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This Week: Premier League Prediction Three

This Week: Premier League Prediction Three

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 talks about three stories from this week in the Premier League and there are lots of football English words and phrases for you to learn.

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Hello my name’s Jack and welcome to the weekly round-up called This Week on Premier Skills English.

In This Week, we’ve got lots of interesting words and phrases to help you talk about football in English.

If you are listening to this podcast on Apple Podcasts or Spotify you can also visit the Premier Skills English website at premierskillsenglish.britishcouncil.org where you’ll be able to download the podcast.

On the Premier Skills English website, you can read the transcript and join the Premier Skills English community by completing a language task in the comments section. This will really help you remember the new words and phrases from the stories from the Premier League.

This is the third of a series of prediction podcasts. I have made predictions about the teams who are going to struggle to survive and about which team will surprise people the most and today I am going to make a prediction about who is going to be the best player this season.

But before I make my prediction, I want to give you the answer to yesterday’s football phrase. If you didn’t hear it yesterday, here’s one more chance to guess now.

Yesterday’s football phrase was a ground. From 2010 to 2020, if you had gone to watch a match at this ground, you would have seen Kayla the eagle who flew around this ground before every match. Do you know which ground I’m describing?

Congratulations to Alex from Ukraine, AhmadAmr from Egypt and Vietnguyenngo from Vietnam, Ken from Japan, Hasan from Turkey and AndreTorre102 from Brazil.

You all worked out that the ground I was looking for was Selhurst Park, home of Crystal Palace.

Keep listening till the end of the podcast for a new football phrase.

Now, it’s time for me to make my third prediction.

Question 3. Who will be the best player?

The smart money is of course on Erling Haaland. Most pundits see him breaking his own records in his second year in the Premier League. If he stays fit, Erling Haaland is a shoo-in for the Golden Boot. Unless ... Haaland is such a formidable threat that opposition managers are going to target him. In his first season, he overwhelmed opposition defences but this year, finding ways to stop Haaland will be a key part of every other manager’s tactics when playing against City. He might end up a victim of his own success.

Two other players that are being singled out in predictions for player of the season, I am delighted to read, are Bukayo Saka and Declan Rice. For me, Saka has had the most potential of any player in the league for ages. He’s still only 21 and this year, he’s got an incredible team to support him.

Declan Rice is being described as the signing of the season. His control and composure will provide Arsenal’s midfield with greater stability and that will have an enormous impact.

Saying that, I’m still going to plump for Haaland. He scored two goals at Burnley in the first half of the first match of the season.

Language focus

The language that I am going to focus on from this prediction is:

  • The smart money
  • A shoo-in
  • Might end up

The smart money is an interesting phrase that I have spoken about before. It comes from gambling. If you gamble, you risk money when you bet on the outcome of a sporting competition. I have never done this myself, but in the UK, there are businesses called bookmakers where you can go and put money on a team or often a horse in a race if you think they are going to win. The adjective smart means intelligent. So when people say the smart money is on someone or a team or a result, that means that is the bet that an intelligent person or someone who knows a lot about the sport or situation would make. So when making a prediction, it’s a bit like saying this is a smart prediction or this is the prediction that experts would make.

The next phrase is a shoo-in. This is another strange phrase. I have been using this phrase all my life and never really thought about it. The verb to shoo is spelled shoo and has nothing to do with the shoes you wear on your feet. To shoo something means to scare something away, usually by saying ‘shoo’. I have no idea why we say this. If you find an animal, perhaps a stray cat has come into your house. In the UK, if you want it to leave, you can walk towards it waving your arms and saying ‘shoo’. Normally we shoo people or animals out of places, but you could shoo someone in. In sports, in the past, if a competitor was shooed-in then they were let win. The other competitors let them win, they shooed them into first place. So the phrase used to be associated with cheating. The shoo-in was a guaranteed win because the other competitors would shoo them in. However, today the phrase has lost the association with cheating and only means a guaranteed win. A shoo-in is the person who everyone knows will win. In sport, this is usually because they are so good, but we also use the phrase for competitive jobs. If lots of people are applying for a job, but one candidate is going to win, that candidate is a shoo-in.

The phrasal verb to end up means to be in a situation at the end of an event or series of actions. So if you are planning a long journey around the UK, you might start in Edinburgh and then travel south to Newcastle then down to Manchester and then Sheffield and Birmingham and end up in London. We also use the phrase to make predictions. So you might warn someone, You’ll end up making yourself sick if you eat all of those sweets. My parents used to say things like you’ll end up flipping burgers i f you don’t work hard at school. In my prediction, I suggested that Haaland might end up a victim of his success. I think it’s possible that other teams will work very hard to stop Haaland and this might limit his ability to dominate as much as he did last season.

Language Challenge

Your challenge today is to make your own prediction about who is going to be the best player this season. I’m going to publish another episode tomorrow with my fourth prediction and then one more. For each episode, I want to read about your predictions and then, at the end of the season, I’ll look back and we can see whose predictions were the most accurate.

Football Phrase

Now it’s time for today's football phrase.

Today’s football phrase is a club. I’m sticking with football knowledge rather than football English phrases for these predictions as you don't have a lot of time to think about the answer. The club I am looking for today is the oldest in the Premier League and is also associated with one of the oldest stories in England.

If you know the answer, be sure to leave it in a comment on the page for this podcast on Premier Skills English.

And that’s all I have time for today. Before I finish, I just wanted to say that I hope you found this podcast useful, and I hope all of you stay fit and healthy and safe.

Bye for now and enjoy your football.

In this episode, Jack makes a prediction about the new season and talks about who will be the best player.

Prediction 3

Question 3. Who will be the best player?

Declan Rice and Bukayo Saka of Arsenal during a training session

The smart money is of course on Erling Haaland. Most pundits see him breaking his own records in his second year in the Premier League. If he stays fit, Erling Haaland is a shoo-in for the Golden Boot. Unless ... Haaland is such a formidable threat that opposition managers are going to target him. In his first season, he overwhelmed opposition defences but this year, finding ways to stop Haaland will be a key part of every other manager’s tactics when playing against City. He might end up a victim of his own success.

Two other players that are being singled out in predictions for player of the season, I am delighted to read, are Bukayo Saka and Declan Rice. For me, Saka has had the most potential of any player in the league for ages. He’s still only 21 and this year, he’s got an incredible team to support him.

Declan Rice is being described as the signing of the season. His control and composure will provide Arsenal’s midfield with greater stability and that will have an enormous impact.

Saying that, I’m still going to plump for Haaland. He scored two goals at Burnley in the first half of the first match of the season.

Language focus

The language that I am going to focus on from this prediction is:

  • The smart money
  • A shoo-in
  • Might end up

The smart money is an interesting phrase that I have spoken about before. It comes from gambling. If you gamble, you risk money when you bet on the outcome of a sporting competition. I have never done this myself, but in the UK, there are businesses called bookmakers where you can go and put money on a team or often a horse in a race if you think they are going to win. The adjective smart means intelligent. So when people say the smart money is on someone or a team or a result, that means that is the bet that an intelligent person or someone who knows a lot about the sport or situation would make. So when making a prediction, it’s a bit like saying this is a smart prediction or this is the prediction that experts would make.

The next phrase is a shoo-in. This is another strange phrase. I have been using this phrase all my life and never really thought about it. The verb to shoo is spelled shoo and has nothing to do with the shoes you wear on your feet. To shoo something means to scare something away, usually by saying ‘shoo’. I have no idea why we say this. If you find an animal, perhaps a stray cat has come into your house. In the UK, if you want it to leave, you can walk towards it waving your arms and saying ‘shoo’. Normally we shoo people or animals out of places, but you could shoo someone in. In sports, in the past, if a competitor was shooed-in then they were let win. The other competitors let them win, they shooed them into first place. So the phrase used to be associated with cheating. The shoo-in was a guaranteed win because the other competitors would shoo them in. However, today the phrase has lost the association with cheating and only means a guaranteed win. A shoo-in is the person who everyone knows will win. In sport, this is usually because they are so good, but we also use the phrase for competitive jobs. If lots of people are applying for a job, but one candidate is going to win, that candidate is a shoo-in.

The phrasal verb to end up means to be in a situation at the end of an event or series of actions. So if you are planning a long journey around the UK, you might start in Edinburgh and then travel south to Newcastle then down to Manchester and then Sheffield and Birmingham and end up in London. We also use the phrase to make predictions. So you might warn someone, You’ll end up making yourself sick if you eat all of those sweets. My parents used to say things like you’ll end up flipping burgers i f you don’t work hard at school. In my prediction, I suggested that Haaland might end up a victim of his success. I think it’s possible that other teams will work very hard to stop Haaland and this might limit his ability to dominate as much as he did last season.

Language Challenge

Your challenge today is to make your own prediction about who is going to be the best player this season. I’m going to publish another episode tomorrow with my fourth prediction and then one more. For each episode, I want to read about your predictions and then, at the end of the season, I’ll look back and we can see whose predictions were the most accurate.

Football Phrase

Now it’s time for today's football phrase.

Today’s football phrase is a club. I’m sticking with football knowledge rather than football English phrases for these predictions as you don't have a lot of time to think about the answer. The club I am looking for today is the oldest in the Premier League and is also associated with one of the oldest stories in England.

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yury_nimeni's picture
yury_nimeni
28/08/2023
BY
5
points

I'm betting Kai Havertz or Bruno Fernandes will be the best player of the season.


yury_nimeni's picture
yury_nimeni
28/08/2023 12:49
Belarus
Arsenal
5

I'm betting Kai Havertz or Bruno Fernandes will be the best player of the season.

kaizac's picture
kaizac
20/08/2023
PK
5
points

so my prediction for this 3rd episode series of predictions for the best player of the season and i am actually going to for two players are mo salah and moises caicedo


kaizac's picture
kaizac
20/08/2023 16:10
Pakistan
Manchester City
5

so my prediction for this 3rd episode series of predictions for the best player of the season and i am actually going to for two players are mo salah and moises caicedo

kaizac's picture
kaizac
20/08/2023
PK
5
points

hello everyone.it’s third i am listening to your podcast and can’t stop listening and learning from it .i guess i might end up exhausted myself the way i am listening to your podcast so i put on halt and try to listen and make sentences with vocabulary i have got from this podcast but sometimes it’s lot harder for me to use vocabulary in sentences but there are tools to help like translation .


kaizac's picture
kaizac
20/08/2023 16:05
Pakistan
Manchester City
5

hello everyone.it’s third i am listening to your podcast and can’t stop listening and learning from it .i guess i might end up exhausted myself the way i am listening to your podcast so i put on halt and try to listen and make sentences with vocabulary i have got from this podcast but sometimes it’s lot harder for me to use vocabulary in sentences but there are tools to help like translation .

mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
18/08/2023
TR
6510
points

Question 3. Who will be the best player ?

Well, it’s hard to pick up a single player to be the best in the season but I bet players like Alexander Isak and Jackson of Chelsea will surprise us the most.

However, I will go to my favourite player as I’m full of hopes and optimism to be the best player this season and he’s Marcus Rashford :)


mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
18/08/2023 06:54
Turkey
Manchester United
6510

Question 3. Who will be the best player ?

Well, it’s hard to pick up a single player to be the best in the season but I bet players like Alexander Isak and Jackson of Chelsea will surprise us the most.

However, I will go to my favourite player as I’m full of hopes and optimism to be the best player this season and he’s Marcus Rashford :)

mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
18/08/2023
TR
6510
points

This episode’s football club is ( Sheffield Football Club ) as I heard in one of the documentaries about English football history :)


mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
18/08/2023 06:52
Turkey
Manchester United
6510

This episode’s football club is ( Sheffield Football Club ) as I heard in one of the documentaries about English football history :)

Jack Radford's picture
Jack Radford
18/08/2023
GB
22
points

Hi MoBeckham

Sheffield FC is the oldest football club (playing association football) in the world, but they are not in the Premier League. Which is the oldest club in the Premier League? There is some controversy about this question (that I wasn't aware of when I asked it).

Thanks

Jack


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Jack Radford
18/08/2023 08:54
United Kingdom
Arsenal
22

Hi MoBeckham

Sheffield FC is the oldest football club (playing association football) in the world, but they are not in the Premier League. Which is the oldest club in the Premier League? There is some controversy about this question (that I wasn't aware of when I asked it).

Thanks

Jack

mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
18/08/2023
TR
6510
points

Thanks for clarifying Jack.
I also heard in that documentary that Stoke City was one of the oldest clubs in English Football and it still competing in the Championship till now.


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mobeckham
18/08/2023 10:37
Turkey
Manchester United
6510

Thanks for clarifying Jack.
I also heard in that documentary that Stoke City was one of the oldest clubs in English Football and it still competing in the Championship till now.

Jack Radford's picture
Jack Radford
18/08/2023
GB
22
points

It was the oldest in the Premier League when I first started working on Premier Skills. To be honest, I don't really think the 'oldest club' label earns bragging rights when the difference between clubs is just a few years. Lots of clubs were founded between 1855 and 1880 and they all count as really old clubs to me. Arsenal wasn't founded until 1886, but they still have a lot of heritage. 


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Jack Radford
18/08/2023 12:00
United Kingdom
Arsenal
22

It was the oldest in the Premier League when I first started working on Premier Skills. To be honest, I don't really think the 'oldest club' label earns bragging rights when the difference between clubs is just a few years. Lots of clubs were founded between 1855 and 1880 and they all count as really old clubs to me. Arsenal wasn't founded until 1886, but they still have a lot of heritage. 

mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
20/08/2023
TR
6510
points

I totally agree with you Jack. During that period of time, lots of clubs were established like Arsenal and Manchester United which was founded under the name of Newton Heath in 1878 by a group of workers in a factory then after a century, it became one of the most popular clubs in the world :)


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mobeckham
20/08/2023 11:11
Turkey
Manchester United
6510

I totally agree with you Jack. During that period of time, lots of clubs were established like Arsenal and Manchester United which was founded under the name of Newton Heath in 1878 by a group of workers in a factory then after a century, it became one of the most popular clubs in the world :)

Denis2000's picture
Denis2000
16/08/2023
BY
684
points

The best player of this season i think Erling Haaland is going to be again


Denis2000's picture
Denis2000
16/08/2023 07:37
Belarus
Tottenham Hotspur
684

The best player of this season i think Erling Haaland is going to be again

Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
15/08/2023
UA
6278
points

I think that both Phil Foden from Manchester City and Alexis Mac Allister from Liverpool have great chances to end up being proclaimed Player of the season.


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Alex_from_Ukraine
15/08/2023 20:45
Ukraine
Liverpool
6278

I think that both Phil Foden from Manchester City and Alexis Mac Allister from Liverpool have great chances to end up being proclaimed Player of the season.

Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
15/08/2023
UA
6278
points

********* ****** Football Club is the FP.


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Alex_from_Ukraine
15/08/2023 20:11
Ukraine
Liverpool
6278

********* ****** Football Club is the FP.

Chen Meng Tso
15/08/2023
TW
21
points

I remember few weeks ago, you introduce Sheffield United is the oldest team in the world. But I search in Wiki, ********* ****** founded at 1865. So I think It is, but I'm confusing now.

As a Asian, I hope Kaoru Mitoma can be the best this season.


Chen Meng Tso
15/08/2023 19:13
Taiwan
Manchester City
21

I remember few weeks ago, you introduce Sheffield United is the oldest team in the world. But I search in Wiki, ********* ****** founded at 1865. So I think It is, but I'm confusing now.

As a Asian, I hope Kaoru Mitoma can be the best this season.

Jack Radford's picture
Jack Radford
15/08/2023
GB
22
points

Yes - I think that I was unclear about that. There is another team in Sheffield called Sheffield FC. They are the oldest team in the world (according to the FA and FIFA), not Sheffield United. However, that team is not in the Premier League. 

I talk about it a little in the next prediction - that I am just about to publish.


Jack Radford's picture
Jack Radford
15/08/2023 21:45
United Kingdom
Arsenal
22

Yes - I think that I was unclear about that. There is another team in Sheffield called Sheffield FC. They are the oldest team in the world (according to the FA and FIFA), not Sheffield United. However, that team is not in the Premier League. 

I talk about it a little in the next prediction - that I am just about to publish.

Ken@United Kingdom
15/08/2023
JP
37
points

Hi, Jack! Today’s football phrase is ********** ****** Football Club.


Ken@United Kingdom
15/08/2023 18:01
Japan
Manchester City
37

Hi, Jack! Today’s football phrase is ********** ****** Football Club.

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Ali Abedini
15/08/2023
IR
4
points

Hi Jack.
I'm one of the new members of the podcasts. I think Enzo Fernandez will be the best player of this premier league season.


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Ali Abedini
15/08/2023 16:28
Iran
Chelsea
4

Hi Jack.
I'm one of the new members of the podcasts. I think Enzo Fernandez will be the best player of this premier league season.

Ali Abedini's picture
Ali Abedini
15/08/2023
IR
4
points

********* ****** is the oldest club in the premier league this season.


Ali Abedini's picture
Ali Abedini
15/08/2023 16:25
Iran
Chelsea
4

********* ****** is the oldest club in the premier league this season.

hsn's picture
hsn
15/08/2023
TR
5522
points

Language challenge
• I think Bukayo Saka will be best player of 2023.
Football Phrase: Sheffield United F.C. ( Jack’s hometown)


hsn's picture
hsn
15/08/2023 12:48
Turkey
Tottenham Hotspur
5522

Language challenge
• I think Bukayo Saka will be best player of 2023.
Football Phrase: Sheffield United F.C. ( Jack’s hometown)

Isshin's picture
Isshin
15/08/2023
JP
43
points

Hi Jack!

I guess the club is Crystal palace.

I hope Kaoru Mitoma to be the best in this season!


Isshin's picture
Isshin
15/08/2023 07:58
Japan
Sheffield United
43

Hi Jack!

I guess the club is Crystal palace.

I hope Kaoru Mitoma to be the best in this season!

Jack Radford's picture
Jack Radford
15/08/2023
GB
22
points

Hi Isshin

The formation of Crystal Palace is disputed. The club claims to be the oldest in the Premier League, but their year of formation on Wikipedia is 1905. It's an interesting story though. I may make a podcast about it one day.

Thanks

Jack


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Jack Radford
15/08/2023 11:19
United Kingdom
Arsenal
22

Hi Isshin

The formation of Crystal Palace is disputed. The club claims to be the oldest in the Premier League, but their year of formation on Wikipedia is 1905. It's an interesting story though. I may make a podcast about it one day.

Thanks

Jack

Vinicius77
15/08/2023
BR
63
points

Hi Jack, my prediction about who is going to be the best player in this current season is: Matheus França from Crystal Palace. MF is a former Flamengo player and is a very talented midfielder. His team, Crystal Palace, is the oldest in the Premier League as well.


Vinicius77
15/08/2023 02:10
Brazil
Liverpool
63

Hi Jack, my prediction about who is going to be the best player in this current season is: Matheus França from Crystal Palace. MF is a former Flamengo player and is a very talented midfielder. His team, Crystal Palace, is the oldest in the Premier League as well.

Jack Radford's picture
Jack Radford
15/08/2023
GB
22
points

Crystal Palace was founded in 1905. This makes it one of the younger clubs. There was a Crystal Palace Football Club in 1861, but the club's registration with the FA expired in 1876 and the modern Crystal Palace was established as a new club in 1905. However, there was a Crystal Palace Handbook from 1906 that listed players from the older club as previous players. So ... I'm not sure. Perhaps this is the right answer. 


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Jack Radford
15/08/2023 11:16
United Kingdom
Arsenal
22

Crystal Palace was founded in 1905. This makes it one of the younger clubs. There was a Crystal Palace Football Club in 1861, but the club's registration with the FA expired in 1876 and the modern Crystal Palace was established as a new club in 1905. However, there was a Crystal Palace Handbook from 1906 that listed players from the older club as previous players. So ... I'm not sure. Perhaps this is the right answer. 

andretorre102
15/08/2023
BR
137
points

Hello Jack!

My prediction: I believe that Eerling Erling Haaland will be the best player (once again). Additionally, I would like to give an honorable mention to Bukayo Saka and Martin Ødegaard.

Football phrase: I think the football team you're referring to is ********** ******, my favorite club in the Premier League!


andretorre102
15/08/2023 02:01
Brazil
Nottingham Forest
137

Hello Jack!

My prediction: I believe that Eerling Erling Haaland will be the best player (once again). Additionally, I would like to give an honorable mention to Bukayo Saka and Martin Ødegaard.

Football phrase: I think the football team you're referring to is ********** ******, my favorite club in the Premier League!

ahmadamr1112
15/08/2023
EG
10
points

I think the team of the phrase is ********** ******


ahmadamr1112
15/08/2023 00:14
Egypt
Manchester City
10

I think the team of the phrase is ********** ******

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Top Scorers
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1mobeckham6510
2Alex_from_Ukraine6278
3hsn5522
4wsanta5086
5kwesimanifest4768
6Liubomyr4408
7elghoul3988
8assemjuve3705
9aragorn19863557
10Gergő Nagy3396
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1Colombia71393
2Ukraine33261
3Spain27961
4Serbia27289
5Brazil23693
6Albania20578
7Vietnam19923
8Turkey19770
9Macedonia19074
10Bosnia and Herzegovina16333
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1Manchester United141372
2Liverpool109876
3Chelsea88310
4Arsenal85531
5Manchester City56371
6Tottenham Hotspur19149
7Newcastle United10456
8West Ham United7437
9Crystal Palace4224
10AFC Bournemouth4080

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