Matchweek 35: Digging Deep
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.
Rich: Hello my name’s Rich and welcome to our weekly round-up section called ‘This Week’ on Premier Skills English.
Jen: Hi there. I’m Jen. Jack’s not here this week but we’ve still got lots of interesting words and phrases to help you talk about football in English.
Rich: 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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Jen: Let’s start with our headlines!
Jen: City dig deep to beat Spurs.
Rich: Manchester City beat Tottenham 1-0 to gain some revenge for their Champions League defeat. Phil Foden’s diving header, his first Premier League goal, was enough to see City climb back to the top of the Premier League.
Jen: Liverpool get over the line against Cardiff.
Rich: Liverpool went back above City following a hard-fought 2-0 win away at Cardiff. Both teams missed chances before a Georginio Wijnaldum thunderbolt and a James Milner penalty gave the Reds victory.
Jen: Big teams stumble in race for Champions League.
Rich: None of the rest of the top six managed to win at the weekend. Chelsea could only draw at home to Burnley, Spurs lost to City and Arsenal lost at home to Crystal Palace. And Ole Gunnar Solskjaer apologised to fans as Manchester United lost 4-0 at Everton.
Jen: The title race is very exciting, isn’t it?
Rich: Yes, it’s the Manchester Derby on Wednesday. That is City’s game in hand on Liverpool. I think we will have a better idea of what will happen after that match.
Rich: In our vocabulary alert, we look at some football English that we used in the headlines.
Jen: Our six words and phrases this week are: to dig deep, a diving header, to get over the line, hard-fought, a thunderbolt, and to stumble.
Rich: Let’s start with the phrase to dig deep. We said that City had to dig deep against Spurs.
Jen: The phrase means to use something that you don’t usually need to get what you want.
Rich: In football, this something is usually effort. City had to put more effort into their match than usual.
Jen: More generally, the phrase is used in connection with money. You might have to dig deep to find that bit of extra money for a holiday or something you really need.
Rich: The next phrase is a diving header. Phil Foden scored a diving header. A diving header is when you use your head to connect with the ball when the ball is low down and a couple of metres in front of you.
Jen: Another phrase we used in the headlines was to get over the line. We said Liverpool got over the line against Cardiff.
Rich: The phrase means to have a successful outcome or result but only just - by a narrow margin. Liverpool were successful against Cardiff but only just - it was difficult to beat them.
Jen: The next phrase is hard-fought. We described Liverpool’s win against Cardiff as a hard-fought 2-0 win.
Rich: Something that is hard-fought needs a lot of effort or hard work. You have to fight for what you want to achieve.
Jen: Georginio Wijnaldum scored with a thunderbolt for Liverpool. Thunderbolt is our next word.
Rich: You see thunderbolts when there is a storm. You hear thunder and you see lightning or thunderbolts.
Jen: In football, a thunderbolt is a very powerful shot.
Rich: Our final word is to stumble. We said in the headlines ‘Big teams stumble in the race for the Champions League’.
Jen: To stumble means to fall when you are walking or running or to make a mistake.
Rich: Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Spurs all stumbled last weekend - none of them won.
Jen: OK, so there are our six words and phrases. Listen to this part of the podcast again if you are not sure how to use them.
Rich: The words and phrases are: to dig deep, a diving header, to get over the line, hard-fought, a thunderbolt, and to stumble.
Rich: Right, every week, we give out three Matchweek awards.
Jen: The awards are Player of the Week, Team of the Week and Goal of the Week.
Rich: In the comments section, you need to tell us if you agree with our choices.
Jen: Let’s start with Player of the Week. There were some big performances in Matchweek 35.
Rich: Ederson made some great saves for Manchester City against Spurs, Gerard Deulofeu scored another two goals for Watford and Ayoze Perez got his first-ever hat-trick for Newcastle.
Jen: But our Player of the Week is Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha. He was the main reason Palace went to Arsenal and won 3-2. He was brilliant.
Rich: The next award is for Team of the Week. There were great wins for Manchester City, Liverpool, Watford, Newcastle, Fulham, and Palace.
Jen: But our Team of the Week is Everton. A 4-0 win against Manchester United. That has to be Everton's best result of the season.
Rich: ANd finally, our Goal of the Week. There were some brilliant strikes this weekend. Georgina Wijnaldum’s thunderbolt for Liverpool, Richarlison & Lucas Digne for Everton and Jamie Vardy finish for Leicester.
Jen: Our Goal of the Week is Ayoze Perez’s first goal for Newcastle. It was a lovely finish and he went on to score a hat-trick!
Jen: 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.
Jen: What’s the big match this weekend?
Rich: We’re focussing on the race for the Champions League as Manchester United take on Chelsea at Old Trafford. In matchweek 35 both teams had bad results; Chelsea were held to a 2-2 home draw by Burnley and United were thumped 4-0 at Everton. Both teams will be looking to bounce back and I think United will be under the most pressure to bounce back quickly. Can Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer get a reaction from his team? I think he can and United will win. Final score: Manchester United 2-0 Chelsea.
Jen: I’m not so sure. Chelsea aren’t playing in midweek and United will have played the Manchester Derby. I think Chelsea will win 1-0.
Rich: Right, that’s all we have time for. Thanks for joining us, Jen. I’m sorry that we haven’t talked about your team - Wolves.
Jen: They had a bit of a boring game last weekend. They drew 0-0 but have had a great season overall.
Rich: Yes, they have. I hope everyone has enjoyed this football round-up. Join the discussion at the bottom of the page on the Premier Skills English website.
Jen: If you listen to us on Apple Podcasts, don’t forget to leave us a review. We’d love to hear from you.
Rich: Bye for now and enjoy your football.
Wolves 0-0 Brighton
Manchester City 1-0 Tottenham
Newcastle Utd 3-1 Southampton
Cardiff City 0-2 Liverpool
Everton 4-0 Manchester Utd
West Ham 2-2 Leicester City
Bournemouth 0-1 Fulham
Huddersfield Town 1-2 Watford
Chelsea 2-2 Burnley
Arsenal 2-3 Crystal Palace
City dig deep to beat Spurs
Manchester City beat Tottenham 1-0 to gain some revenge for their Champions League defeat. Phil Foden’s diving header, his first Premier League goal, was enough to see City climb back to the top of the Premier League.
Liverpool get over the line against Cardiff
Liverpool went back above City following a hard-fought 2-0 win away at Cardiff. Both teams missed chances before a Georginio Wijnaldum thunderbolt and a James Milner penalty gave the Reds victory.
Big teams stumble in race for Champions League
None of the rest of the top six managed to win at the weekend. Chelsea could only draw at home to Burnley, Spurs lost to City and Arsenal lost at home to Crystal Palace. And Ole Gunnar Solskjaer apologised to fans as Manchester United lost 4-0 at Everton.
We looked at six pieces of football English that you can learn to improve your English. Take a look at the phrases in bold. Do you understand what they mean?
City had to dig deep against Spurs. City had to put more effort into their match than usual.
Phil Foden scored a diving header. A diving header is when you use your head to connect with the ball low down and a couple of metres in front of you.
Liverpool got over the line against Cardiff. Liverpool were successful against Cardiff but only just - it was difficult to beat them.
Liverpool went back above City following a hard-fought 2-0 win away at Cardiff. They needed to work hard to win.
Georginio Wijnaldum scored with a thunderbolt for Liverpool. It was a really powerful shot.
Big teams stumble in the race for the Champions League. Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Spurs all stumbled last weekend - none of them won.
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: Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace)
Team of the Week: Everton
Goal of the Week: Ayoze Perez (Newcastle)
The Big Match
Manchester Utd v Chelsea
The big match this weekend is crucial in the race for the Champions League. Manchester United play Chelsea at Old Trafford. Rich thinks United will win but Jen thinks Chelsea will win. Do you agree?
What are your predictions? Have a listen to what Rich and Jen 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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What do you think?
Jen and Rich have spoken about Matchweek 35 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 Jen chose Crystal Palace's Raheem Sterling as Player of the Week. Do you agree?
- Jen and Rich selected Everton as their Team of the Week. Do you agree?
- Rich picked Ayoze Perez's first goal for Newcastle as Goal of the Week? Did you see it? Do you agree?
- Use this week's vocabulary: Who do you think is going to stumble in the title race? Who do you think is going to get over the line?
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