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 37? 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 exciting matches in Matchweek 37 so let’s get on with this week’s round-up!
Rich: City lift Premier League trophy.
Jack: Manchester City lifted the Premier League trophy for the third time after they were held to a 0-0 draw by Huddersfield. The draw didn’t dampen the party atmosphere off the pitch though as City fans celebrate their team’s success.
Rich: Chelsea keep fighting for Champions League spot.
Jack: Olivier Giroud got the winner for the Blues as they beat the Reds 1-0. Liverpool could still miss out on Champions League football next season but Tottenham’s defeat at West Brom puts Spurs under pressure going into the final week of the season.
Rich: Stoke down but West Brom are still alive.
Jack: Stoke City were relegated from the Premier League after losing 2-1 at home to Crystal Palace. The last two relegation spots will be decided in the final week of the season. West Brom, Southampton, Swansea and Huddersfield are the teams in danger.
Rich: West Brom. I said they were dead and buried a few weeks ago.
Jack: They’re unbeaten in their last five matches and have beaten Spurs and Manchester Utd.
Rich: I still think they will go down though!
Rich: What did you call me? A spoilsport.
Jack: Yeah, a spoilsport. A spoilsport is a person who stops other people from enjoying something by saying or doing something.
Rich: So, you think it would be a good thing to see West Brom stay up.
Jack: It would be great. Bottom of the league, looking dead and buried and they suddenly start winning.
Rich: No chance!
Jack: Like I said - you’re a spoilsport!
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 Milos from Serbia was very happy that we chose Dusan Tadic from Serbia as Player of the Week.
Jack: I wonder why?
Rich: Let’s start with our Player of the Week. There were some great individual performances in the Premier League. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had a good game for Arsenal as they hammered Burnley 5-0 In Arsene Wenger’s final home match for Arsenal.
Jack: And Wilfried Zaha had another great game for Palace to help the Eagles to Premier League safety.
Rich: But our Player of the Week is the West Brom goalkeeper, Ben Foster. Foster and West Brom were the first Premier League team to stop Spurs from scoring since November!
Jack: What about the Team of the Week?
Rich: Well, we could go for West Brom again but maybe for sentimental reasons I’m going to choose Arsenal. The Gunners won 5-0 against Burnley in Arsene Wenger’s last ever home match. A nice way to finish!
Jack: Yes, I totally agree with that. And, finally, our Match of the Week?
Rich: A tricky one this week. I’m going to go for Everton - Spurs. A 1-1 draw doesn’t look very exciting on paper but the point edged Southampton out of the bottom three. But, a 96th-minute equaliser for Everton stopped West Brom from being relegated and sets up an exciting finish to the season this week.
Jack: The last week of the season will be all about the relegation spots and who will qualify for the Champions League.
Rich: What’s been happening in Fantasy Football this week, Jack?
Jack: The top scoring player in matchweek 37 was Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang with 16 points so far.
Rich: And what about the Premier Skills team?
Jack: Down to 19th place. Looks like a mid-table finish.
Rich: Well that’s respectable. And our team of the week?
Jack: That goes to The Expendables managed by Emil Baluev a Chelsea fan from Russia. Emil’s team has 74 points already this week.
Rich: Well done Emil. And it looks like Gerardo Lopez will win the Premier Skills league for the second consecutive season. He’s nearly 100 points clear at the top of the table!
Jack: Last week you predicted a win for Chelsea against Liverpool and you were right as they won 1-0.
Rich: I know. Liverpool were tired and are saving themselves for Real Madrid!
Jack: What’s your prediction this week - the final week of the season?
Rich: I’m not going to talk about a specific match this weekend but which teams will reach the Champions League and which teams will be relegated.
Jack: Let’s see if our listeners agree with your predictions? Start with the Champions League.
Rich: Well, I think Liverpool will make it. They will need to win their final game at home to Brighton but I think they can do that. I think Chelsea will win their final two matches -a t home to Huddersfield and away to Newcastle. That will mean Spurs need four points from there final two matches - at home to Newcastle and Leicester. I think they can do this so sorry Chelsea fans but I don’t think there will be Champions League football for you next season.
Jack: And what about at the bottom who will be relegated with Stoke?
Rich: As I said earlier, I don’t think West Brom will escape and I sadly think Huddersfield will join them. Huddersfield haven’t been in the bottom three all season but I think there might be heartbreak for their fans next Sunday!
Jack: That would be a difficult one to take! 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 37. Here are the full results:
Brighton 1-0 Manchester Utd
Everton 1-1 Southampton
West Brom 1-0 Tottenham
Watford 2-1 Newcastle
Leicester 2-0 West Ham
Bournemouth 1-0 Swansea
Stoke City 1-2 Crystal Palace
Arsenal 5-0 Burnley
Chelsea 1-0 Liverpool
Manchester City 0-0 Huddersfield
Our Fantasy Premier League manager of Matchweek 37 is Emil Baluev a Chelsea fan from Russia. He has scored 72 points for his team The Expendables. Well done, Emil! 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 Finish
Champions League and Relegation
It's the final weekend of the Premier League season so Rich has made predictions about who will qualify for the Champions League and who will be relegated. Rich predicts bad news for Chelsea, Huddersfield and West Brom. Have a listen to what Rich and Jack say and then make your predictions at the bottom of the page.
Last week Rich thought that Chelsea would beat Liverpool and he was right!
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 West Brom's Ben Foster as the Player of the Week. Do you agree?
- Jack and Rich picked Arsenal as the Team of the Week. Do you agree?
- Jack and Rich selected Everton v Southampton as the best game in Matchweek 37. Do you agree?
- The big matches this weekend involve relegation and the Champions League. Rich has predicted disappointment for Huddersfield, West Brom and Chelsea. What do you think will happen?
- Tell us about your club, your fantasy football team, or anything connected to Matchweek 37 in the Premier League.
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