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 3? 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 everyone. 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: Let’s get on with this week’s round up!
Rich: Liverpool thrash Arsenal at Anfield.
Jack: Liverpool beat Arsenal 4-0 in last weekend’s big game. Liverpool were fantastic and Arsenal poor as goals from Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Daniel Sturridge gave the Reds a convincing win.
Rich: United are the only team with a 100% record.
Jack: After 3 Premier League matches, Manchester United are the only team that have won all their games. United beat Leicester 2-0 at Old Trafford. Marcus Rashford and Marouane Fellaini got the goals that gives Mourinho’s men a two-point cushion at the top of the table.
Rich: City leave it late to claim all three points.
Jack: Manchester City won 2-1 at Bournemouth but had to wait until the 97th minute for their winning goal. It was an exciting end to the match with City’s Raheem Sterling scoring late and then getting sent off for his goal celebrations.
Rich: Another brilliant weekend of Premier League matches. Are we going to talk about the Liverpool-Arsenal match?
Jack: No, it’s still too early for me. I was very disappointed. Arsenal didn’t play well but credit to Liverpool, they were very, very good.
Rich: OK, I won’t rub it in - I won’t keep reminding you of the score. I promise!
Jack: What about that City - Bournemouth match?
Rich: An amazing finish to the match. I can’t remember the last time a player got sent off for celebrating a goal.
Jack: Me neither. City were lucky in the end. Did you see Bournemouth's goal? That has to be the goal of the season so far …
Rich: Yes, a brilliant half-volley from outside the box. The goal scorer was Charlie Daniels and if you haven’t seen it you really need to take a look.
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: Last week, not all of you agreed with our choices.
Jack: Hasan from Palestine thought Paul Pogba rather than Marcus Alonso should have been our player of the week.
Rich: And quite a few of you chose Chelsea rather than Manchester Utd as the team of the week and Chelsea-Spurs rather than Southampton-West Ham as the match of the week.
Jack: Italy96, Javi from Spain and Sumia Omar from Sudan disagreed with our choices. What about this week, Rich?
Rich: So many to choose from again … Cesc Fabregas was excellent for Chelsea in their 2-0 win against Everton, Kevin De Bruyne was brilliant for Manchester City and Matt Ritchie looked good for Newcastle as the Magpies got their first win of the season - 3-0 against West Ham.
Jack: But we can only choose one and our Matchweek 3 Player of the week award goes to … (drumroll?) Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah.
Rich: Liverpool’s new Egyptian was excellent against Arsenal, but to be honest, Roberto Firmino and Emre Can all had excellent games for the Reds.
Jack: Our next award is for team of the week …Newcastle, Swansea and Chelsea all had good wins and Manchester Utd are top of the table but …
Rich: Our Matchweek 3 Team of the week goes to … (drumroll?) Liverpool for their 4-0 destruction of Arsenal.
Jack: Yes, they were very, very good. I thought we weren’t going to talk about that again?
Rich: OK, I won’t. Our third and final award is for the match of the week. Our match of the weekend is Bournemouth 1-2 Manchester City.
Jack: It had a brilliant goal and a fantastic finish. Everything you want in a Premier League match.
Rich: What’s been happening in fantasy football this week, Jack?
Jack: The top scoring player was the Newcastle defender Ciaran Clark with 15 points. Congratulations if you had him in your team. I bet not many of you did!
Rich: In the Premier Skills League, the Premier Skills team is in 5th place. Not bad. We put Watford’s Richarlison in the team after RafaelRC from Brazil recommended him. If you have any tips or recommendations for the Premier Skills team put them in the comments section below.
Jack: Who’s this week’s Fantasy Premier Skills team of the week.
Rich: The Premier Skills Fantasy Premier League Team of the Week for Matchweek 3 is La Kapla Jink which is managed by Mohammad Fakhrul from Malaysia (clapping) He scored 73 points and has gone up to fourth place the Premier Skills league!
Jack: Another winner from Malaysia. That’s two in a row!
Jack: Last week’s prediction was Liverpool v Arsenal. You thought Liverpool would win - good prediction, Rich. Some of our listeners also predicted a Liverpool win. Sumia Omar from Sudan, Milos from Serbia, Javi from Spain, Hasan from Palestine, and Alex from Ukraine. Well done to all of you!
Rich: This weekend there is a break for international matches so our prediction is for the weekend of the 8th and 9th of September.
Jack: Which match are you going to look at, RIch?
Rich: The big match has to be Liverpool again. This time it’s against MAnchester City in Manchester. Both teams have identical records from the first three matches - two wins and one draw. However, Liverpool have been looking very good in attack and City have been finding it difficult to find the back of the net. With players like Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus I don’t think this will continue for long. I think this will be a very open and exciting match. My prediction is a final score of Manchester City 2-2 Liverpool.
Jack: It will be a good match - I’m sure. 2-1 to City for me.
Rich: We’ll see … we want you to make your predictions at the bottom of the page on the website. Are you a good predictor?
Jack: Right, that’s all we have time for. I hope you have enjoyed this Monday round-up. We will be back on the 11th of September after the international break. Don’t forget to join the discussion at the bottom of this page.
Rich: Bye for now and enjoy your football.
There were some brilliant matches in Matchweek 3. Here are the full results:
Bournemouth 1-4 Manchester City
Watford 0-0 Brighton
Newcastle 3-0 West Ham
Crystal Palace 0-2 Swansea City
Huddersfield Town 0-0 Southampton
Manchester Utd 2-0 Leicester City
West Brom 1-1 Stoke City
Chelsea 2-0 Everton
Tottenham 1-1 Burnley
Liverpool 4-0 Arsenal
Fantasy Premier League has kicked off and the Premier Skills Fantasy League has also started. Our Fantasy Premier League Team of Matchweek 3 is La Kapla Jink who is managed by Mohammad Fakhrul from Malaysia. La Kapla Jink scored 73 points. Well done, Mohammad! 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 883788-212918
The Big Match
Rich's prediction this week is the match between Manchester City and Liverpool. It's a battle between two big clubs who hope to challenge for the Premier League title this season. Liverpool and City have both started the season well. Both teams have seven points from their opening three matches Rich thinks that it will be an open and exciting match and that it will finish in a 2-2 draw. Have a listen to what Rich says and then make your prediction at the bottom of the page.
Last week Rich got it right! He predicted a 2-1 win for Liverpool and, in the end, they won 4-0! Some of our listeners also predicted a Liverpoo win. Well done to:
- Sumia Omar from Sudan
- Milos from Serbia
- Javi from Spain
- Hasan from Palestine
- Alex from Ukraine
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 or not with what Rich and Jack said. Write your answers in the comments section below.
- Jack and Rich chose Liverpool's Mohamed Salah as the Player of the Week. Who do you think played well in Matchweek 3?
- Jack and Rich picked Liverpool as the Team of the Week? Which team do you think played well in Matchweek 3?
- Jack and Rich selected Bournemouth v Manchester City as the best game in Matchweek 3. Which match do you think was the best?
- This weekend's big match is Manchester City v Liverpool. Rich has predicted a 2-2 draw. What do you think will happen?
- Tell us about your club, your fantasy football team, or anything connected to Matchweek 3 in the Premier League.
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