Matchweek 29 - Leapfrog
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: Liverpool held to derby day draw.
Rich: Liverpool dropped another two points in the race for the Premier League title as they were held by a battling Everton team in the Merseyside Derby.
Jack: City leapfrog Liverpool into first.
Rich: Manchester CIty’s 1-0 win away at Bournemouth took City back to the top of the Premier League. Riyad Mahrez got the winner and City are one point clear with nine games to play.
Jack: Arsenal pay the penalty against Spurs.
Rich: The North London Derby finished one-all but Arsenal missed a last-minute player and had a player sent off in injury time. Aaron Ramsey gave Arsenal the lead but Harry Kane scored from the spot to level the scores. Pierre Emerick Aubameyang had the chance to win it for Arsenal but his tame spot-kick was straight at Hugo Lloris in the Tottenham goal.
Jack: Arsenal should’ve won that. I thought they were really unlucky.
Rich: Yeah, they played really well. I wish Liverpool had played as well in their derby against Everton.
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: derby, to drop points, battling, leapfrog, to score from the spot, and tame.
Jack: Our first phrase is derby. A derby is a match between two teams from the same city or region. Last weekend was the North London Derby between Arsenal and Tottenham and the Merseyside Derby between Liverpool and Everton.
Rich: Merseyside is the region of North West England which Liverpool is in.
Jack: Our next phrase is to drop points. This is the number of points you don’t earn by drawing or losing a game. Liverpool dropped two points against Everton because they only drew.
Rich: We usually talk about the teams at the top dropping points because it is expected that they usually win.
Jack: Everton gave a battling performance. The word battling is used as an adjective here and means to fight and try very hard.
Rich: The next phrase is to leapfrog. The phrase means to get to a higher position in a ranking or table by going past someone else or another team.
Jack: Like a frog jumps or leaps over something.
Rich: Exactly. Manchester City leapfrogged Liverpool last weekend to go to the top of the table.
Jack: The next phrase is to score from the spot. The spot is the penalty spot so to score from the spot means to score a penalty.
Rich: Harry Kane scored from the spot. However, if you hit a poor penalty without much power your penalty might be described as tame.
Jack: Tame is the opposite of wild. Aubameyang’s tame penalty was easily saved by Hugo Lloris.
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 29.
Jack: Aaron Wan-Bissaka looks like a great player for Crystal Palace, Hugo lloris made that last minute penalty save and Declan Rice played well for West Ham.
Rich: But our Player of the Week is Manchester Utd’s Romelu Lukaku. Two brilliant goals including a last-minute winner kept United’s good run going.
Jack: What about our Team of the Week?
Rich: We could go for West Ham, Chelsea, City, United, Wolves or Watford who all had good runs but we’re going for Crystal Palace.
Jack: A great 3-1 away win for the Eagles and they are flying at the moment.
Rich: And, finally Goal of the Week. I think we’re just going to focus on one match - Manchester Utd’s 3-2 win against Southampton. There were so many brilliant goals in that one.
Jack: Lukaku’s were good and James Ward Prowse scored a special free-kick for Southampton but we’re going to go with Andreas Pereira’s long-range thunderbolt. Brilliant.
Jack: Every week, Rich predicts the result of one Premier League match and we want you to make your prediction, too.
Rich: 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: What’s the big match in Matchweek 30?
Rich: It’s another fixture that is very important in the race for Champions League places. On Sunday, Arsenal host Manchester United. Both teams are in good form, United are still unbeaten in the Premier League under Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer and Arsenal are playing well and haven’t lost at home this year. I think there will be lots of goals in this one and I’m predicting that Arsenal will come out on top. Final score: Arsenal 3-2 Manchester United
Jack: I’d be happy with that result.
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 on the Premier Skills English website.
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Rich: Bye for now and enjoy your football.
Tottenham 1-1 Arsenal
Bournemouth 0-1 Manchester City
Brighton 1-0 Huddersfield
Burnley 1-3 Crystal Palace
Manchester United 3-1 Southampton
Wolves 2-0 Cardiff City
West Ham 2-0 Newcastle Utd
Watford 2-1 Leicester City
Fulham 1-2 Chelsea
Everton 0-0 Liverpool
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?
Liverpool held to derby day draw.
They were held by a battling Everton team.
City leapfrog Liverpool into first.
Harry Kane scored from the spot to level the scores.
Pierre Emerick Aubameyang had the chance to win it for Arsenal but his tame spot-kick was straight at Hugo Lloris.
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: Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United)
Team of the Week: Crystal Palace
Goal of the Week: Andreas Pereira (Manchester United)
The Big Match
Arsenal v Manchester United
The big match in Matchweek 30 is between Arsenal and Manchester United. Rich and Jack think 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.
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Who will be our Premier League Prediction Champion?
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Check out the league table for our prediction competition. What position are you in?
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 Romelu Lukaku of Manchester United as Player of the Week. Do you agree?
- Jack and Rich selected Crystal Palace as their Team of the Week. Do you agree?
- Rich picked Andreas Pereira's long-range thunderbolt for Manchester United as Goal of the Week? Did you see it? Do you agree?
- Use this week's vocabulary: Have Liverpool dropped too many points recently? What do you think is the biggest derby match in the Premier League? And the biggest derby in the world?
Don't forget to make your prediction for this week's Big Match!
Let's get the conversation started and create a community!