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Christmas in the Premier League

Christmas in the Premier League

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In the UK, many Premier League fans will be taking a break because the festive season has arrived, but for players, managers and everybody connected to the Premier League it is the busiest time of year. Between the 26th of December and the 3rd of January there will be 30 Premier League matches! To celebrate we have a new competition for you, and you can win a Premier League shirt of your choice! Continue reading to find out what you have to do and read more about Christmas in the Premier League.

What is the competition?

Matches on Boxing Day are some of the most popular of the season.The competition is called 'Premier League Predictions' and you have to predict the correct results for six Premier League matches played during the holiday season. Look at the Premier League matches, and decide which team will win each match and what the score will be. Write your answers in the comments section at the bottom of the page and we will add your information to the league table. You get one point for predicting the correct result and three points if you predict the correct score. If you can beat Jack and Rich (whose predictions are normally terrible!) and our other users from around the world, you will be our Prediction Champion and will win a Premier League shirt of your choice! Good luck! 

Why does the Premier League carry on?

A Christmas tree outside Man Utd's stadium.Many of the big European leagues take a break at this time of year. The leagues in Germany, France and Spain all take a winter break, but the Premier League continues playing. Traditionally, there have always been football matches in the UK during the Christmas holidays. For many years, there were matches on Christmas Day, when teams would usually play local rivals. Most fans are on holiday and don't have to work at this time, so it's easier for them to get to matches and they are usually the most popular of the year. Many managers complain about the festive schedule being too busy, but in the past, teams would play on Christmas Day (the 25th of December) and Boxing Day (the 26th). 

What do fans do at this time of year?

Norwich fans dressed up as Father Christmas.If you go to a match or watch a match on TV at this time of year, you will often see some fans in fancy dress looking like snowmen or Santa Claus. The two Norwich City fans you can see in this photo are great examples of fans in fancy dress. Many fans also buy a jumper in their club colours because the weather is often cold and windy in December. You can often see these on sale in the club shops. Winter jumpers on sale at the Man City club shop.Which would you prefer to buy from the club shop? A football shirt or the jumper with a reindeer on it? Fans also have special songs they sing at this time of year, they often change the lyrics of traditional songs to suit their team. You may hear this one from Arsenal fans:

Jingle bells, Jingle bells

Jingle all the way,

Oh what fun it is to see, 

Arsenal win away. Hey!

What do players do at this time of year?

Man City's David Silva playing in the snow.Christmas is a very busy time for Premier League players and it is something they may find difficult to get used to. When many families in the UK are enjoying a traditional Christmas dinner of turkey and vegetables, players usually have to train, as they have important matches during the festive period. The weather conditions can also be a problem. It is always cold at this time of year and there is often rain, snow and hail. The Premier League even uses a yellow ball during the winter months to make it easier for players and fans to see, in case there is snow on the pitch. Premier League players from all clubs often make visits to local hospitals at this time of year. Sunderland players at a local hospital.They usually visit children who are sick and have to stay in hospital over Christmas and they give out presents to cheer them up. For a young football fan to meet their Premier League players is an amazing experience for them.

 

Don't forget our Premier League Prediction competition!

Click on the tab below on Premier League Predictions to enter our new competition. You need to write all your predictions before the 23rd of December if you want to enter!

Try our Premier League Prediction game and win a Premier League shirt.
 

Agreeing and Disagreeing and Making Predictions

We've had lots of comments from you in recent weeks and many of these have been agreeing or disagreeing with Rich's Premier League predictions. Have a look at these:
My prediction about the Arsenal-Manchester City game is 4-1 for Manchester City. AleksanderR from Montenegro.
I disagree with Rich prediction and I think I'm going to go for a Leicester win. Tokomoney from Georgia.
I predict Leicester win 2-0. Abdallah from Kuwait.
I think that game will end in a score Leicester City 3-1 Chelsea! Heaton 555 from Armenia.
I expect the Leicester's win against Chelsea by 3:2. Ruslanjon from Uzbekistan.
This week I am going to bet for a draw. So, my final score is: Leicester City 1-1 Chelsea. SalvaGH from Spain.
 
Now, have a go at the activity below and see if you can correct the problems with the sentences above. Use the words in bold to help find where the mistakes are.
 
Activity: In this exercise, look at the sentences from other users on the Premier Skills English website and try to correct their sentences. There are sometimes more than one correct answer.
Can you correct your 'classmates' sentences?

Prediction Table

 

Name Country 26/12/2015
AVL v WHU
Result: 1-1
28/12/2015
MUN v CHE
Result: 0-0
29/12/2015
LEI v MCI
Result: 0-0
30/12/2015
SUN v LIV
Result: 0-1
02/01/2016
ARS v NEW
Result: 1-0
03/01/2013
EVE v TOT
Result: 1-1
Points
Rich 1-1 1-0 1-2 0-2 3-0 2-1 5
Jack 0-2 3-1 2-2 0-0 5-1 2-2 3
Nikosonris 0-0 0-2 2-3 1-0 2-0 1-2 2
Rema 1-2 1-1 1-3 2-3 4-1 3-1 3
Ana1 3-1 2-1 1-3 0-1 1-0 2-2 7
Aragorn1986 2-1 1-0 1-1 1-2 3-1 2-1 3
Mugemanyi 0-2 0-0 1-3 0-1 4-0 1-1 10
Abdallah 0-2 1-1 2-1 0-2 2-0 1-1 6
Alex_from_Ukraine 1-1 2-0 2-1 1-2 3-0 1-1 8
AlexsandarR 0-2 2-1 1-3 1-2 3-3 1-1 4
Elghoul 1-0 2-2 1-0 1-3 4-0 1-1 6
1teacher 0-1 1-1 0-3 2-1 3-0 0-0 3
Michelterzikhan 0-1 1-2 1-1 0-1 1-0 2-2 8
Amaral 2-1 1-2 2-2 0-1 3-0 2-1 5
Kwesimanifest 0-2 2-1 1-2 1-2 2-0 1-1 5
SalvaGH 1-0 1-1 1-2 0-1 3-1 2-2 6
Liubomyr 1-1 2-1 1-1 3-1 4-1 3-2 5
Bohdan 1-2 2-0 1-2 2-2 3-0 2-1 1
Mirko 1-2 2-2 2-3 1-2 3-1 2-2 4
Heaton555 1-2 0-1 2-2 0-3 2-1 2-2 4
Elistondo88 1-0 0-0 1-1 1-2 3-1 2-1 6
Safwan20000 2-1 2-2 2-0 0-2 2-1 2-1 3
Fofo2015 3-2 2-2 0-0 1-1 1-0 1-3 7
Rasha Nahas 2-1 1-2 1-1 2-0 0-1 0-2 1
Gugo 0-2 1-1 1-2 0-3 3-1 0-1 3
Aleksandr 1-2 0-1 1-2 1-3 1-1 1-2 1
LilitGh 2-1 2-0 1-2 1-3 3-0 2-3 2
grigor25 0-0 1-1 1-1 1-3 3-1 2-2 6
sergiii 1-1 0-2 2-1 1-0 2-0 1-2 4
AlexC 3-1 3-0 0-0 0-2 2-0 2-1 5
Nikens 0-1 2-2 1-2 0-2 3-0 1-3 3
Ferhat.dxer 4-2 1-1 1-2 2-2 1-3 1-1 4
Nyinyi 0-2 2-1 2-1 0-1 2-1 1-3 4
Hideko Furukawa 0-0 0-3 0-2 1-1 2-0 0-2 2
Katemorozova 0-2 0-1 1-1 1-3 2-1 0-1 3
Chriswar 1-1 2-2 2-1 2-2 2-0 2-1 5
Tiko1992 0-1 0-0 1-2 1-2 2-0 2-1 5
Ruslanjon 2-2 2-1 3-1 0-3 4-1 1-1 6
Polevoy2000 1-2 1-1 2-3 1-3 3-1 1-3 3
Besian 0-3 2-2 1-0 1-3 3-0 1-2 3
Goeh999 1-2 1-1 1-0 0-1 2-0 1-0 5
mudanep5 1-2 1-1 1-1 0-2 3-1 1-2 4
Michael 2-1 2-2 1-3 2-2 2-2 1-1 4

 

 

 

 

What do you think?

This is the place to discuss your predictions over the next two weeks.

Will you win a Premier League shirt?

Can you finish top of our prediction league?

Can you beat Rich, Jack and all our users from around the world!
 
Put all of your predictions in the comments section below and we will add your predictions to the league table above. Remember you need to write all your predictions before the 23rd December to enter!

Good luck!

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admin's picture
admin
18/12/2015
GB
560
points

Hi Nikosonris

Thanks as always for your invaluable proofreading. I have corrected the mistakes - I'm not sure what was supposed to happen on the links - we should be able to link to the stages of these lesson pages, but for some reason it hasn't happened.

Jacksmiley


admin's picture
admin
18/12/2015 12:07
United Kingdom
Arsenal
560

Hi Nikosonris

Thanks as always for your invaluable proofreading. I have corrected the mistakes - I'm not sure what was supposed to happen on the links - we should be able to link to the stages of these lesson pages, but for some reason it hasn't happened.

Jacksmiley

nikosonris
18/12/2015
UA
2453
points

Really great idea about the Prediction Competition!)) Strongly support! As long as you have set the deadline before the 23rd December, I will use this opportunity to watch the games this weekend (some tactical changes might happen considering recent developments in the PL) and write my predictions on Monday, 21st December. But I am in :)


nikosonris
18/12/2015 07:46
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

Really great idea about the Prediction Competition!)) Strongly support! As long as you have set the deadline before the 23rd December, I will use this opportunity to watch the games this weekend (some tactical changes might happen considering recent developments in the PL) and write my predictions on Monday, 21st December. But I am in :)

Rema's picture
Rema
18/12/2015
RS
538
points

I couldn't agree more ;)


Rema's picture
Rema
18/12/2015 16:42
Serbia
West Ham United
538

I couldn't agree more ;)

nikosonris
18/12/2015
UA
2453
points

That's a very good English football tradition I must admit. The eyes of all fans across the globe will be enthralled to the PL matches.


nikosonris
18/12/2015 07:42
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

That's a very good English football tradition I must admit. The eyes of all fans across the globe will be enthralled to the PL matches.

Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
18/12/2015
UA
6297
points

Aston Villa 1 : 1 West Ham
Man United 2 : 0 Chelsea
Leicester 2 : 1 Man City
Sunderland 1 : 2 Liverpool
Arsenal 3 : 0 Newcastle
Everton 1 : 1 Tottenham

Lucky Christmas to all ! :-)


Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
18/12/2015 02:47
Ukraine
Liverpool
6297

Aston Villa 1 : 1 West Ham
Man United 2 : 0 Chelsea
Leicester 2 : 1 Man City
Sunderland 1 : 2 Liverpool
Arsenal 3 : 0 Newcastle
Everton 1 : 1 Tottenham

Lucky Christmas to all ! :-)

admin's picture
admin
18/12/2015
GB
560
points

Good luck to you as well, Alex. I've put you on our table... let's see how you do.

Still waiting for predictions from your compatriot Nikosonris - What do you reckon? Do you think you can do better? 


admin's picture
admin
18/12/2015 12:35
United Kingdom
Arsenal
560

Good luck to you as well, Alex. I've put you on our table... let's see how you do.

Still waiting for predictions from your compatriot Nikosonris - What do you reckon? Do you think you can do better? 

Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
19/12/2015
UA
6297
points

Let's live & see ! :-)


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Alex_from_Ukraine
19/12/2015 04:35
Ukraine
Liverpool
6297

Let's live & see ! :-)

nikosonris
21/12/2015
UA
2453
points

I would not mind one of the Ukrainians winning the main prize:))


nikosonris
21/12/2015 17:33
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

I would not mind one of the Ukrainians winning the main prize:))

Abdallah
17/12/2015
KW
1814
points

1- 0/2
2- 1/1
3- 2/1
4- 0/2
5- 2/0
6- 1/1


Abdallah
17/12/2015 21:33
Kuwait
Chelsea
1814

1- 0/2
2- 1/1
3- 2/1
4- 0/2
5- 2/0
6- 1/1

Leaderboard

Top Scorers
RankNameScore
1mobeckham6511
2Alex_from_Ukraine6297
3hsn5537
4wsanta5086
5kwesimanifest4770
6Liubomyr4417
7elghoul3988
8assemjuve3705
9aragorn19863557
10Gergő Nagy3396
Country ranking
RankNameScore
1Colombia71543
2Ukraine33447
3Spain28739
4Serbia27344
5Brazil22818
6Albania20578
7Vietnam20103
8Turkey19952
9Macedonia19074
10Bosnia and Herzegovina16333
Club ranking
RankNameScore
1Manchester United142711
2Liverpool110237
3Chelsea89350
4Arsenal85545
5Manchester City57755
6Tottenham Hotspur19138
7Newcastle United10516
8West Ham United7538
9AFC Bournemouth4569
10Crystal Palace4486

Level

3
Average: 3 (1 vote)

Goals

Learn more about football during the holiday season in the UK.

Practise your reading.

Win a Premier League shirt in our prediction game.