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 8-6 win over Saint Raymond in week 30, Mark now has 207 points for the season, 26 more than the guests’ 181.
|TEAMtalk Prediction League 2014-15|
|Paul Merson (x5)||7.8 (average)|
|Mark Holmes||6.9 (average)|
Arsenal v Liverpool
Mark: Liverpool will be desperate to get something from this game having lost to Manchester United last time out, but Arsenal have Manchester City in their sights so will be equally as fired up. Brendan Rodgers has too many players missing to get a result here. 3-1
JP: Arsenal won their last five games on the trot and are at home so look favourites, but Liverpool usually stand up for these big matches (Man Utd, ahem!) The Skrtel red card might cost us but I think Liverpool have enough to get a point if they turn up! 1-1
Everton v Southampton
Mark: Everton have won their last couple in the Premier League and will fancy their chances of a strong finish to the season without the Europa League to contend with. Southampton are a superior side this season, but I reckon spoils will be shared on this occasion. 1-1
JP: I’ve been very impressed with what the Southampton manager has done since he took over; I fancy them against a really good but out of sorts Everton side! 1-2
Leicester City v West Ham
Mark: I think Leicester will be relegated but win this and they’ll at least give themselves a chance of beating the odds. One goal could win this, but West Ham are good enough to get a point, despite their poor form over the last couple of months. 1-1
JP: Leicester have been unlucky all season on the back of well-fought losses. I think they are going to nick a point against an improving West Ham side. 2-2
Manchester United v Aston Villa
Mark: With some more tough games coming up, United will be determined not to slip up in one of the games they’re expected to win. Villa can cause problems, but they’ll leave empty handed. 3-1
JP: United look like they’re starting to play well with a bit of belief even though some of the team aren’t performing. This should be theirs. 2-1
Swansea City v Hull City
Mark: Swansea look in a strong position to finish as the ‘best of the rest’ in eighth this season, and they should take three points here. 2-0
JP: Swansea are starting to show some form again; I think they’ll win. 2-1
West Brom v QPR
Mark: These are the sort of games Tony Pulis rarely slips up in. West Brom will win this without too much danger. 2-0
JP: QPR are stuck in a rut, and I don’t think they will come away with any points. 2-0
Chelsea v Stoke City
Mark: Stoke won at Manchester City earlier in the season, but going to Stamford Bridge is a different proposition altogether. The best team in the league will win at a canter. 2-0
JP: Chelsea look mentally strong, the best attribute you can have if your sitting at the top of the table. I don’t think Stoke will stop them this time! 2-0
Burnley v Tottenham
Mark: Tottenham were lucky to get away with conceding three against Leicester last time out. I think they could be made to pay for a similar performance at Turf Moor. 2-2
JP: Burnley are another team I would not like to see going down; they can score goals and never give up. But Spurs should have enough to get by them with Harry Kane and co. 2-3
Sunderland v Newcastle
Mark: Despite how poor they’ve been this season, Sunderland have to be marginal favourites to win this in front of their home fans with a new manager in the Stadium of Light dugout for the first time. 2-1
JP: Sunderland will want to get away from the relegation zone as soon as they can. Newcastle have done really well but slumped in parts of the season. Sharing the spoils in this one. 2-2
Crystal Palace v Manchester City
Mark: This is another dangerous game for City against a Palace team that is playing well and getting results. The fact that Manuel Pellegrini’s side have got 12 less points than I expected this season dissuades me from backing them this time. 1-1
JP: City will still be smarting after the Barca defeat. The cohesion is gone from the side but the likes of Silva and Aguero who breath football will want to finish the term with some good results. 1-3
Five from JP Dalton
How did you come to support your club and what are your favourite memories from your time as a fan?
My favourite memories have to be the Champions League final victory over AC Milan in 2005, and my first visit to Anfield 12 years ago against Fulham.
Who have been your biggest heroes during your time supporting the club?
Jamie Carragher, Luis Suarez, Robbie Fowler, Steve McManaman.
What do you make of the current team? What are your hopes for the rest of the season?
It’s frustrating from a Liverpool fan’s point of view thy way the season has panned out after last season’s exploits. We have been dreadfully unlucky with Sturridge’s injury woes and Mario hasn’t really steadied the ship, but then again he doesn’t get the service he needs. I think that Brendan Rodgers has done a good job in bringing players along and have confidence in him moving us forward.
Everyone has a soft spot for another team. Who’s yours and why?
Barcelona I suppose, what’s not to like? The vibe is good, and the football has been exciting to watch over the years.
What’s going on for you at the moment?
We released our new single ‘All Works Out’ in the England last month and we’re back over playing right throughout May in Leeds, Birmingham, Liverpool and London. We’re also looking to release our album ‘Getting Through’ this summer over here and play a load of summer festivals so we’re pretty stoked about that too.
Single ‘All Works Out’ is available now – trm.ie
This season Mark has been most overly optimistic about Manchester City, who despite being in second have claimed some 12 points less than he has tipped them to pick up, but has underestimated the abilities of Southampton and West Brom, who have both won eight points more than he has predicted.