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Matchweek 28

Matchweek 28

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 28? 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 matches in Matchweek 28 so let’s get on with this week’s round-up!

Headlines

Rich: United come from behind to beat Chelsea.

Jack: Manchester Utd beat Chelsea by two goals to one in the battle between two of the Champions League contenders. Chelsea went ahead through Willian and looked the better team but they were pegged back by United. Romelu Lukaku got the equaliser and then he set up Jesse Lingard for the winner in the second half.

Rich: Liverpool hammer the Irons.

Jack: Liverpool thumped West Ham 4-1 with goals from Emre Can, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane. Salah has now been involved in 31 Premier League goals for the Reds this season which is more than any other Premier League player.

Rich: Kane strikes late for Spurs.

Jack: Spurs beat Crystal Palace 1-0 with a last-minute winner from, yes you guessed it … Harry Kane. It was Kane’s 25th goal of the season and took Tottenham up to fourth place.

Rich: The race to get into next season’s Champions League is looking very close.

Jack: Yes, it is. I think we’re looking at three teams from five to get into the Champions League.

Rich: Five? You still think Arsenal have a chance. They have no chance of clawing their way back into it. Did you watch them in the Cup Final yesterday? City won 3-0 and it could have been five!

Jack: Thanks for your sympathy! Just a bad day at the office, we’ll bounce back!

Definition Alert! 

Rich:  Chelsea were pegged back by United. Arsenal have no chance of clawing their way back. Peg back and claw back? What do these phrases mean?

Jack: They’re not very common in general English but they are phrasal verbs that you hear quite often when we are talking about football.

Rich: To peg back means to stop someone from winning or to stop a team from going even further ahead. United pegged Chelsea back by equalising.

Jack: Claw back is used in a similar way. A team might claw a goal back when they are losing 2-0. This means that they are fighting back. Claws are what many animals and birds have on the end of their feet.

Rich: To claw back really gives the idea of fighting and battling.  Something Arsenal need to start doing …

Jack: Alright. That’s enough.

Activity Week

Rich: Before we move on we’d like to tell you about our new activity week on Premier Skills English. It’s a free series of lessons designed to help you with your English and you can sign up for it now on our homepage.

Jack: Just go to the website and look for the live tab at the top of the page. This activity week is all about the language of health and fitness and we would love to see you there!

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. Last week lots of you agreed with our choices but not all of you.

Jack: Lynnhtetmyo from Myanmar didn’t know why we chose Newcastle as our Team of the Week. He felt it should have been Manchester City.

Rich: And Toha-23 from Ukraine felt that we should have chosen Brighton! So there are always lots of different opinions. 

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: Willian was great for Chelsea, Mohamed Salah fantastic again for Liverpool and Glenn Murray brilliant for Brighton.

Rich: But our Player of the Week this week is Manchester Utd’s Romelu Lukaku.

Jack: A great choice. Manchester Utd weren’t at their best but Lukaku was and he’s finally performed against a big team. A great performance.

Rich: Right our next award is for Team of the Week. There were good wins for Manchester Utd, Liverpool, Tottenham, Huddersfield and Watford but our team of the week is Brighton & Hove Albion.

Jack: Brighton beat Swansea 4-1 to move four points clear of the relegation zone. A great result for them.

Rich: Finally, what about Match of the Week?

Jack: Some great games but I’ll let you choose our Match of the Week, Rich.

Rich: Our Match of the Week is Liverpool against West Ham. Liverpool played some brilliant stuff.

Fantasy Football

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

Jack: The top scoring player in matchweek 28 so far is Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah with 20 points.

Rich: I’m sure many of you had him in your teams. He’s in my team but not the Premier Skills team!

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

Rich: We’ve gone down to 13th place but we have three Manchester City players I’m sure they will get some points when City play Arsenal again on Thursday!

Jack: Yes, probably. Our Fantasy Football Premier Skills Team of the Week is Atsu bless you who are managed by Sherif Ali from Egypt! Well done to you!

Matchweek Prediction

Jack: Rich - your prediction for matchweek 28 was for Manchester Utd to beat Chelsea 2-1 and would you believe it Manchester Utd beat Chelsea 2-1!

Rich: I know, I know. I’m very happy!

Jack: Let’s see if you can do it again. What’s your prediction for matchweek 29?

Rich: Matchweek 29 sees Manchester City play Chelsea. It will be the second time in a week that Chelsea have to travel to Manchester. They played well against Utd but lost and if they play well again they have a chance of getting something out of the game. The problem for Chelsea is that City are just too good at the moment. They were brilliant against Arsenal to win the League Cup last weekend and apart from that shock cup result against Wigan they have looked unstoppable. For that reason I’m going to go for a City win. Final score: Manchester City 2-0 Chelsea.

Jack: I think Chelsea might get a draw. 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: Remember to check out the Premier  Skills English homepage for our new activity week on the language of health and fitness!

Rich: And 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. 

Jack: Bye for now and enjoy your football.

Results

There were some great matches in Matchweek 28. Here are the full results:

Crystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham

Manchester Utd 2-1 Chelsea

Leicester City 1-1 Stoke City

Bournemouth 2-2 Newcastle Utd

Brighton 4-1 Swansea City

Burnley 1-1 Southampton

Liverpool 4-1 West Ham

West Brom 1-2 Huddersfield Town 

Watford 1-0 Everton

Arsenal L-L Manchester City

We've chosen Brighton as our Team of the Week after their 4-1 win against Swansea.

Fantasy Football

Our Fantasy Premier League manager of Matchweek 28 is Sherif Ali from Egypt. He has scored 66 points (so far) for his team Atsu Bless You. Well done, Sherif Ali! 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

Mohamed Salah has been involved in 31 Premier League goals this season.

The Big Match

Manchester City v Chelsea

Rich's predictions this week is the match between Manchester City and Chelsea. Rich thinks City will win but Jack thinks it will be a draw but 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 Manchester Utd would beat Chelsea 2-1 and that was the final result! A special well done to Elghoul from Algeria and Toha_23 from Ukraine who also predicted the correct winner!

Romelu Lukaku is our Player of the Week! He scored and set one up in Manchester Utd's 2-1 win against Chelsea.

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 Utd's Romelu Lukaku as the Player of the Week. Do you agree?
  2. Jack and Rich picked Brighton as the Team of the Week. Do you agree?
  3. Jack and Rich selected Liverpool v West Ham as the best game in Matchweek 28. Do you agree?
  4. Matchweek 29's big match is Manchester City v Chelsea. Rich has predicted a win for City. Who do you think will win?
  5. Tell us about your club, your fantasy football team, or anything connected to Matchweek's 28 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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Khaldoun83's picture
Khaldoun83
03/03/2018
DZ
211
points

First I totally agree with your choices this week.

Second I predict a win for Manchester City against Chelsea.

Manchester City 2-0 Chelsea.


Khaldoun83's picture
Khaldoun83
03/03/2018 13:37
Algeria
Liverpool
211

First I totally agree with your choices this week.

Second I predict a win for Manchester City against Chelsea.

Manchester City 2-0 Chelsea.

giovi's picture
giovi
28/02/2018
PL
292
points

1. Yes, I do. Romelu Lukaku played very well and he deserves to be the player of the Week. More performances like this, Manchester United needs Romelu in such a form.
2. That's right, Brighton did really well beating Swansea with three-goal cushion.
3. Alternatively Bournemouth against Newcastle. Two goals scored by D. Gayle, then Shelvey's missed chance to build three-goal cushion. Right after Smith scores and then Gosling scores an equaliser at the end of the game.
4. My prediction is 3:1 for City.
5. During the game Nemanja Matic received a note from Mourinho, any ideas what did Mourinho write on the paper?


giovi's picture
giovi
28/02/2018 22:48
Poland
Manchester United
292

1. Yes, I do. Romelu Lukaku played very well and he deserves to be the player of the Week. More performances like this, Manchester United needs Romelu in such a form.
2. That's right, Brighton did really well beating Swansea with three-goal cushion.
3. Alternatively Bournemouth against Newcastle. Two goals scored by D. Gayle, then Shelvey's missed chance to build three-goal cushion. Right after Smith scores and then Gosling scores an equaliser at the end of the game.
4. My prediction is 3:1 for City.
5. During the game Nemanja Matic received a note from Mourinho, any ideas what did Mourinho write on the paper?

Rich's picture
Rich
01/03/2018
ES
370
points

Hi Giovi,

Thanks for your comments. I saw the paper being passed to Matic on the TV. It probably said it's time to park the bus or something similar! I think they were winning 2-1 at the time. What do you think it might have said? As an English teacher, I would love to get the chance to do some error correction on pieces of paper that get handed out during matches!!

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team 


Rich's picture
Rich
01/03/2018 08:07
Spain
Liverpool
370

Hi Giovi,

Thanks for your comments. I saw the paper being passed to Matic on the TV. It probably said it's time to park the bus or something similar! I think they were winning 2-1 at the time. What do you think it might have said? As an English teacher, I would love to get the chance to do some error correction on pieces of paper that get handed out during matches!!

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team 

giovi's picture
giovi
01/03/2018
PL
292
points

Yeah it's time to park the bus is a good one hahah. It might have also said: "Nemanja. Don't betray us! Remember. You're a Red Devil now!" As an English teacher, you can do my errors correction. The best way to learn is by making mistakes.


giovi's picture
giovi
01/03/2018 20:06
Poland
Manchester United
292

Yeah it's time to park the bus is a good one hahah. It might have also said: "Nemanja. Don't betray us! Remember. You're a Red Devil now!" As an English teacher, you can do my errors correction. The best way to learn is by making mistakes.

Rich's picture
Rich
01/03/2018
ES
370
points

I totally agree that you can learn from your mistakes. In your first message, you wrote:

any ideas what did Mourinho write on the paper?

How would you correct this? 

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


Rich's picture
Rich
01/03/2018 20:24
Spain
Liverpool
370

I totally agree that you can learn from your mistakes. In your first message, you wrote:

any ideas what did Mourinho write on the paper?

How would you correct this? 

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

giovi's picture
giovi
01/03/2018
PL
292
points

Perhaps: What might Mourinho have written on the piece of paper or simpler: Do you have any suggestions what Mourinho wrote on the paper. Is it correct?


giovi's picture
giovi
01/03/2018 20:54
Poland
Manchester United
292

Perhaps: What might Mourinho have written on the piece of paper or simpler: Do you have any suggestions what Mourinho wrote on the paper. Is it correct?

Rich's picture
Rich
01/03/2018
ES
370
points

Both are good. I would have gone with the first part of what you originally said and would change the grammar as you did '... any ideas what Mourinho wrote/might have written on the paper?' It's nice and informal.


Rich's picture
Rich
01/03/2018 22:28
Spain
Liverpool
370

Both are good. I would have gone with the first part of what you originally said and would change the grammar as you did '... any ideas what Mourinho wrote/might have written on the paper?' It's nice and informal.

giovi's picture
giovi
01/03/2018
PL
292
points

Thanks Rich for making it clear.


giovi's picture
giovi
01/03/2018 22:55
Poland
Manchester United
292

Thanks Rich for making it clear.

elghoul's picture
elghoul
27/02/2018
DZ
2902
points

1. I'll also go for Lukaku who picked the first page in our international football paper "El heddaf douali" today.

2. BHA is fantastic these last weeks. Congratulations for this results in Premier League.

3. I saw Leicester against Stoke on TV. It was not terrible.

Prediction for next week, City 2 Chelsea 2.


elghoul's picture
elghoul
27/02/2018 14:39
Algeria
Manchester City
2902

1. I'll also go for Lukaku who picked the first page in our international football paper "El heddaf douali" today.

2. BHA is fantastic these last weeks. Congratulations for this results in Premier League.

3. I saw Leicester against Stoke on TV. It was not terrible.

Prediction for next week, City 2 Chelsea 2.

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6elghoul2902
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8Alex_from_Ukraine2706
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2Ukraine26586
3Serbia25669
4Albania20415
5Macedonia19058
6Bosnia and Herzegovina16187
7Armenia13333
8Kosovo13096
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Club ranking
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1Manchester United112062
2Liverpool66395
3Chelsea65594
4Arsenal63009
5Manchester City30423
6Leicester City10260
7Tottenham Hotspur5948
8Newcastle United5786
9West Ham United4364
10Watford3700

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Goals

Use your football English to discuss this week's football matches.

Practise your listening skills.

Make your prediction for next week's big Premier League match.