Matchweek 21 & FA Cup: Rolling back the years
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Jack: It’s a new year but the football hasn’t stopped. Let’s have a look at Matchweek 21 and the FA Cup in our headlines.
Jack: Reds go a year unbeaten.
Rich: Liverpool last tasted defeat in the Premier League on January the third 2019. There was no New Year hangover at Anfield as goals from Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane gave the Reds victory against Sheffield United.
Jack: New manager works for Hammers.
Rich: West Ham recorded their biggest Premier League win since 2007 as they hammered Bournemouth 4-0 and moved out of the relegation zone. Two goals from Kevin Noble and one each from Sebastian Haller and Felipe Anderson gave David Moyes victory in his first match in charge.
Jack: Rooney rolls back the years.
Rich: One of the biggest cupsets of the FA Cup third round was at Crystal Palace where Derby County from the Championship shocked their Premier League rivals with a 1-0 win. Chris Martin got the goal but it was Wayne Rooney in a deep midfield role who was man of the match.
Jack: The magic of the FA Cup! There was also a shock defeat for Brighton who lost to Sheffield Wednesday and Tottenham needed a late equaliser at Middlesbrough.
Rich: And what about that Liverpool youth team beating Everton. What a result!
Jack: In our vocabulary alert, we look at some football English that we used in the headlines.
Rich: Our six words and phrases this week are: to taste defeat, a hangover, to hammer someone, the relegation zone, to roll back the years and cupset.
Jack: Let’s start with the phrases we used to talk about Liverpool going a year unbeaten in the Premier League.
Rich: We said Liverpool last tasted defeat in January 2019. To tase defeat on a basic level means to lose.
Jack: To taste something in this phrase means to know or to experience something. So, Liverpool hasn’t known or experienced defeat for over a year.
Rich: I think they must have forgotten what it tastes like! The other word we used when talking about Liverpool’s latest win was hangover.
Jack: We said that there was no New Year hangover at Anfield.
Rich: A hangover is normally used to describe how you physically feel the day after drinking too much alcohol. Many people drink too much on New Year’s Eve and wake up with a hangover.
Jack: We used the word to say there was no hangover at Anfield. The players were all as fresh as they have been all season.
Rich: It might have been different in the crowd though! Let’s talk about the West Ham - Bournemouth match. We said West Ham hammered Bournemouth.
Jack: A hammer is a tool that you use to beat nails into wood. To hammer another team means to beat them ... easily. It usually means a defeat by three or more goals. We also used this phrase because we were playing with West Ham’s nickname - the Hammers.
Rich: We said that West Ham’s victory moved the team out of the relegation zone. The relegation zone is the final three places in the Premier League table. If you finish in these places you move down to the Championship at the end of the season.
Jack: You might also hear relegation places, relegation area, the bottom three, the dropzone amongst others.
Rich: Finally, let’s talk about the FA Cup. We said that Wayne Rooney rolled back the years in Derby’s win at Crystal Palace.
Jack: In sport, to roll back the years is an idiom that is used to describe someone playing really or playing like they used to despite being older.
Rich: Wayne Rooney is 34 now - pretty old for a striker. He’s playing in midfield now. However, he played like he was when he was 25 and one of the best strikers in the Premier League. He rolled back the years!
Jack: Our final phrase this week is one that is used a lot these days but is quite new so you might not find it in a dictionary. The word is cupset.
Rich: We said that one of the biggest cupsets this weekend was Derby beating Crystal Palace. The word cupset is a portmanteau which is when two words are put together to make a new word. The words put together are ‘cup’ and ‘upset’.
Jack: An upset is a surprise or shock result. So a cupset is when a team from a lower division shocks a team from a higher division and wins.
Rich: OK, so there are our six words and phrases. Listen to this part of the podcast again if you are not sure how to use them.
Jack: The words and phrases are: to taste defeat, a hangover, to hammer someone, the relegation zone, to roll back the years and cupset.
Jack: Right, every week, we give out three Matchweek awards. 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. This week our choices come from Matchweek 21 and the FA Cup.
Jack: Let’s start with Player of the Week. There was a captain’s performance by Mark Noble in West Ham’s 4-0 win against Bournemouth and another by Jack Grealish for Aston Villa at Burnley.
Rich: But our Player of the Week was Derby County’s, Wayne Rooney. In his second game back in the UK, Rooney showed that he’s still got it as Derby produced the biggest cupset of round three of the FA Cup.
Jack: Now Team of the Week. Great away wins for Leicester and Aston Villa and Mikel Arteta got his first win as Arsenal manager.
Rich: But our team of the week is West Ham United. Their biggest Premier League win since 2007. A great performance.
Jack: Finally, our Goal of the Week. We’re going to leave this one to you. We’re going to give you three options and you need to tell us which you think was best.
Rich: Goal number one: Curtis Jones for Liverpool v Everton. A wonderful curling effort by the 18-year-old. What a way to score your first ever senior goal!
Jack: Goal number two. Aaron Wilbraham for Rochdale v Newcastle. It wasn’t the prettiest goal but the 40-year-old scoring to give Rochdale a replay against Premier League Newcastle is what the FA Cup is all about.
Rich: Goal number three. Jack Grealish for Aston Villa against Burnley. Grealish scored another long-range goal to keep the Villans out of the relegation zone.
Jack: OK. Those are our three options. Did you see them? Which do you think was the best? Let us know your choice and if you agree with our other weekly awards in our comments section on the Premier Skills English website.
Jack: Every week, Rich predicts the result of one Premier League match and we want you to make your prediction, too. Which match are you going to look at this week, Rich?
Rich: In matchweek 22, Liverpool will have to be at their best to keep their unbeaten run going. The Reds go to London to play Tottenham which is always a tough game. Spurs are not in the best form but are battling for a top-four position while Liverpool’s season just gets better and better. I’m not going to predict a defeat for Liverpool - that would be crazy, but a draw might feel like a defeat with the form the Reds are currently in. Final score: Tottenham 1-1 Liverpool
Jack: I just can’t see Liverpool losing. 1-0 to the Reds.
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Brighton 1-1 Chelsea
Norwich City 1-1 Crystal Palace
Southampton 1-0 Tottenham
Newcastle Utd 0-3 Leicester City
Liverpool 2-0 Sheffield United
Arsenal 2-0 Manchester United
Burnley 1-2 Aston Villa
Manchester City 2-1 Everton
Watford 2-1 Wolves
West Ham 4-0 Bournemouth
Reds go a year unbeaten
Liverpool last tasted defeat in the Premier League on January the third 2019. There was no New Year hangover at Anfield as goals from Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane gave the Reds victory against Sheffield United.
New manager works for Hammers
West Ham recorded their biggest Premier League win since 2007 as they hammered Bournemouth 4-0 and moved out of the relegation zone. Two goals from Kevin Noble and one each from Sebastian Haller and Felipe Anderson gave David Moyes victory in his first match in charge.
Rooney rolls back the years
One of the biggest cupsets of the FA Cup third round was at Crystal Palace where Derby County from the Championship shocked their Premier League rivals with a 1-0 win. Chris Martin got the goal but it was Wayne Rooney in a deep midfield role who was man of the match.
We looked at six pieces of football English that you can learn to improve your English. Take a look at the phrases in bold. Do you understand what they mean?
Liverpool last tasted defeat in the Premier League on January the third 2019. To taste defeat means to know or experience losing.
There was no New Year hangover at Anfield. A hangover is the physical effects of drinking too much alcohol.
West Ham hammered Bournemouth 4-0. To hammer another team means to beat them easily.
West Ham moved out of the relegation zone. The relegation zone is the final three places in the Premier League table.
Wayne Rooney rolled back the years against Crystal Palace. To roll back the years is an idiom which describes an older player playing as well as they did when they were younger.
Derby's win at Crystal Palace was the bigest cupset in the FA Cup this weekend. A cupset is a combination of the word 'cup' and 'upset' and it is used to describe a shock result in the cup.
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: Wayne Rooney (Derby County)
Team of the Week: West Ham
Goal of the Week: Look at the three options from Matchweek 21 and the FA Cup and let us know which goal was best in the comments section!
Curtis Jones for Liverpool against Everton.
Aaron Wilbraham for Rochdale versus Newcastle.
Jack Grealish for Aston Villa against Burnley.
The Big Match
Tottenham v Liverpool
Matchweek 22 sees Liverpool travel to Tottenham. Rich thinks there will be a shock result but Jack thinks Liverpool will carry on winning.
What are your predictions? Have a listen to what Rich says and then make your prediction and talk about any of next weekend's matches below.
What do you think?
Jack and Rich have spoken about Matchweek 21 in the Premier League and the FA Cup. Now it's your turn! Have a look at the questions and write your answers in the comments section below.
- Rich and Jack chose Derby County's Wayne Rooney as Player of the Week. Do you agree?
- Jack and Rich selected West Ham as their Team of the Week. Do you agree?
- Rich and Jack picked three goals for the Goal of the Week award? Did you see them? Which do you think was best?
- Use this week's vocabulary: What's the biggest 'cupset' you can remember? Which players can you remember rolling back the years?
- Will Liverpool taste defeat in the Premier League this season? When was the last time your team was hammered?