in-form side

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Football Language: In-form side

In-form side:  When a team is playing well – and winning – over a series or run of games we can say that the team is in good form. We can then use the noun phrase ‘in-form side‘ or ‘in-form team‘ to describe this team’s performance, so for example, Tottenham played ‘in-form Dortmund‘ in the Champions League which means that Spurs played against a team that is currently playing very well. Alternatively, if a team is playing badly we can say that the team is in bad form – they are on a run of bad form and not playing well or picking up any points and in this case we can say that the team are out of form, they are an out-of-form side

Example: ‘Bristol City close in on 10-win streak as most in-form team in England attempt to reach FA Cup quarter-final’ (Telegraph, 15 February 2019).

Example: ‘Ole turns Man Utd into Europe’s most in-form side‘ (Football 365, February 5th 2019).

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