Matchweek 37: Twists and turns
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.
Jack: Hello my name’s Jack and welcome to our weekly round-up section called ‘This Week’ on Premier Skills English.
Rich: Hi there. I’m Rich. We’ve got lots of interesting words and phrases to help you talk about football in English.
Jack: 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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Rich: Let’s start with our headlines!
Jack: Liverpool take title race to the last day.
Rich: The Premier League title will be decided on the final day after Liverpool got a late winner at Newcastle. In a match with plenty of twists and turns, Divock Origi headed home the winner in the 86th minute to give the Reds a 3-2 win.
Jack: Spurs wobble against Bournemouth.
Rich: Tottenham had two players sent off as they lost 1-0 to an injury-time goal at Bournemouth. Son Heung-Min was dismissed for a push on a Bournemouth defender at the end of the first half. At the beginning of the second half, Juan Foyth, was given his marching orders for a bad tackle on another defender. It looked like Spurs would hang on but ex-Chelsea player, Nathan Ake got the winner.
Jack: Chelsea clinch Champions League spot.
Rich: Chelsea’s 3-0 win against Watford means they will be playing in the Champions League next season. Second half goals from Ruben Loftus-Cheek, David Luiz and a lovely chip from Gonzalo Higuain gave the Blues all three points.
Jack: So, we have to wait and see who will win the Premier League but the top four looks like it’s decided.
Rich: Yes, Chelsea will join Liverpool and Manchester City in the Champions League and they will be joined by Tottenham unless there are some crazy results on the final day.
Jack: A bit of a disappointing finish to the season for Arsenal and Manchester United who will probably finish fifth and sixth.
Jack: In our vocabulary alert, we look at some football English that we used in the headlines.
Rich: Our six words and phrases this week are: twists and turns, to be sent off, to be dismissed, to be given your marching orders, to hang on and a chip.
Jack: Let’s start with the phrase twists and turns. This phrase is often used to describe a film or movie when there are lots of surprising changes in the plot or story.
Rich: It’s used in football in the same way. There were lots of twists and turns in the Newcastle-Liverpool match. Liverpool scored, Newcastle equalised, Liverpool went back in front, Newcastle equalised and then Liverpool got the winner.
Jack: The Premier League title race has also been full of twists and turns. The lead has changed more than ten times. I wonder if there will be a final twist in the tail?
Rich: A twist in the tail. Another new phrase. We will let you Google that one.
Jack: The next few phrases; to be sent off, to be dismissed and to be given your marching orders all mean the same thing in football: to be given a red card.
Rich: To send somebody off is a phrasal verb and like the other two phrases we usually see it used in a passive structure which is the verb to be plus the verb in the third form.
Jack: This is because the subject of the sentence ‘the player’ is not the person who does the action - showing the red card. The referee does this.
Rich: So, we often read or say, ‘he was sent off’. The full sentence is ‘he was sent off by the referee’ but this is not necessary because we all know that it’s the referee who shows red cards.
Jack: The other two phrases to be dismissed and to be given your marching orders are used in a similar way. Son Heung-Min was dismissed for a push on a Bournemouth defender at the end of the first half.
Rich: He was dismissed by the referee.
Jack: And, Juan Foyth, was given his marching orders for a bad tackle.
Rich: He was given his marching orders by the referee.
Jack: The next phrase is another phrasal verb. It is to hang on. This is a common phrasal verb; its most common meaning is to wait like when we say ‘Can you hang on for a minute?’
Rich: In football, it’s very common and it means to continue winning when things are difficult. We said in the headlines ‘it looked like Spurs were going to hang on but Bournemouth scored in the last minute’.
Jack: Our final word this week can be a noun or a verb. The word is a chip or to chip. Gonzalo Higuain scored with a lovely chip against Watford.
Rich: A chip is when the ball is on the ground and you lift it into the air so it goes over a goalkeepers head and back down into the net.
Jack: Higuain chipped the ball over the goalkeeper’s head.
Rich: 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.
Jack: The words and phrases are: twists and turns, to be sent off, to be dismissed, to be given your marching orders, to hang on and a chip.
Jack: Right, every week, we give out three Matchweek awards.
Rich: The awards are Player of the Week, Team of the Week and Goal of the Week.
Jack: In the comments section, you need to tell us if you agree with our choices.
Rich: Let’s start with Player of the Week. There were some big performances in Matchweek 37.
Jack: Ruben Loftus-Cheek was great for Chelsea, Salomon Rondon had a good game for Newcastle and Dioga Jota was in fine form for Wolves.
Rich: But our Player of the Week is West Ham United’s Marko Arnautovic. Two goals for the Austrian striker and West Ham are finishing the season strongly.
Jack: The next award is for Team of the Week. There were great wins for West Ham, Liverpool, Wolves, Palace and Bournemouth.
Rich: But our team of the Week is Chelsea. A fine 3-0 win against Watford and Chelsea’s season could get better with a European semi-final to win this week.
Jack: Finally our Goal of the Week. There were some wonderful goals this weekend. Leander Dendoncker scored a superb volley for Wolves but our Goal of the Week is Gonzalo Higuain’s chip against Watford. A great goal.
Jack: 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.
Jack: It’s the last round of the Premier League season and we all know what the big matches are. Let’s do one prediction each.
Rich: OK, I’ll start with Manchester City’s match away at Brighton. Manchester City need to win to have any chance of winning the Premier League title. City would rather be at home on the final day but I don’t think will be too worried about their trip to the south coast of England. Brighton are safe and won’t be relegated so don’t have much to play for. I can’t see them stopping City winning this one. Final score: Brighton 0-2 Manchester City.
Jack: the other important match is Liverpool against Wolves. Liverpool also need to win if they want to win the Premier League. Wolves have had a great season and knocked Liverpool out of the FA Cup. But Wolves have little to play for and Liverpool need to win and I think they will. Final score: Liverpool 3-1 Wolves.
Rich: So you think City will win the Premier League on the final day?
Jack: I think so and you think so, too but I imagine you are hoping that something different will happen.
Rich: I do and it could. We’ll have to wait until Sunday!
Jack: Right, that’s all we have time for. I hope you have enjoyed this football round-up. Join the discussion at the bottom of the page on the Premier Skills English website.
Rich: If you listen to us on Apple Podcasts, don’t forget to leave us a review. We’d love to hear from you.
Jack: Bye for now and enjoy your football.
Newcastle 2-3 Liverpool
West Ham 3-0 Southampton
Bournemouth 1-0 Tottenham
Huddersfield 1-1 Manchester United
Chelsea 3-0 Watford
Arsenal 1-1 Brighton
Cardiff City 2-3 Crystal Palace
Wolves 1-0 Fulham
Everton 2-0 Burnley
Manchester City L-L Leicester City
Liverpool take title race to the last day
The Premier League title will be decided on the final day after Liverpool got a late winner at Newcastle. In a match with plenty of twists and turns, Divock Origi headed home the winner in the 86th minute to give the Reds a 3-2 win.
Spurs wobble against Bournemouth
Tottenham had two players sent off as they lost 1-0 to an injury-time goal at Bournemouth. Son Heung-Min was dismissed for a push on a Bournemouth defender at the end of the first half. At the beginning of the second half, Juan Foyth, was given his marching orders for a bad tackle on another defender. It looked like Spurs would hang on but ex-Chelsea player, Nathan Ake got the winner.
Chelsea clinch Champions League spot
Chelsea’s 3-0 win against Watford means they will be playing in the Champions League next season. Second half goals from Ruben Loftus-Cheek, David Luiz and a lovely chip from Gonzalo Higuain gave the Blues all three points.
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?
The Premier League title race has also been full of twists and turns. The lead has changed more than ten times.
Two Tottenham players were sent off. They were given a red card by the referee.
Son Heung-Min was dismissed for a push on a Bournemouth defender at the end of the first half.
Juan Foyth was given his marching orders for a bad tackle in the second half.
It looked like Spurs were going to hang on but Bournemouth scored in the last minute.
Gonzalo Higuain scored with a lovely chip against Watford. Higuain chipped the ball over the goalkeepers head.
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: Marko Arnautovic (West Ham)
Team of the Week: Chelsea
Goal of the Week: Gonzalo Higuain (Chelsea)
The Big Match
Brighton v Manchester City & Liverpool v Wolves
It's the final round of the Premier League season this weekend and we still don't know who will win the Premier League title. Rich wants Liverpool to win it bt thinks City will and Jack also thinks the trophy is going to Manchester. Do you agree?
What are your predictions? Have a listen to what Rich and Jack 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?
Jack and Rich have spoken about Matchweek 37 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 Jack chose West Ham's Marko Arnautovic as Player of the Week. Do you agree?
- Jack and Rich selected Chelsea as their Team of the Week. Do you agree?
- Rich picked Gonzalo Higuain's chip for Chelsea as Goal of the Week? Did you see it? Do you agree?
- Use this week's vocabulary: Do you think Manchester City will hang on and win the Premier League? What's the most number of players you've ever seen dismissed in one match?
Don't forget to make your prediction for this week's Big Match!
Let's get the conversation started and create a community!