The North London Derby
Welcome to this week's Premier League Prediction! Every Monday we have a new prediction for you to make. This week Rich and Jack talk about the North London Derby. Tottenham take on Arsenal in a clash between two local rivals. But, there is more than local pride to play for. Arsenal are trying to finish in the top four to qualify for the Champions League and Spurs are chasing Chelsea in the race for the Premier League title. We also take a look at phrases that use extreme adjectives such as '...it's an absolutely massive match.' This is also a page for you to discuss all the upcoming Premier League matches. This weekend sees some big matches in the Premier League and we want you to discuss all the matches in the comments section below.
Jack: Hi everybody. I’m Jack and we’re here with a little bit of extra football English for you to think about.
Rich: That’s right, Jack. Just a little bit. Hi, everybody. I’m Rich and we’re here with this week’s Premier League Prediction and some football English for you to practise.
Jack: This weekend there is a huge London Derby between Spurs and Arsenal.
Rich: This derby match is not only about local pride but the Premier League title and the race for the Champions League match, too. Like you say Jack, it’s a huge match!
Jack: Before you make your prediction let’s take a look at this word ‘huge’. I see it being used to talk about football matches a lot.
RIch: Huge means very big or more informally very important. It’s what we call an extreme adjective - this means that you can’t use words like ‘very’ to change how strong the adjective is like by saying very big or very, very big.
Jack: But you can use specific adverbs like ‘absolutely’. Something can be absolutely amazing for example.
Rich: Huge is very common to describe important football matches. ‘Massive’ is another word you often hear. You may often hear the phrases ‘an absolutely huge match’ or ‘absolutely massive game’.
Jack: On Premier Skills English, we often correct your English in our comments section. Extreme adjectives are something that we’ve been helping RafaelRC from Brazil with, who is a regular visitor to the website.
Rich: Common mistakes in this area of English are saying things like: This match is very huge or It was an absolutely exciting match.
Jack: Think of some phrases to describe the goals or matches from last weekend and try to use some extreme adjectives.
Rich: You can write them in the comments section at the bottom of this page and we will take a look at them.
Jack: Well, the North London Derby is a very important match so we can say it’s an absolutely huge game. What do you think the result will be, Rich?
Rich: You’re right Jack. It’s a massive match for both teams. The North London Derby is the match that fans from both clubs look forward to most in the season. Spurs have been on a fantastic run in the Premier League and they are still chasing Chelsea at the top. Arsenal are still trying to finish in the top four but haven’t been playing so well recently. However, in the FA Cup last weekend, Arsenal had an absolutely brilliant result against Manchester City and Spurs had a very disappointing result against Chelsea. I’m going to disappoint both sets of fns and go for a draw. Final score: Spurs 1-1 Arsenal.
Jack: No, no you can’t sit on the fence like that not in a derby match. Arsenal all day long for me. Spurs 0-2 Arsenal.
Rich: ‘Sit on the fence’ that’s a nice phrase. It means to avoid making a decision or not to choose one side over another. By saying it will be a draw I’m sitting on the fence.
Jack: RIght, that’s all from us for now. We’ll be back later in the week with a new podcast. Let us know who you think will win the North London Derby in the vote and in the comments section.
Rich: And remember to discuss the rest of this week’s football fixtures in the comments section. There are some other big matches this weekend, too.
Jack: Bye for now and enjoy your football.
Saturday 29 April 2017
|St. Mary's Stadium, Southampton
|bet365 Stadium, Stoke
|Stadium of Light, Sunderland
|The Hawthorns, West Bromwich
|Selhurst Park, London
|Old Trafford, Manchester
|Goodison Park, Liverpool
|Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough
|White Hart Lane, London
Monday 1 May 2017
|Vicarage Road, Watford
The Big Match
Rich's prediction this week is the North London Derby between Tottenham and Arsenal. It's an 'absolutely massive match' for both teams! Who do you think will win? Have a listen to what Rich and Jack think and then make your prediction.
Last week's featured matches were the FA Cup semi-finals. Jack did very well. He predicted that both Chelsea and Arsenal would win and predicted the right score for the Arsenal match! Rich thought Spurs and Man City would win! Our listeners correctly predicted Chelsea would go through to the final but thought City would also win. A special congratulations to Buchiy from Japan who also predicted a 2-1 win for Arsenal. You can see in the table below that Rich is still ahead in our prediction league. He's predicted a draw between Tottenham and Arsenal! What do you think? Remember, it's one point for the correct result and two additional points for the correct score. The big match this week is the North London Derby! Can you predict the right score?
|FA Cup semi-finals
|Spurs v Arsenal
Make your prediction now!
What do you think?
This is the place to discuss all this week's football. Who will win the North London Derby? Which matches are you going to watch this weekend?
Which matches did you watch lat weeknd? Can you use some phrase with extreme adjectives to describe the match, a goal or another incident from a match?