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Hello, my name is Laura, and welcome to our weekly round up section called This Week on Premier Skills English.

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Hi there, I'm Jack. We've got lots of interesting words and phrases to help you talk about football in English. My name's Rich.

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If you want to listen and read at the same time, we have a transcript of this podcast on the Premier Skills English website.

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This week we focus on two unbeaten runs, one in the Premier League and the other in the Women's Super League.

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We're going to look at three headlines from the weekend's action and look at six words and phrases connected to those headlines.

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We want you to use and practice these words and phrases by interacting with Premier League fans from around the world in our comment section. If you listen to us on Apple podcast, you can leave your comments in the review section, we do read all the reviews and we'd love to hear from you.

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The words and phrases we're looking at this week are midweek, designed to extend an unbeaten run, a spectacular swerving strike from long range trademark and to finish off a swift counterattack later on will also have a language challenge for you to have a go at.

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You need to be ready for that. Wins by the dozen for city Manchester City are back on top of the Premier League following two wins over the last seven days. City followed up a five nil win at West Brom in midweek with a one nil home win against Sheffield United at the weekend. The citizens have won their last dozen games, a new club record and a three points clear at the top of the table here looking strong.

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They've won every game they've played this year. They've got a game in hand, too, it's looking good for the title. Come on, guys, we're only halfway through the season. There's a lot of football left in the season.

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And yet you're right. Let's look at some language. This week's first word is midweek. Premier League teams are playing more games in midweek this season.

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Midweek means the middle of the week. It's a bit subjective, but I'd say midweek is Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

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Usually midweek is for European matches and cut football with an occasional round of Premier League matches. But this season is shorter, so there are many more Premier League matches in midweek.

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Be careful with the preposition you use here. Matches are played at the weekend, but in midweek, the second word we want to look at from the first headline is dozen. We said that Manchester City have won their last dozen games.

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How many is a dozen? A dozen is 12. City have won their last 12 games. It's unusual. I don't really know why we have a special word for 12, we don't have a special word for 13 or nine. It's only really use four eggs, isn't it?

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You can buy a dozen eggs or half a dozen eggs.

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Actually, I've read that 12 is one of the earliest groupings of numbers. People first saw 12 cycles of the moon as the earth orbits the sun. There are twelve months in the year, that kind of thing.

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In the headline, Jack said City Win by the Dozen. This is an idiomatic phrase and it is used to mean large numbers in general.

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The shop was really quiet in the morning, but by midday people were arriving by the dozen. Let's move on to our second headline.

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Chelsea stretched their unbeaten record in the Women's Super League. Two goals from the German midfielder Melanie Loopholes helped Chelsea beat Spurs for now and extend their unbeaten run to an amazing thirty three matches.

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The Pulsers first was a spectacular swerving strike from long range and her second from the penalty spot.

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Despite Chelsea is good for Manchester United are still level on points with the leaders following a two nil win at Everton.

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Thirty three matches without defeat is a major achievement. Did you know that Chelsea haven't lost a game for over two years?

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Let's look at some longer pieces of language from the headline, Rich said that Chelsea extended their unbeaten run a run is a period, Ospel of time. In sports, we usually mean a series of matches. Chelsea are on an unbeaten run.

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They've not been beaten, they've not been defeated, they've not lost for a long period of time, 33 matches. Chelsea extended their unbeaten run at the weekend. It went from 32 matches to 33 matches.

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In the headline, Laura used the word stretch to say a similar thing, Chelsea stretch their unbeaten record.

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Let's look at another extended bit of language from the headline. Rich said Melanie Loopholes scored a spectacular swerving strike from long range. The key word here is strike strike is the active shooting the ball, it's often used to describe a shot that results in a goal. Loopholes is shot was from long range, this means it was far away outside the penalty area. The strike was from long range.

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It was a swerving strike, the ball swerved in the air to swerve means to suddenly change direction in football. It means that the ball moved in the air because of how it was kicked. It was a swerving strike from long range. And it was a spectacular strike, which means it was impressive. It looked good. Melanie Loopholes scored a spectacular swerving strike from long range. It was a very good goal. Let's move on to our third headline, Liverpool, have a good week in the capital.

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Liverpool and Mohamed Salah are back in form following two wins in London in the past seven days, a three one win at Tottenham was followed up with a three one success at West Ham.

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Salah scored for the first time in seven games with a trademark turn and curling finish and got his second just 10 minutes later when he finished off a swift counterattack.

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Liverpool are back up to third and a bad run of form seems to be over. Yes, I hope so. We're playing Manchester City this weekend. OK, let's look at some language. I said that Mohammed Salah scored with a trademark turn and curling finish.

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The word trademark is most often used for products. A trademark is a symbol that is put on a company's product to show that it has been made and belongs to them and can't be copied or used by other businesses without permission. The word trademark is also used to describe something that is typical of a famous person.

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It's used when a famous person or sports star regularly does something that makes them standout or different.

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Salha scored with a trademark turn and finish. This is the kind of goal that salha often scores.

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The second bit of language I want us to look at is another extended bit of language. Salha finished off a swift counterattack. A counterattack is a sudden attack from a defensive position, counterattacks are usually fast or swift. Swift means the same as fast, a swift counterattack. To finish off is a phrasal verb, which means to complete or to do the final thing to complete something, Salaf finished off a swift counterattack. OK, we've looked at three stories and lots of vocabulary in our headlines, the words and phrases we've looked at were midweek dozen to extend an unbeaten run, a spectacular swerving strike from long range trademark and to finish off a swift counterattack.

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Listen to the headlines again to hear these words and phrases in context and don't forget to look at the website for the transcript if you want to check your understanding of this vocabulary. Wins by the dozen for city Manchester City are back on top of the Premier League following two wins over the last seven days. City followed up a five nil win at West Brom in midweek with a one nil home win against Sheffield United at the weekend. The citizens have won their last dozen games, a new club record and a three points clear at the top of the table.

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Chelsea stretched their unbeaten record in the Women's Super League.

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Two goals from the German midfielder Melanie Loopholes helped Chelsea beat Spurs for now and extend their unbeaten run to an amazing thirty three matches.

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La Pulsers first was a spectacular swerving strike from long range and her second from the penalty spot.

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Despite Chelsea is good for Manchester United are still level on points with the leaders following a two no win at Everton Liverpool.

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Have a good week in the capital. Liverpool and Mohamed Salah are back in form following two wins in London in the past seven days. A three one win at Tottenham was followed up with a three one success at West Ham.

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Salah scored for the first time in seven games with a trademark turn and curling finish and got his second just 10 minutes later when he finished off a swift counterattack.

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Last week, Rich predicted a win for Manchester United against Arsenal, but as I thought, the Gunners performed well and got a draw.

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Manchester United didn't have a good week, a draw against Arsenal and a shock defeat against Sheffield United. I think Liverpool are Manchester City's main challenges this season, and they clash at Anfield on Sunday.

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What do you think is going to happen? Well, I'm hoping for some goals because many of the big matches have been a bit of an anticlimax so far this season. City, as we said earlier, have won their last dozen games. So are an excellent form. But Liverpool are back on track after a blip and they probably need the three points more than city. For that reason. I'm going to go for a home win. Final score, Liverpool to Manchester City on.

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City are on their best run of wins in their entire history. I'm not sure that's going to stop this weekend. A city win for me. What do you think the score will be? We want all of you to make your predictions for this match and all the Premier League fixtures, which you can find on the premier skills English website.

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To finish up the show, we've got a quick language challenge connected to this week's vocabulary.

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Earlier, we looked at the sentence, a spectacular swerving strike. Each word uses the letter s at the beginning. This is called alliteration and is very common in sports headlines.

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Here are three more sentences which use alliteration. Can you guess the missing word for me? Those fabulous. Wins the game. Dodgy Dave, again, to win penalty, Bruce bounces. As Newcastle win. We want you to write the answers on the premiere Skills English website, where we have some more questions and activities connected to this week's show. Oh, right.

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Your answer on Apple podcasts, if that's where you listen to us, just write the answers in the review section and say hi.

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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.

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Bye for now and enjoy your football.