Matchweek 28 - Tucked away
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.
Jack: Hello my name’s Jack and welcome to our weekly round-up section called ‘This Week’ on Premier Skills English.
Rich: Hi there. I’m 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 headlines!
Jack: High five for Liverpool at Anfield.
Rich: Liverpool stayed at the top after putting five goals past Watford and improving their goal difference at the same time. Sadio Mane and Dijk van Dyke both scored twice with Divock Origi getting the other.
Jack: City keep in touch with nervy win.
Rich: City are still just one point behind Liverpool after a 1-0 home win against West Ham. City had to rely on a dubious penalty award for all three points. The penalty award might have been soft but Sergio Aguero tucked it away with confidence.
Jack: The race is on for the Champions League places.
Rich: Chelsea beat Spurs 2-0 and there were good wins for Manchester United and Arsenal. It looks like there are four teams battling for two Champions League places. This race will go down to the wire.
Jack: Looks like Tottenham are out of the title race after that defeat to Chelsea.
Rich: It’s looking that way but you never know. They’re also in a battle for the Champions League places now. Manchester United and Arsenal are getting things together.
Jack: In our vocabulary alert, we look at some football English that we used in the headlines.
Rich: Our six words and phrases this week are: goal difference, to tuck away, to put past, dubious, soft and to go down to the wire.
Jack: Our first phrase is goal difference. In football, you often hear people say things like they are ahead on goal difference or they are top on goal difference.
Rich: Goal difference is the measurement of goals scored and goals conceded. If a team has scored twenty and conceded ten they have a goal difference of plus ten.
Jack: If teams are level on points, positions in the league are decided on goal difference.
Rich: The next phrase is to put past. It has different meanings but we’re going to concentrate on one football meaning.
Jack: We say things like Liverpool put five past Watford or Arsenal put five past Bournemouth to mean they put five goals pats the other team - they scored five against that team.
Rich: We usually use this phrase when one team scores a lot of goals against another.
Jack: The next phrase is to tuck away. It’s not a common phrase and generally means to put something in a safe place and I suppose in football English it means the same. The back of the net is the safest place to put the ball.
Rich: But in football English, it really means to score or finish a chance with confidence. Sergio Aguero tucked the penalty away with confidence.
Jack: The next word is dubious. In general English dubious means, something that may not be true or you are doubtful about something.
Rich: In football, it means the same thing and is usually used to describe a penalty award from the referee. It means you doubt that a penalty should have been given.
Jack: The next word ‘soft’ is similar. Of course, it has a more general meaning but in football English it means weak. We usually describe a penalty as soft if we think a defender only touched an attacker a little bit and the attacker fell tot he ground easily.
Rich: A common reply to referees from players is ‘I hardly touched him, ref’.
Jack: The last phrase is to go down to the wire. It is used to describe something that won’t be decided until the last moment.
Rich: I think the Premier League title race will go down to the wire.
Jack: Right, every week, we give out three Matchweek awards.
Rich: The awards are Player of the Week, Team of the Week and Goal of the Week.
Jack: In the comments section, you need to tell us if you agree with our choices.
Rich: Let’s start with Player of the Week. There were some strong performances in Matchweek 28.
Jack: Sadio Mane had a great game for Liverpool and Romelu Lukaku was good for Manchester United and Mesut Ozil was back in the team and playing well for Arsenal.
Rich: But our Player of the Week is Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk. The Liverpool defender has been immense at the back for Liverpool and now he’s scoring as well. Brilliant!
Jack: Jack: What about our Team of the Week?
Rich: We could go for Liverpool who put five past Watford but we’re going to go for another team who scored five - Arsenal. A brilliant performance from the Gunners and they are warming up for the North London Derby nicely.
Jack: And, finally Goal of the Week. Alexandre Lacazette scored a sublime free-kick for Arsenal but I’m going for Sadio Man’s backheel against Watford.
Rich: Yeah! I love a back heel. Outrageous!
Jack: Every week, Rich predicts the result of one Premier League match and we want you to make your prediction, too.
Jack: It’s the North London Derby this weekend Rich!
Rich: That’s right. On Saturday, Tottenham in third place take on Arsenal in fourth. More than Premier League points are at stake in this North London clash. Fans of both teams will want to win this one but I don’t think either will go home happy because I’m predicting a draw. Tottenham loss against Burnley means they are probably out of the title race and Arsenal have been playing a bit better lately so I think it’ll finish one apiece. Final score: Tottenham 1-1 Arsenal.
Jack: You're right, we have been playing better and that’s why I’m going to go for a 2-1 win to Arsenal.
Rich: We’ll see. Make your predictions on the Premier Skills English website. 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 on the Premier Skills English website.
Rich: Bye for now and enjoy your football.
Cardiff 0-3 Everton
Leicester City 2-1 Brighton
Newcastle 2-0 Burnley
Huddersfield Town 1-0 Wolves
Arsenal 5-1 Bournemouth
Southampton 2-0 Fulham
Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham
Crystal Palace 1-3 Manchester Utd
Manchester City 1-0 West Ham Utd
Liverpool 5-0 Watford
We looked at six words and phrases that you can learn to improve your English. Take a look at the phrases in bold. Do you undertand what they mean?
If teams are level on points, positions in the league are decided on goal difference.
Liverpool put five past Watford and Arsenal put five past Bournemouth.
City had to rely on a dubious penalty award for all three points.
The penalty award might have been soft but Sergio Aguero tucked it away with confidence.
I think the Premier League title race will go down to the wire.
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: Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool)
Team of the Week: Arsenal
Goal of the Week: Sadio Mane (Liverpool)
The Big Match
Spurs v Arsenal
The big match in Matchweek 29 is the North London Derby. Rich thinks it will finish in a draw, but Jack thinks Arsenal will win. Do you agree?
What are your predictions? 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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What do you think?
Jack and Rich have spoken about Matchweek 27 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 Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool as Player of the Week. Do you agree?
- Jack and Rich selected Arsenal as their Team of the Week. Do you agree?
- Rich picked Sadio Mane's backheel for Liverpool as Goal of the Week? Did you see it? Do you agree?
- Use this week's vocabulary: Do you think the Premier League title race will go down to the wire? What about the race for the Champions League? Have you ever heard of a title being won on goal difference?
Don't forget to make your prediction for this week's Big Match!
Let's get the conversation started and create a community!