This season, our man Mark will take on someone from the world of music or celebrity every Friday to predict the outcome of the 10 Premier League games that weekend.
Every correct result is worth one point, while every correct scoreline is worth three points. We will keep a tally throughout the season to see how Mark fares against all of our guests.
After a 6-4 defeat to Tony Friend last week, Mark has 236 points for the season, 28 more than the guests’ 208.
|TEAMtalk Prediction League 2014-15|
|Paul Merson (5 weeks)||7.8 (average)|
|Mark Holmes (34 weeks)||7 (average)|
Southampton v Aston Villa
Mark: Southampton are in such poor form that this game really isn’t the foregone conclusion that the odds would have you believe. No result would surprise me. 1-1
Leo: Southampton should bounce back after the loss to Leicester. 2-0
Burnley v Stoke City
Mark: Stoke were outstanding against Tottenham last weekend and can win what could well be an entertaining game against a Burnley side set to play without pressure. 1-2
Leo: Burnley are destined for the drop and Stoke are in good form. 1-2
QPR v Newcastle
Mark: This is a tough game to call, with QPR now playing for pride alone but Newcastle absolutely desperate for a win to get safe. It could go either way, but I doubt a point last weekend will have given John Carver’s side much of a confidence boost. 2-0
Leo: Both times are pretty dreadful at the minute. As QPR are relegated, I can’t see them having a massive crack at this game even though Newcastle are doing horrendously. 0-1
Sunderland v Leicester City
Mark: Sunderland look set to complete their annual near escape from relegation and, although Leicester are in fantastic form, I fancy them to complete the job this weekend. 2-1
Leo: Pretty even game this one, but Sunderland for me have got this one. 2-0
Tottenham v Hull City
Mark: Spurs were awful against Stoke last weekend, but at least they have Danny Rose available for this one. Still, too many players in the team look ready for a rest, and Hull certainly won’t be playing at half pace. 1-1
Leo: As a Spurs fan, of course Spurs will win. But Hull are going to be battling for the points to get out the drop zone so it could be a tough match. I reckon they’ll get one goal but Spurs will get a couple. 2-1
West Ham v Everton
Mark: Back-to-back defeats have halted Everton’s progress, but they’ll still fancy their chances of taking something from a West Ham side that have hardly produced a good performance all year. 0-0
Leo: They’re both coming off the back of losses so it could be a bit of a stalemate. 1-1
Liverpool v Crystal Palace
Mark: Their chances of Champions League football next season have gone, but there’s no way Liverpool will be anything less than fully committed in Steven Gerrard’s final home game. 3-0
Leo: Liverpool I’m sure will end their season with a burst of goals; they’ll want to prove themselves in these final games of the season. And Crystal Palace shouldn’t be too difficult an opponent. 3-1
Swansea City v Manchester City
Mark: After winning at Arsenal on Monday night, you certainly can’t rule out Swansea shocking another of the big boys this weekend. However, after putting six past QPR I can’t see City missing the sort of chances the Gunners missed. 1-3
Leo: After their thumping of QPR I think this game will have Man City in confident mood. A definite win. 0-2
Manchester United v Arsenal
Mark: I expect a really good, entertaining game, but I haven’t got a clue how it’ll end up. It could be like an exhibition. 3-3
Leo: It could be a close game. As a Spurs fan I desperately want Man Utd to win, but I reckon it’ll probably be a draw. 2-2
West Brom v Chelsea
Mark: West Brom are safe now so perhaps won’t be as fired up for this game as they might have been otherwise. Chelsea should win fairly comfortably. 0-2
Leo: Chelsea are just too strong for West Brom. Hazard will be tearing them apart. 0-3
Arsenal v Sunderland (Wednesday)
Mark: It’s possible, if unlikely, that Arsenal could go into this game knowing a win will move them up to second ahead of the final weekend. Either way, I expect them to take the three points. 3-0
Leo: Through gritted teeth I’ll say two-nil to Arsenal… 2-0
Five from Leo Wyndham
How did you come to support your club and what are your favourite memories from your time as a fan?
My dad and his dad before him were Spurs fans through and through. Hence me and my brother supporting Tottenham.
Winning the League Cup Final in 2008 against Chelsea was pretty epic; I remember watching it on a big screen with my Chelsea fan friend Ollie. I danced around the room when we won and really rubbed It in his face. Great moment.
The Bale days and being in the Champions League was also incredible. Getting to the quarter-finals was pretty special, Bale just destroyed everyone.
Life as a Tottenhan fan is pretty stressful though, a lot of ups and downs. It would be nice for my sanity to win something again someday soon.
Who have been your biggest heroes during your time supporting the club?
Me and my brother were obsessed with Jurgen Klinsman back in the day; he was the man. Also Ginola and Darren Anderton, Tottenham legends. Of more recent years I loved Modric and Berbatov, it was so exciting to have players of their calibre down at White Hart Lane. Harry Kane of course is now the dude!
What do you make of the current team? What are your hopes for next season?
It’s incredibly frustrating to have seen the ‘Bale money’ spent so badly on players who just aren’t good enough. What a waste. And to get rid of quality home grown youth players like Steven Caulker for someone like Vlad Chiriches! It just doesn’t make sense to me. Caulker could’ve become a Tottenham legend, and they decide to sell him on for players who just don’t cut the mustard. It’s nice to see Harry Kane and Ryan Mason doing so well, really talented players. I think Chadli is actually pretty good, very powerful and skillful; Vertonghen too. I just wish they’d buy another Modric figure in the centre of the park to dictate play and create. Also a really good striker to compliment Harry Kane’s style.
Everyone has a soft spot for another team. Who’s yours and why?
That’s really easy actually. I’m from East Sussex near Brighton. So Brighton & Hove Albion are my second team. I love the mighty Seagulls. We’re playing The Great Escape Festival in Brighton this weekend and I’ve promised my cousin I’ll wear my Seagulls top when were playing!
What’s going on for you at the moment?
All’s pretty good at the moment. We’re at a very exciting time for the band right now. Lots of touring and travelling which we love. There’s now a plan afoot to go to America this year and play New York and LA; that’s pretty much up there on the list of things we’ve dreamt of doing since we’ve been in Palace. We’re also soon going to start recording our album which is awesome. It should be out early next year.
The plan for right now is just to keep on writing, have a good ol’ time and play a hell of a lot of good shows!
Check out the band’s new single ‘Kiloran’ – soundcloud.com/palaceband