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Matchweek 12

Matchweek 12

Welcome to This Week from Premier Skills English, a weekly review of all the action from the Premier League for learners of English from across the globe. In This Week, Jack and Rich talk about all of the weekend's action in the Premier League; the big headlines and the main talking points. We also ask you to get involved; do you agree with Jack and Rich's choices of best player, best team and best match of Matchweek 12? Make your prediction for next week's big match and tell us how your club or fantasy football team is doing. We welcome comments from all football fans and especially welcome comments from football fans who are learning English.

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Introduction

Rich: Hello my name’s Rich and welcome to our Monday round-up section on Premier Skills English.  

Jack: Hi there. I’m Jack. Every Monday we discuss last weekend’s action, the best players, the best matches, Fantasy Football, and make some predictions for next weekend.

Rich: We want you to practise your English and interact with Premier League fans from around the world in our comments section.

Jack: You can do this on the Premier Skills English website or the Premier Skills-British Council Facebook page - if that’s where you are listening to us.

Rich: There were some brilliant games in Matchweek 12 so let’s get on with this week’s roundup!

Headlines

Rich: City pick up where they left off after the international break.

Jack: Manchester City beat Leicester 2-0 away from home and continued their brilliant start to the season. Gabriel Jesus and Kevin de Bruyne got the goals to see off Leicester. City have now won 16 matches in a row. Amazing stuff!

Rich: Pogba inspires United to vital victory.

Jack: Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic returned for United after injury and it was Pogba who was the star man for the Red Devils. Pogba scored one and crossed for Anthony Martial to score another. Juan Mata and Romelu Lukaku completed the scoring after Newcastle had taken a surprise lead.

Rich: A happy return for Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson.

Jack: Callum Wilson scored a hat-trick as Bournemouth beat Huddersfield 4-0. It was only his second match back after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament or ACL. He was out of action for eight months and it happened only weeks after he had returned to the pitch after the same injury in the previous season.

Rich: Getting one career-threatening injury is bad enough but getting the same injury twice is really bad luck. Let’s hope he stays fit this time!

Jack: Yes, definitely. 

Definition Alert!

Jack: Earlier you said ‘City pick up where they left off after the international break’. ‘Pick up’ ‘left off’? Can we look at these two phrases?

Rich: City picked up. It’s a phrasal verb to mean continue or start doing something again after a break. 

Jack: So, you might break for lunch at a meeting and after lunch, you might start the meeting by saying ‘Shall we pick up where we left off before lunch?’

Rich: Yes, the other phrase ‘left off’ is also a phrasal verb. It means to stop doing something that you will probably continue later.

Jack: So, City pick up where they left off after the international break. This means that City continued doing something that they stopped for a while because of the international break.

Rich: Playing brilliant football.

Jack: Exactly.

Matchweek Awards

Rich: Right, every Monday, we give out three Matchweek awards. Player of the Week, Team of the Week and Match of the Week.

Jack: In the comments section, you need to tell us if you agree with our choices …

Rich: Last week, not all of you agreed with our choices.

Jack: For example, Umlaut Team Gubin from Poland felt that we should have chosen Manchester Utd against Chelsea as Match of the Week.

Rich: And Ahmed Adam from Sudan said we should have chosen City rather than Spurs as Team of the Week.

Jack: These awards always create a lot of discussion. Let’s start with our Player of the Week. There were some great individual performances in the Premier League last week.

Rich: Yes, there were Mohamed Salah was fantastic for Liverpool, Kevin de Bruyne was immense once again for City and Paul Pogba is back for United and was brilliant.

Jack: We’ve mentioned him already … our Player of the Week is Bournemouth's, Callum Wilson. A Premier League hat-trick is brilliant of course but it’s such a good story too.

Rich: Yes, he’s hardly played for two years because of injuries so to come back and score a Premier League hat-trick is something special. 

Jack: Right, shall we move on to the next award?
 
Rich: Our next award is for Team of the Week. There were good wins for City, Arsenal, United, Liverpool and Bournemouth …

Jack: But our Team of the Week is ... Chelsea! A 4-0 away win … Eden Hazard scored twice and he’s in great form at the moment.

Jack: Finally, what about Match of the Week?

Rich: Our Match of the Week this week is … Manchester Utd v Newcastle. A 4-1 win for Manchester Utd but the match was much closer than the scoreline suggests.

Jack: Newcastle took the lead and Manchester Utd only equalised just before half-time. Having Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic back in the team is going to make a big difference.

Fantasy Football

Rich: What’s been happening in Fantasy Football this week, Jack?

Jack: The top scoring player in Matchweek 12 was Chelsea’s Eden Hazard with 18 points. 

Rich: And in the Premier Skills League the team at the top is still the Premier Skills team!

Jack: Thanks to RafaelRC a listener from Brazil for telling us to get Watford's RIcharlison in the team. He scored at the weekend!

Rich: The Premier Skills Fantasy Premier League Team of the Week for Matchweek 12 is  Mohammad Fakhrul Hisham Mohd Nor from Malaysia.

Jack: His team - La Lipak scored 90 points! Well done Mohammad from Malaysia!

Matchweek Prediction

Jack: Last week’s prediction was Arsenal against Tottenham. I was very, very happy to see Arsenal win 2-0! 

Rich: I thought Spurs would win. What do I know hey? But some of our listeners predicted an Arsenal win. Well done to Elghoul and Khaldoun83 from Algeria and Sabanoleg from Ukraine!

Jack: Which match are you going to predict this week?

Rich: Matchweek thirteen’s big match sees Chelsea travel to Liverpool. Both teams had good wins last weekend and only three points separate Chelsea in third place and Liverpool in fifth. Both teams have Champions League trips this week. Liverpool go to Spain to play Sevilla and Chelsea go to Azerbaijan to play Qarabag. It’s a long journey for those Chelsea players. I think they might be a bit tired when they play Liverpool. Final score: Liverpool 4-0 Chelsea.

Jack: Four nil? You’re showing your support there! I think it will be a draw - 1-1.

Rich: We’ll see … we want you to make your prediction at the bottom of the page on the website. Are you a good predictor? 

Jack: Right, that’s all we have time for. I hope you have enjoyed this Monday round-up. Don’t forget to join the discussion at the bottom of this page.  
 
Rich: Also, if you want to improve your English, take a look at our weekly podcast. There is a link on the side of this page.

Jack: Bye for now and enjoy your football.

Results

There were some great matches in Matchweek 12. Here are the full results:

Arsenal 2-0 Tottenham

Bournemouth 4-0 Huddersfield

Manchester Utd 4-1 Newcastle Utd

Burnley 2-0 Swansea City

Crystal Palace 2-2 Everton 

Leicester City 0-2 Manchester City

Liverpool 3-0 Southampton

West Brom 0-4 Chelsea

Watford 2-0 West Ham Utd

Brighton 2-2 Stoke City

Arsenal won the North London Derby!

Fantasy Football

Our Fantasy Premier League Team of Matchweek 12 is Mohammad who is from Malaysia. He scored 90 points last week. Well done, Mohammad! Each Matchweek we will announce our weekly winner on this page. Maybe you could be our winner next week? If you want to play Fantasy Football, you can find out more here and if you want to join the Premier Skills private league, this is the code you need: 83788-212918 8-212918

Callum Wilson scored a hat-trick for Bournemouth in their 4-0 win against Huddersfield.

The Big Match

Liverpool v Chelsea

Rich's prediction this week is the match between Liverpool and Chelsea. Rich thinks that it will be a 4-0 win for the Reds but Jack thinks that it will finish in a 1-1 draw. Have a listen to what Rich and Jack say and then make your prediction at the bottom of the page.

Last week Rich thought that the Spurs would win the North London Derby but Arsenal won 2-0! However, some of our listeners thought that Arsenal would win so well done to:

  • Sabanoleg from Ukraine
  • Elghoul from Algeria
  • Khaldoun83 from Algeria

Eden Hazard has been in great form recently.

Five Questions

Jack and Rich have spoken about last weekend's Premier League football. Now it's your turn! Have a look at the questions below and tell us if you agree with Rich and Jack. Write your answers in the comments section below.

  1. Jack and Rich chose Bournemouth's Callum Wilson as the Player of the Week. Do you agree?
  2. Jack and Rich picked Chelsea as the Team of the Week. Do you agree?
  3. Jack and Rich selected Manchester Utd v Newcastle Utd as the best game in Matchweek 12. Do you agree?
  4. Matchweek thirteens' big match is Liverpool v Chelsea. Rich has predicted a big win for Liverpool. Who do you think will win?
  5. Tell us about your club, your fantasy football team, or anything connected to Matchweek 12 in the Premier League.

Don't forget to reply to fans of different clubs from different countries. Let's create a community!

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umlaut_team_gubin
24/11/2017
PL
12
points

Hello there,

We think that both teams will score but it's Chelsea that is going to win. So, the final score is 2-1 for the Blues. Eden Hazard will score 2 goals and for Liverpool, Mohamed Salah. 

 

Thanks and all the best,


umlaut_team_gubin
24/11/2017 15:47
Poland
West Bromwich Albion
12

Hello there,

We think that both teams will score but it's Chelsea that is going to win. So, the final score is 2-1 for the Blues. Eden Hazard will score 2 goals and for Liverpool, Mohamed Salah. 

 

Thanks and all the best,

Rich's picture
Rich
29/11/2017
ES
248
points

You were right about Salah getting a goal but it finished all square! Have you heard this phrase before?

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


Rich's picture
Rich
29/11/2017 08:15
Spain
Liverpool
248

You were right about Salah getting a goal but it finished all square! Have you heard this phrase before?

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

Ahmed Adam Mamado's picture
Ahmed Adam Mamado
24/11/2017
SD
2469
points

Everyone is predicting a Liverpool win here. I'm coming along for the ride!
3-1 for the Reds.


Ahmed Adam Mamado's picture
Ahmed Adam Mamado
24/11/2017 12:44
Sudan
Liverpool
2469

Everyone is predicting a Liverpool win here. I'm coming along for the ride!
3-1 for the Reds.

Rich's picture
Rich
29/11/2017
ES
248
points

Nice expression Ahmed Adam, but you should have stayed at the bus stop!!

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


Rich's picture
Rich
29/11/2017 08:16
Spain
Liverpool
248

Nice expression Ahmed Adam, but you should have stayed at the bus stop!!

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

Ahmed Adam Mamado's picture
Ahmed Adam Mamado
02/12/2017
SD
2469
points

Haha! because they didn't win?! Very funny!

You have a good sense of humour, teacher Rich. Please, keep your comments coming.


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Ahmed Adam Mamado
02/12/2017 06:15
Sudan
Liverpool
2469

Haha! because they didn't win?! Very funny!

You have a good sense of humour, teacher Rich. Please, keep your comments coming.

sabanoleg
23/11/2017
UA
1903
points

I'm going to go for a Liverpool win.My prediction Liverpool 3-1 Chelsea.


sabanoleg
23/11/2017 07:09
Ukraine
Arsenal
1903

I'm going to go for a Liverpool win.My prediction Liverpool 3-1 Chelsea.

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elghoul
21/11/2017
DZ
2171
points

1. The choice for Wilson is well deserved because the winner suffered a lot from injuries. It is perhaps his first hat trick!

2. I will go for the Citizens again as the team of the week. It is not easy taskto beat the Foxes at home.

3. I think it is good for Man United against Newcastle as the best match. However I noticed the error in the full results of the twelfth week.

4. Prediction, Chelsea 1 Liverpool 2.


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elghoul
21/11/2017 17:56
Algeria
Arsenal
2171

1. The choice for Wilson is well deserved because the winner suffered a lot from injuries. It is perhaps his first hat trick!

2. I will go for the Citizens again as the team of the week. It is not easy taskto beat the Foxes at home.

3. I think it is good for Man United against Newcastle as the best match. However I noticed the error in the full results of the twelfth week.

4. Prediction, Chelsea 1 Liverpool 2.

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Rich
29/11/2017
ES
248
points

Thanks for pointing out that mistake, Elghoul. I changed it as soon as I read your message.

You're right about it being difficult to beat the Foxes. I watched them beat Spurs last night  - great goals from Mahrez and Vardy!

Rich - The Premier SkillsEnglishh Team


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Rich
29/11/2017 08:18
Spain
Liverpool
248

Thanks for pointing out that mistake, Elghoul. I changed it as soon as I read your message.

You're right about it being difficult to beat the Foxes. I watched them beat Spurs last night  - great goals from Mahrez and Vardy!

Rich - The Premier SkillsEnglishh Team

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Khaldoun83
21/11/2017
DZ
203
points

1-I think if there is a genius player who is leading his club like Messi  in FC Barcelone, he will be Kevin Dubruyn, because his performance is incredible since he joined Manchester City. So in my opinion he was the player of the week.

2- My prediction to the match week 13: Liverpool 2-1 Chelsea.

 


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Khaldoun83
21/11/2017 15:49
Algeria
Liverpool
203

1-I think if there is a genius player who is leading his club like Messi  in FC Barcelone, he will be Kevin Dubruyn, because his performance is incredible since he joined Manchester City. So in my opinion he was the player of the week.

2- My prediction to the match week 13: Liverpool 2-1 Chelsea.

 

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M.s. Aboelsafa
21/11/2017
EG
729
points

Correct me:

Liverpool v Chelsea

I think there would be a lot of goals as Liverpool has a good attack line.

Chelsea will score due to the weakness of Liverpool‘s defense line

Final score Liverpool 2, Chelsea 3


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M.s. Aboelsafa
21/11/2017 00:35
Egypt
Arsenal
729

Correct me:

Liverpool v Chelsea

I think there would be a lot of goals as Liverpool has a good attack line.

Chelsea will score due to the weakness of Liverpool‘s defense line

Final score Liverpool 2, Chelsea 3

Rich's picture
Rich
29/11/2017
ES
248
points

Hi MS Aboelsafa

I've rewritten the sentences below. What differences can you see?

I think there will be a lot of goals as Liverpool have a good attack.

Chelsea will score because Liverpool are weak in defence.

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


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Rich
29/11/2017 08:20
Spain
Liverpool
248

Hi MS Aboelsafa

I've rewritten the sentences below. What differences can you see?

I think there will be a lot of goals as Liverpool have a good attack.

Chelsea will score because Liverpool are weak in defence.

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

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M.s. Aboelsafa
21/11/2017
EG
729
points

My team in fantasy is Modric, I picked 104 points this week.

It was an amazing week for me.


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M.s. Aboelsafa
21/11/2017 00:30
Egypt
Arsenal
729

My team in fantasy is Modric, I picked 104 points this week.

It was an amazing week for me.

Rich's picture
Rich
29/11/2017
ES
248
points

A fantastic week! Sorry that I missed your score. You should have been the Premier Skills Fantasy Manager of the Week. I have made a correction in Matchweek 13 if you want to listen :)

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


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Rich
29/11/2017 08:23
Spain
Liverpool
248

A fantastic week! Sorry that I missed your score. You should have been the Premier Skills Fantasy Manager of the Week. I have made a correction in Matchweek 13 if you want to listen :)

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

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RafaelRC
23/11/2017
BR
441
points

Congratulations!!! Very well 104 points!


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RafaelRC
23/11/2017 00:19
Brazil
Leicester City
441

Congratulations!!! Very well 104 points!

M.s. Aboelsafa's picture
M.s. Aboelsafa
21/11/2017
EG
729
points

Correct me:

It is better to select Arsenal as the Team of the week; Arsenal had a bad beginning this season but they made a good match in this week 


M.s. Aboelsafa's picture
M.s. Aboelsafa
21/11/2017 00:28
Egypt
Arsenal
729

Correct me:

It is better to select Arsenal as the Team of the week; Arsenal had a bad beginning this season but they made a good match in this week 

M.s. Aboelsafa's picture
M.s. Aboelsafa
21/11/2017
EG
729
points

Correct me:

the Player of the Week:

I think it is better to choose Mohamed Salah or Pogba

By his two goals, Mohamed Salah is  the most scoring player  


M.s. Aboelsafa's picture
M.s. Aboelsafa
21/11/2017 00:23
Egypt
Arsenal
729

Correct me:

the Player of the Week:

I think it is better to choose Mohamed Salah or Pogba

By his two goals, Mohamed Salah is  the most scoring player  

Rich's picture
Rich
29/11/2017
ES
248
points

With his two goals, Mohamed Sala is the (Premier League) top scorer. Is he popular in Egypt?

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


Rich's picture
Rich
29/11/2017 08:21
Spain
Liverpool
248

With his two goals, Mohamed Sala is the (Premier League) top scorer. Is he popular in Egypt?

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

Leaderboard

Top Scorers
RankNameScore
1kwesimanifest4395
2assemjuve3593
3aragorn19863527
4haydi3189
5Alex_from_Ukraine2706
6Ahmed Adam Mamado2469
7nikosonris2453
8Liubomyr2333
9MUGEMANYI2320
10elghoul2171
Country ranking
RankNameScore
1Ukraine24927
2Serbia24503
3Albania20333
4Macedonia19011
5Bosnia and Herzegovina16046
6Armenia13347
7Kosovo13071
8Georgia12349
9Spain9678
10Montenegro7894
Club ranking
RankNameScore
1Manchester United76858
2Arsenal55077
3Liverpool54212
4Chelsea44427
5Manchester City17189
6Leicester City9367
7Tottenham Hotspur5254
8Newcastle United4611
9West Ham United3795
10Watford2845

Level

3
Average: 3 (1 vote)

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