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Matchweek 8: Cool, calm & collected

Matchweek 8: Cool, calm & collected

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.

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Introduction  

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.

Rich: If you listen to us on Spotify or Apple Podcasts, you can leave your comments in the review section. We do read all the reviews and would love to hear from you.

Jack: You can find all our latest content on the Premier Skills English homepage or the Premier Skills-British Council Facebook page. 

Rich: Let’s start our round-up of Matchweek eight with our headlines.

Headlines

Jack: City bitten by Wolves.

Rich: The Premier League Champions were beaten 2-0 at home by a determined Wolverhampton Wanderers. Wolves defended brilliantly and had more bite in attack as two goals in the final 10 minutes by Adama Traore meant City lost at home for only the fourth time under Pep Guardiola.

Jack: Liverpool make it eight out of eight.

Rich: Liverpool beat Leicester 2-1 at Anfield to make it eight wins out of eight in the Premier League and go eight points clear in the Premier League table. It was a hard-fought win and the Reds needed a 95th-minute penalty to win the game. James Milner was cool, calm and collected from the spot.

Jack: Brothers give Newcastle a lift.

Rich: Newcastle United jumped out of the relegation zone with a 1-0 win against Manchester United. The winner came from Matty Longstaff who was making his debut for Newcastle alongside his brother in the Newcastle midfield.

Jack: That’s something kids dream about, isn’t it? Making your debut against Manchester United and scoring the winner!

Rich: And with your older brother in the same team. It‘s a great story.

Vocabulary alert!

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: to have some bite in attack, to work under someone, to go clear, to be cool, calm and collected, the relegation zone and to make your debut.

Rich: Let’s start with the phrases we used to talk about the Manchester City - Wolves match. Unsurprisingly, we’ve used a word that we can connect with Wolves, (the animals) - biting.

Jack: We said that Wolves (the team) had more bite in attack. If something has a lot of bite it means it has a powerful effect.

Rich: So, to have bite in attack means Wolves’ attack was very effective.

Jack: The next phrase or word is ‘under’ and it’s one that we hear a lot when we talk about managers. In the headlines, we said City lost for only the fourth time under Pep Guardiola. 

Rich: Pep Guardiola is the manager at Manchester City and the players work at a lower level than him - they work under him. We also use the phrase to say a manager has control of an entire club. Manchester City have only lost four times at home while under the control of Pep Guardiola.

Jack: Let’s talk about the Liverpool-Leicester match. We said that Liverpool have gone eight points clear at the top of the table.

Rich: To go clear is a phrase we use to say that a gap has been created between one team and another or others.

Jack: Liverpool have gone clear at the top thanks to James Milner’s injury-time penalty. We described him as being cool, calm and collected.

Rich: This is an idiom we use to describe someone who can keep calm in a stressful situation.

Jack: Let’s talk about the Newcastle United-Manchester United match. We said that Newcastle jumped out of the relegation zone.

Rich: The relegation zone is the bottom three places in the Premier League table. If you finish in the relegation zone you get relegated to the Championship.

Jack: Matty Longstaff made his debut for Newcastle in this match and scored the winning goal.

Rich: To make your debut means to play for a club for the first time.

Jack: And he couldn’t have made a better debut!

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:  to have some bite in attack, to work under someone, to go clear, to be cool, calm and collected, the relegation zone and to make your debut.

Football Awards

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. Wolves’ Willy Boly was brilliant in defence and Adama Traore got both goals against Manchester City. 

Jack: Aaron Conolly got two goals for Brighton against Spurs, too but we’re going to go for the teenager who made his Premier League debut at the weekend: Matty Longstaff.

Rich: Team of the week is a difficult one. Brighton beat Spurs 3-0, Newcastle beat Manchester United and there were big away wins for Chelsea and Aston Villa.

Jack: But we’re going to go for Wolverhampton Wanderers. A tremendous win at the Premier League Champions.

Rich:  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.

Jack: Goal number one: Matty Longstaff for Newcastle united against Manchester United. A fine finish against one of the world’s best goalkeepers.

Rich: Goal number two: Jeff Hendrick for Burnely versus Everton. A sweet volley that gave Burnley all three points.

Jack: Goal number three: Adama Traore for Wolves v Manchester City. His second was a fine breakaway goal from the speedy winger.

Rich: 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.

Matchweek Prediction 

Jack: Every week, Rich predicts the result of one Premier League match and we want you to make your prediction, too.

Rich: We all have to wait two weeks for the next round of the Premier League.

Jack: No, not another international break!

Rich: I’m afraid so. This means that this prediction for matchweek 9 is for the weekend of the 18th of October.

Jack: But it’s a good one to look forward to, isn't it?

Rich: Yes, Matchweek 9 will see Liverpool take on Manchester United at Old Trafford. Liverpool have had a blistering start to the season while Manchester United’s start has been poor but the Red Devils will be desperate to stop Liverpool running away with the Premier League title. The problem is I don’t think United have the defence to stop Liverpool from scoring or the attack to trouble Liverpool’s defence. I think this could be one of Liverpool’s most comfortable wins of the season. Final score: Manchester United 0-3 Liverpool

Jack: You’re sticking your neck out there! 

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.

Results

Matchweek 8:

Brighton 3-0 Tottenham

Burnley 1-0 Everton

Liverpool 2-1 Leicester City

Norwich City 1-5 Aston Villa

West Ham 1-2 Crystal Palace

Watford 0-0 Sheffield Utd

Newcastle Utd 1-0 Manchester Utd

Southampton 1-4 Chelsea

Manchester City 0-2 Wolves

Arsenal 1-0 Bournemouth

Headlines

City bitten by Wolves

Adama Traore scored twice to give Wolves their first top division win against Manchester City for forty years!

The Premier League Champions were beaten 2-0 at home by a determined Wolverhampton Wanderers. Wolves defended brilliantly and had more bite in attack as two goals in the final 10 minutes by Adama Traore meant City lost at home for only the fourth time under Pep Guardiola.

Headlines

Liverpool make it eight out of eight

James Milner held his nerve to score an injury-time winner for Liverpool.

Liverpool beat Leicester 2-1 at Anfield to make it eight wins out of eight in the Premier League and go eight points clear in the Premier League table. It was a hard-fought win and the Reds needed a 95th-minute penalty to win the game. James Milner was cool, calm and collected from the spot.

Headlines

Brothers give Newcastle a lift

Matty Longstaff scored the winner against Manchester United.

Newcastle United jumped out of the relegation zone with a 1-0 win against Manchester United. The winner came from Matty Longstaff who was making his debut for Newcastle alongside his brother in the Newcastle midfield.

Vocabulary Alert

Football English

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?

Wolves defended brilliantly and had more bite in attack. If something has a lot of bite it means it has a powerful effect.

City lost at home for only the fourth time under Pep Guardiola.

Liverpool have gone eight points clear at the top of the table. To go clear is a phrase we use to say that a gap has been created between teams in a league competition.

James Milner was cool, calm and collected from the spot. This is an idiom we use to describe someone who can keep calm in a stressful situation.

Newcastle United jumped out of the relegation zone. The relegation zone is the bottom three places in the Premier League table.

Matty Longstaff made his debut for Newcastle. To make your debut means to play for a club for the first time.

Brighton surprised Spurs last weekend. The Seagulls won 3-0!

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.

Matchweek Awards

Do you agree with our choices?

Aston Villa won 5-1 away from home last week but is that enough to make them our Team of the Week?

Player of the Week: Matty Longstaff (Newcastle United)

Team of the Week: Wolverhampton Wanderers

Goal of the Week: Look at the three options from Matchweek 8 and let us know which goal was best in the comments section!

Goal 1

Matty Longstaff for Newcastle Utd against Manchester Utd.

Goal 2

Jeff Hendrick for Burnley versus Everton.

Goal 3

Adama Traore for Wolves v Manchester City.

The Big Match

Manchester Utd v Liverpool

The big match this weekend is Manchester United against Liverpool. Rich thinks it will be an easy one for Liverpool. 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.

Football Chat

What do you think?

Chelsea won 4-1 at Southampton and Tammy Abraham scored his eighth of the season.

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.

  1. Rich and Jack chose Newcastle Utd's Matty Longstaff as Player of the Week. Do you agree? 
  2. Jack and Rich selected Wolverhampton Wanderers as their Team of the Week. Do you agree?
  3. Rich and Jack picked three goals for the Goal of the Week award? Did you see them? Which do you think was best?
  4. Use this week's vocabulary: Who made the best debut you can remember? Who do you think will finish in the relegation zone?
  5. Can you use 'have some bite in attack' and 'to be cool, calm and collected' 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!

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hichem hy
20/10/2019
DZ
124
points

Manchester United 1 : 1 Liverpool


hichem hy
20/10/2019 11:31
Algeria
Manchester City
124

Manchester United 1 : 1 Liverpool

Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
15/10/2019
UA
4029
points

Manchester United 1 : 3 Liverpool


Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
15/10/2019 18:50
Ukraine
Liverpool
4029

Manchester United 1 : 3 Liverpool

Rafael Robson's picture
Rafael Robson
11/10/2019
BR
415
points

Good choices. I agree with both Player and Team of the week. For the goal of the week I enjoyed Jeff Hendricks's goal for Burnley. Anyway, an incredible debut for Matty Longstaff.

About the relegation zone, I would guess that Norwich, Southampton and Newcastle are the favorites to come back to the Championship.

Last week, Bayern and Brighton had much more bite in attack than Spurs. To be cool, calm and collected is an important skill for great athletes, professionals and leaders.


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Rafael Robson
11/10/2019 13:10
Brazil
Tottenham Hotspur
415

Good choices. I agree with both Player and Team of the week. For the goal of the week I enjoyed Jeff Hendricks's goal for Burnley. Anyway, an incredible debut for Matty Longstaff.

About the relegation zone, I would guess that Norwich, Southampton and Newcastle are the favorites to come back to the Championship.

Last week, Bayern and Brighton had much more bite in attack than Spurs. To be cool, calm and collected is an important skill for great athletes, professionals and leaders.

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elghoul
08/10/2019
DZ
3368
points

1. With this award it's another reason to make the young Matty Longstaff's mind in the sky.

2. I have seen the Wolves playing under the good coaching of their manager so they deserve it.

3. I prefer Adama Traore brace of same goals I mean it the same raid on the right wing and the same kick in the bottom left side of the goalkeeper.

4. From what I know Pelé made the best in the Brazil National team year 1958 for the World Cup.

 in the relegation zone I see Burnley, Norwich andBournemouth.

5. For winning a title you need to habe some bite in attack and also players who can stay calm, cool and collected during the game.

 

 


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elghoul
08/10/2019 19:07
Algeria
Manchester City
3368

1. With this award it's another reason to make the young Matty Longstaff's mind in the sky.

2. I have seen the Wolves playing under the good coaching of their manager so they deserve it.

3. I prefer Adama Traore brace of same goals I mean it the same raid on the right wing and the same kick in the bottom left side of the goalkeeper.

4. From what I know Pelé made the best in the Brazil National team year 1958 for the World Cup.

 in the relegation zone I see Burnley, Norwich andBournemouth.

5. For winning a title you need to habe some bite in attack and also players who can stay calm, cool and collected during the game.

 

 

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