Podcast 18 – Football rivals, cliches

Welcome to this week’s podcast, on this week’s show we look at football rivals and footballing cliches

Welcome to this week’s podcast, on this week’s show we look at football rivals and footballing cliches, as well as our regular features. Free worksheets, vocabulary lists and transcripts from the languagecaster team. Enjoy!

Here is the transcript on the Liverpool – Manchester United preview.

By Damon Brewster

Yes thank you Damian. Not one of the biggest games, I think there’s no doubt that this is the pick of the games this weekend in the Premiership. Liverpool versus Manchester United brings together the two North-West giants in a crucial game. Liverpool need to win this home game to stand any chance of improving on their current third place, while Man U do not want to drop points with Chelsea still in the hunt in second. Red’s skipper Gerrard, this week spoke about the strength of Manchester United, but also Liverpool’s determination to make the Red Devils visit to Anfield a losing one. He’s right to point out that Manchester United are going to be a tough unit to beat. They have a balance to the team that was lacking last year, with Ronaldo especially in great form. There is always the danger for Liverpool that the ex-Evertonian Rooney will put in a big performance as well.

And, Liverpool are the side that need to prove something with Manchester United fans enjoying bragging rights this season so far with a 2-0 victory at Old Trafford under their belts. That game was one of the poorest Liverpool have played this or any other season, lacking passion and commitment. And a repeat of that kind of performance is unthinkable, but also unlikely after their fantastic away win against Barcelona in Europe and a 4-0 victory against Sheffield United at the weekend. Rafa Benitez also will surely have noted how Reading, and especially John Oster on the right, were able to run at the Manchester United back four and bring Reading to within a goal of forcing extra time in the FA Cup. It will be interesting to see if the Liverpool coach plays Pennant on the right, and also where the captain, Steven Gerrard, plays: he was again quite quiet in the game against Barcelona when he started on the right. Sissoko was on the subs bench against Sheffield and it would be a huge boost if he was fully fit to play.

Both teams of course are involved in Europe next week, but they will be aware of how much this game means to each set of fans, and it is bound to be a hard-fought game

What about the result? Well, a 0-0 draw like last season would be a disappointing result for Liverpool, but Manchester United might be happy with a point. Liverpool have beaten Chelsea at home, but must beat Manchester United and Arsenal to prove that they belong among the top flight in the Premiership. Look out for a 2-1 home win.

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6 comments
  • bread and butter‘ means your main job, not something extra or special.

    For example, ‘I’ve always said that England is a bonus, my bread and butter has always been Manchester United,’ Gary Neville said in a ESPN interview (http://soccernet.espn.go.com).

  • Does anyone have any other footballing cliches to add?

    Here are a couple to start with:

    to throw the form book out of the window – to play better / worse than expected

    on paper they are strong – if you look at the names on the team sheet they have the better players.

    to turn on a sixpence – to turn with the ball quickly and sharply

    to be at sixes and sevens – to be in disarray, to have no organisation.

    Have a look here to see how ridiculous some of these expressions are
    (from http://www.urban75.org/comics/cliche.html)

  • Thanks Molina,

    the Carling Cup fall-out continues for both Arsenal and Chelsea this week with 3 match bans for Eboue and Toure, while Mikel gets 4 matches. Adebayor will also be suspended and Arsene Wenger is in trouble for calling the official a ‘liar’.

    On top of this, injuries to Terry and Diaby (while kicking Terry in the face!) make the final an expensive one to say the least.

    As for Sevilla and Betis, what will happen? Will the game be replayed from the start or, as in previous years, finish the remainder of the game (Sevilla lead 1-0)?

  • Great show this week, nice timing with the football rivalries poll: Sevilla – Betis and Chelsea – Arsenal made the question a topical one.