PL Predictions: Spurs and Liverpool to lose

Date published: Friday 22nd May 2015 10:00

This season, our man Mark has faced 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.

After a 4-3 defeat to Leo Wyndham last week, Mark has 239 points for the season, 27 more than the guests’ 212.

TEAMtalk Prediction League 2014-15
Contestant Points
Cormac Neeson 13
J. Willgoose 11
Jools Gizzi 10
Franko Fraize 10
Sam Rourke 9
Gaz Coombes 8
Sundowners 8
Olly Murs 8
Peter Oags 8
Paul Merson (5 weeks) 7.8 (average)
Mark Holmes (35 weeks) 7 (average)
Alex Brooker 7
Peter Hooton 7
Jed Laidlaw 7
Tony McGuinness 7
Tony Friend 6
Saint Raymond 6
Van McCann 6
Billy Lunn 5
Ryan Malcolm 5
Wretch 32 5
Jono Yates 5
Jah Wobble 4
Leo Wyndham 4
JP Dalton 3
Ben Samson 3
Steve Bracknall 3
Prides 3
Meridian Dan 0

Arsenal v West Brom

Mark: I don’t think they’d have scored against Sunderland if they’d played all night, but I think Arsenal will go out with a comfortable win. 2-0

Felix: I’m going for West Brom for no other reason than to promote my Tony Pulis fancy dress party, which has been in the works for years. Everyone in box fresh white trainers, aggressively peaked caps and TP track suits. 1-2

Aston Villa v Burnley

Mark: Burnley were as committed as ever against Stoke last weekend, but Tim Sherwood will have demanded a big response from his players. 2-0

Felix: Burnley will want to leave the Prem with a strong performance, but I can’t see Villa getting beat again after what happened at Southampton. 2-2

Chelsea v Sunderland

Mark: Sunderland won’t particularly care what happens here, and Chelsea will want to celebrate in style. 3-0

Felix: It’s a title celebration isn’t it. And Sunderland are safe. 4-0

Crystal Palace v Swansea City

Mark: Swansea will finish in eighth regardless of what happens here so, because Palace still have 10th to aim for, I’m backing them to edge this one. 2-1

Felix: These are two of the increasingly few feel good stories in the Prem. I’m going to give it to Gary Monk, just because he’s living every thirty-something ex-Championship manager-playing football fan’s dream. 1-2

Everton v Tottenham

Mark: Everton are the side currently in 10th and will want to stay there. Spurs have fifth spot to fight for, but they just aren’t playing well enough at the moment. 2-1

Felix: Tottenham will probably be desperate to avoid the Europa League. 2-0

Hull City v Manchester United

Mark: Back in 2009, Hull lost to Manchester United on the final day but just stayed up ahead of Newcastle anyway. They need a win this time, though, and I don’t think they’ll get it. 1-2

Felix: Steve Bruce beating United in the last minute to keep Hull in the Premier League would be a good story. 2-1

Leicester City v QPR

Mark: Survival is already secured, but Leicester should still have enough enthusiasm about them to finish off with another win. 2-0

Felix: Victory lap for Leicester. 1-0

Manchester City v Southampton

Mark: Of the three clubs chasing the Europa League, Southampton’s fans are no doubt the ones that want it the most. Unfortunately they may be relying on favours. 2-1

Felix: Given Southampton’s results this year, it would be hard to harsh to suggest they couldn’t get something here. 1-1

Newcastle v West Ham

Mark: West Ham at home is just about the best fixture Newcastle could have asked for. I suspect Sam Allardyce wouldn’t mind getting one over his former employees, but Newcastle will probably edge over the line. 1-1

Felix: John Carver opened the door and asked those in the dressing room to ‘walk out if they didn’t fancy it’ last week, which sounds ominous. 1-3

Stoke City v Liverpool

Mark: With Steven Gerrard saying goodbye and Raheem Sterling also potentially involved, there should be a brilliant atmosphere at the Britannia. And those atmospheres tend to inspire the home side to victory. 2-1

Felix: Because Liverpool have had that kind of season. 1-0

Five from Felix White

How did you come to support your club and what are your favourite memories from your time as a fan?

My Dad, not a football fan, gave in to me asking to go to football and showed me how to get to Craven Cottage. My favourite memories, albeit seemingly distant now, are the Tigana era, Roy Hodgsons Europa league team and, most formatively, the montage-esque promotions from the old Third Division.

Who have been your biggest heroes during your time supporting the club?

Simon Morgan. Matt Lawrence. Bobby Zamora. Zoltan Gera. Paul Peschisolido. Billy the Badger and Roy Hodgson.

What do you make of the current team? What are your hopes for next season?

I would like to see Kit given this year to build a bit more of a side, and all we can ask is we improve on last season, which was hamstrung by an almost full scale change of playing squad and catastrophic start.

Everyone has a soft spot for another team. Who’s yours and why?

I have family who support Reading and friends who follow AFC Wimbledon. So if anyone, I’m happy to see them do well.

What’s going on for you at the moment?

The album is out end of July, we’ve just finished our first UK tour back and we leave for American in June.

The Maccabees follow-up their acclaimed Mercury nominated album ‘Given To The Wild’, with their stunning new record ‘Marks To Prove It’ to be released July 31 on Fiction –

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