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Matchweek 16

Matchweek 16

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.

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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 16 so let’s get on with this week’s roundup!

Headlines

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.

Definition Alert!

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!

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 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.

Fantasy Football

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.

Matchweek Prediction

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.

Results

There 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

Wayne Rooney got the equaliser for Everton in the Merseyside Derby at a wintry Anfield.

Fantasy Football

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

Marko Arnautovic shocked Chelsea with the winner for West Ham.

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!

Wilfried Bony's winner took Swansea off the bottom of the Premier League table.

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 Manchester City's Nicolas Otamendi as the Player of the Week. Do you agree?
  2. Jack and Rich picked West Ham as the Team of the Week. Do you agree?
  3. Jack and Rich selected Newcastle Utd v Leicester City as the best game in Matchweek 16. Do you agree?
  4. Matchweek eighteen's big match is Manchester City v Tottenham. Rich has predicted a draw. Who do you think will win?
  5. 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!

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hsn's picture
hsn
12/04/2022
TR
5522
points

Phrases
• This company extended its lead at the market by innovated new products.
• He wasn't the only investor to lose money at the stock market, portfolio of the others also lost its value.


hsn's picture
hsn
12/04/2022 16:30
Turkey
Tottenham Hotspur
5522

Phrases
• This company extended its lead at the market by innovated new products.
• He wasn't the only investor to lose money at the stock market, portfolio of the others also lost its value.

CaroleAnnMarie1's picture
CaroleAnnMarie1
17/12/2017
IT
317
points

We agree that Nicolas Otamendi should be player of the week but, we can't be sure since we were not actually able to see him play last week.  We agree that West Ham should have been team of the week because they had a great match coming from behind to win.  The best game match was deffinitely Newcastle v Leicester!!! As for the big match between Manchester City and Tottenham, we agree with Jack who predicted a 3-1 Wind for Manchester City. Our fantasy football team is doing as well as we can expect, we are new at playing fantasy football and are learning as we go!! 


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CaroleAnnMarie1
17/12/2017 14:40
Italy
Everton
317

We agree that Nicolas Otamendi should be player of the week but, we can't be sure since we were not actually able to see him play last week.  We agree that West Ham should have been team of the week because they had a great match coming from behind to win.  The best game match was deffinitely Newcastle v Leicester!!! As for the big match between Manchester City and Tottenham, we agree with Jack who predicted a 3-1 Wind for Manchester City. Our fantasy football team is doing as well as we can expect, we are new at playing fantasy football and are learning as we go!! 

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Ahmed Adam Mamado
16/12/2017
SD
2903
points

Correct me

Once again, I agree with your choices of the last gameweek awards. However, for the Citizens vs Spurs game, I think Man City will run out 3-2 winners. This winning streak will soon be broken as the congested fixtures of the Boxing Day are getting under way!

Before the two teams walked to the players tunnel, I noticed that the nickname of the leaders is written as "Cityzens" not "Citizens". so, have I been using the wrong nickname?

Squad rotating is a good thing since it can help to reduce players injuries, but I don't think every Liverpool fan was happy with the team selection that Klopp had made having rested the key players in a derby match. Maybe he's looking for the FA cup or he's thinking about January fixtures, who knows. Anyway, he deprived me from a good prediction again.

I've signed up at Fantasy Football and joined the Premier Skills league by managing a team named "Genuine United FC" although I have to say it's my first time to play an online game. It looks like we — Genuine United — have to play a one-legged play-off in order to be promoted to the PS league this weekend!!! We have already missed almost this season's half, hope not to be involved in a relegation battle!


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Ahmed Adam Mamado
16/12/2017 06:06
Sudan
Liverpool
2903

Correct me

Once again, I agree with your choices of the last gameweek awards. However, for the Citizens vs Spurs game, I think Man City will run out 3-2 winners. This winning streak will soon be broken as the congested fixtures of the Boxing Day are getting under way!

Before the two teams walked to the players tunnel, I noticed that the nickname of the leaders is written as "Cityzens" not "Citizens". so, have I been using the wrong nickname?

Squad rotating is a good thing since it can help to reduce players injuries, but I don't think every Liverpool fan was happy with the team selection that Klopp had made having rested the key players in a derby match. Maybe he's looking for the FA cup or he's thinking about January fixtures, who knows. Anyway, he deprived me from a good prediction again.

I've signed up at Fantasy Football and joined the Premier Skills league by managing a team named "Genuine United FC" although I have to say it's my first time to play an online game. It looks like we — Genuine United — have to play a one-legged play-off in order to be promoted to the PS league this weekend!!! We have already missed almost this season's half, hope not to be involved in a relegation battle!

umlaut_team_gubin
15/12/2017
PL
12
points

helo there, the match of the week prediction is 2 - 1 for Man City. Nobody can stop them at the moment!


umlaut_team_gubin
15/12/2017 15:36
Poland
West Bromwich Albion
12

helo there, the match of the week prediction is 2 - 1 for Man City. Nobody can stop them at the moment!

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haruyuki
13/12/2017
JP
38
points

I agree with you without the prayer of the week.
Otamendi’s performance and goal were so good, but I think the only goal of Man U was due to his mistake.
I think the player of the week is Ederson rather than Otamendi. He made amazing saves like last week De Gea.
My prediction is City 2 Tottenham 1.


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haruyuki
13/12/2017 02:46
Japan
Liverpool
38

I agree with you without the prayer of the week.
Otamendi’s performance and goal were so good, but I think the only goal of Man U was due to his mistake.
I think the player of the week is Ederson rather than Otamendi. He made amazing saves like last week De Gea.
My prediction is City 2 Tottenham 1.

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elghoul
12/12/2017
DZ
3988
points

1. Mahrez deserves the player of the week title with his brilliant goal and his involving in the two others without forgetting his new hair colour.

2. I totally agree for West Ham as the team prize winner .

3. Even if Benitez team is not enough in form the match against Leicester was thrilling.

Prediction Tottenham 2 City 3.


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elghoul
12/12/2017 11:34
Algeria
Manchester City
3988

1. Mahrez deserves the player of the week title with his brilliant goal and his involving in the two others without forgetting his new hair colour.

2. I totally agree for West Ham as the team prize winner .

3. Even if Benitez team is not enough in form the match against Leicester was thrilling.

Prediction Tottenham 2 City 3.

milos
12/12/2017
RS
2663
points

I predict that Manchester City will win.The score will be 3-2 for Manchester City


milos
12/12/2017 06:47
Serbia
Manchester United
2663

I predict that Manchester City will win.The score will be 3-2 for Manchester City

M.s. Aboelsafa's picture
M.s. Aboelsafa
12/12/2017
EG
738
points

I think spurs will win 1/0 


M.s. Aboelsafa's picture
M.s. Aboelsafa
12/12/2017 04:54
Egypt
Arsenal
738

I think spurs will win 1/0 

Khaldoun83's picture
Khaldoun83
11/12/2017
DZ
325
points

- I agree with all your choice for the match week 16.

- My predictions to match week 17:

Manchester City 2-0 Tottenham.


Khaldoun83's picture
Khaldoun83
11/12/2017 21:52
Algeria
Liverpool
325

- I agree with all your choice for the match week 16.

- My predictions to match week 17:

Manchester City 2-0 Tottenham.

sabanoleg
11/12/2017
UA
2337
points

I'd prefer a draw but I think Tottenham will win.Manchester City 1-2 Tottenham.


sabanoleg
11/12/2017 20:51
Ukraine
Arsenal
2337

I'd prefer a draw but I think Tottenham will win.Manchester City 1-2 Tottenham.

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Club ranking
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1Manchester United141372
2Liverpool109876
3Chelsea88310
4Arsenal85531
5Manchester City56371
6Tottenham Hotspur19149
7Newcastle United10456
8West Ham United7437
9Crystal Palace4224
10AFC Bournemouth4080

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