England World Cup winner Sir Geoff Hurst will pick 10 first goal scorers each week for the 2018/19 Grosvenor Goals campaign. Grosvenor Goals gives users the chance to win £1 million if their 10 chosen players are all first goal scorers in a given game week.
The free-to-play game, which will be running throughout the 2018/19 season, will also offer £10k for anyone who predicts 10 anytime goal scorers from their selections, with a £10 free bet to those who successfully pick three or more first scorers each week.
Sir Geoff will play his part too – if he selects four or more first goal scorers in a game week, all users who play Grosvenor Goals that week will win a £10 free bet. England’s 1966 hat-trick hero correctly predicted that Harry Kane would score first for Tottenham at Southampton, while also successfully guessing that Dominic Calvert-Lewin would bag the first goal for Everton at St. James’ Park.
Here are his picks for this week’s games..
Leeds v Sheffield United (Saturday, 12.30pm – Patrick Bamford)
Saturday’s early kick-off will see second host third in the Championship, as Leeds and Sheffield United lock horns at Elland Road. Leeds striker Patrick Bamford has three in his last three matches, and Sir Geoff thinks the former Chelsea man will be the one to break the deadlock in this crucial fixture.
Bournemouth v Newcastle (Saturday, 3pm – Callum Wilson)
Both teams come into this one in patchy form, with Bournemouth sitting just ahead of visitors Newcastle in the Premier League. The Cherries’ home form has been good this season, and Callum Wilson has been pivotal to that. Sir Geoff is a fan of the England international, who has been named in Gareth Southgate’s latest squad, and has picked him to score first in this one.
Burnley v Leicester (Saturday, 3pm – Jamie Vardy)
Jamie Vardy is back to scoring goals, and it’s clear the speedy striker is reaping the rewards since Brendan Rodgers took over at the King Power. The Foxes’ star man has four in his last three matches, and is favoured to notch first at Turf Moor against Burnley.
West Ham v Huddersfield (Saturday, 3pm – Marko Arnautovic)
West Ham’s Premier League home record has been good this season with Manuel Pellegrini’s side winning three of their last five. Marko Arnautovic was in good form earlier this season, but injury and rumours of a move abroad have left his form in a stuttering state. However, it looks like the Irons may need to rely on him between now and the end of the season, and Sir Geoff thinks he can kick-start his season by scoring against the Terriers this weekend.
Aston Villa v Middlesbrough (Saturday, 3pm – Tammy Abraham)
Aston Villa secured a huge win over bitter rivals Birmingham in the second city derby, which was followed up with a good midweek win against Nottingham Forest to increase their chances of a play-off position. Tammy Abraham has 21 league goals this season and scored in this fixture at the Riverside earlier in the season, which is why he is selected to score the first goal at Villa Park.
Brentford v West Brom (Saturday, 3pm – Neal Maupay)
Brentford’s French striker Neal Maupay has 20 Championship goals this season, with five of those coming in his last five home matches. Brentford may be languishing in 14th place, but fourth-placed West Brom could be vulnerable having just sacked Darren Moore, and the Bees’ No.9 has been backed to put the Baggies to the sword.
Ipswich v Nottingham Forest (Saturday, 3pm – Joe Lolley)
Martin O’Neill has endured an indifferent start to life as Forest gaffer, winning four and losing four of his opening ten matches. However, the Reds have a belief that they can reach the play-offs, and will need a result against Ipswich to keep those hopes alive. Joe Lolley has eight league goals from midfield this season, and scored recently against Hull in a 3-0 win.
Rotherham v Norwich (Sunday, 12pm – Teemu Pukki)
Teemu Pukki has been on fire for Norwich this season and leads the way as the Championship top scorer with 24 goals. The Canaries will want to tighten their grip on top spot with a victory against Rotherham, and Sir Geoff has backed the Finnish international to grab the first goal against the Millers.
Fulham v Liverpool (Sunday, 2.15pm –Roberto Firmino)
Roberto Firmino was a constant thorn in Burnley’s side in Liverpool’s last Premier League outing, scoring two as the Reds came from behind to win 4-2. The Brazilian has 11 Premier League goals to his name, and he’ll be gunning to add to that when he faces relegation battlers Fulham at Craven Cottage on Sunday.
Everton v Chelsea (Sunday, 4.30pm – Richarlison)
While Everton will still be reeling from their 3-2 defeat last week at Newcastle, they’ll take confidence in the fact their Brazilian marksman Richarlison got back to scoring ways. He has 11 goals now in 28 Premier League games this season for the Toffees. Aside from a win at Fulham last weekend, Chelsea have struggled on the road in recent league matches, and Sir Geoff thinks Everton’s £40m man will heap misery on the Maurizio Sarri’s men at Goodison this weekend.