Matchweeks 19 & 20 - Stumble to defeat
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Matchweeks 19 & 20
Rich: Hello my name’s Rich and welcome to our weekly round-up section called ‘This Week’ on Premier Skills English.
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Jack: There have been lots of matches over the holiday period in the UK so we’ve got two Matchweeks to cover. Matchweek 19 and Matchweek 20.
Jack: Let’s start with our headlines!
Rich: Liverpool stretch their lead at the top.
Jack: The Reds are now seven points clear of Manchester City. On Boxing Day, the 26th of December, they hammered Newcastle and four days later demolished Arsenal 5-1. A nice Christmas present for all their fans.
Rich: City and Spurs stumble.
Jack: Both Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur failed to keep up with Liverpool’s winning run. City fell to defeat against Leicester City in Matchweek 19 while Wolves stunned Spurs with a 3-1 win at Wembley Stadium in Matchweek 20.
Rich: Ole bringing the good times back to Old Trafford.
Jack: It’s three wins out of three for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United. United put three past Huddersfield and four past Bournemouth to make it 12 goals in the last three matches for United.
Rich: The matches have been coming thick and fast over the last few days. It’s hard to keep up sometimes.
Jack: Yes, it is. The next round of matches - matchweek 21 - kicks off on New Year’s Day!
Rich: In our vocabulary alert, we look at some football English that we used in the headlines.
Jack: Our six words and phrases this week are: to stretch, to hammer, to demolish, to stumble, to fall to defeat, and to stun.
Rich: Let’s start with the word stretch.
Jack: Liverpool have stretched their lead at the top of the table. Liverpool have extended their lead, it has got bigger. It was four points it’s now seven points.
Rich: The next two words are hammer and demolish. These are similar to destroy and are used when one team beats another by a big scoreline such as 4four or five nil.
Jack: To stumble means to fall or almost fall to the ground when you are running. It can also mean to fail at something temporarily.
Rich: City stumbled against Leicester but they got back to winning in their next match.
Jack: Spurs fell to defeat against Wolves. Fell to defeat is another, more poetic way of saying a team lost.
Rich: It was a big surprise that Wolves beat Spurs. We can say Wolves stunned Spurs. To stun someone can mean to surprise or shock someone.
Jack: Spurs fans were definitely stunned by that 3-1 defeat.
Rich: Have a think about these phrases and see if you can use any of them in the comments section at the bottom of the page.
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: These awards cover two matchweeks. Matchweek 19 & Matchweek 20.
Rich: Let’s start with Player of the Week. There have been some great performances over the last two matchweeks. Roberto Firmino got a hat-trick, Cardiff’s Phillipino goalkeeper has been in great form for Cardiff City and N’Golo Kante has been superb for Chelsea.
Jack: But our Player of the Week is Paul Pogba. Four goals in his last two matches for Manchester United. Pogba is a player revitalised under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Rich: What about our Team of the Week?
Jack: There were only three teams to win both their festive fixtures; Manchester United, Chelsea and our Team of the Week … Liverpool.
Rich: The Reds are flying at the moment. Finally our Goal of the week. There were 59 goals in matchweeks 19 and 20 and some great strikes.
Jack: Our Goal of the Week goes to Leicester CIty’s Ricardo Pereira. It was a great strike and absolutely stunned Manchester City who stumbled to a 2-1 defeat.
Jack: Every week, Rich predicts the result of one Premier League match and we want you to make your prediction, too.
Rich: This week you have to be fast because the match is on Thursday the third of January.
Jack: It’s a big one, isn’t it?
Rich: Yes, it’s possibly the biggest match of the season. Liverpool travel to Manchester to face City at the Etihad Stadium. Liverpool could stretch their lead to an amazing 10 points with a win. It should be a fabulous match with a lot of attacking football. I think Liverpool can do it. They are the form team and City have stumbled a few times recently. I think the final score will be Manchester City 1 - 2 Liverpool.
Jack: I think you’re starting to show a little bit of bias. City really need to win this one and I think they will which will make the title race very exciting. I think City will win 2-1.
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.
Fulham 1-1 Wolves
Burnley 1-5 Everton
Crystal Palace 0-0 Cardiff City
Leicester City 2-1 Manchester City
Liverpool 4-0 Newcastle Utd
Manchester Utd 3-1 Huddersfield
Tottenham 5-0 Bournemouth
Brighton 1-1 Arsenal
Watford 1-2 Chelsea
Southampton 1-2 West Ham
Brighton 1-0 Everton
Fulham 1-0 Huddersfield
Leicester City 0-1 Cardiff City
Tottenham 1-3 Wolves
Watford 1-1 Newcastle Utd
Manchester Utd 4-1 Bournemouth
Liverpool 5-1 Arsenal
Crystal Palace 0-1 Chelsea
Burnley 2-0 West Ham
Southampton 1-3 Manchester City
We looked at six words phrases in this episode. Take a look at the phrases in bold. Do you undertand what they mean?
Liverpool stretch their lead at the top.
On Boxing Day, the 26th of December, Liverpool hammered Newcastle and four days later demolished Arsenal 5-1.
Liverpool are the form team while City have stumbled a few times recently
City fell to defeat against Leicester City in Matchweek 19.
Wolves stunned Spurs with a 3-1 win at Wembley Stadium.
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: Paul Pogba (Manchester United)
Team of the Week: Liverpool
Goal of the Week: Ricardo Pereira (Leicester City)
The Big Matches
Manchester City v Liverpool
Matchweek 21 sees one of the biggest matches of the season. Manchester City play Liverpool. Rich and Jack have made their predictions. Do they surprise you?
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.
Where are you in our prediction league?
Who will be our Premier League Prediction Champion?
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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 Matchweeks 19 and 20 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 Paul Pogba of Manchester Utd as Player of the Week. Do you agree?
- Jack and Rich selected Liverpool as their Team of the Week. Do you agree?
- Rich picked Ricardo Pereira's goal for Leicester City as Goal of the Week? Did you see it? Do you agree?
- Use this week's vocabulary: Do you think Liverpool will continue to stretch their lead at the top? Will Liverpool and City make a few stumbles this season? What's the most stunning result you can remember?
Don't forget to make your prediction for this week's Big Match!
Let's get the conversation started and create a community!