Matchweek 17 & 18
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 17 & 18? 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.
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Jack: It was a bumper week in the Premier League with two matchweeks being played.
Rich: And there were some marvellous matches in Matchweek 17 & 18 so let’s get on with this week’s round up!
Rich: Sweet 16 for City!
Jack: Manchester City made it 16 Premier League wins in a row by putting four past Swansea in matchweek 17 and then putting another four past Tottenham in matchweek 18. City stay an amazing 11 points clear at the top.
Rich: United and Chelsea continue the chase.
Jack: Manchester Utd and Chelsea were another two teams to pick up two victories in matchweeks 17 and 18. United beat West Brom and Bournemouth and Chelsea beat Southampton and Huddersfield. Are they still in the race for the title?
Rich: Palace break out of the drop zone.
Jack: Crystal Palace was the only other team to register two wins in matchweeks 17 and 18. Palace scored two injury time goals to come from behind and beat Watford in matchweek 17. In matchweek 18 they won 3-0 away against an in-form Leicester team. Very impressive.
Rich: The battle to avoid the drop is always a scrap. Only three points separate Southampton in 12th and Newcastle in 18th and the relegation zone.
Jack: Teams will be fighting to survive in the Premier League from now till the end of the Premier League season. Exciting stuff.
Rich: The battle to avoid the drop …. It’s always a scrap … teams will be fighting to survive. We hear this type of language in football a lot.
Jack: The idea that football is like war is common in English. Players fight for the ball. There might be a midfield duel. And of course, strikers shoot at goal. A difficult match or series of matches is often described as a battle.
Rich: A scrap is an informal word for a fight. And of course, if a team finishes in 17th place the team survives - remains alive!
Jack: I wonder if this is just in English or if this is similar in other languages. Let us know in the comments section if you have an opinion.
Rich: Let’s get back to the football.
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 many of you agreed with our choices which is good to see.
Jack: But not all of you. Haruyuki felt that Manchester City’s goalkeeper, Ederson should have been Player of the Week rather than Nicolas Otamendi.
Rich: And Elghoul from Algeria thought the player of the week should have been Riyad Mahrez from ahem Algeria.
Jack: Good to see some differences of opinion in the comments section. Let’s start with this week’s player of the week.
Rich: David Silva was brilliant in matchweek 17 and Kevin de Bruyne was fantastic against Spurs in Matchweek 18.
Jack: But this week we’re going to choose a player from a team that are battling at the other end of the table.
Rich: Our player of the Week is Crystal Palace’s Christian Benteke.
Jack: The Belgian striker has been playing well recently and he and Wilfried Zaha are two of the reasons that Palace are starting to climb the table.
Rich: Our next award is for Team of the Week. Manchester City are definitely our team of the season but our team of the week is Crystal Palace. Palace were one of only four teams to get maximum points in matchweek 17 and 18.
Jack: And it’s much more difficult to get points when you are at the bottom. Finally, what about Match of the Week?
Rich: Our Match of the Week this week is … Manchester City v Tottenham.
Jack: City are a joy to watch at the moment. I think I might start supporting them.
Jack: No, not really.
Rich: What’s been happening in Fantasy Football this week, Jack?
Jack: The top scoring player in Matchweek 18 was Huddersfield's Aaron Mooy with 15 points.
Rich: I don’t think many people would have had him in their team. The Premier Skills team has dropped down to sixth place so we really need your help and advice.
Jack: Just tell us who to buy and sell in the comments section.
Rich: The Premier Skills Fantasy Premier League Manager of the Week for Matchweek 17 was for the second time in two weeks Gerardo Lopez from Mexico - last year’s Premier Skills fantasy manager of the season.
Jack: His team, Los 11 impostores, scored 86 points last week and Gerardo is up to second place in the Premier Skills league.
Jack: Last week’s prediction was the Manchester City - Spurs match. Rich thought Spurs would get a draw but City were brilliant and won 4-1. I predicted a City win by the way.
Rich: Well done! Lots of our listeners predicted a City win too including CaroleAnneMarie from Italy, Ahmed Adam from Sudan, Umlaut Team Gubin from Poland, Haruyuki from Japan, Elghoul and Khaldoun83 from Algeria and. Milos from Serbia.
Jack: What’s your prediction this week, Rich?
Rich: This Friday my team Liverpool makes the trip to play your team, Jack - Arsenal!
Jack: Yes, I’ll be glued to my screen.
Rich: Liverpool haven’t lost for ages but they are drawing a few games. Away from home we’re scoring lots of goals. Three against Sevilla, four against Bournemouth last weekend.
Jack: Yes, I’m a bit worried about your attacking players Salah, Firmino, Mane, and Coutinho of course.
Rich: I think you should be! Arsenal haven’t been looking that good at the back. I think we’ll score at least a couple. I think it will finish 3-1 to Liverpool.
Jack: We’ve got some good attacking players too. If Sanchez and Ozil play well we’ll win. I think it will finish 2-1 to Arsenal.
Rich: It will be a nice early Christmas present for me.
Jack: What will?
Rich: Three points for Liverpool.
Jack: We’ll see … we want you to make your prediction at the bottom of the page on the website. Are you a good predictor?
Rich: 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.
Jack: We’re going to take a break for a couple of weeks but will be back with the festive football roundup in the new year.
Rich: There are loads of matches over the holidays so we’ll have lots to enjoy and lots to talk about when we get back.
Jack: Don’t forget ... if you want to improve your English, take a look at our weekly podcast. There is a link on the side of this page.
Rich: Bye for now and enjoy your football.
ResultsThere were some great matches in Matchweek 18. Here are the full results:
Leicester City 0-3 Crystal Palace
Arsenal 1-0 Newcastle Utd
Brighton 0-0 Burnley
Chelsea 1-0 Southampton
Bornemouth 0-4 Liverpool
Watford 1-4 Huddersfield Town
Stoke City 0-3 West Ham
Manchester City 4-1 Tottenham
West Brom 1-2 Manchester Utd
Everton 3-1 Swansea City
Our Fantasy Premier League Team of Matchweek 18 is Gerardo Lopez a Manchester Utd fan from Mexico. He scored 86 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
Arsenal v Liverpool
Rich's predictions this week is the match between Arsenal and Liverpool. Rich (a Liverpool fan) thinks Liverpool will win but Jack (an Arsenal fan) thinks Arsenal will win! 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 Tottenham would draw with Manchester City but City won 4-1. Rich's predictions have been terrible recently but at least some of our listers are better predictors! Well done to ...
- Milos (Serbia)
- Elghoul and Khaldoun83 (Algeria)
- Haruyuki (Japan)
- Umlaut Team Gubin (Poland)
- Ahmed Adam (Sudan)
- CaroleAnneMArie (Italy)
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 Crystal Palace's Christian Benteke as the Player of the Week. Do you agree?
- Jack and Rich picked Crystal Palace as the Team of the Week. Do you agree?
- Jack and Rich selected Manchester City v Tottenham as the best game in Matchweek 18. Do you agree?
- Matchweek nineteen's big match is Liverpool v Arsenal. Rich has predicted a win for Liverpool. Who do you think will win?
- Tell us about your club, your fantasy football team, or anything connected to Matchweek's 17 & 18 in the Premier League.
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