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Live Reporting

By Saj Chowdhury and Timothy Abraham

All times stated are UK

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  1. Lawro takes on Campbell

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    Video caption: Premier League predictions: Sprint star Darren Campbell takes on Mark Lawrenson

    Former GB sprinter Darren Campbell has gone for the early match to finish 1-1

    Check out the rest of both his and Lawro's weekend predictions here.

  2. What are you listening to Sergio?

    Sergio Aguero

    We Are The Champions?

  3. Your 2018 predictions

    #bbcfootball, 81111 (UK only), MOTD Facebook page

    Philip Whitehead: Personally reckon the three teams going down this year will be Stoke, Swansea and West Brom. West Brom haven't improved under Alan Pardew, Stoke are in freefall and I reckon it's too little, too late for Swansea.

    Jamie Hallows: Harry Kane to make big money move to Real Madrid and Gareth Bale to go back to Spurs!

    Stephen Hooley: I am hoping Man City wrap up the league against Everton at the end of March. Then we can expect a guard of honour in our next fixture, which would be led by Jose Mourinho.


    Crystal Palace v Man City (12:00 GMT)

    Eliaquim Mangala replaces Masters graduate Vincent Kompany, Leroy Sane comes in for Raheem Sterling, and Gabriel Jesus is in for Sergio Aguero.

    John Stones is back on the bench after recovering from a hamstring injury.

    Full team news coming up.

  5. Hoping for a happier new year...

    Man Utd 0-0 Southampton

    So, Manchester United were the 'closest' rivals to Pep's boys but they suffered yet another blip with a 0-0 draw at home to Southampton.

    United are now winless in four competitive matches, their worst run since May 2017, when the fourth game in that run was also against the Saints.

    They also lost Romelu Lukaku to injury and Zlatan Ibrahimovic is out for a month.

    And they lacked intensity in their play (IMO and the opinion on pundits).

    And... and... they could be 17 points behind Man City by 14:00 GMT.

    Here's Jose:

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    Video caption: Man Utd 0-0 Southampton: Ibrahimovic out for one month - Mourinhio
  6. Team news

    Crystal Palace v Man City (12:00 GMT)

    We will have team news from Selhurst Park in about 10 minutes.

  7. 'Not another win?!'

    Crystal Palace v Man City (12:00 GMT)

    Pep Guardiola

    Guardiola arrives at Selhurst Park.

  8. Get Involved

    #bbcfootball, 81111 (UK only), MOTD Facebook page

    We have our first prediction of the day - and I think it might be a popular one...

    Bailey Harrison: I think Man City will win the Premier League.

    Don't sit on the fence Bailey!!


    Mark Warburton

    We've had some early NYE breaking news:

    Nottingham Forest have sacked manager Mark Warburton and director of football Frank McParland after nine months at the City Ground.

    The developing story can be found here.

  10. Your 2018 predictions

    #bbcfootball, 81111 (UK only), MOTD Facebook page

    Now then.

    If my colleague Mandeep Sanghera was running this show, he would have entitled this: Don't Look Back With Sangha

    If another colleague Tom Rostance was doing this he would have called it: Rost's Turkeys.

    But since I'm today's first-match typemaster I'm going to ask you guys to look ahead to 2018 rather than review the year.

    So, fire over your 2018 predictions. For eg:

    • When will Man City wrap up the title?
    • Will Mourinho leave Man Utd?
    • Will Newcastle be taken over?
    • Your bottom three?

    Etc, etc, etc - you get what we're getting at.

    Use #bbcfootball, 81111 (UK only) or MOTD Facebook page.

    Danke schoen.

  11. Happy Blue Year?

    Crystal Palace v Man City (12:00 GMT)

    Image caption: You can see the Manchester City players somewhere top left

    After a stupendously good 2017 for Manchester City (let's pretend the year started in August) it seems ever so likely they'll enjoy an equally brilliant 2018 because while they picnic at the top of Everest their rivals are struggling up Scafell Pike.

    I'm not entirely sure where City can go after reaching the top of Everest but they'll continue to climb something by picking up another three points at 'formerly bottom of the pile' Crystal Palace.

    City are looking for an 19th (nineteenth) consecutive league win and the Eagles are looking to avoid their second successive defeat. Contrast.

    Team news and live coverage of this penultimate match of 2017 coming up.

    Happy NYE!