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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scores from the spot.

This Week: A late winner

This Week: A late winner

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, Laura 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: A late winner

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. We’ve got lots of interesting words and phrases to help you talk about football in English.

Laura: My name’s Laura. If you want to listen and read at the same time we have a transcript of this podcast on the Premier Skills English website.

Rich: In Matchweek 7, there were good wins for Chelsea, Arsenal, Spurs and Manchester City, a Halloween thriller at Villa Park and Manchester City women won the FA Cup at Wembley Stadium.

Jack: We’re going to look at three headlines from this weekend’s action and after each, we’ll look at a couple of useful phrases. 

Laura: We want you to use and practise these words and phrases by interacting with Premier League fans from around the world in our comments section.

Rich: If you listen to us on 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 of our latest content on the Premier Skills English homepage or the Premier Skills-British Council Facebook page. 

Laura: The words and phrases we are looking at this week are: an assist, a late winner, injury-time, extra-time, spot-kick and to race into.

Rich: As it was Halloween last weekend listen out for one Halloween phrase in each headline.

Jack: Later on we’ll also have a language challenge for you to have a go at so you need to be ready for that.

Headline 1

Jack: Chelsea hit form, City win and Liverpool go back to the top.

Rich: Chelsea beat Burnley 3-0 away from home to stretch their unbeaten run to six matches. The Morrocan international, Hakim Ziyech was the man of the match - grabbing a goal and an assist. Manchester City’s Kyle Walker came back to haunt his former club - Sheffield United with Walker getting the only goal of the game. Liverpool are back on top of the Premier League. They had to come back from behind but Diogo Jota got a late winner for the Reds.

Laura: That was a great win for Chelsea, especially because they were playing away in Russia only a couple of days before.

Jack: Yes, but not so good for Burnley or Sheffield United - they are both still to win after seven games.

Rich: Let’s look at a bit of vocabulary. Our first word this week is an assist.

Laura: Hakim Ziyech got a goal and an assist for Chelsea.

Jack: An assist is a pass to a player who then scores a goal. Ziyech passed to Timo Werner who scored.

Laura: Tottenham’s Harry Kane has the most assists this season. He has 8 assists already.

Rich: In general, the word assist is much more common as a verb and it means to help somebody but when we’re talking about football the word assist is much more common as a noun.

Jack: When we use a verb to talk about the player who passes to the goalscorer or creates an opportunity to score we use the phrasal verb to set up.

Laura: Hakim Ziyech set up Timo Werner. Hakim Ziyech made the assist.

Rich: Our next phrase is a late winner. Liverpool scored a late winner against West Ham.

Jack: A winner is a goal that wins the match for your team. A late winner is a winning goal scored in the last few minutes of a match.

Laura: I’d say that the phrase a late winner is used for winning goals that are scored after the 80th minute or thereabouts.

Rich: Before we move on to our second headline did you notice any language connected to Halloween in the first headline?

Jack: We said that Kyle Walker came back to haunt his former club.

Laura: Normally, ghosts haunt castles and old buildings but we can also say a player comes back to haunt an old club.

Rich: It means that a player returns to an old club and causes problems - usually by scoring against their former club.

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

Headline 2

Laura: FA Cup glory for City.

Jack: Manchester City lifted the women’s FA Cup for the third time with an extra-time win against Everton at Wembley. United States midfielder Sam Mewis put City ahead at the break but Everton showed no fear against the favourites and equalised when France’s Valerie Gauvin headed home. Georgia Stanway put City back ahead in extra-time and Janine Beckie sealed the win with an injury-time strike.

Rich: A great win for City and another piece of silverware to add to the trophy cabinet.

Laura: It was the 50th women’s FA cup final. It was actually last season’s Final which was delayed because of covid.

Jack: Let’s look at some language. The phrases we’re going to look at from the headline are extra-time and injury-time.

Rich: The final went to extra-time because the scores were level after 90 minutes.

Laura: Extra-time is the additional 30 minutes that are played to decide a winner in cup competitions.

Jack: Manchester City won after extra-time. When we see results online we often see in brackets the letters A E T. This means that one team won after extra time.

Rich: City scored in injury time. This is the additional or extra time that the referee adds because of injuries or substitutions.

Jack: So Manchester City scored in injury time in extra time.

Laura: Before we move on to our final headline did you notice any language connected to Halloween in the first headline?

Rich: We said that Everton showed no fear. To show no fear means not to be scared or frightened. 

Jack: We often talk about the need for small teams to show no fear against bigger teams if they want to win or a player needs to show no fear on his or her debut.

Laura: Let’s look at our final headline.

Headline 3

Rich: Arsenal and Spurs win on All Saints Day. 

Laura: Arsenal won 1-0 away at Old Trafford thanks to a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang spot-kick which leaves Manchester United down in fifteenth place. Gareth Bale got a late winner for Spurs as they won 2-1 at Brighton and Southampton beat Aston Villa 4-3. The Saints raced into a 4-0 lead before Villa scored three times but couldn’t quite come back from the dead.

Jack: A great win for Arsenal. 

Rich: It seems that Manchester United play brilliantly on the break but find it difficult to break down teams who are set up to defend.

Laura: A lot of language to analyse in that sentence, Rich - maybe next week. Our first phrase from the headline is spot-kick.

Jack: A spot-kick is a penalty - a penalty kick. We can say that Arsenal earned a penalty or they earned a spot-kick. The spot is where you place the ball before a penalty. Aubameyang scored from the spot.

Rich: The other phrase we want to look at is to race into. We said the Saints raced into a 4-0 lead.

Laura: The phrase raced into is used to describe a team that starts very quickly and scores a goal or a few goals.

Jack: We could say a team raced into an early lead this would mean that a team scored early in a match. Southampton raced into a 4-0 lead this means they scored four times early in the game.

Rich: Before we move on did you notice any language connected to Halloween in our final headline?

Laura: The phrase was to come back from the dead. We said that Villa nearly came back from the dead. They were losing 4-0 and then scored three times.

Jack: In football, to come back from the dead means to stage a remarkable fightback when all seems lost. Outside of football, it’s used to speak about zombies - they come back from the dead, don’t they? 

Rich: OK. We’ve looked at three stories and six bits of vocabulary in our headlines. The words and phrases we’ve looked at are: an assist, a late winner, injury-time, extra-time, spot-kick and to race into.

Laura: And our three Halloween phrases were: to haunt a former club, to show no fear and to come back from the dead.

Prediction

Jack: It’s time for this week’s Premier League prediction. Last time Rich predicted a win for Arsenal at Old Trafford and that’s what happened.

Rich: Yes, there was no prediction curse. You must have been relieved about that, Jack.

Laura: This week sees the biggest match of the season with Liverpool making the trip to the Etihad to play Manchester City. What’s going to happen, Jack?

Jack: It’s a big match, isn’t it? And neither team have been looking brilliant but Liverpool have been winning and went back to the top after their win against West Ham last weekend. City also won - away at Sheffield United and did look good in the Champions League. I think there is more pressure on the City for this match - they have to win. Liverpool are depleted in defence and City are understrength in attack but I think City will manage to get all three points. Final score: Manchester City 2-1 Liverpool

Rich: Yeah, I’m nervous about this one and you could be right although I still think we will finish above them.

Laura: We want all of you to make your predictions for this match and all the Matchweek 8 fixtures on the Premier Skills English website.

Language Challenge

Jack: To finish up the show we’ve got a quick language challenge connected to this week’s vocabulary.

Rich: Earlier we looked at the phrase to come back from the dead. Here are three more football sentences that use phrases with come.

Laura: What do you think is the missing word?

Jack: Liverpool came from ****** to beat West Ham.

Rich: Southampton’s defence came totally ****** in the last few minutes.

Laura: Everton just came up ****** the better team at the weekend.

Jack: We want you to write the answers on the Premier Skills English website where we have some more questions and activities connected to this week’s show.

Rich: Or write your answer on Apple Podcasts if that’s where you listen to us. Just write the answers in the review section and say hi.

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

Jack: Bye for now and enjoy your football.

Headlines

Chelsea hit form, City win and Liverpool go back to the top

Hakim Ziyech got a goal and an assist for Chelsea against Burnley.

Chelsea beat Burnley 3-0 away from home to stretch their unbeaten run to six matches. The Morrocan international, Hakim Ziyech was the man of the match - grabbing a goal and an assist. Manchester City’s Kyle Walker came back to haunt his former club - Sheffield United with Walker getting the only goal of the game. And Liverpool are back on top of the Premier League after a 2-1 win at home to West Ham. They had to come back from behind but Diogo Jota got a late winner for the Reds.

Headlines

FA Cup glory for City

Georgia Stanway scores for Manchester City on the FA Cup Final.

Manchester City lifted the women’s FA Cup for the third time with an extra-time win against Everton at Wembley. United States midfielder but City ahead at the break but Everton showed no fear against the favourites and equalised when France’s Valerie Gauvin headed home. Georgia Stanway put City back ahead in extra-time and Janine Beckie sealed the win with an injury-time strike.

Headlines

Arsenal and Spurs win on All Saints Day

Gareth Bale got the winner for Spurs against Brighton.

Arsenal won 1-0 away at Old Trafford thanks to a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang spot-kick which leaves Manchester United down in fifteenth place. Gareth Bale got a late winner for Spurs as they won 2-1 at Brighton and Southampton beat Aston Villa 4-3. The Saints raced into a 4-0 lead before Villa scored three times but couldn’t quite come back from the dead.

Vocabulary Alert

Language in the headlines

James Ward-Prowse scored two free kicks against Aston Villa.

We looked at six words and phrases in our headlines that you can learn to improve your English. Take a look at the phrases in bold. Do you understand what they mean?

Chelsea's Hakim Ziyech grabbed a goal and an assist.

Manchester City’s Kyle Walker came back to haunt his former club.

Diogo Jota got a late winner for the Reds.

Manchester City lifted the women’s FA Cup for the third time with an extra-time win against Everton.

Everton showed no fear against the favourites.

Janine Beckie sealed the win with an injury-time strike.

Arsenal won 1-0 away at Old Trafford thanks to a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang spot-kick.

The Saints raced into a 4-0 lead.

Villa couldn’t quite come back from the dead.

Prediction

Premier League Predictions: Manchester City v Liverpool

Manchester CIty's Kyle Walker got the only goal of the game against Sheffield United.

Manchester City host Liverpool in Matchweek 8 and Jack has made this week's prediction. Here are the other Premier League fixtures for Matchweek 8:

Fixtures

Manchester City v Liverpool

Chelsea v Sheffield United

Brighton v Burnley

Southampton v Newcastle

Everton v Manchester United

Crystal Palace v Leeds United

West Ham v Fulham

West Brom v Spurs

Leicester City v Wolves

Arsenal v Aston Villa

Talk about the matches and make your predictions in the comments section at the bottom of the page.

Language Challenge

Diogo Jota got the winner for Liverpool against West Ham.

Jack, Laura and Rich set you a language challenge. They said that Aston Villa nearly came back from the dead against Southampton. Here are three more football sentences which include phrases with come. Can you guess the missing words?

Liverpool came from ______ to beat West Ham.

Southampton’s defence came totally _____ in the last few minutes.

Everton just came up _______ the better team at the weekend.

Write the correct answer in the comments section at the bottom of the page.

Discuss

Talk about the headlines

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the winner for Arsenal against Manchester United.

Jack, Laura and Rich looked at three stories in the news and some vocabulary that might be new to you. Now it's your turn! Have a look at the questions and write your answers in the comments section below.

  1. Who gets the most assists fro your team?
  2. When was the last time your team scored in injury time?
  3. Can you name a player who came back to haunt their old club?
  4. Talk about this week's Premier League matches and make your predictions.
  5. Can you do our language challenge?

Write your comments and answers in the section below.

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hsn's picture
hsn
19/11/2020
TR
1402
points

1-Harry Kane .
3- Emmanuel Adebayor
4-Language challenge;
Liverpool came from BY to beat West Ham.
Southampton’s defence came totally AT in the last few minutes.
Everton just came up TO the better team at the weekend.


hsn's picture
hsn
19/11/2020 17:25
Turkey
Tottenham Hotspur
1402

1-Harry Kane .
3- Emmanuel Adebayor
4-Language challenge;
Liverpool came from BY to beat West Ham.
Southampton’s defence came totally AT in the last few minutes.
Everton just came up TO the better team at the weekend.

mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
06/11/2020
TR
5488
points

Language Challenge :

Liverpool came from****** to beat West Ham.

Southampton’s defence came totally ( alive ) in the last few minutes.

Everton just came up ( roses ) the better team at the weekend.


mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
06/11/2020 22:32
Turkey
Manchester United
5488

Language Challenge :

Liverpool came from****** to beat West Ham.

Southampton’s defence came totally ( alive ) in the last few minutes.

Everton just came up ( roses ) the better team at the weekend.

mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
06/11/2020
TR
5488
points

Gameweek 8 Predictions :

Manchester City 3-2 Liverpool
Chelsea 3-0 Sheffield United
Brighton 0-0 Burnley
Southampton 2-0 Newcastle
Everton 1-3 Manchester United
Crystal Palace 2-2 Leeds United
West Ham 3-0 Fulham
West Brom 1-3 Spurs
Leicester City 1-1 Wolves
Arsenal 3-0 Aston Villa


mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
06/11/2020 22:20
Turkey
Manchester United
5488

Gameweek 8 Predictions :

Manchester City 3-2 Liverpool
Chelsea 3-0 Sheffield United
Brighton 0-0 Burnley
Southampton 2-0 Newcastle
Everton 1-3 Manchester United
Crystal Palace 2-2 Leeds United
West Ham 3-0 Fulham
West Brom 1-3 Spurs
Leicester City 1-1 Wolves
Arsenal 3-0 Aston Villa

mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
06/11/2020
TR
5488
points

1. Mostly Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba get the most assists for Manchester United.

2. A couple of weeks ago against Newcastle United as we scored twice in injury time as the goals scored by AWB and Marcus Rashford.

3. I remember when Ronaldo came back to haunt us when he was playing for Real Madrid in the Champions League seaon 2012-13 and he scored but he didn't celebrate.
PS : It was the last managerial game for Sir Alex Ferguson in the Champions League.


mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
06/11/2020 22:18
Turkey
Manchester United
5488

1. Mostly Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba get the most assists for Manchester United.

2. A couple of weeks ago against Newcastle United as we scored twice in injury time as the goals scored by AWB and Marcus Rashford.

3. I remember when Ronaldo came back to haunt us when he was playing for Real Madrid in the Champions League seaon 2012-13 and he scored but he didn't celebrate.
PS : It was the last managerial game for Sir Alex Ferguson in the Champions League.

Vic
06/11/2020
MX
342
points

Liverpool came from back to beat West Ham.

Southampton’s defence came totally back in the last few minutes.

Everton just came up back the better team at the weekend.


Vic
06/11/2020 22:08
Mexico
Liverpool
342

Liverpool came from back to beat West Ham.

Southampton’s defence came totally back in the last few minutes.

Everton just came up back the better team at the weekend.

Kelly312
06/11/2020
HK
1
points

Liverpool came from ****** to beat West Ham.

Southampton’s defence came totally off in the last few minutes.

Everton just came up with the better team at the weekend.


Kelly312
06/11/2020 16:25
Hong Kong S.A.R., China
Tottenham Hotspur
1

Liverpool came from ****** to beat West Ham.

Southampton’s defence came totally off in the last few minutes.

Everton just came up with the better team at the weekend.

Jeffrey
05/11/2020
TW
7
points

Liverpool came from ****** to beat West Ham.
Southampton’s defence came totally disaster in the last few minutes.
Everton just came up with the better team at the weekend.

Arsenal 2-0 Aston Villa


Jeffrey
05/11/2020 09:17
Taiwan
Arsenal
7

Liverpool came from ****** to beat West Ham.
Southampton’s defence came totally disaster in the last few minutes.
Everton just came up with the better team at the weekend.

Arsenal 2-0 Aston Villa

Jeffrey
06/11/2020
TW
7
points

Everton just came up to the better team at the weekend.


Jeffrey
06/11/2020 01:57
Taiwan
Arsenal
7

Everton just came up to the better team at the weekend.

Jeffrey
06/11/2020
TW
7
points

Southampton’s defence came totally down in the last few minutes.


Jeffrey
06/11/2020 01:55
Taiwan
Arsenal
7

Southampton’s defence came totally down in the last few minutes.

Rich's picture
Rich
06/11/2020
ES
508
points

Good guesses, Jeffrey but not quite right. Would you like a clue?

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


Rich's picture
Rich
06/11/2020 12:50
Spain
Liverpool
508

Good guesses, Jeffrey but not quite right. Would you like a clue?

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

Jeffrey
09/11/2020
TW
7
points

I am too sad to learn English in the moment, just leave me alone.


Jeffrey
09/11/2020 07:35
Taiwan
Arsenal
7

I am too sad to learn English in the moment, just leave me alone.

Robert Tavares's picture
Robert Tavares
04/11/2020
BR
290
points

Hi there.
My guesses to the Language Challenge are:
Liverpool came from ****** to beat West Ham.
Southampton’s defence came totally sleepy in the last few minutes.
Everton just came up turned the better team at the weekend.


Robert Tavares's picture
Robert Tavares
04/11/2020 18:26
Brazil
Leeds United
290

Hi there.
My guesses to the Language Challenge are:
Liverpool came from ****** to beat West Ham.
Southampton’s defence came totally sleepy in the last few minutes.
Everton just came up turned the better team at the weekend.

Robert Tavares's picture
Robert Tavares
04/11/2020
BR
290
points

Hi everyone!
My predictions to the Matchweek 8 fixtures are:

Manchester City 2v3 Liverpool
Chelsea 2v1 Sheffield United
Brighton 0v1 Burnley
Southampton 3v1 Newcastle
Everton 1v1 Manchester United
Crystal Palace 1v2 Leeds United
West Ham 2v0 Fulham
West Brom 0v2 Spurs
Leicester City 1v1 Wolves
Arsenal 1v1 Aston Villa


Robert Tavares's picture
Robert Tavares
04/11/2020 18:05
Brazil
Leeds United
290

Hi everyone!
My predictions to the Matchweek 8 fixtures are:

Manchester City 2v3 Liverpool
Chelsea 2v1 Sheffield United
Brighton 0v1 Burnley
Southampton 3v1 Newcastle
Everton 1v1 Manchester United
Crystal Palace 1v2 Leeds United
West Ham 2v0 Fulham
West Brom 0v2 Spurs
Leicester City 1v1 Wolves
Arsenal 1v1 Aston Villa

Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
03/11/2020
UA
5380
points

Manchester City 1 : 1 Liverpool


Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
03/11/2020 03:55
Ukraine
Liverpool
5380

Manchester City 1 : 1 Liverpool

Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
24/11/2020
UA
5380
points

Well done, boy!


Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
24/11/2020 05:06
Ukraine
Liverpool
5380

Well done, boy!

Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
03/11/2020
UA
5380
points

Chelsea 4 : 0 Sheffield United

Brighton 0 : 1 Burnley

Southampton 2 : 0 Newcastle

Everton 2 : 3 Manchester United

Crystal Palace 2 : 0 Leeds United

West Ham 2 : 1 Fulham

West Brom 1 : 2 Spurs

Leicester City 2 : 1 Wolves

Arsenal 3 : 2 Aston Villa


Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
03/11/2020 03:54
Ukraine
Liverpool
5380

Chelsea 4 : 0 Sheffield United

Brighton 0 : 1 Burnley

Southampton 2 : 0 Newcastle

Everton 2 : 3 Manchester United

Crystal Palace 2 : 0 Leeds United

West Ham 2 : 1 Fulham

West Brom 1 : 2 Spurs

Leicester City 2 : 1 Wolves

Arsenal 3 : 2 Aston Villa

Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
24/11/2020
UA
5380
points

Not bad as for the outcomes.


Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
24/11/2020 05:07
Ukraine
Liverpool
5380

Not bad as for the outcomes.

Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
03/11/2020
UA
5380
points

Everton just came up for getting the better team at the weekend.


Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
03/11/2020 03:51
Ukraine
Liverpool
5380

Everton just came up for getting the better team at the weekend.

Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
03/11/2020
UA
5380
points

Southampton’s defense came totally ****** in the last few minutes.


Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
03/11/2020 03:46
Ukraine
Liverpool
5380

Southampton’s defense came totally ****** in the last few minutes.

Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
03/11/2020
UA
5380
points

Liverpool came from ****** to beat West Ham.


Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
03/11/2020 03:45
Ukraine
Liverpool
5380

Liverpool came from ****** to beat West Ham.

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Club ranking
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2Liverpool91361
3Chelsea78421
4Arsenal71538
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7Leicester City11763
8Newcastle United9832
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Improve your vocabulary.

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Complete our language challenge and make a Premier League prediction.