Premier League predictions: Lawro v Yatez

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There is one standout match among the New Year fixtures – Thursday’s game between champions Manchester City and leaders Liverpool.

The Reds remain unbeaten this season in the league and hold a seven-point lead over Pep Guardiola’s side, who have lost three of their past five games.

BBC Sport’s football expert Mark Lawrenson says: “Regarding City, the circumstances coming into the match highlight how big Riyad Mahrez’s penalty miss against Liverpool was.

“Back then it was harder to gauge the magnitude, but now it’s: ‘Crikey!'”

Lawro is making predictions for all 380 top-flight matches this season, against a variety of guests.

This week’s guest is Birmingham rapper Yatez, whose new football-themed song Top Striker