Matchweeks 24 & 25 - Looking Rosy
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 and Rich talk about the latest action from the Premier League. They keep you up to date with our prediction competition and have lots of football English for you to learn.
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Rich: This week we have news from two rounds of Premier League matches. Matchweek 24 and Matchweek 25.
Jack: Let’s start with our headlines!
Jack: City fall to shock defeat at Newcastle.
Rich: Newcastle Utd beat Manchester City by two goals to one and pull themselves out of the relegation zone. It all looked rosy for City when Sergio Aguero put City ahead after just 23 seconds - the fastest goal of the season. In the second half, Newcastle came back with goals from Salomon Rondon and Matt Ritchie to send the Geordie fans home happy and make Liverpool fans even happier.
Jack: Liverpool fail to capitalise on City slip.
Rich: Following Manchester City’s defeat, Liverpool had a chance to go seven points clear at the top but were held to a 1-1 draw by a resolute Leicester City team.
Jack: City close the gap once again.
Rich: In Matchweek 25, City closed the gap on their title rivals with a convincing win against Arsenal. Sergio Aguero scored his tenth Premier League hat-trick and is now only one hat-trick away from Alan Shearer’s all-time Premier League record.
Jack: United up to fifth and big weeks for Wolves and Spurs.
Rich: Manchester United salvaged a draw against Burnley and got a 1-0 win against Leicester to go above Arsenal and make it ten matches unbeaten for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Wolves and Spurs were the only teams to take maximum points from Matchweeks 24 and 25.
Jack: Some great games there and some shock results. Who saw that Newcastle result coming?!
Rich: In our vocabulary alert, we look at some football English that we used in the headlines.
Jack: Our six words and phrases this week are: to put ahead, to come back, to salvage, to look rosy, a convincing win and to take maximum points.
Rich: Let’s start with put ahead. Sergio Aguero put Manchester City ahead against Newcastle. To put ahead means to score first.
Jack: If another team equalises and then the other team scores again we can say the player put his team back ahead.
Rich: Newcastle came back to win against Manchester City and Manchester Utd came back against Burnley. To come back means to equalise or to go ahead in a match.
Jack: To salvage means to get something out of a bad performance. Manchester Utd salvaged a draw against Burnley.
Rich: To look rosy means everyone is happy and everything is going well. It was all looking rosy for Manchester City when Aguero scored after just 23 seconds against Newcastle.
Jack: The next phrase is a convincing win. This is a common phrase when one team wins easily and plays well. Manchester City had a convincing win against Arsenal.
Rich: The last phrase is to take maximum points. This phrase means to win and take all three points that are available for a victory. Wolves and Spurs were the only teams to take maximum points from Matchweeks 24 and 25. They both got six points.
Rich: Right, every week, we give out three Matchweek awards.
Jack: 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.
Jack: Let’s start with Player of the Week. There were some strong performances in the last two Matchweeks.
Rich: Raul Jimenez scored three times over the two Matchweeks and Alexander Mitrovic had a great game for Fulham in Matchweek 24.
Jack: But our Player of the Week is Sergio Aguero. Despite losing to Newcastle, Aguero still got on the scoresheet and then scored a hat-trick against Arsenal. What a player!
Rich: What about our Team of the Week? A really difficult choice this week. Newcastle had that amazing win against City but were then beaten by Spurs. Spurs won both their games but our team of the week is another who took home maximum points: Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Jack: Finally, Goal of the Week. Wolves’ Mexican striker, Raul Jimenez scored a great little chip over the goalkeeper against West Ham and Marcus Rashford scored another good goal for Manchester Utd.
Rich: But our pick is Andre Gomes’ goal for Everton against Wolves. Everton finished on the losing side in a 3-1 defeat but it was a great finish by the player who is on loan from Barcelona.
Jack: Every week, Rich predicts the result of one Premier League match and we want you to make your prediction, too.
Rich: It’s Matchweek 25 and the match I’m predicting this weekend is Manchester City against Chelsea. City bounced back from that defeat against Newcastle with a convincing win against Arsenal. Chelsea bounced back from their own defeat (4-0 against Bournemouth) with a convincing 5-0 win against Huddersfield. Both teams will want to take maximum points from this one for different reasons. Chelsea are fighting for a Champions League place while City are in a title tussle with Liverpool. I think City will come out on top. Final score: Manchester City 2-1 Chelsea.
Jack: I think Gonzalo Higuain will be the difference for Chelsea. I think the London team will win 1-0.
Rich: Make your predictions on the page below. You get one point if you predict the right result and three points if you predict the right score.
Jack: Right, that’s all we have time for. I hope you have enjoyed this football round-up. Join the discussion at the bottom of the page.
Rich: Bye for now and enjoy your football.
Bournemouth 4-0 Chelsea
Southampton 1-1 Crystal Palace
Liverpool 1-1 Leicester
Tottenham 2-1 Watford
Arsenal 2-1 Cardiff City
Fulham 4-2 Brighton
Huddersfield 0-1 Everton
Wolves 3-0 West Ham
Manchester Utd 2-2 Burnley
Newcastle 2-1 Manchester City
Leicester 0-1 Manchester Utd
Manchester City 3-1 Arsenal
Tottenham 1-0 Newcastle
Brighton 0-0 Watford
Burnley 1-1 Southampton
Chelsea 5-0 Huddersfield
Crystal Palace 2-0 Fulham
Everton 1-3 Wolves
Cardiff City 2-0 Bournemouth
West Ham L-L Liverpool
We looked at six words and phrases that you can learn to improve your English. Take a look at the phrases in bold. Do you undertand what they mean?
It all looked rosy for City when Sergio Aguero put City ahead after just 23 seconds.
City closed the gap on their title rivals with a convincing win against Arsenal.
Sergio Aguero put Manchester City ahead against Arsenal.
Newcastle came back to win against Manchester City.
Manchester Utd salvaged a draw against Burnley.
Wolves and Spurs were the only teams to take maximum points from Matchweeks 24 and 25.
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: Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)
Team of the Week: Wolves
Goal of the Week: Andre Gomes (Everton)
The Big Match
Man City v Chelsea
The big match in Matchweek 26 is Manchester City v Chelsea. Rich thinks City will win but Jack thinks Chelsea will come out on top. Do you agree?
What are your predictions? Have a listen to what Rich and Jack say and then enter our prediction competition below. You get one point for the correct result and three points for predicting the exact score.
Where are you in our prediction league?
Who will be our Premier League Prediction Champion?
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What do you think?
Jack and Rich have spoken about Matchweeks 24 & 25 in the Premier League. Now it's your turn! Have a look at the questions and write your answers in the comments section below.
- Rich and Jack chose Sergio Aguero of Manchester City as Player of the Week. Do you agree? Who has scored more Premier League hat-tricks than Aguero?
- Jack and Rich selected Wolves as their Team of the Week. Do you agree?
- Rich picked Andre Gomes' goal for Everton as Goal of the Week? Did you see it? Do you agree?
- Use this week's vocabulary: Which team had the most convincing win this week? Do City need to take maximum points from all their games to beat Liverpool to the title?
Don't forget to make your prediction for this week's Big Match!
Let's get the conversation started and create a community!