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 34? 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 great games in Matchweek 34 so let’s get on with this week’s round-up!
Rich: City win third Premier League title!
Jack: Manchester City became Premier League Champions for the third time this weekend. A surprise win for West Brom against Manchester Utd handed City the title with five matches still to play.
Rich: City excel at Wembley.
Jack: City knew that a win against Spurs would put pressure on their city rivals and they put their recent defensive problems behind them. Goals from Gabriel Jesus, Ilkay Gundogan and Raheem Sterling gave CIty a 3-1 win.
Rich: Now for the records!
Jack: City won’t stop now because there are records to be broken. City are on 87 points and could still get to 100 points and break Chelsea’s record in a Premier League season which stands at 95 points.
Rich: They could become the fourth team to score 100 goals in a season, they have scored 93 up to now and are looking to break Chelsea’s record of 103.
Jack: Chelsea also have the most wins in a Premier League season, 30, City need three more wins to break that record.
Rich: The record for the biggest winning margin is 18 points held by Manchester Utd. That record could go too! City are 16 points clear of Manchester Utd at the moment.
Jack: It’s certainly been a record-breaking season for the blue half of Manchester!
Rich: The record for the biggest winning margin is 18 points. Margin?
Jack: Yes, this is quite a difficult word. I think the first time I heard this word was at school. Teachers would always don’t write in the margins. That’s the empty space at the side of the page.
Rich: And in football?
Jack: In football, it means the amount of goals or points one team wins by. So, Manchester City are currently leading the Premier League by a margin of 16 points.
Rich: You can also use it more generally. In a running race, for example, you could say that the sprinter won by a narrow margin or in politics you can say the politician won by a big margin.
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: Last week Rich said that Manchester City would have to wait another week for the Premier League title. He was wrong as TheRedsBrazil from Brazil said he would be.
Rich: Alright, anyway, let’s see who agrees and disagrees with our decisions 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 weekend.
Rich: Ben Foster the West Brom goalkeeper had a great game, Olivier Giroud scored twice in Chelsea’s comeback win against Southampton and Wilfried Zaha was brilliant for Palace as they got an important win against Brighton.
Jack: But we’re going to choose from two players, Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne and Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah. Both have been brilliant all season and both had great games at the weekend.
Rich: This week we’re going to go for Kevin De Bruyne. It was a big win against Spurs and some of De Bruyne’s passing was first class.
Jack: And now our Team of the Week?
Rich: Well, there were good wins for City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Burnley, Newcastle, Palace and Huddersfield but our team of the week this week is West Bromwich Albion.
Jack: This is why we love the Premier League, isn’t it? Rich said West Brom were dead and buried last week and they probably still are, but to go to Old Trafford bottom of the table, without an away win since August, and pick up all three points is excellent.
Rich: And finally our match of the week. Well, I think we have to go for Tottenham v Manchester City. It was a great way for City to bounce back after three consecutive defeats. Go away to one of your closest rivals and play them off the park!
Rich: What’s been happening in Fantasy Football this week, Jack?
Jack: The top scoring player in matchweek 34 was Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha with 14 points.
Rich: Where is the Premier Skills team in the Premier Skills Fantasy football league?
Jack: We’re in 12th place. We’ve moved up one place since last week. I’m hoping for a top ten finish!
Rich: And our Team of the Week?
Jack: That goes to Ghigo Team managed by Fabio Ghiorzo a Liverpool fan from Italy.
Rich: Well done Fabio!
Jack: You predicted a Spurs win last week but Manchester City won and wrapped up the Premier League title too.
Rich: A good win for City but not a good prediction by me. This week’s prediction is going to move away from the Premier League because it’s FA Cup semi-final weekend.
Jack: Southampton - Chelsea and Manchester Utd - Tottenham. Who do you think will be in the final?
Rich: Well, I don’t think you can see beyond a Chelsea win in the first semi-final I think Chelsea will win comfortably. I’m predicting a 2-0 win for the Blues in that one.
Jack: And in the other?
Rich: The Manchester Utd - Tottenham match is much more difficult to predict. My head says Spurs should win - they are playing at home. Manchester Utd were awful against West Brom but brilliant against City the week before. I just have a feeling that Jose Mourinho might get his tactics right for this one. I think the final score will be Manchester Utd 1-0 Southampton.
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.
ResultsThere were some great matches in Matchweek 34. Here are the full results:
Southampton 2-3 Chelsea
Burnley 2-1 Leicester City
Crystal Palace 3-2 Brighton
Huddersfield Town 1-0 Watford
Swansea City 1-1 Everton
Liverpool 3-0 Bournemouth
Tottenham 1-3 Manchester City
Newcastle 2-1 Arsenal
Manchester Utd 0-1 West Brom
West Ham L-L Stoke City
Our Fantasy Premier League manager of Matchweek 34 is Fabio Ghiorzo a Liverpool fan from Italy. He has scored 72 points for his team Ghiorzo Team. Well done, Fabio! 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
Tottenham v Manchester Utd
Rich's prediction this week is the FA Cup semi-final between Tottenham and Manchester Utd. Who will reach the final? Rich predicts a win for Jose Mourinho's men. 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 Spurs would beat City but City won 3-1. Well done to The RedsBrazil from Brazil who predicted the right result and a special well done to Sabanoleg from Ukraine and Elghoul from Algeria who predicted the correct score, too!
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 Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne as the Player of the Week. Do you agree?
- Jack and Rich picked West Brom as the Team of the Week. Do you agree?
- Jack and Rich selected Tottenham v Manchester City as the best game in Matchweek 34. Do you agree?
- The big match this weekend is Tottenham v Manchester Utd in the FA Cup semi-final. Rich has predicted a win for United. Who do you think will win?
- Tell us about your club, your fantasy football team, or anything connected to Matchweek's 34 in the Premier League.
Don't forget to reply to fans of different clubs from different countries. Let's create a community!