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 5? 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: Let’s get on with this week’s roundup!
Rich: City hit Watford for six.
Jack: Manchester City scored six times away from home to go top of the Premier League. Sergio Aguero got a hat-trick and Gabriel Jesus, Nicolas Otamendi and Raheem Sterling also got on the scoresheet.
Rich: Lukaku shines for Rooney’s return.
Jack: Romelu Lukaku scored against his old club, but it was an unhappy return to Old Trafford for Wayne Rooney. United won 4-0 against Everton with Antonio Valencia, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Lukaku and Anthony Martial scoring the goals.
Rich: Barry equals Premier League playing record.
Jack: West Brom’s Gareth Barry made a record-equalling 632nd Premier League appearance on Saturday. He equals Ryan Giggs record and should break the record when West Brom play Arsenal next weekend.
Rich: Barry made his debut last century - 1998.
Jack: A long time ago - I was still at school!
Rich: An impressive achievement! It was a very good weekend for Manchester. Only alphabetical order separates the two teams at the top of the table.
Jack: Both are unbeaten and have had great starts to the season. Guardiola against Mourinho. It’s very exciting.
Rich: City have scored 15 goals in their last three games.
Jack: Sergio Aguero is amazing. He seems to get better and better. He’s now the top non- European Premier League scorer of all-time and he’s only two goals away from becoming Manchester City’s all-time top goalscorer.
Rich: Definitely a player for your fantasy football teams!
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: Last week, not all of you agreed with our choices.
Jack: AssemJuve from Palestine thought Chelsea Leicester rather than Brighton West Brom was the Match of the Week.
Rich: Milos from Serbia and Khaldoun83 from Algeria also thought I made a bad choice. They thought the best game in matchweek 4 was City v Liverpool.
Jack: What about this week, Rich?
Rich: I’m going to start with the Player of the Week. Surely, nobody can disagree. It’s Manchester City’s, Sergio Aguero. A sixth Premier League hat-trick and, as I said earlier, a fantastic player. He’s now got 175 goals for City. Brilliant.
Jack: Good choice, but there are other contenders. What about Manchester Utd’s Antonio Valencia. He scored a cracker. Or an Arsenal defender? I don’t get to say this very often, but the Arsenal defence was superb against Chelsea.
Rich: I’ve made my decision but I will enjoy the discussion in the comments section if people disagree.
Jack: Our next award is for Team of the Week …Newcastle, Bournemouth, Southampton and Manchester Utd all had good wins but …
Rich: Our Matchweek 5 Team of the week goes to … Manchester City!
Jack: 6-0 away from home. You can’t argue with that!
Rich: Our third and final award is for the match of the week. Our match of the weekend was Liverpool v Burnley.
Jack: It was a real giants against minnows match. Everyone expected Liverpool to win, but Burnley got a great point.
Rich: Liverpool had 35 shots but could have lost at the end when Burnley had a shot cleared off the line.
Jack: Let us know if you agree with our choices in the comments section at the bottom of the page.
Rich: Burnley had a shot cleared off the line. What does this mean?
Jack: It means Burnley had a shot on target, it beat the keeper, but a Liverpool defender kicked or headed it away just before it went in the net!
Rich: What’s been happening in fantasy football this week, Jack?.
Jack: The top scoring player last week was Sergio Aguero with 20 points. Congratulations if you had him in your team. Did you have him as your captain? That would have got you 40 points!
Rich: In the Premier Skills League, the Premier Skills team moved down to 6th place. Not bad. Remember if you have any recommendations for the team, let us know.
Jack: Who’s this week’s Fantasy Premier Skills team of the week?
Rich: The Premier Skills Fantasy Premier League Team of the Week for Matchweek 5 was Modric Team managed by Mhmd Saad from Egypt. He scored exactly 100 points!
Jack: 100 points! An impressive score!
Jack: Last week’s prediction was Chelsea v Arsenal. You thought Chelsea would win, Rich. But, it finished in a goalless draw. A special well done to Khaldoun83 from Algeria who thought this match would finish in a draw. Which match are you going to look at in Matchweek 6, Rich?
Rich: The big match this weekend is Southampton v Manchester Utd. Southampton have had quite a good start to the season and won away at Palace last weekend. Manchester Utd are at the top and looking to continue their impressive start. It’s a difficult away match for United and they are without Paul Pogba for a few weeks and have a difficult trip to Moscow after this match. I think there might be a surprise and I’m going to go for a final score of Southampton 1-1 Manchester United.
Jack: We’ll see … we want you to make your predictions at the bottom of the page on the website. Are you a good predictor?
Rich: Right, that’s all we have time for. I hope you have enjoyed this Monday round-up. Don’t forget to join the discussion at the bottom of this page.
Jack: Bye for now and enjoy your football.
ResultsThere were some great matches in Matchweek 5. Here are the full results:
Bournemouth 2-1 Brighton
Crystal Palace 0-1 Southampton
Huddersfield Town 1-1 Leicester City
Liverpool 1-1 Burnley
Newcastle Utd 2-1 Stoke City
Watford 0-6 Manchester City
West Brom 0-0 West Ham
Tottenham 0-0 Swansea City
Chelsea 0-0 Arsenal
Manchester Utd 4-0 Everton
Fantasy Premier League has kicked off and the Premier Skills Fantasy League has also started. Our Fantasy Premier League Team of Matchweek 5 is Modric Team who is managed by Mhmd Saad from Egypt. Modric Team scored 100 points. The highest score this season! Well done, Mhmd! 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 883788-212918
The Big Match
Southampton v Manchester Utd
Rich's prediction this week is the match between Southampton and Manchester Utd. It's a difficult away match for Manchester Utd, especially with an away match in Moscow following this game. Rich thinks that it will be a 1-1 draw. Have a listen to what Rich says and then make your prediction at the bottom of the page.
Last week Rich got it wrong again! He predicted a 3-1 win for Chelsea against Arsenal, but it finished in a goalless draw. However, one of our listeners predicted a draw. Well done to:
- Khaldoun83 from Algeria
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 or not with what Rich and Jack said. Write your answers in the comments section below.
- Jack and Rich chose Manchester City's Sergio Aguero as the Player of the Week. Do you agree? Is he the best striker in the Premier League?
- Jack and Rich picked Manchester City as the Team of the Week. Do you agree?
- Jack and Rich selected Liverpool v Burnley as the best game in Matchweek 5. Do you agree?
- This weekend's big match is Southampton v Manchester Utd. Rich has predicted a 1-1 draw. What do you think will happen?
- Tell us about your club, your fantasy football team, or anything connected to Matchweek 5 in the Premier League.
Don't forget to reply to fans of different clubs from different countries. Let's create a community!