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Matchweek 27

Matchweek 27

Welcome to Lesson 2 in Activity Week - Dilemmas.

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 27? 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.

Transcript

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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 matches in Matchweek 27 so let’s get on with this week’s round-up!

Headlines

Rich: Tottenham take the honours in North London.

Jack: Spurs won the North London Derby by one goal to nil and it was, of course, that man Harry Kane who got the winner. Tottenham could have won by more but Arsenal’s Petr Cech was in good form between the sticks. Arsenal’s best chances to equalise arrived in the final few minutes but Alexandre Lacazette shot wide.

Rich: United stumble as Newcastle win at home at last.

Jack: Newcastle got their first home win since October as they surprised second-place Manchester Utd. Matt Ritchie got the goal and despite creating lots of chances United couldn’t find the final touch. After the match, Jose Mourinho said the team could have played for 10 hours and wouldn’t have found the back of the net!

Rich: Nobody Kun stop City!

Jack: Manchester City hammered Leicester City 5-1 to move 16 points clear at the top of the table. Kevin De Bruyne was once again in sensational form providing three assists. But it was Sergio Kun Aguero who scored four times that people were talking about after the match. It’s the third time he’s scored four or more goals in the Premier League - the only player to ever do this in the Premier League.

Rich: Some great matches there. What about that win for Spurs? Did they deserve to win?

Jack: If I’m being honest Arsenal didn’t deserve anything but at the end we could have equalised and I’d have been very happy with a point.

Rich: And what about Sergio Aguero at City? Four goals for the third time and he’s in the race to win the golden boot again this season.

Jack: He’s catching Harry Kane and Mo Salah. If he stays injury free, I wouldn’t bet against him finishing the season as the Premier League’s top scorer.

Definition Alert! 

Rich: Manchester City hammered Leicester City. Hammered? What does this phrase mean?

Jack: A hammer is a tool we use to hit nails into walls and wood. A hammer is made of a wooden stick with a large piece of metal at one end.

Rich: And the verb is the action of using the hammer - hitting or beating something very hard into something else.

Jack: That’s right and it has a similar meaning in sport. It means for one team to beat another very badly in terms of the scoreline. Manchester City hammered Leicester City 5-1.

Rich: There are lots of words that we can use in this way. Man City hammered Leicester 5-1 or they crushed Leicester 5-1 or thrashed Leicester.

Jack: Let us know if you can think of any other words you can use that have a similar meaning.

Activity week introduction

Rich: Today is the first day of our new Activity week and this week we’re talking about Dilemmas. 

Jack: All the content this week - the facebook live, the blog, the podcast and the language activities are all focused on the language we use when we discuss problems and dilemmas.

Rich: What is a dilemma?

Jack: Good question. It’s a problem, but there’s more to it than that. It’s a difficult choice that has no clear best answer.

Rich: Like, if you are deciding where to go on holiday. You might want to go somewhere with a beach to relax or you might want to go to a city and soak up some culture. 

Jack: That’s a nice dilemma to have. 

Rich: More often, we talk about dilemmas when the decision is more difficult. For example, if you have to move house. There might be advantages and disadvantages about the different places you could move to and you have to decide. 

Jack: Referees face dilemmas in every match. The decisions they make are often complicated and there’s a lot of pressure from the crowd. 

Rich: Especially penalty decisions when it’s a big match.

Jack: For example, if a player goes down in the box, but the referee can’t tell if it’s a foul or a dive and the players and crowd are screaming for a penalty. The referee has to make a decision and it can’t be easy with that sort of pressure.

Rich: We’ve got lots of other dilemmas for you to think about throughout the activity week. Hit the live tab on the website at the top of the page to sign up.

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: These awards always create a lot of discussion. Lots of you agreed with our choices last week which is great to see!

Jack: But not all of you! For example Bray1portero from Spain and Davidbin from Vietnam thought that Burnley and not Brighton should have been team of the week.

Rich: And Alex and Liubomyr from Ukraine thought it should have been Bournemouth.

Jack: Let’s see who agrees and disagrees with our choices this week. Write your opinions on our facebook page or on the website.

Rich: Let’s start with our Player of the Week. There were some great individual performances in the Premier League last week.

Jack: Kevin De Bruyne was brilliant for City, Newcastle’s goalkeeper Martin Dubravka was fantastic as he kept a clean sheet on his debut and Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino looked great up front for Liverpool.

Rich: But our choice was an easy one this week. Our player of the week is Manchester City’s … Sergio Aguero.

Jack: Four goals. Just brilliant. Did you know that he’s never won a Player of the Year award while in the Premier League?

Rich: No, I didn’t. He’s got to have a chance of winning something this year. Right our next award is for Team of the Week. There were good wins for Man City, Spurs, Liverpool, West Ham, Swansea and Everton but our Team of the Week is Newcastle Utd.

Jack: A great win for Newcastle. It’s always good to see the underdog win!

Rich: Unless you are supporting the other team. It was a great win for Newcastle and it takes them out of the bottom three. It’s a real dogfight down at the bottom of the table.

Jack: Just five points separate 10 clubs - very close. Finally, what about Match of the Week?

Rich: I think we have to choose Manchester City against Leicester City. I know it was one-sided but some of the football that City are playing at the moment is simply amazing.

Fantasy Football

Rich: What’s been happening in Fantasy Football this week, Jack?

Jack: The top scoring player in matchweek 27 was unsurprisingly Sergio Aguero with 21 points.

Rich: I’m sure many of you had him in your teams. The Premier Skills team has got him and  De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling in the team. 

Jack: Good picks. Where is the Premier Skills team in the Premier Skills Fantasy football league?

Rich: We’re up to seventh place. Pretty good. Who was the team of the week last week?

Jack: Our Fantasy Football Premier Skills Team of the Week is Ghigo Team managed by Fabio Ghiorzo, a Liverpool fan from Italy.

Rich: Well done Fabio!

Matchweek Prediction

Jack: Rich - your prediction for matchweek 27 was for Spurs to beat Arsenal. Well done, you got it right.

Rich: You don’t sound very happy.

Jack: That’s because I’m not. I was hoping that your bad predictions would continue a little longer.

Rich: Sorry about that.

Jack: What’s your prediction this week?

Rich: There are FA Cup matches this weekend so my prediction is for matchweek 28 in the Premier League and it will be played on the 24th and 25th of February.

Jack: So everybody has nearly two weeks to make their predictions on the website. Let’s get as many predictions as possible. Last week some of you predicted a Spurs win. 

Rich: Well done to Davidbin from Vietnam, Rafamigliten from Brazil, and Toha 23 from Ukraine who all predicted a win for Tottenham.

Jack: So, what is your prediction for matchweek 28?

Rich: My prediction is the match between Manchester Utd and Chelsea. This is always a very interesting match especially with Jose Mourinho up against his old club and ex-Chelsea players like Nemanja Matic, Juan Mata and Romelu Lukaku in the United team. Chelsea are not playing well at the moment but United are struggling to score goals so it could be a close match. However, I think Mourinho will have his players ready for this match and will really want to win. Chelsea always have a chance with Eden Hazard in their team but I think United will finish on top in this one. Final score: Manchester Utd 2-1 Chelsea.

Jack: I think I’m going to agree with you Rich. Just for a change! We want you to make your prediction at the bottom of the page. Are you a good predictor? 

Rich: Right, that’s all we have time for. I hope you have enjoyed this football round-up. 

Jack: Don’t forget to join the discussion at the bottom of the page. And if you’ve enjoyed this podcast why not leave a rating or review and that will help other people find us. 

Rich: Bye for now and enjoy your football.

Results

There were some great matches in Matchweek 27. Here are the full results:

Tottenham 1-0 Arsenal

West Ham 2-0 Watford

Swansea 1-0 Burnley 

Stoke City 1-1 Brighton

Everton 3-1 Crystal Palace

Manchester City 5-1 Leicester City

Southampton 0-2 Liverpool

Huddersfield Town 4-1 Bournemouth

Newcastle Utd 1-0 Manchester Utd

Chelsea L-L West Brom

Harry Kane heads the winning goal in the North London Derby.

Fantasy Football

Our Fantasy Premier League Team of Matchweek 27 is Fabio Ghiorzo a Liverpool fan from Italy. He has scored 109 points (so far) for his team Ghigo Team. Well done, Fabio! 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

Newcastle are our Premier League Team of the Week!

The Big Match

Manchester Utd v Chelsea

Rich's predictions this week is the match between Manchester Utd and Chelsea. Rich and Jack think Manchester Utd will win. What do you think? 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 Spurs would beat Arsenal and they did! A special well done to Davidbin from Vietnam, Rafamigliten from Brazil and Toha23 from Ukraine who also predicted a win for Spurs! 

The big match in Matchweek 28 is Manchester Utd v Chelsea. Who do you think will win?

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 Sergio Aguero as the Player of the Week. Do you agree?
  2. Jack and Rich picked Newcastle Utd as the Team of the Week. Do you agree?
  3. Jack and Rich selected Manchester City v Leicester City as the best game in Matchweek 27. Do you agree?
  4. Matchweek 28's big match is Manchester Utd v Chelsea. Rich has predicted a win for Manchester Utd. Who do you think will win?
  5. Tell us about your club, your fantasy football team, or any big news 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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lynnhtetmyo
16/02/2018
MM
69
points

Four goals against Leicester City . A very impressive performance. I definitely agree with choosing Sergio Aguero as the player of the week .

I'm not sure why you picked Newcastle UTD as the team of the week . For me , Manchester city did the best & showed how strong they were .
I'm not like not encouraging other teams but I agree with the best game choice despite many goals from Manchester City .
I'll go for Chelsea . Manchester Utd 1 vs Chelsea 2.
My team , Arsenal . I didn't expect anything too much against Spurs . But I hope they'll show us the real Arsenal at upcoming matches .


lynnhtetmyo
16/02/2018 05:04
Myanmar
Arsenal
69

Four goals against Leicester City . A very impressive performance. I definitely agree with choosing Sergio Aguero as the player of the week .

I'm not sure why you picked Newcastle UTD as the team of the week . For me , Manchester city did the best & showed how strong they were .
I'm not like not encouraging other teams but I agree with the best game choice despite many goals from Manchester City .
I'll go for Chelsea . Manchester Utd 1 vs Chelsea 2.
My team , Arsenal . I didn't expect anything too much against Spurs . But I hope they'll show us the real Arsenal at upcoming matches .

Rich's picture
Rich
16/02/2018
ES
248
points

Manchester City are definitely the team of the season but I'm not sure if we can choose them every week! Arsenal got a good result in the Europa League last night. Do you think they can win it to get into next season's Champions League?

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


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Rich
16/02/2018 10:04
Spain
Liverpool
248

Manchester City are definitely the team of the season but I'm not sure if we can choose them every week! Arsenal got a good result in the Europa League last night. Do you think they can win it to get into next season's Champions League?

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

Tanjim Azad's picture
Tanjim Azad
14/02/2018
BD
183
points

1. I completely agree with jack & rich . The way aguero played in the whole game it was more look like a video game Rather than a real one
I mean scoring 80% of goal with one player is quite odd in a today's world against any opposition and aguero must deserve the #10 Jersey & player of the week title because of his extraordinary performance
2.
I must tell u guys
This Newcastle team has just Break the expectations of all red devil fans after the 1-0 win they made through hardship in whole 90 mins.
We weren't ready for this huge Shame
So Newcastle deserve that spot undoubtedly
3
For me a game with More goals= more enjoyment & Leicester seems to have in quite a good shape before kun aguero started striking
4/
Chelsea will win
5.
Man utd is my favorite club after Real Madrid And watching game sitting in old Trafford is one of my most desirable dream to cherish


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Tanjim Azad
14/02/2018 19:23
Bangladesh
Manchester United
183

1. I completely agree with jack & rich . The way aguero played in the whole game it was more look like a video game Rather than a real one
I mean scoring 80% of goal with one player is quite odd in a today's world against any opposition and aguero must deserve the #10 Jersey & player of the week title because of his extraordinary performance
2.
I must tell u guys
This Newcastle team has just Break the expectations of all red devil fans after the 1-0 win they made through hardship in whole 90 mins.
We weren't ready for this huge Shame
So Newcastle deserve that spot undoubtedly
3
For me a game with More goals= more enjoyment & Leicester seems to have in quite a good shape before kun aguero started striking
4/
Chelsea will win
5.
Man utd is my favorite club after Real Madrid And watching game sitting in old Trafford is one of my most desirable dream to cherish

Rich's picture
Rich
16/02/2018
ES
248
points

Hi Tanjim,

Who do you think has got the best chance of winning the Champions League this season? Real Madrid or Manchester Utd?

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


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Rich
16/02/2018 10:05
Spain
Liverpool
248

Hi Tanjim,

Who do you think has got the best chance of winning the Champions League this season? Real Madrid or Manchester Utd?

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

Tanjim Azad's picture
Tanjim Azad
16/02/2018
BD
183
points

well I guess man utd have a better chance
but after the game against Newcastle things may get worse and Reals win against psg give them a boast but still title will go to real if barca fails continuously


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Tanjim Azad
16/02/2018 19:36
Bangladesh
Manchester United
183

well I guess man utd have a better chance
but after the game against Newcastle things may get worse and Reals win against psg give them a boast but still title will go to real if barca fails continuously

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Khaldoun83
14/02/2018
DZ
197
points

1- I totally agree with your choices this week especially that's related to the player of the week. 

2- My prediction of the result of match week 28.

I think that the game will be finished with a goalless draw.

Manchester United 0-0 Chelsea.


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Khaldoun83
14/02/2018 16:15
Algeria
Liverpool
197

1- I totally agree with your choices this week especially that's related to the player of the week. 

2- My prediction of the result of match week 28.

I think that the game will be finished with a goalless draw.

Manchester United 0-0 Chelsea.

Rich's picture
Rich
16/02/2018
ES
248
points

I hope it won't finish goalless. Too boring! I want to see lots of goals!


Rich's picture
Rich
16/02/2018 10:07
Spain
Liverpool
248

I hope it won't finish goalless. Too boring! I want to see lots of goals!

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elghoul
14/02/2018
DZ
1818
points

1. Aguero is on his best run again. Good news for Guardiola with PL championship and chances for Champions League title!

2. Having seen the sad face of Benitez in the end of several matches last matches I am pleased with this win.

3. Match of the week award? no idea.

Man United will win with two goals away.


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elghoul
14/02/2018 11:43
Algeria
Arsenal
1818

1. Aguero is on his best run again. Good news for Guardiola with PL championship and chances for Champions League title!

2. Having seen the sad face of Benitez in the end of several matches last matches I am pleased with this win.

3. Match of the week award? no idea.

Man United will win with two goals away.

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Rich
16/02/2018
ES
248
points

Hi Elghoul

Do you think City could win the PL and the CL?


Rich's picture
Rich
16/02/2018 10:07
Spain
Liverpool
248

Hi Elghoul

Do you think City could win the PL and the CL?

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Toha_23
14/02/2018
UA
192
points

1. No, I don’t. Nobody doubts that Kun is a good striker. Score a poker it’s hard, but not impossible. But score a poker (or important goal) in the semifinal or final (+94, ManCity VS QPR, 2011-12), or against such strong team for today as Barcelona, PSG, Juventus in Europe, or Tottenham, Liverpool, Chelsea in England – it’s a challenge for the players who want to be called GREAT.
It’s a real dilemma for me to choose the player of the week 27. For the last few years, it’s rare when Arsenal did not fail the game against the team from the Top. I wanted to see the intrigue in the North London derby till the last second, and this would not have happened if not a stunning game of Petr Čech. But a Dubravka debut in a game against Man Utd was just unbelievable! A victory would have been impossible if not the selfless game of The Magpies goalkeeper. The debut, which you can only imagine, has become a reality for Dubravka! Shay Given can be proud:)
2. Well, it’s an important victory for the Newcastle. But a beautiful double «give-and-go» combination, which led to the goal by Izquierdo, a penalty save from Ryan and an amazing saving from Knockaert made a Brighton and Hove Albion a team of the week for me. Very good teamwork!
3. And here I also disagree:) The North London derby is fully justified my expectations. Wonderful performance!
4. Even despite the fact that Chelsea will have one day off more than ManUtd, but the battle against Barcelona completely exhausted the PL champions. Victory for the Red Devils.


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Toha_23
14/02/2018 07:56
Ukraine
Leicester City
192

1. No, I don’t. Nobody doubts that Kun is a good striker. Score a poker it’s hard, but not impossible. But score a poker (or important goal) in the semifinal or final (+94, ManCity VS QPR, 2011-12), or against such strong team for today as Barcelona, PSG, Juventus in Europe, or Tottenham, Liverpool, Chelsea in England – it’s a challenge for the players who want to be called GREAT.
It’s a real dilemma for me to choose the player of the week 27. For the last few years, it’s rare when Arsenal did not fail the game against the team from the Top. I wanted to see the intrigue in the North London derby till the last second, and this would not have happened if not a stunning game of Petr Čech. But a Dubravka debut in a game against Man Utd was just unbelievable! A victory would have been impossible if not the selfless game of The Magpies goalkeeper. The debut, which you can only imagine, has become a reality for Dubravka! Shay Given can be proud:)
2. Well, it’s an important victory for the Newcastle. But a beautiful double «give-and-go» combination, which led to the goal by Izquierdo, a penalty save from Ryan and an amazing saving from Knockaert made a Brighton and Hove Albion a team of the week for me. Very good teamwork!
3. And here I also disagree:) The North London derby is fully justified my expectations. Wonderful performance!
4. Even despite the fact that Chelsea will have one day off more than ManUtd, but the battle against Barcelona completely exhausted the PL champions. Victory for the Red Devils.

Rich's picture
Rich
14/02/2018
ES
248
points

Hi Toha_23

Good to hear from you. You have made some very interesting points and we don't mind at all that you disagree with all of our choices :)

We spoke about Dubravka in the Facebook Live we did on Monday because somebody else agreed with you. It was definitely a close call between Aguero and Dubravka for player of the week. Brighton are playing well but they were our Team of the Week last week. Can we choose them twice in a row? The North London Derby was a brilliant match but Jack is an Arsenal fan so we couldn't choose that match!

I've never seen the word POKER to describe scoring four goals in a match. I think it is used in Spanish but not in English. Here are some useful phrases for you to use:

  • 2 goals = a brace
  • 3 goals = a hat-trick
  • 4 goals = a four-goal haul

See you on the rest of the activity week!

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


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Rich
14/02/2018 08:11
Spain
Liverpool
248

Hi Toha_23

Good to hear from you. You have made some very interesting points and we don't mind at all that you disagree with all of our choices :)

We spoke about Dubravka in the Facebook Live we did on Monday because somebody else agreed with you. It was definitely a close call between Aguero and Dubravka for player of the week. Brighton are playing well but they were our Team of the Week last week. Can we choose them twice in a row? The North London Derby was a brilliant match but Jack is an Arsenal fan so we couldn't choose that match!

I've never seen the word POKER to describe scoring four goals in a match. I think it is used in Spanish but not in English. Here are some useful phrases for you to use:

  • 2 goals = a brace
  • 3 goals = a hat-trick
  • 4 goals = a four-goal haul

See you on the rest of the activity week!

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

lynnhtetmyo
13/02/2018
MM
69
points

I couldn't write a comment this time because I hadn't watched any match . But I noticed that there is about dilemmas in the transcript but not in ur recording . I'm looking forward to it .


lynnhtetmyo
13/02/2018 10:26
Myanmar
Arsenal
69

I couldn't write a comment this time because I hadn't watched any match . But I noticed that there is about dilemmas in the transcript but not in ur recording . I'm looking forward to it .

Rich's picture
Rich
13/02/2018
ES
248
points

Hi lynnhtetmyo

The section about dilemmas is included in the live version of this show we did on the Premier Skills Facebook page. It is part of our activity week we are doing this week. You can register for the activity week by clicking the live tab at the top of this page or by going to the activity week page here:

https://premierskillsenglish.britishcouncil.org/live/activity-week-dilemmas

Hope to see you there!

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

 


Rich's picture
Rich
13/02/2018 15:47
Spain
Liverpool
248

Hi lynnhtetmyo

The section about dilemmas is included in the live version of this show we did on the Premier Skills Facebook page. It is part of our activity week we are doing this week. You can register for the activity week by clicking the live tab at the top of this page or by going to the activity week page here:

https://premierskillsenglish.britishcouncil.org/live/activity-week-dilemmas

Hope to see you there!

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

 

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