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 16? 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.
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 16 so let’s get on with this week’s roundup!
Rich: Derby joy for City!
Jack: Manchester City beat their City rivals, United by two goals to one to extend their lead at the top of the table to eleven points. David Silva struck first for City but Marcus Rashford equalised just before half-time. Nicolas Otamendi got the winner for City in the second half. City have now won fourteen Premier League matches in a row. A Premier League record!
Rich: Teams at the top drop points.
Jack: Manchester Utd were not the only team to drop points at the top of the table. Chelsea, Liverpool, and Arsenal all failed to win at the weekend. The Chelsea result was the biggest surprise - the Blues lost 1-0 to West Ham! It was only the third win of the season for the Hammers.
Rich: Rooney rescues a point for Everton in Merseyside Derby.
Jack: Wayne Rooney scored his first goal in a Merseyside Derby thirteen years after playing in his first Liverpool - Everton match. Mohamed Salah opened the scoring but Rooney scored from the spot in the 77th minute to equalise for the Toffees.
Jack: Rooney scored from the spot. To score from the spot. What does this phrase mean?
Rich: To score from the spot means to score a penalty. The spot we are talking about here is the penalty spot.
Jack: Sometimes we call a penalty kick a spot kick. What did you think to Rooney’s penalty for Everton?
Rich: It was never a penalty. A very disappointing end to the Merseyside Derby Liverpool should have won the match easily!
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 it was good to see that lots of you agreed with our choices of matchweek awards. Let’s see if you agree with our choices this 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 good for Liverpool, the West Ham defence were outstanding against Chelsea. Heung Min Son and Riyad Mahrez were great for Spurs and Leicester and Jermaine Defoe for Bournemouth and Harry Kane for Tottenham were brilliant up front for Bournemouth and Spurs.
Jack: But we think we have to give our Player of the Week to a Manchester City player so our Player of the Week for Matchweek 16 is … Nicolas Otamendi.
Rich: The Argentinian defender was fantastic at the back for City and he popped up with the winning goal too!
Jack: He’s scored more goals than any other defender in the Premier League this season! 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, West Ham, Leicester, Swansea, Spurs, Huddersfield and Burnley. And our Team of the Week is West Ham Utd!
Jack: The Hammers beat Chelsea 1-0 to give David Moyes his first victory as West Ham manager. It’s always difficult to win when you are near the bottom of the table so a win against the Premier League Champions is a great result.
Jack: Finally, what about Match of the Week?
Rich: Our Match of the Week this week is … Newcastle v Leicester. A 3-2 thriller that finished in a win for the Foxes who are starting to climb the Premier League table.
Rich: What’s been happening in Fantasy Football this week, Jack?
Jack: The top scoring player in matchweek 16 was Tottenham’s Heung Min Son with 16 points. Did you have him in your team?
Rich: He wasn’t in the Premier Skills team who had a very bad week - only 24 points in total and drop down to second in the Premier Skills league.
Jack: The new leader is Team A managed by Ayan Das Gupta from India. Well done to you!
Rich: The Premier Skills Fantasy Premier League Manager of the Week for Matchweek 16 is Gerardo Lopez from Mexico - last year’s Premier Skills fantasy manager of the season.
Jack: His team, Los 11 impostores, scored 73 points last week.
Jack: Last week’s prediction was the two derby matches between Liverpool and Everton and Manchester City and Manchester United. You didn’t get either result right, Rich?
Rich: No, I thought Liverpool and United would win but City won and Liverpool - Everton finished in a draw.
Jack: But some of our listeners made better predictions. For example, Lakerwang from China and Elghoul from Algeria both predicted wins for Manchester City and Khladoun83 from Algeria also predicted the right result a 2-1 win for City. Well done to you! What match are you looking at this week, Rich?
Rich: There are two Matchweeks this week with Matchweek 17 being played in midweek. I’m going to concentrate on Matchweek 18 that will be played at the weekend. The big match is Manchester City v Tottenham. City are on the best run in Premier League history after winning 14 matches in a row and are looking unstoppable. But, they have a difficult match this weekend and I fancy Spurs to get something from this match. Spurs always play well in the big games and City’s run has to end soon so I’m going to go for a draw in a high-quality match. Final score: Manchester City 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur
Jack: I can’t see City dropping points at the moment. I think City will win 3-1.
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.
ResultsThere were some great matches in Matchweek 16. Here are the full results:
West Ham 1-0 Chelsea
Spurs 5-1 Stoke City
Swansea 1-0 West Brom
Huddersfield Town 2-0 Brighton
Crystal Palce 2-2 Bournemouth
Burnley 1-0 Watford
Newcastle Utd 2-3 Leicester City
Southampton 1-1 Arsenal
Liverpool 1-1 Everton
Manchester Utd 1-2 Manchester City
Our Fantasy Premier League Team of Matchweek 16 is Gerardo Lopez a Manchester Utd fan from Mexico. He scored 73 points last week for his team Los 11 Impostores. Well done, Gerardo! 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
The Big Match
Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur
Rich's predictions this week is the match between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur. Rich thinks it will be a draw but Jack thinks City will win again! 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 Manchester Utd would beat Manchester City but City won 2-1. A special well done to Khaldoun83 from Algeria! Khladoun83 predicted the correct result and the correct score!
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.
- Jack and Rich chose Manchester City's Nicolas Otamendi as the Player of the Week. Do you agree?
- Jack and Rich picked West Ham as the Team of the Week. Do you agree?
- Jack and Rich selected Newcastle Utd v Leicester City as the best game in Matchweek 16. Do you agree?
- Matchweek eighteen's big match is Manchester City v Tottenham. Rich has predicted a draw. Who do you think will win?
- Tell us about your club, your fantasy football team, or anything connected to Matchweek's 16 in the Premier League.
Don't forget to reply to fans of different clubs from different countries. Let's create a community!