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This Week: Derby Delight

This Week: Derby Delight

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, Rich and Jack talk about the latest action from the Premier League and have lots of football English for you to learn.

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This Week: Derby Delight

Jack: Hello my name’s Jack and welcome to our weekly round-up 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: If you are listening to this podcast on Apple podcasts or Spotify you can also visit the Premier Skills English website at britishcouncil.org/premierskillsenglish where you’ll be able to download the podcast. 

Rich: On the Premier Skills English website, you can read the transcript and join the Premier Skills English community by completing a language task in the comments section. This will really help you remember the new words and phrases we talk about from the stories from the Premier League. 

Jack: The words and phrases we are looking at this week are: derby, in the driving seat, all square, caught napping, clash and close range. Listen out for these phrases in the headlines and stories.

Rich: After we look at the language we’ll have a task for you to do then, we’ll announce our Player of the Week, and then there will be a new football phrase for you to guess.

Jack: OK, let’s hear this week’s three football stories!

Headline 1

Rich: Gunners blow Spurs away

Jack: A stunning first-half performance from Arsenal gave the hosts all three points in the North London Derby. Goals from Emile Smith-Rowe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Bukayo Saka put Arsenal in the driving seat and despite a consolation goal from Son Heung-min, Tottenham never looked like getting back into it.

Rich: You’ve got to be happy with that performance, Jack.

Jack: It’s always nice to beat Spurs but to beat them really easily is even better.

Rich: After three matches Spurs were top of the table and Arsenal were bottom. Things are changing.

Jack: Yes, this result took us above Spurs in the table - things are looking brighter in our part of North London.

Rich: OK, let’s look at some language. We were just talking about the North London Derby between Arsenal and Spurs. The first word I want to look at is derby.

Jack: A derby is a match played between two teams from the same city or region.

Rich: Derby matches are often some of the most exciting matches of the season and are definitely played in front of some of the loudest crowds.

Jack: There are lots of derby matches in the Premier League. The North London Derby is one. How many more do you know? Let us know in the comments section at the bottom of the page.

Rich: Why do we use the word derby about these matches?

Jack: It’s not 100% certain but most people think it comes from horse racing. The Derby was an important horse race and the match against your local rivals is always one of the most important matches of the season. 

Rich: The next phrase I want to look at is: to be in the driving seat.

Jack: To be in the driving seat or to be in the driver’s seat are idioms that mean to be in total control of a situation.

Rich: Arsenal’s three first-half goals put them in the driver’s seat. They were in the driving seat. They were in control of the match.

Jack: In the headline I said, goals from Emile Smith-Rowe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Bukayo Saka put Arsenal in the driving seat.

Rich: Let’s move on to our second headline.

Headline 2

Jack: Buzzing Bees hold Reds

Rich: Brentford and Liverpool finished all square after a three-all thriller in West London. The Bees took a surprise lead through Ethan Pinnock, but Liverpool came back to lead 2-1 and 3-2. However, the Reds were caught napping on more than one occasion and Yoane Wissa chipped the ball over Allison to grab a point for the home side.

Jack: A three-all draw - what a game but you have to be disappointed with a draw against Brentford.

Rich: Yes because they are newly-promoted but no because Brentford have been playing really well.

Jack: And Mohamed Salah got his 100th goal for Liverpool.

Rich: Yes, brilliant. Salah missed a couple of chances in this game but to reach one hundred Premier League goals for Liverpool is a great achievement and he’s done it faster than any Liverpool player ever.

Jack: Let’s look at some language. The Brentford-Liverpool match finished in a draw but in the headline, Rich said the match finished all-square.

Rich: ‘All square’ is a general phrase for a draw. The match finished all-square means the match finished in a draw. It could be 0-0, 1-1 any type of draw.

Jack: So ... all-square means level. It’s quite informal and is normally only used in spoken English. We use it most commonly to talk about money. Say, for example, you lent me £20 last week and now I’m giving it back to you. I might say ‘here’s that £20 I owe you - we’re all square, right?’

Rich: So, ‘all square’ is used to say we’re level - here with money. I don’t owe you anything and you don’t owe me anything - we’re all square.

Jack: The next bit of language I’d like to look at from the roleplay is an idiom and it’s to be caught napping.

Rich: To be caught napping means to be surprised by an opponent often when you are not prepared. You are still half-asleep. You are napping - a nap is a short sleep.

Rich: It’s often used when a team score at the beginning of a half or the beginning of a match or when a team is overconfident in their defensive play.

Jack: Liverpool were surprised by Brentford’s quality - not once but three times.

Rich: Let’s move on to our final headline.

Headline 3

Rich: Jesus puts City on the right path.

Jack: Manchester City came out on top in the clash between the Premier League Champions and Chelsea - the Champions of Europe. City dominated the match and deservedly took the lead when Gabriel Jesus scored from close range.

Rich: The result of this one made it look a lot closer than it actually was. City controlled the match from start to finish - I was quite surprised how easy it was for them.

Jack: Yeah, especially because Chelsea had been playing so well so far this season. Romelu Lukaku didn’t get a sniff.

Rich: Hopefully our listeners will remember that phrase from last week. Let’s look at some more language.

Jack: I want to start with the word clash. I said Manchester City came out on top in the clash between the Premier League Champions and Chelsea - the Champions of Europe. 

Rich: This is a common word in football that is basically used to mean match or fixture - a meeting between two teams.

Jack: More generally the word clash is used to describe a fight or disagreement between two people or two groups of people. It can be a noun or a verb.

Rich: You might hear on the news that clashes broke out between two different groups or two politicians might clash about environmental issues in a television discussion. 

Jack: The second phrase I want to look at from the headline is close range. We often hear about a player scoring from close range or missing from close range.

Rich: Close-range means at or from a short distance. It’s used in sports and when using guns. You might hear in the newspaper about a man being shot at close range. 

Jack: In the headline, I said that Gabriel Jesus scored from close range. He was close to the goal when he took the shot.

Rich: We also use the opposite. A player might shoot from long range which is far away from goal - outside the penalty area.

Jack: OK, we’ve looked at quite a lot of language. Have a listen to the headlines again and maybe look at the transcript on the Premier Skills English website at the same time. Can you hear the vocabulary we’ve been talking about?

Headlines - Repeat

Rich: Gunners blow Spurs away.

Jack: A stunning first-half performance from Arsenal gave the hosts all three points in the North London Derby. Goals from Emile Smith-Rowe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Bukayo Saka put Arsenal in the driving seat and despite a consolation goal from Son Heung-min, Tottenham never looked like getting back into it.

Jack: Buzzing Bees hold Reds.

Rich: Brentford and Liverpool finished all square after a three-all thriller in West London. The Bees took a surprise lead through Ethan Pinnock, but Liverpool came back to lead 2-1 and 3-2. However, the Reds were caught napping on more than one occasion and Yoane Wissa chipped the ball over Allison to grab a point for the home side.

Rich: Jesus puts City on the right path.

Jack: Manchester City came out on top in the clash between the Premier League Champions and Chelsea - the Champions of Europe. City dominated the match and deservedly took the lead when Gabriel Jesus scored from close range.

TASK - Language Challenge

Rich: Right, now we’re going to give you a chance to think about the language again. 

Jack: We’re going to give you six sentences with gaps in them and you have to complete the gaps with the words and phrases we’ve spoken about in this podcast. 

Rich: Those early goals from Arsenal put them right in the driving _______.

Jack: The equaliser from Yoane Wissa made the match ______ once again.

Rich: Gabriel Jesus scored from ___________.

Jack: Tottenham and Arsenal played in the North London _____.

Rich: Liverpool were __________ in defence against Brentford.

Jack: Manchester City against Chelsea was a top of the table ______.

Rich: Leave your answers in the comments section on the Premier Skills English website.

Player of the week

Jack: Rich - I think it’s time to tell everyone who we’ve chosen as our Player of the Week. 

Rich: Lots of great individual displays this week - Mohamed Salah got his 100th goal for Liverpool and Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka was brilliant in the North London derby.

Jack: But we’re going with an Aston Villa player this week after Villa won 1-0 at Old Trafford. Our Player of the Week is Aston Villa defender Kortney Hause. 

Rich: The defender helped his team keep a clean sheet against United and got the winning goal. A great performance.

Jack: So Aston Villa’s Kortney Hause is our Player of the Week. Tell us what you think about our choice and who you think should be player of the week on the Premier Skills English website.

Football Phrase 

Rich: OK, it’s time for our football phrase. If you’ve not listened to the podcast before, every week we set our listeners a challenge. We explain a football phrase or word and you have to guess what it is.

Jack: When you know the answer, go to the podcast page on the Premier Skills English website or the review section on Apple Podcasts and write the word or phrase in the comments. If you’re correct we’ll announce your name on next week’s podcast. So what is this week’s football phrase, Rich?

Rich:  This week’s football phrase is **** *****. This phrase describes a player who is not bound by a contract and so can join any team at any time. Clubs often sign **** ****** on short-term deals outside of the transfer window.

Jack: If you have a football phrase that you would like us to use in the podcast, just get in touch and let us know.

Rich: Right, that’s all we have time for but we will be back later this week on Apple Podcasts and Spotify with the Premier Skills English podcast.

Jack: Before we finish we just wanted to say that we hope you found this lesson useful and we hope all of you stay fit and healthy.

Rich: Bye for now and enjoy your football.

Headlines

Gunners blow Spurs away

Bukayo Saka scores for Arsenal.

 A stunning first-half performance from Arsenal gave the hosts all three points in the North London Derby. Goals from Emile Smith-Rowe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Bukayo Saka put Arsenal in the driving seat and despite a consolation goal from Son Heung-min, Tottenham never looked like getting back into it.

Headlines

Buzzing Bees hold Reds

Brentford score against Liverpool.

Brentford and Liverpool finished all square after a three-all thriller in West London. The Bees took a surprise lead through Ethan Pinnock, but Liverpool came back to lead 2-1 and 3-2. However, the Reds were caught napping on more than one occasion and Yoane Wissa chipped the ball over Allison to grab a point for the home side.

Headlines

Jesus puts City on the right path

Gabriel Jesus scores for Manchester City.

Manchester City came out on top in the clash between the Premier League Champions and Chelsea - the Champions of Europe. City dominated the match and deservedly took the lead when Gabriel Jesus scored from close range.

Vocabulary

Language Challenge

Mohamed Salah scores his 100th goal for Liverpool.

Jack and Rich set you a language task in the podcast. Look at these sentences again and decide which phrases or words should go in the gaps:

  1. Those early goals from Arsenal put them right in the driving _______.
  2. The equaliser from Yoane Wissa made the match ______ once again.
  3. Gabriel Jesus scored from ___________.
  4. Tottenham and Arsenal played in the North London _____.
  5. Liverpool were __________ in defence against Brentford.
  6. Manchester City against Chelsea was a top of the table ______.

Write your answers in the comments section at the bottom of the page.

Football

Player of the Week

Aston Villa's Kortney Hause is our Player of the Week.

Vocabulary

Football Phrase

Yoane Wissa got Brentford's equaliser as their match with Liverpool finished all square.

Have you had a go at this week's football phrase? Every week in our main podcast we ask our listeners to guess a football phrase. We are now also including the football phrase in This Week. Did you hear it? Guess the right answer and we'll announce your name on next week's show.

Write all your opinions and answers in the comments section below.

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Thomassi
05/10/2021
HK
2
points

The football phrase should be "**** *****".


Thomassi
05/10/2021 17:21
Hong Kong S.A.R., China
Chelsea
2

The football phrase should be "**** *****".

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hsn
04/10/2021
TR
3130
points

Norwich FC Turkish international player Ozan KABAK's birilliant slalom-:) dribbled 50 meters and tackled six players.

http://sampiy10.gazetevatan.com/6-kisi-ozan-kabak-i-tutamadi-premier-lig...


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hsn
04/10/2021 09:47
Turkey
Tottenham Hotspur
3130

Norwich FC Turkish international player Ozan KABAK's birilliant slalom-:) dribbled 50 meters and tackled six players.

http://sampiy10.gazetevatan.com/6-kisi-ozan-kabak-i-tutamadi-premier-lig...

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wsanta
01/10/2021
AR
5014
points

The football phrase could be "**** *****".


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wsanta
01/10/2021 10:55
Argentina
Leeds United
5014

The football phrase could be "**** *****".

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mobeckham
30/09/2021
TR
6371
points

Language Challenge :

1. Those early goals from Arsenal put them right in the driving ( seat ).

2. The equaliser from Yoane Wissa made the match ( all square ) once again.

3. Gabriel Jesus scored from ( close range ).

4. Tottenham and Arsenal played in the North London ( derby ).

5. Liverpool were ( caught napping ) in defence against Brentford.

6. Manchester City against Chelsea was a top of the table ( clash ).


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mobeckham
30/09/2021 21:16
Turkey
Manchester United
6371

Language Challenge :

1. Those early goals from Arsenal put them right in the driving ( seat ).

2. The equaliser from Yoane Wissa made the match ( all square ) once again.

3. Gabriel Jesus scored from ( close range ).

4. Tottenham and Arsenal played in the North London ( derby ).

5. Liverpool were ( caught napping ) in defence against Brentford.

6. Manchester City against Chelsea was a top of the table ( clash ).

dsy
30/09/2021
CN
1
points

The football phrase is football


dsy
30/09/2021 07:36
China
Chelsea
1

The football phrase is football

Arturito
29/09/2021
PL
1
points

Hi!
I think that this week football phrase is **** player?


Arturito
29/09/2021 16:35
Poland
Manchester United
1

Hi!
I think that this week football phrase is **** player?

Bagas
29/09/2021
ID
61
points

Language Challenge
1. Seat
2. All Square
3. Close Range
4. Derby
5. caught napping
6. Clash

The football phrase is **** *****


Bagas
29/09/2021 04:30
Indonesia
Chelsea
61

Language Challenge
1. Seat
2. All Square
3. Close Range
4. Derby
5. caught napping
6. Clash

The football phrase is **** *****

Nebuwa Chizoba
28/09/2021
NG
1
points

Hi
The football phrase is "**** *****"


Nebuwa Chizoba
28/09/2021 19:32
Nigeria
Liverpool
1

Hi
The football phrase is "**** *****"

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hsn
28/09/2021
TR
3130
points

Vocabulary
1. Those early goals from Arsenal put them right in the driving seat,
2. The equaliser from Yoane Wissa made the match all square once again. (What a marvellous match it was-:)
3. Gabriel Jesus scored from close range.
4. Tottenham and Arsenal played in the North London derby.
5. Liverpool were caught napping in defence against Brentford.
6. Manchester City against Chelsea was a top of the table clash.
This week’s football phrase - Free Agent. (In my language we say, the player whose “Bonne service” in hand)
Player of the week-I agree with you. Beside K.Hause in addition one of player of Brentford FC. should have been chosen.
Phrases
• I always believe that if the women are in the driving seat of ruling a country, things get better.
• Mortgage debts will be all square soon.
Notes
• I wonder why the direction word is used. I think it could be just "London Derby" even there are more than one derbies in London-:)


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hsn
28/09/2021 10:50
Turkey
Tottenham Hotspur
3130

Vocabulary
1. Those early goals from Arsenal put them right in the driving seat,
2. The equaliser from Yoane Wissa made the match all square once again. (What a marvellous match it was-:)
3. Gabriel Jesus scored from close range.
4. Tottenham and Arsenal played in the North London derby.
5. Liverpool were caught napping in defence against Brentford.
6. Manchester City against Chelsea was a top of the table clash.
This week’s football phrase - Free Agent. (In my language we say, the player whose “Bonne service” in hand)
Player of the week-I agree with you. Beside K.Hause in addition one of player of Brentford FC. should have been chosen.
Phrases
• I always believe that if the women are in the driving seat of ruling a country, things get better.
• Mortgage debts will be all square soon.
Notes
• I wonder why the direction word is used. I think it could be just "London Derby" even there are more than one derbies in London-:)

amirreza_goal7
28/09/2021
IR
38
points

1-sit
2-all square
3-close range
4-dearby
5-caught napping
6-clash

I reckon this week’s football phrase is **** player.


amirreza_goal7
28/09/2021 10:37
Iran
Manchester United
38

1-sit
2-all square
3-close range
4-dearby
5-caught napping
6-clash

I reckon this week’s football phrase is **** player.

ArthurSandman
28/09/2021
BR
20
points

1. Driving seat
2. All square
3. Close range
4. Derby
5. Caught napping
6. Clash
Football phrase: **** *****


ArthurSandman
28/09/2021 10:00
Brazil
Manchester United
20

1. Driving seat
2. All square
3. Close range
4. Derby
5. Caught napping
6. Clash
Football phrase: **** *****

kusumarn
28/09/2021
TH
1
points

Language Challenge
1. seat
2. all square
3. close range
4. derby
5. caught napping
6. clash


kusumarn
28/09/2021 04:43
Thailand
Manchester United
1

Language Challenge
1. seat
2. all square
3. close range
4. derby
5. caught napping
6. clash

hayato
28/09/2021
JP
407
points

I think the phrase is a **** *****


hayato
28/09/2021 00:59
Japan
Everton
407

I think the phrase is a **** *****

Mehmet SISMAN
27/09/2021
TR
86
points

Those early goals from Arsenal put them right in the driving SEAT.
The equaliser from Yoane Wissa made the match ALL SQUARE once again.
Gabriel Jesus scored from CLOSE RANGE.
Tottenham and Arsenal played in the North London DERBY.
Liverpool were CAUGHT NAPPING in defence against Brentford.
Manchester City against Chelsea was a top of the table CLASH.


Mehmet SISMAN
27/09/2021 22:56
Turkey
Liverpool
86

Those early goals from Arsenal put them right in the driving SEAT.
The equaliser from Yoane Wissa made the match ALL SQUARE once again.
Gabriel Jesus scored from CLOSE RANGE.
Tottenham and Arsenal played in the North London DERBY.
Liverpool were CAUGHT NAPPING in defence against Brentford.
Manchester City against Chelsea was a top of the table CLASH.

Mehmet SISMAN
27/09/2021
TR
86
points

Hello.
This week’s football phrase is **** *****.


Mehmet SISMAN
27/09/2021 22:52
Turkey
Liverpool
86

Hello.
This week’s football phrase is **** *****.

wilson2103
27/09/2021
CO
127
points

Those early goals from Arsenal put them right in the driving seat.

The equaliser from Yoane Wissa made the match all square once again.

Gabriel Jesus scored from close range.

Tottenham and Arsenal played in the North London Derby.

Liverpool were caught napping in defence against Brentford.

Manchester City against Chelsea was a top of the table clash.


wilson2103
27/09/2021 22:07
Colombia
Manchester United
127

Those early goals from Arsenal put them right in the driving seat.

The equaliser from Yoane Wissa made the match all square once again.

Gabriel Jesus scored from close range.

Tottenham and Arsenal played in the North London Derby.

Liverpool were caught napping in defence against Brentford.

Manchester City against Chelsea was a top of the table clash.

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Emmanuel
27/09/2021
FR
87
points

Hi
The phrase is **** *****.
Have a Good day


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Emmanuel
27/09/2021 19:32
France
Manchester City
87

Hi
The phrase is **** *****.
Have a Good day

Mehmet SISMAN
27/09/2021
TR
86
points

I agree with you. **** *****. am ı right?


Mehmet SISMAN
27/09/2021 22:53
Turkey
Liverpool
86

I agree with you. **** *****. am ı right?

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Top Scorers
RankNameScore
1mobeckham6371
2Alex_from_Ukraine6155
3wsanta5014
4kwesimanifest4754
5Liubomyr4408
6elghoul3988
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9Gergő Nagy3396
10haydi3189
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1Colombia71655
2Ukraine33843
3Serbia27078
4Spain24219
5Brazil21487
6Albania20577
7Macedonia19063
8Vietnam18064
9Turkey16344
10Bosnia and Herzegovina16268
Club ranking
RankNameScore
1Manchester United129828
2Liverpool97943
3Chelsea81625
4Arsenal77632
5Manchester City48495
6Tottenham Hotspur14177
7Leicester City12430
8Newcastle United9872
9Leeds United5930
10West Ham United5319

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