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Learn English Through Football Podcast: 2019 Arsenal vs Chelsea

2019 Arsenal vs Chelsea2019 Arsenal vs Chelsea: On this week’s English through football podcast, we look ahead to some of the big games from the Premier League taking place this weekend, while we also take a look back at what’s been happening at the 2019 Asian Cup. We will also have an English for football phrase, a quiz question connected to headers and we’ll finish with predictions, as we look at three games from the Premier League. If you’d like the transcript to the show please show your support by becoming a patron (through Patreon). With the transcript you can improve your English by reading as you listen, or if you are a teacher of English you can use the transcript to make several activities for your learners. If you have questions or comments, email us at: (Damian=DF, Damon=DB).

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DF: You are listening to’s football-language podcast. Welcome everyone to the podcast for all lovers of the beautiful game, football, and who want to improve their English language skills. My name’s Damian, and I’m recording this English through football podcast in London. It’s a cold but clear day here in London – a good day for football! Now, down the line is Damon in Tokyo. Is it still typical Tokyo winter weather there Damon?

DB: Hi there Damian! Yes it is, blue skies and chilly! How’ve you been this week? Did you watch the Spurs vs Manchester United game?

DF: Oh, unfortunately, yes. I could not believe that my team Spurs did not get anything from this game as they absolutely overran Manchester United in the second half, they peppered the goal. I suppose I was not too down afterwards when I realised how many chances they created. Oh, actually, that’s not true I was really upset! And what about you? I’m guessing you watched Liverpool travel to Brighton and get a 1-0 win. How does it feel to be top of the league?

DB: Yes I did watch the game, which was a strange one really. Liverpool never looked troubled by Brighton and Hove Albion, but it could have easily finished 0-0 and we’d only have a two point lead over Man City. As it is, I still think we will be caught by Manchester City – they’ve got the experience.

DF: We’ll see! I saw them easily defeat Wolves on Monday although they were playing against ten men after an early red card for the visitors. OK, let’s look at what’s on the show today.


DB: Well our review section is back after last week when we looked at the 2019 Asian Cup. So this week, we’ll have our usual good, bad and ugly review section to start the show. After that it’s  a quiz question, and this one is all about headers.

DF: Yes, and then I’ll be explaining some English for football, and this week we’ve got the phrase ‘cushion‘. And that will bring us to predictions at the end of the show. We’ve got three games involving the teams at the top end of the table: Liverpool versus Crystal Palace, Arsenal hosting Chelsea and Manchester City travelling to Huddersfield.

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