Enter Shikari bassist Chris Batten takes on our Predictions challenge – and he is tipping Liverpool to overcome Chelsea, Arsenal to draw but wins for the top two.
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Premier League matchday 13
West Ham v Leicester (Friday, 8pm)
Crystal Palace v Stoke
Manchester United v Brighton
Newcastle v Watford
Swansea v Bournemouth
Tottenham v West Brom
Liverpool v Chelsea (5.30pm)
Southampton v Everton (Sunday, 1.30pm)
Burnley v Arsenal (Sunday, 2pm)
Huddersfield v Manchester City (Sunday, 4pm)
Chris Batten, life with Enter Shikari and his love of football
TEAMtalk: How did you come to support your club and what are your favourite memories from your time as a fan?
Chris: As any true fan will tell you, I had no choice in the team I support. I was born into it. It goes back as far as my grandfather being friends with the manager of Yeovil (Alec Stock) who took the job as manager of QPR. So when he moved, my grandfather started supporting QPR, and was a season ticket holder for 50+ years.
I remember the first game I ever went to i got in trouble as I didn’t realise the teams changed ends at half-time and I consequently celebrated the wrong team scoring.
I also have a huge collection of QPR match programs which my grandfather bought me one for every game he went to. I was also at the match when Trever Sinclair scored his famous overhead kick from outside the penalty box against Barnsley.
TEAMtalk: Who have been your biggest heroes during your time supporting the club?
Chris: Les Ferdinand was my favourite player of all time. It was back at the time when QPR were a solid contender in the Premier League. I once met him in a local restaurant in St Albans. The restaurant had taken out an advert in a local paper saying that he would be eating there. So I turned up there in my QPR shirt. I didn’t realise at the time how naughty that was of the restaurant. However, Les was a total gentleman and he even left his family to come and have a chat with us at our table.
TEAMtalk: What do you make of the current team? What are your hopes for the season?
Chris: Well we’re struggling really. It’s nice to see that the players actually want to play for the team now though. The first couple of seasons after being relegated were pretty tough. Things are on the mend but i don’t see us getting out of the Championship for at least a couple of seasons.
TEAMtalk: Everyone has a soft spot for another team. Who’s yours and why?
Chris: I guess I’d say I have a soft spot for Spurs. Mainly because i have a lot of friends who are big spurs fans. When you spend so much time together its hard not wish them well.
TEAMtalk: What’s going on with the band/for you as an artist at the moment?
Chris: Well we’re just in the middle of a big UK tour. It ends In Ally Pally this Saturday, November 25th. Then we head into mainland Europe on the 28th, first show is in Amsterdam.
We just realised a new record called “The Spark”, which we’re really enjoying touring. So essentially we’re going to be doing a whole load of touring. Which is great fun!
Listen to the new single ’The Sights’ on the TEAMtalk playlist