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Matchweek 33

Matchweek 33

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 33? 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.

Transcript

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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 great games in Matchweek 33 so let’s get on with this week’s round-up!

Headlines

Rich: United spoil City’s title party.

Jack: City looked like they were cruising to the Premier League title when they took a 2-0 half-time lead in the Manchester Derby. But, a Paul Pogba inspired United team stunned City with three second-half goals.

Rich: Spurs look safe for the Champions League.

Jack: Two goals from Christian Eriksen secured a 2-1 win for Spurs away at Stoke City. Spurs are now in fourth place and are now 10 points clear of Chelsea in fifth. 

Rich: The relegation scrap is going down to the wire.

Jack: West Brom look dead and buried but the battle against relegation continues. Southampton and Stoke lost which gave a chance to Newcastle, Huddersfield, Brighton and West Ham all to edge away from the danger zone.

Rich: What about that Manchester Derby. What a game!

Jack: I know! It looked all over when Gundogan made it 2-0 to City after about half an hour.

Rich: Not sure what Jose Mourinho said at halftime but United were brilliant in the second half. City have conceded six goals in two matches!

Jack: I’m sure they’ll still win the League, though.

Rich: You’re right, but maybe not the Champions League though!

Definition Alert! 

Jack: West Brom look dead and buried. What does this phrase mean?

Rich: Well, it’s a phrase that means something is over or finished. Dead means - well, dead. And buried is what happens at the graveyard. West Brom’s fight to stay in the Premier League is dead and buried - it’s finished, it’s over, they can’t survive.

Jack: Well, mathematically they can survive.

Rich: I know but it would be very difficult they’d have to win all five matches they have left - they’ve only won three all season!

Jack: Another good word is spoil. United spoilt City’s title party.

Rich: Yes, to spoil means to make something bad. It can be used to mean to stop someone enjoying something good. Sometimes I turn off my phone on a Saturday because I don’t want to know the football results.

Jack: That’s strange. Why?

Rich: Because I want to watch the highlights later on TV and if I know the results it spoils it.

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: Giovi from Poland felt that West Ham should have been our Team of the Week but we chose Spurs.

Rich: And AnduougSpurs from Vietnam felt that we should have chosen Christian Eriksen as Player of the Week rather than Dele Alli.

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 weekend.

Jack: Joe Hart made some great saves for West Ham to get West Ham a point at Chelsea. Christian Eriksen grabbed two goals for Spurs and Jonjo Shelvey was man of the match for Newcastle as the Magpies moved away from the relegation zone.

Rich: But our Player of the Week is Manchester Utd’s Paul Pogba. There has been a lot of talk about Pogba recently but he showed his class at the weekend as he scored twice and dominated City in the middle of the park.

Jack: And our Team of the Week? 

Rich: Well, there were good wins for Spurs, Burnley, Arsenal, and of course Manchester Utd but they only played well for 45 minutes. Our Team of the Week is Newcastle Utd. Newcastle won 2-1 away at Leicester and now look safe from relegation. Check out the goal from Ayoze Perez in that match if you get the chance.

Jack: And finally our match of the week. Well, it’s an easy choice this week. The Manchester Derby was a fantastic match. Five goals a comeback win for United and something to shout about for Utd fans. City fans? What happened?

Fantasy Football

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

Jack: The top scoring player in Matchweek 33 was Arsenal’s Danny Welbeck with 16 points.

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

Jack: We’re down to 13th place. We only got 26 points last week. Not a very good performance.

Rich: And our Team of the Week?

Jack: That goes to FC Fellaini managed by Big Sam, a Manchester Utd fan from Serbia.

Rich: Not sure if that’s his real name!

Matchweek Prediction

Jack: Rich - your prediction for the Manchester Derby was a 2-0 win to City. 

Rich: Yep, United surprised me I have to say.

Jack: Which match are you going to look at this week?

Rich: Matchweek 34 sees Tottenham at home to Manchester City. Spurs are in good form at the moment and seem like they will qualify for the Champions League comfortably. Man City are stumbling a bit after defeats to Liverpool and their neighbours from across the city. They could win the Premier League this weekend if they win and United lose at home to West Brom. I think City will have to wait a little longer for the title. Final score: Tottenham 2-1 Manchester City.

Jack: Right, that’s all we have time for. I hope you have enjoyed this football round-up. 

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 33. Here are the full results:

Everton 0-0 Liverpool

Brighton 1-1 Huddersfield Town

Manchester City 2-3 Manchester Utd

Bournemouth 2-2 Crystal Palace

Leicester City 1-2 Newcastle Utd

West Brom 1-1 Swansea City

Stoke City 1-2 Tottenham 

Arsenal 3-2 Southampton

Chelsea 1-1 West Ham

Watford 1-2 Burnley

Jonjo Shelvey celebrates his goal for Newcastle against Leicester.

Fantasy Football

Our Fantasy Premier League manager of Matchweek 33 is Big Sam  a Manchester Utd fan from Serbia. He has scored 67 points for his team Fellaini FC. Well done, Big Sam! 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

Joe Hart made some great saves for West Ham at the weekend.

The Big Match

Tottenham v Manchester City

Rich's prediction this week is the match between Tottenham and Manchester City. Can City clinch the Premier League title this weekend? Rich doesn't think so, he thinks Spurs will win 2-1. 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 City would beat United 2-0. The final score was 3-2 to Manchester United! Well done to Jame Sultanov from Uzbekistan and Giovi from Poland who both predicted a United win!

Paul Pogba scores against City!

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 Paul Pogba as the Player of the Week. Do you agree?
  2. Jack and Rich picked Newcastle Utd as the Team of the Week. Do you agree?
  3. Jack and Rich selected Manchester City v Manchester Utd as the best game in Matchweek 33. Do you agree?
  4. Matchweek 34's big match is Tottenham v Manchester City. Rich has predicted a win for Tottenham. Who do you think will win?
  5. Tell us about your club, your fantasy football team, or anything connected to Matchweek's 33 in the Premier League.

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elghoul's picture
elghoul
11/04/2018
DZ
2902
points

Pogba was outstanding this week just like a couple of weeks ago with his national team. He is succeding in putting himself on a good run heading on to the Russia meeting.

The Manchester was brilliant of course.

I am not so enthousiastic concerning Newcastle which were somehow happy with the result.

Prediction, City 3 Spurs 1.


elghoul's picture
elghoul
11/04/2018 15:47
Algeria
Manchester City
2902

Pogba was outstanding this week just like a couple of weeks ago with his national team. He is succeding in putting himself on a good run heading on to the Russia meeting.

The Manchester was brilliant of course.

I am not so enthousiastic concerning Newcastle which were somehow happy with the result.

Prediction, City 3 Spurs 1.

milos
11/04/2018
RS
1884
points

Man.utd has been excellent.Exciting game and great win in derby match.This is definitely a match of the week.For me player of the week was Pogba,astonish performance and two goals in derby.It seems that Manchester City have little problems with their game last couple week. Newcastle Utd showes right form when that is most important.My prediction for matchweek 34 is win for Tottenham.


milos
11/04/2018 06:53
Serbia
Manchester United
1884

Man.utd has been excellent.Exciting game and great win in derby match.This is definitely a match of the week.For me player of the week was Pogba,astonish performance and two goals in derby.It seems that Manchester City have little problems with their game last couple week. Newcastle Utd showes right form when that is most important.My prediction for matchweek 34 is win for Tottenham.

sabanoleg
11/04/2018
UA
1967
points

Absolutely Newcastle Utd is team of the week.My prediction City will win.Tottenham 1-3 Manchester City.And not sabOnoleg but sabAnoleg.Thank you in advance!


sabanoleg
11/04/2018 06:53
Ukraine
Arsenal
1967

Absolutely Newcastle Utd is team of the week.My prediction City will win.Tottenham 1-3 Manchester City.And not sabOnoleg but sabAnoleg.Thank you in advance!

Rich's picture
Rich
11/04/2018
ES
370
points

How embarrassing! I keep getting that wrong, sorry Sabanoleg :)

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


Rich's picture
Rich
11/04/2018 08:27
Spain
Liverpool
370

How embarrassing! I keep getting that wrong, sorry Sabanoleg :)

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

sabanoleg
11/04/2018
UA
1967
points

Liverpool in semi-final Ch.L.It was cool.My congratulations Rich!


sabanoleg
11/04/2018 09:37
Ukraine
Arsenal
1967

Liverpool in semi-final Ch.L.It was cool.My congratulations Rich!

TheRedsBrazil
10/04/2018
BR
1
points

I agree with Rich and Jack! Pogba is the man of the week! I think that he win alone!
I dont see new castle match
The derby of Manchester certanily is the match of the week! I see the game from Brasil!
I desagree to Rich! I think that citizens win the premier league in the next week!!
My team in premier league is Liverpool, I’ll never walk alone!! Salah is the best player in the next week!


TheRedsBrazil
10/04/2018 10:18
Brazil
Manchester United
1

I agree with Rich and Jack! Pogba is the man of the week! I think that he win alone!
I dont see new castle match
The derby of Manchester certanily is the match of the week! I see the game from Brasil!
I desagree to Rich! I think that citizens win the premier league in the next week!!
My team in premier league is Liverpool, I’ll never walk alone!! Salah is the best player in the next week!

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