Matchweek 17 - A stroke of luck
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.
Rich: Hello my name’s Rich and welcome to our weekly round-up section called ‘This Week’ on Premier Skills English.
Jack: Hi there. I’m Jack. This week there was an extra round of Premier League matches in midweek so we’re back with an extra episode of football and English.
Rich: We’ve got lots of interesting words and phrases to help you talk about football in English.
Jack: We want you to use and practise these phrases by interacting with Premier League fans from around the world in our comments section.
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Rich: Let’s start with our midweek headlines!
Rich: Liverpool beat lacklustre United to go back to the top.
Jack: A dominant Liverpool team beat Manchester United 3-1 at Anfield to go back to the top of the Premier League table. Sadio Mane gave the hosts the lead but Jesse Lingard equalised against the run of play for United. Liverpool needed a bit of luck and it arrived when Xherdan Shaqiri twice tried his luck and scored two deflected goals. The first came off Ashley Young and the second stroke of luck arrived when the ball came off Eric Bailly. Despite these pieces of good luck, it was a deserved win for the league leaders.
Rich: City brush Everton aside.
Jack: Manchester City are just one point behind Liverpool after beating Everton 3-1. Gabriel Jesus scored twice before Everton got a goal back through Dominic Calvert Lewin. But, City sent on Raheem Sterling and the England player scored with his first touch to make the game safe.
Rich: Spurs leave it late to beat unlucky Burnley.
Jack: Tottenham Hotspur scored an injury-time winner against an out of luck Burnley team. It was tough luck on Burnley who worked very hard in defence. Christian Eriksen got the winner to keep Spurs in the title chase.
Rich: A good week for Liverpool and Spurs.
Jack: Yes, good wins in the Premier League and through to the knockout rounds of the Champions League, too.
Rich: In our vocabulary alert, we look at some football English that we used in the headlines.
Jack: All of our six phrases use the word luck and they are: a piece of luck, a stroke of luck, a bit of luck, to try your luck, to be out of luck and tough luck.
Rich: Let’s start with the noun phrases. A piece of luck or a stroke of luck is used to describe something that happens by chance and that you benefit from it.
Jack: Liverpool scored two deflected goals so they had two pieces of luck or two strokes of luck.
Rich: A deflected goal or a deflection is when a shot hits a defender and goes into the net.
Jack: Yes, you could say they were lucky goals but if a team is going to win the Premier League they need to have a bit of luck sometimes.
Rich: Yes, we were a bit luck but Liverpool attacked a lot so I sometimes think you create your own luck.
Jack: That’s true. Another phrase is to try your luck which in football English means to have a shot when you are not certain to score.
Rich: Xherdan Shaqiri tried his luck twice and got two goals.
Jack: Burnley were the opposite of Liverpool - they were unlucky. They were out of luck - they had no luck.
Rich: Yes, to concede an injury-time goal is definitely unlucky. Jack said it was tough luck on Burnley.
Jack: Tough luck is a very interesting idiom. It can be used to express sympathy. We used it like this. I said it was tough luck on Burnley. I was sorry for Burnley. I had sympathy for them conceding an injury-time goal.
Rich: But, it can be used in the exact opposite way to show no sympathy or a lack of sympathy.
Jack: You don’t have enough money to buy that Ferrari? Tough luck! My heart bleeds for you.
Rich: Some people have no sympathy.
Jack: Have a think about these phrases which use ‘luck’ and see if you can use any of them in the comments section.
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 good performances in the Premier League last weekend. Xherdan Shaqiri for Liverpool, Gabriel Jesus for City, Gerard Deulofeu for Watford …
Rich: But, our Player of the Week is Southampton's Danny Ings. The on loan-Liverpool striker scored twice to help Southampton end Arsenal’s 22-match unbeaten run and give Southampton their first home win of the season.
Jack: What about our Team of the Week? There were good wins for Manchester City, Newcastle, Crystal Palace, Chelsea, Southampton and Tottenham, Watford< Wolves and West Ham …
Rich: But our Team of the Week is Liverpool. It was Liverpool’s first Premier League win against Manchester United since 2014.
Jack: Finally, our Goal of the Week. Luke Milivojivic scored a cracker for Crystal Palace but Watford’s Vicarage Road Stadium was the place for great goals last weekend.
Rich: All three of Watford’s goals were stunners but we think the pick of the bunch was Domingos Quina’s curler. The Portuguese midfielder also became Watford’s youngest ever Premier League scorer at the same time. He’s just nineteen.
Jack: Every week, Rich predicts the result of one Premier League match and we want you to make your prediction, too.
Rich: Most of you made predicted a Liverpool win against Manchester United which was good to see.
Jack: Let’s see how you all do this week. What match are you looking at, Rich?
Rich: I’m going to predict the match between Everton and Tottenham. It’s a match that Spurs have to win if they want to stay in the race for the title. Everton are in eighth place the and having a good season so it’s a difficult place to go to. However, Tottenham are in good form and if they can go to Barcelona and get a good result they can get a good result at Everton, too. I think Spurs will win. Final score: Everton 2-1 Tottenham.
Jack: I think we might see a surprise here. I’m going for a 1-0 win to the blue side of Liverpool.
Rich: We will see. 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.
Manchester City 3-1 Everton
Crystal Palace 1-0 Leicester City
Huddersfield Town 0-1 Newcastle Utd
Tottenham 1-0 Burnley
Watford 3-2 Cardiff City
Wolves 2-0 Bournemouth
Fulham 0-2 West Ham
Southampton 3-2 Arsenal
Brighton 1-2 Chelsea
Liverpool 3-1 Manchester Utd
We looked at six phrases which use the word luck in this episode. Take a look at the phrases in bold. Do you undertand what they mean?
Liverpool needed a bit of luck and it arrived when Xherdan Shaqiri twice tried his luck and scored two deflected goals.
The first goal came off Ashley Young and the second stroke of luck arrived when the ball came off Eric Bailly.
Despite these pieces of good luck, it was a deserved win for the league leaders.
Tottenham Hotspur scored an injury-time winner against an out of luck Burnley team.
It was tough luck on Burnley who worked very hard in defence.
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: Danny Ings (Southampton)
Team of the Week: Liverpool
Goal of the Week: Domingos Quina (Watford)
The Big Match
Everton v Tottenham Hotspur
Rich's prediction for Matchweek eighteen is the match between Everton and Spurs. Rich has predicted a 2-1 win for Tottenham while Jack thinks Everton will win 1-0.
What is your prediction? 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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Check out the league table for our prediction competition. What position are you in?
What do you think?
Jack and Rich have spoken about Matchweek 17 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 Danny Ings of Southampton as Player of the Week. Do you agree?
- Jack and Rich selected Liverpool as their Team of the Week. Do you agree?
- Rich picked Domingos Quina's goal for Watford as Goal of the Week? Did you see it? Do you agree?
- Use this week's vocabulary: What's the luckiest goal that you can remember? Do you think some teams get more pieces of luck than others?
Don't forget to make your prediction for this week's Big Match!
Let's get the conversation started and create a community!