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This Week: Premier League Prediction Four

This Week: Premier League Prediction Four

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 fourth 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 who will be the best player and today I am going to make a prediction about which teams are going to finish in the top four.

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 club. 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.

Now, some people suggested Crystal Palace is the oldest club and it’s true that on the club’s website, it says that the club can draw an established link to a Crystal Palace football club that was established in 1861. However, that club stopped playing in 1876 and the club’s registration with the Football Association lapsed so that when Crystal Palace was re-established in 1905, it was launched as a new club. I didn’t know this when I was writing the football phrase question so I thought that the oldest club was Nottingham Forest which was established in 1865 and is associated with the tale of Robin Hood through the Sheriff of Nottingham and Sherwood Forest. Hasan suggested Sheffield United which is almost correct again. The oldest club still playing association football as recognised by the FA and FIFA is Sheffield FC, but they are not a Premier League team. They were established in 1857 so not long before the older Crystal Palace and Nottingham Forest.

Congratulations to AhmadAmr from Egypt, Alex from Ukraine, Chen Meng Tso from Taiwan, Andretorre102 from Brazil, Vinicius77 from Brazil, Isshin from Japan, Hasan from Turkey, Ali Abedini from Iran, welcome to Premier Skills English Ali Abedini and congratulations to Ken from Japan.

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

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

Question 4. Who will finish in the top four?

Now we’re into the big-money predictions. The top four places are the Champions League places and that means even greater riches and glory.

Manchester City and Arsenal are almost certain to finish in the top four. Liverpool and Manchester United are the most obvious choices for the other two spots, but Chelsea under Pochettino are a good bet and Newcastle also have a chance.

Spurs should have a chance, but without Kane I’m not sure how well they will do. I am keen to see what impact Maddison can make, but a top four finish will be a stretch.

For the third spot, I am going to go for Liverpool. The additions of Mac Allister and Szoboszlai in midfield will give them an attacking edge that will be hard to defend against.

The team in the fourth spot for me will be Chelsea. Chelsea has the talent in the team for a top four finish if only Pochettino can get them playing properly. Their pre-season performances look promising so I think they will finish in the top four. But Manchester United will be right behind them.

Language Focus

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

  • Almost certain to
  • A good bet
  • Have a chance
  • Will be a stretch
  • To go for

If you hear someone say that something is almost certain to happen, they believe that it is very likely. The adjective certain means knowing for sure, without any doubt that something is true. The question ‘are you certain?’ is the same ‘as are you sure?’ So if an event or action is almost certain to happen, you are saying that you are almost sure. You are very confident that it will happen, but you’re not quite certain. You still have some doubts, but not many. You are almost certain that it is going to happen.

Yesterday, I spoke about the phrase the smart money. Today, I used another phrase from gambling. I said that Chelsea are a good bet. That means that I think that betting money on Chelsea finishing in the top four would be likely to win you some money. If something is a good bet, you believe that there is a high chance that it will happen. It’s not quite as strong as saying that something is almost certain, but if something is a good bet, you believe that it will probably happen.

I also said that Newcastle have a chance of finishing in the top four. I spoke about this in an earlier prediction as well, but to have a chance means that something is possible. To have a good chance means that something is likely. And if you have no chance at all, then it is impossible.

I said that it will be a stretch for Spurs to finish in the top four. I like this phrase. The word stretch has several meanings. The most common is the verb form. To stretch means to make something longer by pulling it from both ends . You can also stretch your body by making it as long as possible. Before you do exercise, it’s a good idea to stretch your muscles and warm up. If you try to do something very vigorous, for example try to leap to get to a ball, before your muscles have warmed up, you might hurt yourself. This doesn’t help with predictions though. So I am quite tall. I can change lightbulbs in my house without getting a step ladder, but it’s not easy for me. I can do it, but I have to stretch to succeed. So if a task is a stretch for someone, it is possible, but it’s not easy. In the dictionary, the description for this use said a stretch is a difficult task because it’s not something you do normally. However, I just meant that finishing in the top four will be difficult for Spurs ... possible, but difficult.

The last bit of language that I want to talk about is the phrasal verb to go for. I said for the third spot, I’m going to go for Liverpool. I have checked in the dictionary and this phrasal verb is marked as a UK phrasal verb, but I think it’s used in other Englishes. It means to choose something. If you are in a restaurant, you might say: I’m going to go for the fish and chips. Have you decided what you’re going to go for? It’s quite a common phrasal verb. It’s more common than to plump for, but it’s used in a very similar way. You might ask someone: what did you go for in the end? If you know that they were trying to decide between different options.

Language Challenge

Your challenge today is to make your own prediction about which teams are going to finish in the top four. I’m going to publish my final prediction tomorrow. 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 player. Which Ecuadorian defensive midfielder has just signed for Chelsea? This is more of a football quiz than a football English challenge. I’ll switch back to football English after the predictions.

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 4

Question 4. Who will finish in the top four?

Luis Diaz with Reece James during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Liverpool FC

Now we’re into the big-money predictions. The top four places are the Champions League places and that means even greater riches and glory.

Manchester City and Arsenal are almost certain to finish in the top four. Liverpool and Manchester United are the most obvious choices for the other two spots, but Chelsea under Pochettino are a good bet and Newcastle also have a chance.

Spurs should have a chance, but without Kane I’m not sure how well they will do. I am keen to see what impact Maddison can make, but a top four finish will be a stretch.

For the third spot, I am going to go for Liverpool. The additions of Mac Allister and Szoboszlai in midfield will give them an attacking edge that will be hard to defend against.

The team in the fourth spot for me will be Chelsea. Chelsea has the talent in the team for a top four finish if only Pochettino can get them playing properly. Their pre-season performances look promising so I think they will finish in the top four. But Manchester United will be right behind them.

Language Focus

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

  • Almost certain to
  • A good bet
  • Have a chance
  • Will be a stretch
  • To go for

If you hear someone say that something is almost certain to happen, they believe that it is very likely. The adjective certain means knowing for sure, without any doubt that something is true. The question ‘are you certain?’ is the same ‘as are you sure?’ So if an event or action is almost certain to happen, you are saying that you are almost sure. You are very confident that it will happen, but you’re not quite certain. You still have some doubts, but not many. You are almost certain that it is going to happen.

Yesterday, I spoke about the phrase the smart money. Today, I used another phrase from gambling. I said that Chelsea are a good bet. That means that I think that betting money on Chelsea finishing in the top four would be likely to win you some money. If something is a good bet, you believe that there is a high chance that it will happen. It’s not quite as strong as saying that something is almost certain, but if something is a good bet, you believe that it will probably happen.

I also said that Newcastle have a chance of finishing in the top four. I spoke about this in an earlier prediction as well, but to have a chance means that something is possible. To have a good chance means that something is likely. And if you have no chance at all, then it is impossible.

I said that it will be a stretch for Spurs to finish in the top four. I like this phrase. The word stretch has several meanings. The most common is the verb form. To stretch means to make something longer by pulling it from both ends . You can also stretch your body by making it as long as possible. Before you do exercise, it’s a good idea to stretch your muscles and warm up. If you try to do something very vigorous, for example try to leap to get to a ball, before your muscles have warmed up, you might hurt yourself. This doesn’t help with predictions though. So I am quite tall. I can change lightbulbs in my house without getting a step ladder, but it’s not easy for me. I can do it, but I have to stretch to succeed. So if a task is a stretch for someone, it is possible, but it’s not easy. In the dictionary, the description for this use said a stretch is a difficult task because it’s not something you do normally. However, I just meant that finishing in the top four will be difficult for Spurs ... possible, but difficult.

The last bit of language that I want to talk about is the phrasal verb to go for. I said for the third spot, I’m going to go for Liverpool. I have checked in the dictionary and this phrasal verb is marked as a UK phrasal verb, but I think it’s used in other Englishes. It means to choose something. If you are in a restaurant, you might say: I’m going to go for the fish and chips. Have you decided what you’re going to go for? It’s quite a common phrasal verb. It’s more common than to plump for, but it’s used in a very similar way. You might ask someone: what did you go for in the end? If you know that they were trying to decide between different options.

Language Challenge

Your challenge today is to make your own prediction about which teams are going to finish in the top four. I’m going to publish my final prediction tomorrow. 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 player. Which Ecuadorian defensive midfielder has just signed for Chelsea? This is more of a football quiz than a football English challenge. I’ll switch back to football English after the predictions.

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

Who will finish in the top four?
1. Manchester City
2. Arsenal
3. Manchester United
4. Chelsea


yury_nimeni's picture
yury_nimeni
28/08/2023 12:57
Belarus
Arsenal
5

Who will finish in the top four?
1. Manchester City
2. Arsenal
3. Manchester United
4. Chelsea

mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
18/08/2023
TR
6511
points

Question 4. Who will finish in the top four ?

Well, it’s really hard to predict the top 4 this season as there are a lot of teams to count for but when it comes to predictions, here’s how it will go in my opinion :

1. Champions : Arsenal
2. Runners-up : Manchester City
3. Third Spot : Newcastle United
4. Fourth Spot : Manchester United


mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
18/08/2023 07:13
Turkey
Manchester United
6511

Question 4. Who will finish in the top four ?

Well, it’s really hard to predict the top 4 this season as there are a lot of teams to count for but when it comes to predictions, here’s how it will go in my opinion :

1. Champions : Arsenal
2. Runners-up : Manchester City
3. Third Spot : Newcastle United
4. Fourth Spot : Manchester United

mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
18/08/2023
TR
6511
points

Good morning all
The player we are talking about in this episode is ( ****** ******* ) who signed for Chelsea after a big saga and competition between Chelsea and Liverpool to win his signature :)


mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
18/08/2023 07:08
Turkey
Manchester United
6511

Good morning all
The player we are talking about in this episode is ( ****** ******* ) who signed for Chelsea after a big saga and competition between Chelsea and Liverpool to win his signature :)

Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
16/08/2023
UA
6313
points

****** *******, the youngest of ten siblings in his great family, is the FP.


Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
16/08/2023 15:36
Ukraine
Liverpool
6313

****** *******, the youngest of ten siblings in his great family, is the FP.

Jack Radford's picture
Jack Radford
16/08/2023
GB
22
points

Well done Alex. I missed getting you into the podcast today. I saw your comment just after I had finished recording.

 


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Jack Radford
16/08/2023 17:45
United Kingdom
Arsenal
22

Well done Alex. I missed getting you into the podcast today. I saw your comment just after I had finished recording.

 

Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
16/08/2023
UA
6313
points

You are welcome to do anything you want, Jack, have a nice mood!


Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
16/08/2023 19:23
Ukraine
Liverpool
6313

You are welcome to do anything you want, Jack, have a nice mood!

Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
16/08/2023
UA
6313
points

My Fabulous Great Four:

1. Liverpool (Paul McCartney)
2. Manchester City (John Lennon)
3. Arsenal (George Harrison)
4. Newcastle United (Ringo Starr)


Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
16/08/2023 15:32
Ukraine
Liverpool
6313

My Fabulous Great Four:

1. Liverpool (Paul McCartney)
2. Manchester City (John Lennon)
3. Arsenal (George Harrison)
4. Newcastle United (Ringo Starr)

Ken@United Kingdom
16/08/2023
JP
40
points

Today’s football phrase is ****** *******!


Ken@United Kingdom
16/08/2023 11:45
Japan
Manchester City
40

Today’s football phrase is ****** *******!

hsn's picture
hsn
16/08/2023
TR
5542
points

Language challenge
I think top six will be formed as follows;
Arsenal(also will be champion as long as they don't lose meaningless points like in last season)-Liverpool-M.City-M.United-Chelsea. Sixth rank in table is reserved for my team Spurs:-)
Football Phrase: ****** *******


hsn's picture
hsn
16/08/2023 10:46
Turkey
Tottenham Hotspur
5542

Language challenge
I think top six will be formed as follows;
Arsenal(also will be champion as long as they don't lose meaningless points like in last season)-Liverpool-M.City-M.United-Chelsea. Sixth rank in table is reserved for my team Spurs:-)
Football Phrase: ****** *******

Denis2000's picture
Denis2000
16/08/2023
BY
696
points

Hello, Hassan. We all remember how Spurs reached the Champions League final without Kane, which means nothing is impossible


Denis2000's picture
Denis2000
16/08/2023 12:55
Belarus
Tottenham Hotspur
696

Hello, Hassan. We all remember how Spurs reached the Champions League final without Kane, which means nothing is impossible

hsn's picture
hsn
16/08/2023
TR
5542
points

A "Deja vu"(=having already lived something) would be nice :-)


hsn's picture
hsn
16/08/2023 16:15
Turkey
Tottenham Hotspur
5542

A "Deja vu"(=having already lived something) would be nice :-)

Mumtaz
16/08/2023
AE
2
points

My own prediction for the top four are Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United.

The Ecuadorian midfield player is ****** *******


Mumtaz
16/08/2023 09:25
United Arab Emirates
Manchester City
2

My own prediction for the top four are Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United.

The Ecuadorian midfield player is ****** *******

Denis2000's picture
Denis2000
16/08/2023
BY
696
points

Hello Jack. The player is ****** *******
My prediction about top four: Mancity, Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs


Denis2000's picture
Denis2000
16/08/2023 08:01
Belarus
Tottenham Hotspur
696

Hello Jack. The player is ****** *******
My prediction about top four: Mancity, Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs

daigo
16/08/2023
JP
1
points

****** *******


daigo
16/08/2023 02:46
Japan
Manchester City
1

****** *******

Renan
16/08/2023
BR
18
points

Hello Jack!

My top four for this season is the following: Manchester City, Arsenal, Newcastle and Liverpool.

And the player you're talking about is ****** *******.


Renan
16/08/2023 02:17
Brazil
Liverpool
18

Hello Jack!

My top four for this season is the following: Manchester City, Arsenal, Newcastle and Liverpool.

And the player you're talking about is ****** *******.

andretorre102
16/08/2023
BR
211
points

Hello Jack, how's it going?

My prediction for the teams that will finish in the top four is: Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool, and Manchester United.

Regarding the new Chelsea midfielder you mentioned, ****** ******* is the player you're looking for.


andretorre102
16/08/2023 01:13
Brazil
Nottingham Forest
211

Hello Jack, how's it going?

My prediction for the teams that will finish in the top four is: Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool, and Manchester United.

Regarding the new Chelsea midfielder you mentioned, ****** ******* is the player you're looking for.

Ali Abedini's picture
Ali Abedini
16/08/2023
IR
4
points

Hi jack.
My prediction about top 4 this season is exactly same as you. Man City, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool. But I'm not sure about Liverpool right now maybe if they buy a CDM they will have a good chance.
And today's football phrase's answer is ****** *******.


Ali Abedini's picture
Ali Abedini
16/08/2023 00:23
Iran
Chelsea
4

Hi jack.
My prediction about top 4 this season is exactly same as you. Man City, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool. But I'm not sure about Liverpool right now maybe if they buy a CDM they will have a good chance.
And today's football phrase's answer is ****** *******.

ahmadamr1112
15/08/2023
EG
10
points

The player is ****** *******


ahmadamr1112
15/08/2023 23:39
Egypt
Manchester City
10

The player is ****** *******

KareemZain
15/08/2023
EG
383
points

In my opinion, I guess that the table of the top four will be:
1. Manchester City
2. Liverpool
3. Arsenal
4. Manchester United

I guess the player of the football is called ********, I am not really sure about the spelling of his name.


KareemZain
15/08/2023 23:23
Egypt
Manchester City
383

In my opinion, I guess that the table of the top four will be:
1. Manchester City
2. Liverpool
3. Arsenal
4. Manchester United

I guess the player of the football is called ********, I am not really sure about the spelling of his name.

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