Matchweek 7: Outfoxed
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 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 our round-up of Matchweek seven with our headlines.
Jack: City and Liverpool win on their travels.
Rich: The Premier League favourites both secured difficult away wins last weekend. Liverpool were fortunate to win 1-0 at Sheffield United. A howler from the home goalkeeper when he allowed a tame Geroginio Wijnaldum shot to squirm through his legs gave the Reds victory. Manchester City won 3-1 at Everton. Gabriel Jesus scored the opener but Everton equalised and City didn’t make it safe until Riyad Mahrez and Raheem Sterling scored in the final 20 minutes.
Jack: Leicester outfox the Magpies.
Rich: Leicester City thrashed Newcastle 5-0 to move up to third place in the Premier League. The Foxes scored through a Jamie Vardy brace, an own goal, Ricardo Periera and Wilfried Ndidi. Newcastle also had a man sent off and after the match, the manager, Steve Bruce, said his team surrendered far too easily.
Jack: United and Arsenal finishes all-square.
Rich: Manchester United and Arsenal drew one all in a Monday night stalemate. United opened the scoring when Scott McTominay scored from outside the box. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang got a second-half equaliser. Arsenal are up to fourth but United are down in tenth place which is their worst start to a season for thirty years.
Jack: Liverpool only just beat Sheffield United.
Rich: I know. I think it was their most difficult match of the season.
Jack: There were also good wins for Tottenham, Chelsea, Crystal Palace and ... Wolves - it was their first win of the season.
Rich: In our vocabulary alert, we look at some football English that we used in the headlines.
Jack: We have some interesting phrases this week. Our six phrases are: a howler, a tame shot, to squirm through, to outfox, all-square and stalemate.
Rich: Let’s start with the one that is the strangest and probably the most difficult. The phrase is to squirm through. We said the ball squirmed through the goalkeeper’s legs.
Jack: To squirm means to move from side to side in an awkward way, usually because of pain or embarrassment. It’s what a worm or a timid snake does if you pick it up.
Rich: When a ball squirms through a goalkeeper’s legs it’s similar. The ball moves slowly and squeezes through the legs. It’s awkward and embarrassing for the goalkeeper. We could also say a ball squirmed through the hands of a goalkeeper. It’s usually used to describe a big mistake.
Jack: A big mistake or error can be described as ‘a howler’. We spoke about a howler from the goalkeeper when he allowed a ball to squirm through his legs.
Rich: Yes, it was a very tame shot from Georginio Wijnaldum. We usually use the adjective tame to describe animals that are not wild. In football, it’s used to describe a shot with no power.
Jack: Yes, we use the word ‘wild’ to describe shots too. A wild shot is one that has lots of power but is nowhere near the goal.
Rich: The next phrase is to outfox someone. We used this in the second headline when we said Leicester outfox Magpies.
Jack: To outfox someone means to gain an advantage over someone by being cleverer than them. In football, this is connected to tactics. Leicester City outfoxed Newcastle, they were cleverer than them and won the game.
Rich: Of course, Leicester CIty’s nickname is also the Foxes so we were also playing with the double meaning there.
Jack: The next phrase is all-square. Arsenal against Manchester United finished all-square. This is an easy one - it means the match finished in a draw.
Rich: And the final phrase is stalemate. This also describes a match that finishes without a winner but is often also used to describe a match that was a bit boring. The phrase comes from the game of chess to describe a game where neither player can win.
Jack: I didn’t think it was boring. It was a good point for Arsenal.
Rich: Yeah, but I did and I said it.
Jack: 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: a howler, a tame shot, to squirm through, to outfox, all-square and stalemate.
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. It’s a difficult choice this week. We won’t be picking Dean Henderson or Hugo Lloris after their goalkeeping howlers that’s for sure.
Jack: What about Willian for Chelsea? He had a good game. Or maybe Man City’s Riyad Mahrez?
Rich: They had good games but we’re going to go with Leicester City’s Ricardo Pereira. A clean sheet and a wonderful goal for the defender.
Jack: Good choice. Our next award is for Team of the Week.
Rich: Another easy choice this week. Leicester City were superb in their 5-0 win against Newcastle.
Jack: Finally, our Goal of the Week. We’re going to leave this one to you. We’re going to give you three options and you need to tell us which you think was best. Rich.
Rich: Goal number one: Ricardo Pereira for Leicester City against Newcastle. A brilliant run and finish with his weaker foot.
Jack: Goal number two: Riyad Mahrez for Manchester City versus Everton. A stunning free-kick into the bottom corner.
Rich: Goal number three: Andriy Yarmolenko for West Ham v Bournemouth. A well-taken goal and a third in six for the Ukranian forward.
Jack: OK. Those are our three options. Did you see them? Which do you think was the best? Let us know your choice and if you agree with our other weekly awards in our comments section on the Premier Skills English website.
Rich: Every week, I predict the result of one Premier League match and we want you to make your prediction, too.
Jack: And, before you look at this week’s match, you want to read out something from last week’s prediction, don’t you?
Jack: Go on then.
Rich: I just want to say that I predicted Manchester United against Arsenal would finish in a 1-1 stalemate and Aubameyang would score.
Jack: Yes, you were spot on. Everybody gets one right now and again. I’ll be more impressed if you get two right in a row.
Rich: This week’s prediction is first against third. Liverpool against Leicester City. The Foxes have surprised a few already this season and the ex-Liverpool manager, Brendan Rogers, will want to beat his old team. I think Leicester will take a shock lead at Anfield, probably Jamie Vardy, but Liverpool will come back in the second half and win. Final score: Liverpool 2-1 Leicester City
Jack: Let’s wait and see.
Rich: You can make your predictions on the Premier Skills English website in the comments section and talk about the big match at the same time!
Jack: Remember we also have some questions for you to answer that give you a chance to use this week’s vocabulary.
Rich: 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.
Jack: 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.
Chelsea 2-0 Brighton
Aston Villa 2-2 Burnley
Sheffield United 0-1 Liverpool
Crystal Palace 2-0 Norwich City
Bournemouth 2-2 West Ham
Wolves 2-0 Watford
Leicester City 5-0 Newcastle
Tottenham 2-1 Southampton
Everton 1-3 Manchester City
Manchester United 1-1 Arsenal
City and Liverpool win on their travels
The Premier League favourites both secured difficult away wins last weekend. Liverpool were fortunate to win 1-0 at Sheffield United. A howler from the home goalkeeper when he allowed a tame Geroginio Wijnaldum shot to squirm through his legs gave the Reds victory. Manchester City won 3-1 at Everton. Gabriel Jesus scored the opener but Everton equalised and City didn’t make it safe until Riyad Mahrez and Raheem Sterling scored in the final 20 minutes
Leicester outfox the Magpies
Leicester City thrashed Newcastle 5-0 to move up to third place in the Premier League. The Foxes scored through a Jamie Vardy brace, an own goal, Ricardo Periera and Wilfried Ndidi. Newcastle also had a man sent off and after the match, the manager, Steve Bruce, said his team surrendered far too easily.
United and Arsenal finish all-square
Manchester United and Arsenal drew one all in a Monday night stalemate. United opened the scoring when Scott McTominay scored from outside the box. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang got a second-half equaliser. Arsenal are up to fourth but United are down in tenth place which is their worst start to a season for thirty years.
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?
A howler from the goalkeeper allowed Liverpool to score. A howler is a very bad mistake or error.
It was a tame shot from Georginio Wijnaldum. The goalkeeper should ahve saved it. A tame shot is a shot with no power.
The ball squirmed through the keeper's legs. The ball went from side to side and slowly through the goalkeeper's legs.
Leicester outfox the Magpies. To outfox someeone means to win by being more intelligent. Leicester's tactics were better than Newcastle's.
Manchester United against Arsenal finished all-square. All-square means the scores were level and the match finished in a draw.
It was a Monday night stalemate at Old Trafford. Stalemate is usually used in chess when neither player can win. It is used in football when a matc is drawn and is also a bit boring.
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: Ricardo Pereira (Leicester City)
Team of the Week: Leicester City
Goal of the Week: Look at the three options from Matchweek 7 and let us know which goal was best in the comments section!
Ricardo Pereira for Leicester City against Newcastle.
Riyad Mahrez for Manchester City versus Everton.
Andriy Yarmolenko for West Ham v Bournemouth.
The Big Match
Liverpool v Leicester City
The big match this weekend is Liverpool against Leicester. Rich thinks Liverpool will find a way to win. Do you agree?
What are your predictions? Have a listen to what Rich says and then make your prediction and talk about any of this weekend's matches below.
What do you think?
Jack and Rich have spoken about Matchweek 7 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 Leicester City's Ricardo Pereira as Player of the Week. Do you agree?
- Jack and Rich selected Leicester City as their Team of the Week. Do you agree?
- Rich and Jack picked three goals for the Goal of the Week award? Did you see them? Which do you think was best?
- Use this week's vocabulary: What's the biggest goalkeeping howler you remember?
- Can you use 'all-square' and 'a tame shot' in a sentence?
Don't forget to make your prediction for this week's Big Match!
Let's get the conversation started and create a community!