week’s headlines!
Rich: Arsenal see off Spurs in derby day cracker.
Jack: Arsenal won the North London Derby in a fantastic match at the Emirates Stadium. Arsenal went ahead when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a penalty but were behind at half-time when Spurs scored two goals in two minutes through Eric Dier and Harry Kane. Arsenal came back strongly in the second half. Aubameyang scored a magnificent equaliser and Alexandre Lacazette put Arsenal ahead before Lucas Torreira wrapped up the win a few minutes later. Final score Arsenal 4-2 Tottenham.
Rich: Injury-time blunder gifts victory to Liverpool.
Jack: An unfortunate error from Everton’s England goalkeeper, Jordan Pickford, gave Liverpool all three points in Sunday’s Merseyside Derby. It looked like Liverpool would have to settle for a goalless draw before the 96th-minute calamity. The ball was going over the bar when Pickford pushed the ball on to the bar, the ball bounced on top of the bar a second time and fell straight to Divock Origi to score one of the most bizarre goals you will see this season.
Rich: City work hard to stay in front.
Jack: Manchester City remain two points clear at the top of the Premier League after a 3-1 win against Bournemouth. Bernardo Silva gave City the lead but Callum Wilson deservedly equalised for Bournemouth to make it 1-1 at the break. But, City played better in the second half and goals from Raheem Sterling and Ilkay GIndogan gave the leaders victory.
Rich: What about those derby matches?
Jack; Yeah, Arsenal were brilliant. It’s the best I’ve seen them in ages.
Rich: Liverpool got a bit lucky but it doesn’t matter how you win in derby matches!
Rich: In our vocabulary alert, we look at some football English that we used in this week’s headlines.
Jack: This week’s words are all connected to mistakes or things that happen on the pitch that are a bit strange. The words are: bizarre, blunder, calamity, clanger, howler and gaffe.
Rich: Let’s start with the word bizarre. Bizarre means strange or unusual. Jack described the Liverpool goal as one of the most bizarre goals you will see this season.
Jack: Errors and mistakes are part of football and very often goals are scored because of mistakes rather than great skills. This is what happened in the Merseyside Derby. There are any words to describe errors and mistakes in football.
Jack: We used the word blunder to describe the mistake by Everton’s goalkeeper. Unfortunately, these words are usually used to describe goalkeeping errors as their mistakes are often more noticeable.
Rich: The words clanger, howler and gaffe can be used in exactly the same way. To describe a big individual error on the pitch.
Jack: Although, gaffe is often used to describe an embarrassing error in a social situation, when you say the wrong thing for example.
Rich: The final word is ‘calamity’. This, as well as describing the error, usually talks about the people the error effects. You can say it’s a calamity for the goalkeeper or a calamity for the fans.
Jack: It can be quite funny to google something like 10 football blunders and you’ll see howlers that are much, much worse than we saw last weekend.
Rich: Right, every week, we give out three Matchweek awards.
Jack: The awards are Player of the Week, Team of the Week and Goal of the Week.
Rich: In the comments section, you need to tell us if you agree with our choices.
Jack: Let’s start with Player of the Week. Alisson played well in goal for Liverpool, some great saves, Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling were good for City again, Marcus Rashford got two assists for Manchester Utd. Lots to choose from …
Rich: But our Player of the Week is Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. He got two goals in the North London Derby and is the first player to score ten this season.
Jack: Now, Team of the Week. Good wins for City, Chelsea, Liverpool, Palace, Brighton, Leicester, and West Ham but our Team of the Week is Arsenal. That’s the first time Arsenal have come from behind to win the North London Derby in over 10 years.
Rich: Finally, Goal of the Week. Shane Duffy scored a great header for Brighton, Javier Hernandez rediscovered his finishing skills for West Ham and I think Andros Townsend's goal for Palace should win the award …
Jack: But, we’re going to give it to .. yes you guessed it, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang for his wonderful first time curling finish against Spurs.
Rich: I guess Jack is happy about Arsenal winning the North London Derby.
Jack: Every week, Rich predicts the result of one Premier League match and we want you to make your prediction, too.
Rich: Lots of you made predictions last time but unsurprisingly no one chose a 4-2 Arsenal win in the North London Derby.
Jack: You have to be very fast with this week’s prediction because Matchweek 15 is being played in midweek, on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Rich: The big match is Manchester Utd against Arsenal. Manchester Utd have been disappointing recently and only managed a 2-2 draw against Southampton last weekend. Arsenal will be playing with a lot of confidence after their win against Spurs. However, this is when Jose Mourinho teams are usually at their best so I’m going to go with a 1-0 win to Manchester United.
Jack: No chance. Two-nil to Arsenal.
Rich: We will see. Make your predictions on the page below. You get one point if you predict the right result and three points if you predict the right score.
Jack: Right, that’s all we have time for. I hope you have enjoyed this football round-up. Join the discussion at the bottom of the page.
Rich: Bye for now and enjoy your football.
Crystal Palace 2-0 Burnley
Huddersfield 1-2 Brighton
Leicester 2-0 Watford
Manchester City 3-1 Bournemouth
Newcastle 0-3 West Ham
Southampton 2-2 Manchester Utd
Chelsea 2-0 Fulham
Arsenal 4-2 Tottenham
Liverpool 1-0 Everton
Cardiff 2-1 Wolves
We looked at words connected to errors and mistakes in this episode. Take a look at the words in bold. Do you undertand what they mean?
Injury-time blunder gifts victory to Liverpool.
It looked like Liverpool would have to settle for a goalless draw before the 96th-minute calamity.
One of the most bizarre goals you will see this season.
Can you use the words in bold in a different sentence? Write a sentence at the bottom of the page. If you're not sure, listen to the audio for more explanations and examples.
Do you agree with our choices?
Player of the Week: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal)
Team of the Week: Arsenal
Goal of the Week: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal)
The Big Match
Manchester Utd v Arsenal
Rich's prediction for Matchweek fifteen is the match between Manchester Utd and Arsenal. Rich has predicted a 1-0 win for United while Jack has gone for an Arsenal win (2-0).
What is your prediction? Have a listen to what Rich and Jack say and then enter our prediction competition below. You get one point for the correct result and three points for predicting the exact score.
Where are you in our prediction league?
Who will be our Premier League Prediction Champion?
Use this form to make your prediction. You can only make one prediction so take care! When you have made your predictions, the form will vanish.
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Check out the league table for our prediction competition. What position are you in?
What do you think?
Jack and Rich have spoken about Matchweek 14 in the Premier League. Now it's your turn! Have a look at the questions and write your answers in the comments section below.
- Rich and Jack chose Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal as Player of the Week. Do you agree?
- Jack and Rich selected Arsenal as their Team of the Week. Do you agree?
- Rich picked Aubameyang's second goal for Arsenal as Goal of the Week? Did you see it? Do you agree?
- Use this week's vocabulary: What blunders or clangers can you remember seeing on the football pitch? What is the most bizarre thing you have ever seen in a match?
Don't forget to make your prediction for this week's Big Match!
Let's get the conversation started and create a community!