Matchweek 8 - Blazed over
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 new 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.
Jack: Hi there. I’m Jack. That’s right. We’re going to discuss all the latest football action from Matchweek 8 in the Premier League.
Rich: And not only that, we’ve also got lots of interesting words and phrases to help you talk about football in English.
Jack: And we want you to use and practise these phrases by interacting with Premier League fans from around the world in our comments section.
Rich: You can find all our latest content on the Premier Skills English homepage or the Premier Skills-British Council Facebook page.
Jack: Let’s start with this week’s headlines!
Rich: Mahrez blazes over as Liverpool and City share the spoils.
Jack: Manchester City missed the chance to win at Anfield for the first time in 15 years when Riyad Mahrez blasted an 85th-minute penalty way over the bar. In a match with few chances, the point earned keeps both teams at the top of the Premier League.
Rich: United comeback relieves the pressure at Old Trafford.
Jack: Following four games without a win Manchester United were under a lot of pressure to win this one and when they went two down after just 10 ten minutes it didn’t look good. But a magnificent second-half comeback, with an injury-time winner from Alexis Sanchez, gave United victory.
Rich: Clubs enjoying their weekend travels.
Jack: There were five away wins in the Premier League this weekend. Everton took the points against Leicester, Wolves won at Palace, Bournemouth thrashed Watford 4-0, Arsenal scored five at Fulham and Chelsea 3-0 win at Southampton took them to the top of the Premier League with City and Liverpool.
Jack: Eight games played and three teams still undefeated, all ties at the top with twenty points.
Rich: Did you know that it’s only the second time in Premier League history that three teams have been unbeaten after eight matches?
Jack: I didn’t. Nice fact.
Rich: In our vocabulary alert, we look at some football English that we used in this week’s headlines.
Jack: The phrases this week are all connected to missing chances.
Rich: The words and phrases are: to sky it, to balloon it over the bar, to put it over/wide, to miss a sitter, to hit it way over, it’s still rising now.
Jack: Let’s start with the easiest one, which I think is to put it wide or to put it over. This phrase means a player shoots and the ball goes to the side of the post when it is wide or the shot is too high and it goes over the crossbar. We say he’s put it wide or he’s put it over the bar!
Rich: The rest of the phrases are quite informal. To sky it is quite fun and means to hit a shot far too high over the crossbar. The ball is going into the sky rather than the goal.
Jack: He’s ballooned it over is a similar phrase but is more negative and usually describes a weak shot from near the goal that goes over the bar.
Rich: To miss a sitter means to miss a very easy chance. The opportunity is so easy that you could score when you are sitting down.
Jack: Another common phrase is ‘way over’. Riyad Mahrez hit his penalty way over the crossbar. It wasn’t even close to the crossbar.
Rich: I think his penalty is still rising now! You might hear a commentator or opposition fan say this. It means the ball is continuing to go up or to rise. If you say this, you being a little bit sarcastic.
Jack: See if you can use any of this vocabulary in the comments section at the bottom of the page.
Rich: The phrases again: to sky it, to balloon it over the bar, to put it over/wide, to miss a sitter, to hit it way over, it’s still rising now.
Rich: Right, every week, we give out three Matchweek awards.
Jack: 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.
Jack: Or, if you prefer, give a shout out to your favourite team or player.
Rich: RafaelRC from Brazil has been talking about West Ham’s Felipe Anderson. He thinks we should all keep an eye on him.
Jack: And Elghoul from Algeria was praising Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge last week for his good recent performances as a substitute.
Rich: Let’s start with this week’s Player of the Week.
Jack: Paul Pogba was at the heart of Manchester United’s comeback, Alexandre Lacazette had a great game for Arsenal, and Eden Hazard was brilliant for Chelsea once again.
Rich: But our Player of the Week is Bournemouth’s, Joshua King. Two goals in a 4-0 away win for Bournemouth and the Cherries are up to sixth place in the Premier League.
Jack: Now, Team of the Week. Bournemouth, Manchester United and Chelsea all had really good wins but our Team of the Week is Arsenal.
Rich: A 5-1 win and a ninth victory in a row for Arsenal in all competitions.
Jack: And finally our Goal of the Week. Gylfi Sigurdsson scored a brilliant long-range goal for Everton and Alexandre Lacazette scored a cracker for Arsenal.
Rich: But our Goal of the Week is another Arsenal player. Aaron Ramsey’s goal was sensational. It was a fantastic team goal with fast one-touch passing and a lovely flicked finish at the end.
Jack: That’s what Arsenal are all about. Fantastic!
Jack: Every week, Rich is going to predict the result of one Premier League match and we want you to make your prediction, too.
Rich: Lots of you made predictions last week for the Liverpool - Manchester City match.
Jack: A few of you predicted a draw but nobody predicted a goalless one. I think we were all a bit surprised.
Rich: There is an international break this week so we have to wait until the weekend of the 20th and 21st of October for the next round of Premier League matches.
Jack: Which match are you going to predict?
Rich: It’s Chelsea v Manchester Utd. Jose Mourinho returns to his old club once again and Chelsea will be trying to stay at the top of the Premier League. United have been playing better away than at home this season so it might be a tricky match for Chelsea. But Chelsea have, in my opinion, the player of the season so far - Eden Hazard. For that reason, I’m going to go for a Chelsea win. Final score: Chelsea 2-1 Manchester United.
Jack: This match has got draw written all over it for me. I think it’ll be a one all draw.
Rich: We will see. Make your predictions on the page below. You get one point if you predict the right result and three points if you predict the right score.
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.
Rich: Bye for now and enjoy your football.
Brighton 1-0 West Ham
Burnley 1-1 Huddersfield
Crystal Palace 0-1 Wolves
Leicester City 1-2 Everton
Tottenham 1-0 Cardiff City
Watford 0-4 Bournemouth
Manchester Utd 3-2 Newcastle Utd
Fulham 1-5 Arsenal
Southampton 0-3 Chelsea
Liverpool 0-0 Manchester City
We looked at phrases wconnected to missing chances in this podcast. Take a look at the words in bold. Do you undertand what they mean?
Riyad Mahrez hit his penalty way over the crossbar.
I can't believe he's missed. That was an absolute sitter!
Oh no. He's skied it! What a chance!
That's a bad miss. It was an open goal and he's ballooned it over the bar!
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: Joshua King (Bournemouth)
Team of the Week: Arsenal
Goal of the Week: Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal)
The Big Match
Chelsea v Manchester Utd
Rich's prediction for Matchweek eight is Chelsea against Manchester Utd. Rich has predicted a 2-1 win for Chelsea while Jack has gone for a 1-1 draw.
What is your prediction? 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.
Where are you in our prediction league?
Who will be our Premier League Prediction Champion?
Use this form to make your prediction. You can only make one prediction so take care! When you have made your predictions, the form will vanish.
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Check out the league table for our prediction competition. What position are you in?
What do you think?
Jack and Rich have spoken about Matchweek 8 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 Joshua King of Bournemouth as Player of the Week. Do you agree?
- Jack and Rich chose Arsenal as their Team of the Week. Do you agree?
- Rich chose Aaron Ramsey's goal for Arsenal as Goal of the Week? Did you see it? Do you agree?
- Use this week's vocabulary: Who skied a penalty last weekend? Can you think of a player missing an absolute sitter?
Don't forget to make your prediction for this week's Big Match!
Let's get the conversation started and create a community!