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Matchweek 2 - Hat-trick Hero!

Matchweek 2 - Hat-trick Hero!

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 new prediction competition and describe lots of football English for you to learn.

Transcript

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Introduction  

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. That’s right. We’re going to discuss all the latest football action from Matchweek 2 in the Premier League.

Rich: And not only that but we’ve got lots of interesting words and phrases to help you talk about football in English.

Jack: And we want you to use and practise your English and interact with Premier League fans from around the world in our comments section.

Rich: You can do this on the Premier Skills English website or the Premier Skills-British Council Facebook page.

Jack: Let’s start with this week’s headlines!

Headlines

Rich: City hit Huddersfield for six.

Jack: Manchester City beat Huddersfield Town 6-1 on Sunday and have started this season like they finished the last. Sergio Aguero got a hat-trick for City - the first of the new Premier League season. 

Rich: Brighton stun United for a second time.

Jack: Manchester United’s trip to the south coast ended in defeat for the second season in a row. Two goals in a minute by the Seagulls left United with a mountain to climb and despite goals from Romelu Lukaku and a late Paul Pogba penalty, Brighton hung on for a famous victory.

Rich: Chelsea get the better of Arsenal in five-goal thriller.

Jack: Chelsea beat Arsenal in a classic London Derby. Arsenal missed a hatful of first-half chances before Chelsea went 2-0 in front with goals by Pedro and Alvaro Morata. Arsenal then staged a comeback to level before the break. Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alex Iwobi got the goals. The second half was a more cagey affair but Marcos Alonso got the winner for Chelsea with 9 minutes remaining.
Vocabulary alert!

Rich: In our definition alert we look at some football English that we used in this week’s headlines.

Jack: The words and phrases we’re looking at this week are: a hat-trick, a hatful, a mountain to climb, and a cagey affair.

Rich: Sergio Aguero got a hat-trick for Manchester City. A hat-trick is three goals in one match. Aguero has scored more hat-tricks than any other current Premier League player.

Jack: Hat-trick was originally used in cricket nearly 200 years ago and is now used in lots of sports.

Rich: We used another phrase with ‘hat’ in the headlines. Arsenal missed a hatful of chances. This is a phrase that means a lot of. Arsenal missed a lot of chances in the first-half. They missed a hatful of chances.

Jack: This phrase is very specific and the only other way I can think of it being used is Arsenal could have scored a hatful. This means they could have scored a lot of goals.

Rich: Our next phrase is an idiom. The phrase is a mountain to climb. Two goals in a minute by the Seagulls left United with a mountain to climb.

Jack: To have a mountain to climb means to have something very difficult to do. It’s a popular idiom in sports when a team is behind in a match. It’s used much less outside of sports.

Rich: The final prase is a cagey affair. The second half was a more cagey affair.

Jack: To be cagey means to not want to give too much information about something.

Rich: In football, the affair refers to the match being played and a cagey affair involves two teams who are unwilling or don’t want to be too open in their style of play. They are quite defensive and don’t want to give away too many chances.

Jack: The Chelsea - Arsenal match was very open in the first half, but the second half was a much more cagey affair.

Football Awards

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: These awards always create a lot of discussion between fans of different teams which is good to see.

Rich: Lots of you agreed with our choice of Goal of the Week last week: a great volley by Watford’s Roberto Pereyra.

Jack: But some of you disagree with our other awards. AssemJuve from Palestine thought Player of the Week should have been Liverpool’s Sadio Mane and Khaldoun83 from Algeria thought we should have chosen Manchester CIty’s Raheem Sterling.

Rich: Good to see everybody saying what you think! Let’s start with this week’s Player of the Week award.

Jack: There were some great performances. Harry Kane got a goal in August for the first ever time, Everton’s Jordan Pickford made one of the best saves I’ve seen for ages against Southampton and the Manchester City team … well all of them were good.

Rich: So, I think we’re going to go for the obvious pick. Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero. The Argentinian has nine Premier League hat-tricks and is now tenth on the list of all-time Premier League goalscorers.

Jack; That was quite an easy choice so what about Team of the Week. Shall we go with City?

Rich: We could but I think we’re going to look elsewhere. There were also good wins for Spurs, Watford, Bournemouth, Leicester and Everton but our Team of the Week is Brighton.

Jack: The first big surprise of the Premier League season as they beat Manchester United 3-2.

Rich: Finally, our Goal of the Week. Harry Kane scored a great goal for Spurs.

Jack: Kieren Trippier’s free-kick in that game was better than Kane’s.

Rich: Ahh! Yes, it was but David Silva’s free kick for Manchester City was better. Our Goal of the Week is the free-kick by Manchester City’s David Silva.

Jack: The first-ever free-kick he’s scored by City. I bet that surprises you.

Rich: It does.

Shout-out

Rich: Right, let’s move on to our next section. Football shout-out. 

Jack: Each week we’re going to look at a phrase that a fan or a commentator might use when watching a match.

Rich: This week’s phrase is down the line.

Jack: This phrase is connected to passing the ball on the sides of the pitch. It's an instruction that is used to pass the ball forward along the touchline. 

Rich: It’s often a full-back passing the ball to a winger. You may hear a commentator say ‘Walker passes it down the line to Sterling’ in a City match for example.

Jack: Or you might hear a fan or a manager shouting ‘down the line’ because that’s where they think the ball should be played.

Rich: Yep, it’s quite a common football phrase to hear during a match.

Matchweek Prediction 

Jack: Every week, Rich is going to predict one Premier League match and we want you to make your prediction, too.

Rich: Lots of you made your predictions last week but a special well done to NikoResh from Ukraine who was the only listener to predict a 3-2 win for Chelsea against Arsenal.

Jack: If you want to take a look at our prediction league we’ve put a link on the page below on the Premier Skills English website. Nikoresh is the leader with three points at the moment.

Rich: You will be able to see a League table of the predictions all our listeners made. Can you beat me? Can you beat Jack? 

Jack: You score one point for a correct result or three points for the exact score. What’s your prediction this week, Rich?

Rich: Matchweek three’s big match is definitely Manchester United against Spurs. Despite not making any new signings in the summer, Spurs have made a good start with two wins out of two. United have won one and lost one but haven’t looked great. Tottenham are probably slight favourites, especially now that Harry Kane has scored in August. I think it will be close so I am going to go for a draw. Final score: Manchester United 1-1 Tottenham.

Jack: I think United will win 2-0. They rarely lose two matches in a row.

Rich: 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. 

Jack: Bye for now and enjoy your football. 

Results

Matchweek 2:

Cardiff 0-0 Newcastle

West Ham 1-2 Bournemouth

Spurs 3-1 Fulham

Leicester 2-0 Wolves

Everton 2-1 Southampton

Chelsea 3-2 Arsenal

Manchester City 6-1 Huddersfield Town

Burnley 1-3 Watford

Brighton 3-2 Manchester United

Crystal Palace 0-2 Liverpool

Marcos Alonso got the winner for Chelsea in a 3-2 thriller against Arsenal.

Vocabulary Alert

Football English

Take a look at the words in bold. Do you undertand what they mean?

Sergio Aguero got a hat-trick for City.

Two goals in a minute by the Seagulls left United with a mountain to climb.

Arsenal missed a hatful of first half chances.

The second half was a more cagey affair.

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.

Can you spot the fan behind the flag at the Leicester City - Wolves match?

Matchweek Awards

Do you agree with our choices?

Player of the Week: Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)

Sergio Aguero celebrated his hat-trick against Huddersfield with teammates Bernardo and David Silva.

Team of the Week: Brighton

Shane Duffy scores for Brighton in their surprise 3-2 win against Manchester United.

Goal of the Week: David Silva (Manchester City)

David Silva scored a fantastic free-kick against Huddersfield and it's our Goal of the Week.

The Big Match

Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur

Rich's prediction for Matchweek three is Manchester United home match against Tottenham. Rich has predicted a 1-1 draw while Jack has gone for a 2-0 win for United.

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.

Who will be our Premier League Prediction Champion?

Well done to Nikoresh from Ukraine and Acicala from Spain for predicting a 3-2 win for Chelsea against Arsenal last week.

Form

Premier League Prediction: Manchester Utd v Tottenham

Use this form to make your prediction. You can only make one prediction so take care! When you have made your predictions, the form will vanish.

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Check out the league table for our prediction competition. What position are you in?

See results table

Four Questions

What do you think?

Jack and Rich have spoken about Matchweek 2 in the Premier League. Now it's your turn! Have a look at the questions and write your answers in the comments section below.

  1. Rich and Jack chose Sergio Aguero of Manchester City as Player of the Week. Do you agree? 
  2. Jack and Rich chose Brighton as their Team of the Week. Do you agree?
  3. Rich chose David Silva's goal for Manchester City as Goal of the Week? Did you see it? Do you agree?
  4. Use this week's vocabulary: Which teams have a mountain to climb? Which team missed a hatful of chances last weekend?

Don't forget to make your prediction for this week's Big Match!

Let's get the conversation started and create a community!

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assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
25/08/2018
PS
3696
points

I can not agree more with your selections,but i may disgree with you about the goal of the week,i think trippier goal was brilliant.


assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
25/08/2018 21:22
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3696

I can not agree more with your selections,but i may disgree with you about the goal of the week,i think trippier goal was brilliant.

elghoul's picture
elghoul
24/08/2018
DZ
2942
points

1. First hat-trick this season. Congratulations to Kun Aguero who is familiar with this Premier League Web awards.

2. Brighton have to go on with matches like the one they did this week.

 

3. Silva succeeded putting the ball off the keeper with his free-kick.

4. Man United had a moutain to climb after the Brighton two goals ahead.

Arsenal had a hatful of chances to score in their first half against Chelsea.


elghoul's picture
elghoul
24/08/2018 13:52
Algeria
Manchester City
2942

1. First hat-trick this season. Congratulations to Kun Aguero who is familiar with this Premier League Web awards.

2. Brighton have to go on with matches like the one they did this week.

 

3. Silva succeeded putting the ball off the keeper with his free-kick.

4. Man United had a moutain to climb after the Brighton two goals ahead.

Arsenal had a hatful of chances to score in their first half against Chelsea.

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
23/08/2018
GH
4662
points

Huddersfield have a mountain to climb


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
23/08/2018 09:18
Ghana
Manchester United
4662

Huddersfield have a mountain to climb

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
23/08/2018
GH
4662
points

Aguero as player of the week, no doubt and Brighton as team of the week as well. My team United have been a shadow of themselves from last season even though we weren't any better then.


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
23/08/2018 09:17
Ghana
Manchester United
4662

Aguero as player of the week, no doubt and Brighton as team of the week as well. My team United have been a shadow of themselves from last season even though we weren't any better then.

Ahmed Adam Mamado's picture
Ahmed Adam Mamado
22/08/2018
SD
2859
points

You're spot on with this week's awards. A week which saw an Aguero hat-trick, an absolutely exquisite David Silva free-kick and a Man United surprising on-the-road defeat to the Seagulls. The awards undoubtedly went to those whom they deserve them.

Another win for the Reds and they're yet to concede! If I'm not mistaken, they're the only team to manage two clean-sheets out of two. Congrats to every single Koptie here, the best is yet to come! I'm really hoping for some silverware to come Liverpool's way.

A very bad start to the new season at Arsenal. Although it's too early to eliminate the Gunners from the title race, It feels like there's not much depth in the squad. One can also notice that the North London side is lacking charismatic or inspiring leadership. Emre is left with a mountain to climb.


Ahmed Adam Mamado's picture
Ahmed Adam Mamado
22/08/2018 21:06
Sudan
Liverpool
2859

You're spot on with this week's awards. A week which saw an Aguero hat-trick, an absolutely exquisite David Silva free-kick and a Man United surprising on-the-road defeat to the Seagulls. The awards undoubtedly went to those whom they deserve them.

Another win for the Reds and they're yet to concede! If I'm not mistaken, they're the only team to manage two clean-sheets out of two. Congrats to every single Koptie here, the best is yet to come! I'm really hoping for some silverware to come Liverpool's way.

A very bad start to the new season at Arsenal. Although it's too early to eliminate the Gunners from the title race, It feels like there's not much depth in the squad. One can also notice that the North London side is lacking charismatic or inspiring leadership. Emre is left with a mountain to climb.

milos
22/08/2018
RS
1912
points

Great game for Sergio Aguero,he deserved to be Player of the Week.I must agree with your choice when it comes to the team of the week,although I am fan of the Manchester Utd.Brighton played excellent game and they deserved to win.


milos
22/08/2018 08:52
Serbia
Manchester United
1912

Great game for Sergio Aguero,he deserved to be Player of the Week.I must agree with your choice when it comes to the team of the week,although I am fan of the Manchester Utd.Brighton played excellent game and they deserved to win.

Rich's picture
Rich
21/08/2018
ES
370
points

Hi everyone,

We've been having a few problems with our new prediction competition. It should be working now. If you still can't predict the result, let me know and I will add your prediction to our spreadsheet.

Many thanks,

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


Rich's picture
Rich
21/08/2018 21:12
Spain
Liverpool
370

Hi everyone,

We've been having a few problems with our new prediction competition. It should be working now. If you still can't predict the result, let me know and I will add your prediction to our spreadsheet.

Many thanks,

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

RafaelRC's picture
RafaelRC
21/08/2018
BR
556
points

3x1 for United


RafaelRC's picture
RafaelRC
21/08/2018 22:24
Brazil
Wolverhampton Wanderers
556

3x1 for United

Rich's picture
Rich
21/08/2018
ES
370
points

Done :)


Rich's picture
Rich
21/08/2018 23:06
Spain
Liverpool
370

Done :)

Zaid
21/08/2018
IN
63
points

I agree with your Player of the week and the team of the week award, but I think Glenn Murray's goal against Manchester United should be the goal of the week. No doubt, David Silva's freekick was gorgeous but Murray's goal was special. The way the Brighton built up that goal and the way Murray got in front of Lindelof just in time and flicked his boot to guide the ball at the back of the net was very neat and deft. Nobody would've expected that kind of finish from that position. Even David De Gea was baffled. And it was an important goal from Brighton's perspective. And can you please help me with the prediction thing. I don't know how it works.


Zaid
21/08/2018 18:12
India
Manchester United
63

I agree with your Player of the week and the team of the week award, but I think Glenn Murray's goal against Manchester United should be the goal of the week. No doubt, David Silva's freekick was gorgeous but Murray's goal was special. The way the Brighton built up that goal and the way Murray got in front of Lindelof just in time and flicked his boot to guide the ball at the back of the net was very neat and deft. Nobody would've expected that kind of finish from that position. Even David De Gea was baffled. And it was an important goal from Brighton's perspective. And can you please help me with the prediction thing. I don't know how it works.

lakerwang
21/08/2018
CN
252
points

Maybe it sounds odd, but the form above says "You need to be logged in to make your prediction!" while I have already signed in.


lakerwang
21/08/2018 16:58
China
Chelsea
252

Maybe it sounds odd, but the form above says "You need to be logged in to make your prediction!" while I have already signed in.

RafaelRC's picture
RafaelRC
21/08/2018
BR
556
points

I don't see the link about the prediction in my cellphone. Could I make the prediction here please?
3-1 for United


RafaelRC's picture
RafaelRC
21/08/2018 02:46
Brazil
Wolverhampton Wanderers
556

I don't see the link about the prediction in my cellphone. Could I make the prediction here please?
3-1 for United

RafaelRC's picture
RafaelRC
21/08/2018
BR
556
points

I agree with your choices. When I was watching Chelsea against Arsenal I thought: Marcos Alonso will be the player of the week, but Aguero had a surprise and he was better than Alonso.

What a match Chelsea v Arsenal! It was really exciting, Chelsea has played very well, they really will fight hard this season. Arsenal had a mountain to climb, they missed a hatful chances in front of the goalkeeper.


RafaelRC's picture
RafaelRC
21/08/2018 02:40
Brazil
Wolverhampton Wanderers
556

I agree with your choices. When I was watching Chelsea against Arsenal I thought: Marcos Alonso will be the player of the week, but Aguero had a surprise and he was better than Alonso.

What a match Chelsea v Arsenal! It was really exciting, Chelsea has played very well, they really will fight hard this season. Arsenal had a mountain to climb, they missed a hatful chances in front of the goalkeeper.

Khaldoun83's picture
Khaldoun83
20/08/2018
DZ
216
points

This week I totally agree with your choices.


Khaldoun83's picture
Khaldoun83
20/08/2018 21:07
Algeria
Liverpool
216

This week I totally agree with your choices.

Rich's picture
Rich
20/08/2018
ES
370
points

Hi Everyone,

Congratulations to Acicala from Spain who also predicted a 3-2 win for Chelsea last weekend. Acicala and Nikoresh are our first leaders in our Premier League Prediction competition.

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


Rich's picture
Rich
20/08/2018 16:47
Spain
Liverpool
370

Hi Everyone,

Congratulations to Acicala from Spain who also predicted a 3-2 win for Chelsea last weekend. Acicala and Nikoresh are our first leaders in our Premier League Prediction competition.

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

Leaderboard

Top Scorers
RankNameScore
1kwesimanifest4662
2assemjuve3696
3aragorn19863527
4haydi3189
5Liubomyr3149
6elghoul2942
7Ahmed Adam Mamado2859
8Alex_from_Ukraine2706
9nikosonris2453
10Buchiy2349
Country ranking
RankNameScore
1Colombia63996
2Ukraine26626
3Serbia25704
4Albania20415
5Macedonia19058
6Bosnia and Herzegovina16217
7Armenia13351
8Kosovo13096
9Bolivia12677
10Georgia12375
Club ranking
RankNameScore
1Manchester United112970
2Liverpool66157
3Chelsea65400
4Arsenal63672
5Manchester City30906
6Leicester City10369
7Tottenham Hotspur6525
8Newcastle United6017
9West Ham United4470
10Watford3766

Level

3
Average: 3 (1 vote)

Goals

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