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 29? 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.
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 superb matches in Matchweek 29, so let’s get on with this week’s round-up!
Rich: City march on after win against Chelsea.
Jack: A first-half strike by Bernardo Silva was enough to give City all three points against an ultra-defensive Chelsea. Chelsea didn’t shoot once in the first half and failed to have shot on target in the entire match.
Rich: Liverpool up to second after Salah scores again.
Jack: Liverpool moved up to second place in the Premier League after a 2-0 win against Newcastle. Mohamed Salah scored his 24th Premier League goal of the season just before half-time and Sadio Mane got the second the other side of the interval.
Rich: Brighton add to Arsenal’s problems.
Jack: Brighton beat Arsenal for the first time since 1982 to ease their relegation fears as Arsenal continue to struggle. It’s the first time in 15 years that the Gunners have lost four games in a row.
Rich: What about that Chelsea performance against City? Were you surprised to see them being so defensive?
Jack: Well, I’m not sure. They’d just seen Arsenal lose when trying an attacking strategy. It’s just very, very difficult to stop City at the moment.
Rich: Sadio Mane got the second the other side of the interval. The interval? What is this?
Jack: The interval is the 15-minute break that teams have at half-time. The word interval is also used to describe a break at the theatre.
Rich: We can also say the break. It’s 1-1 at the break. This is probably more common than interval when talking about football.
Jack: The most common way to describe it though is just half-time. The score at half-time is 1-1.
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. You can sign up for last week’s activity week about health and fitness to give you an idea what it’s all about.
Rich: And you can also sign up for next week’s Activity Week which going to be all about films. This Activity Week will start on Monday the 12th of March. We would love to see you there!
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 like Khaldoun83 from Algeria who said that he totally agree with all our choices.
Jack: But not all of you agreed. Giovi from Poland the Match of the Week should have been Bournemouth against Newcastle which was a 2-2 thriller.
Rich: Let’s see who agrees and disagrees with our choices this week. Write your opinions on our facebook page or on the website.
Jack: Let’s start with our Player of the Week. There were some great individual performances in the Premier League last week.
Rich: Leroy Sane has been in brilliant form for City, Riyad Mahrez scored a great free-kick for Leicester and Sadio Mane was brilliant for Liverpool.
Jack: But our Player of the Week is Tottenham’s Son Heung-min. Son scored both goals in Spurs’ 2-0 win against Huddersfield and the South Korean is in fantastic form at the moment.
Rich: Right our next award is for Team of the Week. There were good wins for City, Liverpool, Spurs, Brighton, Burnley and Watford but our team of the week is Swansea City.
Jack: The Swans beat West Ham 4-1 and they are now up to 13th place in the Premier League.
Rich: Swansea have won seven matches in a row since their new manager, Carlos Carvahal, arrived in December. They were bottom when he arrived, so it’s been a great turnaround.
Jack: Finally, what about Match of the Week?
Rich: It’s a difficult one this week but let’s go with Brighton against Arsenal. The Seagulls are now up to 10th place which is very impressive.
Rich: What’s been happening in Fantasy Football this week, Jack?
Jack: The top scoring player in Matchweek 28 so far is Son Heung-min with 16 points. Where is the Premier Skills team in the Premier Skills Fantasy football league?
Rich: We’ve still in 13th place but we’ve got David De Gea and Paul Pogba to play in Manchester Utd’s late match against Crystal Palace so we might pick up some more points.
Jack: Our Fantasy Football Premier Skills Team of the Week is West Tam FC managed by Zulkifli Fadli, a West Ham fan from Indonesia. Zulkifli has got 72 points this week so well done to you!
Jack: Rich - your prediction for Matchweek 29 was for City to beat Chelsea 2-0 and they won 1-0 so another good prediction.
Rich: Yes, I’m getting good at this! It wasn’t just me though. Khaldoun83 from Algeria and Giovi from Poland also predicted a win for City!
Jack: Let’s see if you can do it again. What’s your prediction for Matchweek 30?
Rich: The big match in Matchweek 30 has to be Manchester Utd against Liverpool. Both teams are up near the top of the table, but this match is worth more than three points to the fans due to the intense rivalry between them. Both teams are in pretty good form in the Premier League but it’s Liverpool that have been playing the better football - only Manchester City have scored more than the Reds this season. Jose Mourinho would prefer a defensive match, but I can’t see them stopping a front three of Salah, Mane and Roberto Firmino. Final score: Manchester Utd 1-2 Liverpool.
Jack: You seem to think that Liverpool will win this one easily. I’m not so sure and I think United will win 1-0. 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 to keep an eye out for our new activity week on the language of films! Registration will be open on Thursday!
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.
ResultsThere were some great matches in Matchweek 29. Here are the full results:
Crystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham
Southampton 0-0 Stoke City
Tottenham 2-0 Huddersfield Town
Leicester City 1-1 Bournemouth
Swansea City 4-1 West Ham
Burnley 2-1 Everton
Liverpool 2-0 Newcastle
Brighton 2-1 Arsenal
Manchester City 1-0 Chelsea
Crystal Palace L-L Manchester Utd
Our Fantasy Premier League manager of Matchweek 29 is Zulkifly Fadli from Indonesia. He has scored 72 points (so far) for his team West Tam FC. Well done, Zulkifly Fadli! 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
The Big Match
Manchester Utd v Liverpool
Rich's predictions this week is the match between Manchester Utd and Liverpool. Rich thinks Liverpool will win but Jack thinks United will win? 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 City would beat Chelsea 1-0. The final score was 1-0 to City! A special well done to Khaldoun83 from Algeria and Giovi from Poland who also predicted the correct winner!
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.
- Jack and Rich chose Tottenham's Heung-Min Son as the Player of the Week. Do you agree?
- Jack and Rich picked Swansea City as the Team of the Week. Do you agree?
- Jack and Rich selected Brighton v Arsenal as the best game in Matchweek 29. Do you agree?
- Matchweek 30's big match is Manchester Utd v Liverpool. Rich has predicted a win for Liverpool. Who do you think will win?
- Tell us about your club, your fantasy football team, or anything connected to Matchweek's 29 in the Premier League.
Don't forget to reply to fans of different clubs from different countries. Let's create a community!