Club Profiles

AFC Bournemouth club badge
Arsenal
Aston Villa Club badge
Brentford badge
Brighton and Hove Albion club badge
Burnley FC club badge
Chelsea club badge
Crystal Palace badge
Everton
Liverpool badge
Manchester City badge
Manchester United badge
Newcastle United club badge
Nottingham Forest club badge
Sheffield United badge
Spurs badge
West Ham United
Wolverhampton Wanderers

This Week: Premier League Prediction Five

This Week: Premier League Prediction Five

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.

Transcript

If the listening was difficult, you can listen and read the transcript at the same time.
Read the transcript and listen at the same time.

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 fifth and final episode in 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, about who will be the best player and about which teams will finish in the top four and today I am going to make a prediction about which team is going to win the Premier League.

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 player. I asked you: Which Ecuadorian defensive midfielder has just signed for Chelsea?

Congratulations to KareemZain from Egypt, AhmadAmr from Egypt, Ali Abedini from Iran, Andretorre102 from Brazil, Renan from Brazil, Daigo from Japan, Welcome to Premier Skills English Daigo, Well done Denis 2000 from Belarus and Mumtaz from the UAE, Welcome Mumtaz - great to have you on the site and congratulations to Ken from Japan.

You all worked out that the player I was looking for was Moisés Caicedo.

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

Now, it’s time for me to make my fifth and final prediction.

Question 5. Who will win the league?

Will City make history and win four in a row? I’m not sure. The effort to fight back against Arsenal last season and then to do the treble must have been enormous. To do the same again will take an incredible effort. Guardiola was so determined to win the Champions League, he was prepared to do whatever it took. But now that City are treble winners, their motivation to defend the title is not going to match the hunger of the teams who are out to topple them.

So does that mean I think that Arsenal will win the league? No. Manchester City are that good that even with a dip in motivation, I think they are still sure to win. But I don’t think they are going to dominate the league this season. The battle for the top has never been so competitive. When you look at the players that Arsenal, Liverpool, Man U, Chelsea and Manchester City have to play, it’s impossible to predict the winner with any certainty. But even after Gundogan and Mahrez’s departure, Manchester City have such strength and experience that they are still the most likely to win.

Language Focus

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

  • To be out to do something
  • To be sure to
  • Most likely to win

To be out to do something means to want or be planning to do something. It’s normally used to describe someone’s intentions when they are selfish or unkind. So you might hear someone say that a colleague at work is out to get them, meaning they want to hurt them or damage their reputation or career in some way. When someone is really angry, sometimes we say they are out for blood. In my prediction, I spoke about the teams that want to beat Manchester City, that want to stop them from winning their fourth consecutive title. They are out to topple the champions. To topple means to cause something to lose its balance and fall down. The champions are at the top so if they are defeated, then you can say that they have been toppled.

To be sure to do something means the same as to be certain to do something. If you say something is sure to happen, you are confident that it will happen. When you are making a prediction, this phrase to be sure to happen, means you are confident that something will happen, but it’s not always as strong as almost certain. I think that the use of sure as an adjective is less formal than certain and for that reason, a prediction made that something is sure to happen is not quite as certain. The language means that you have no doubt that your prediction will happen, but the register, the level of formality means that it’s often used for a strong prediction rather than a really really strong prediction.

The last bit of language for predictions that I want to talk about is the phrase most likely. If you say that something is most likely to happen, you are saying that of all the possibilities, your prediction is the best or the one that should happen. I guess if you wanted a percentage of certainty expressed by a most likely prediction, I would suggest that you should use it when you are 60% certain of a particular outcome. It’s not a strong prediction. It’s the best prediction you can manage, but you’re not really confident.

Over the course of these prediction podcasts, I have used a lot of different phrases that you can use to make a prediction. Before I wrap this up, I want to quickly review these items and to do that, I have tried to put these ways of making predictions in order of confidence. This is how I would use these phrases. In this review, I am going to make predictions about winning. I’m asking myself the question: Will you win? And then I’m going to make predictions about my chances of winning, starting with the lowest level of confidence and getting more and more confident.

Will you win?

  • I might win.
  • I probably will win.
  • It’s most likely that I will win.
  • I have a good chance of winning.
  • I’m sure to win.
  • I’m almost certain to win.
  • I’m set to win.
  • I’m a dead-cert to win.
  • I’m going to win.
  • I’m definitely going to win.

Language Challenge

Your challenge today is to make your own prediction about which team is going to win the Premier League. For each episode of these prediction podcasts, 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 game that you can play on the Premier League website where you pick a team and act as a sort of manager, transferring players in and out of your team. Each week, the players earn points by playing, scoring goals, making assists and performing other football feats. You compete with other managers to see whose team scores the most points and there’s a Premier Skills English league you can join if you want to compete with me and a group of podcast listeners and Premier Skills English users.

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 win the Premier League. 

Prediction 5

Question 5. Who will win the league?

Declan Rice in action during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Nottingham Forest

Will City make history and win four in a row? I’m not sure. The effort to fight back against Arsenal last season and then to do the treble must have been enormous. To do the same again will take an incredible effort. Guardiola was so determined to win the Champions League, he was prepared to do whatever it took. But now that City are treble winners, their motivation to defend the title is not going to match the hunger of the teams who are out to topple them.

So does that mean I think that Arsenal will win the league? No. Manchester City are that good that even with a dip in motivation, I think they are still sure to win. But I don’t think they are going to dominate the league this season. The battle for the top has never been so competitive. When you look at the players that Arsenal, Liverpool, Man U, Chelsea and Manchester City have to play, it’s impossible to predict the winner with any certainty. But even after Gundogan and Mahrez’s departure, Manchester City have such strength and experience that they are still the most likely to win.

Ruben Dias, Jack Grealish and Erling Haaland of Manchester City celebrate with the Premier League trophy

Language Focus

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

  • To be out to do something
  • To be sure to
  • Most likely to win

To be out to do something means to want or be planning to do something. It’s normally used to describe someone’s intentions when they are selfish or unkind. So you might hear someone say that a colleague at work is out to get them, meaning they want to hurt them or damage their reputation or career in some way. When someone is really angry, sometimes we say they are out for blood. In my prediction, I spoke about the teams that want to beat Manchester City, that want to stop them from winning their fourth consecutive title. They are out to topple the champions. To topple means to cause something to lose its balance and fall down. The champions are at the top so if they are defeated, then you can say that they have been toppled.

To be sure to do something means the same as to be certain to do something. If you say something is sure to happen, you are confident that it will happen. When you are making a prediction, this phrase to be sure to happen, means you are confident that something will happen, but it’s not always as strong as almost certain. I think that the use of sure as an adjective is less formal than certain and for that reason, a prediction made that something is sure to happen is not quite as certain. The language means that you have no doubt that your prediction will happen, but the register, the level of formality means that it’s often used for a strong prediction rather than a really really strong prediction.

The last bit of language for predictions that I want to talk about is the phrase most likely. If you say that something is most likely to happen, you are saying that of all the possibilities, your prediction is the best or the one that should happen. I guess if you wanted a percentage of certainty expressed by a most likely prediction, I would suggest that you should use it when you are 60% certain of a particular outcome. It’s not a strong prediction. It’s the best prediction you can manage, but you’re not really confident.

Over the course of these prediction podcasts, I have used a lot of different phrases that you can use to make a prediction. Before I wrap this up, I want to quickly review these items and to do that, I have tried to put these ways of making predictions in order of confidence. This is how I would use these phrases. In this review, I am going to make predictions about winning. I’m asking myself the question: Will you win? And then I’m going to make predictions about my chances of winning, starting with the lowest level of confidence and getting more and more confident.

Will you win?

  • I might win.
  • I probably will win.
  • It’s most likely that I will win.
  • I have a good chance of winning.
  • I’m sure to win.
  • I’m almost certain to win.
  • I’m set to win.
  • I’m a dead-cert to win.
  • I’m going to win.
  • I’m definitely going to win.

Language Challenge

Your challenge today is to make your own prediction about which team is going to win the Premier League. For each episode of these prediction podcasts, 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 game that you can play on the Premier League website where you pick a team and act as a sort of manager, transferring players in and out of your team. Each week, the players earn points by playing, scoring goals, making assists and performing other football feats. You compete with other managers to see whose team scores the most points and there’s a Premier Skills English league you can join if you want to compete with me and a group of podcast listeners and Premier Skills English users.

Leave a comment

Log in to leave a comment

Komentar

Fouad Ezzat
30/08/2023
EG
8
points

Hi! I think Arsenal is going to win this Year ,as long as they play with the same tactics last Year
Football Phrase: ****** ******* ******


Fouad Ezzat
30/08/2023 09:40
Egypt
Arsenal
8

Hi! I think Arsenal is going to win this Year ,as long as they play with the same tactics last Year
Football Phrase: ****** ******* ******

ldzingirai's picture
ldzingirai
28/08/2023
ZW
1746
points

The football phrase is ******* ********.

The question of who will be the next champions is not going to be the usual culprits, the likes of City, Chelsea, Arsenal and United.

I am going for Newcastle. It has improved over the years. Last season it qualified for Champions League and undoubtedly it is out to make a statement.


ldzingirai's picture
ldzingirai
28/08/2023 18:50
Zimbabwe
Chelsea
1746

The football phrase is ******* ********.

The question of who will be the next champions is not going to be the usual culprits, the likes of City, Chelsea, Arsenal and United.

I am going for Newcastle. It has improved over the years. Last season it qualified for Champions League and undoubtedly it is out to make a statement.

Loic
21/08/2023
FR
14
points

Hi Jack, I think that Arsenal has a good chance of winning. They have a better squad than the last year and they have alreday experienced the title race.
The football phrase is ******* ******** game


Loic
21/08/2023 17:37
France
Arsenal
14

Hi Jack, I think that Arsenal has a good chance of winning. They have a better squad than the last year and they have alreday experienced the title race.
The football phrase is ******* ******** game

Ken@United Kingdom
21/08/2023
JP
40
points

Hi, Jack. This week’s football phrase is ******* ******* *******.


Ken@United Kingdom
21/08/2023 14:45
Japan
Manchester City
40

Hi, Jack. This week’s football phrase is ******* ******* *******.

Vinicius77
21/08/2023
BR
65
points

Hi Jack! I think Liverpool is set to win this season


Vinicius77
21/08/2023 03:30
Brazil
Liverpool
65

Hi Jack! I think Liverpool is set to win this season

Takateeto
20/08/2023
JP
7
points

******* ******* ******, this week.
I'm not sure but lutontown is going to struggle to survive.
I want vincent company to make surprise this year at premier league.
Best player: Haland!
Top 4
1. Manchester City
2. Livapoor
3. Chelsea
4. Arsenal


Takateeto
20/08/2023 14:04
Japan
Manchester City
7

******* ******* ******, this week.
I'm not sure but lutontown is going to struggle to survive.
I want vincent company to make surprise this year at premier league.
Best player: Haland!
Top 4
1. Manchester City
2. Livapoor
3. Chelsea
4. Arsenal

joaopedrobd's picture
joaopedrobd
18/08/2023
BR
28
points

Hi! It's my first post here, and I think this episode's Football Phrase is the ******* ******* ******. Thank you for this great podcast.


joaopedrobd's picture
joaopedrobd
18/08/2023 18:13
Brazil
Liverpool
28

Hi! It's my first post here, and I think this episode's Football Phrase is the ******* ******* ******. Thank you for this great podcast.

Georgie's picture
Georgie
18/08/2023
EC
1
points

Hi Jack, I'm finally using the website, I love listening to this podcast in the car going to work! greetings from Ecuador, we are already with the number 25 on our backs! legends Antonio Valencia and now Moises Caicedo.


Georgie's picture
Georgie
18/08/2023 16:50
Ecuador
Manchester United
1

Hi Jack, I'm finally using the website, I love listening to this podcast in the car going to work! greetings from Ecuador, we are already with the number 25 on our backs! legends Antonio Valencia and now Moises Caicedo.

kaizac's picture
kaizac
18/08/2023
PK
5
points

first of hello to you and i am so glad i find podcast that is so engaging and helpful for english learners.and the stadium you asked about in the podcast this week is everton stadium though i am not familiar with its name but it will only be oldest until they move to their new stadium in 24/25 season.


kaizac's picture
kaizac
18/08/2023 08:03
Pakistan
Manchester City
5

first of hello to you and i am so glad i find podcast that is so engaging and helpful for english learners.and the stadium you asked about in the podcast this week is everton stadium though i am not familiar with its name but it will only be oldest until they move to their new stadium in 24/25 season.

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

You're welcome Kaizac - great to have you here!


Jack Radford's picture
Jack Radford
18/08/2023 08:55
United Kingdom
Arsenal
22

You're welcome Kaizac - great to have you here!

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

I’m almost certain that Arsenal is going to win the Premier League this season.
They are so determined and organised.
They made some good signings as well :)

Good luck for your team, Jack :)


mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
18/08/2023 07:36
Turkey
Manchester United
6511

I’m almost certain that Arsenal is going to win the Premier League this season.
They are so determined and organised.
They made some good signings as well :)

Good luck for your team, Jack :)

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

This episode’s football phrase is for sure ( ******* ******* ***** )
I enjoy playing this game and competing with other managers :)


mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
18/08/2023 07:34
Turkey
Manchester United
6511

This episode’s football phrase is for sure ( ******* ******* ***** )
I enjoy playing this game and competing with other managers :)

hsn's picture
hsn
17/08/2023
TR
5541
points

Language challenge
I think , Arsenal will win Premier League title.As long as they don't live break point again like last season that was caused to lose points.
Football Phrase: ******* ***** ******* *******


hsn's picture
hsn
17/08/2023 14:40
Turkey
Tottenham Hotspur
5541

Language challenge
I think , Arsenal will win Premier League title.As long as they don't live break point again like last season that was caused to lose points.
Football Phrase: ******* ***** ******* *******

Mumtaz
17/08/2023
AE
2
points

Hello Jack,

Manchester City is sure to win.

The game is ** *******.


Mumtaz
17/08/2023 13:11
United Arab Emirates
Manchester City
2

Hello Jack,

Manchester City is sure to win.

The game is ** *******.

Denis2000's picture
Denis2000
17/08/2023
BY
696
points

Hello Jack. The game is ******* ******* ******
Mancity will be the champion


Denis2000's picture
Denis2000
17/08/2023 08:37
Belarus
Tottenham Hotspur
696

Hello Jack. The game is ******* ******* ******
Mancity will be the champion

andretorre102
17/08/2023
BR
211
points

Hi, Jack!

I bet Manchester City will be the champions (once again).

I didn't know the game you referred to was available on the Premier League website, but I looked it up and found it. Today's football phrase is ******* ******* ******.


andretorre102
17/08/2023 02:22
Brazil
Nottingham Forest
211

Hi, Jack!

I bet Manchester City will be the champions (once again).

I didn't know the game you referred to was available on the Premier League website, but I looked it up and found it. Today's football phrase is ******* ******* ******.

ahmadamr1112
16/08/2023
EG
10
points

The game is ******* ******* ******.


ahmadamr1112
16/08/2023 23:36
Egypt
Manchester City
10

The game is ******* ******* ******.

KareemZain
16/08/2023
EG
383
points

In my opinion, Manchester City will win this Premier League.

This week's football phrase is ******* ******* ******.


KareemZain
16/08/2023 22:31
Egypt
Manchester City
383

In my opinion, Manchester City will win this Premier League.

This week's football phrase is ******* ******* ******.

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

Manchester City are most likely to win the PL. Arsenal are set to win. Chelsea will probably win. New Castle might win. But LIVERPOOL are the deadest-cert to win the Premier League!


Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
16/08/2023 21:08
Ukraine
Liverpool
6313

Manchester City are most likely to win the PL. Arsenal are set to win. Chelsea will probably win. New Castle might win. But LIVERPOOL are the deadest-cert to win the Premier League!

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

******* ******* ****** is the FP.


Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
16/08/2023 19:27
Ukraine
Liverpool
6313

******* ******* ****** is the FP.

Leaderboard

Top Scorers
RankNameScore
1mobeckham6511
2Alex_from_Ukraine6313
3hsn5541
4wsanta5086
5kwesimanifest4776
6Liubomyr4417
7elghoul3988
8assemjuve3705
9aragorn19863557
10Gergő Nagy3396
Country ranking
RankNameScore
1Colombia71580
2Ukraine33502
3Spain29065
4Serbia27426
5Brazil22839
6Albania20578
7Vietnam20212
8Turkey19956
9Macedonia19074
10Bosnia and Herzegovina16333
Club ranking
RankNameScore
1Manchester United143011
2Liverpool110506
3Chelsea89520
4Arsenal85722
5Manchester City58017
6Tottenham Hotspur19196
7Newcastle United10525
8West Ham United7579
9AFC Bournemouth4667
10Crystal Palace4486

Level

5
Average: 5 (1 vote)

Goals

  • Improve your vocabulary
  • Develop your listening skills