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. In game week 16 Sir Geoff correctly predicted Mo Salah and Richarlison as first goalscorers. Here are his picks for another week of Premier League action.
Man City v Everton (Saturday, 12:30pm – Riyad Mahrez)
Manchester City were finally defeated in the Premier League after last weekend’s disappointing loss to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, but they are fancied to bounce back against Everton in Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off. With Sergio Aguero out injured and Gabriel Jesus out of favour, Pep Guardiola will look to wingers such as Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane and Riyad Mahrez to put the ball in the net, and it’s the latter of those three that Sir Geoff fancies to open the scoring at the Etihad this weekend.
Crystal Palace v Leicester City (Saturday, 3.00pm – Jamie Vardy)
Without the stress of chasing European qualification, and seemingly safe from any relegation scares, Leicester are in a fairly fortunate position right now. The lack of fatigue within their squad helped them to a seven-game unbeaten run which only came undone against Spurs last time out. But Foxes’ golden boy Jamie Vardy is back from injury for this visit to Selhurst on Saturday and is a threat to return with a bang by kicking off the scoring.
Huddersfield v Newcastle (Saturday, 3.00pm – Salomon Rondon)
This may not have the makings of a classic, but it’s a crucial match given both teams’ position in the league. Huddersfield, the lowest scoring team in the Premier League, have only scored three league goals at home all season, whereas Newcastle’s inconsistent form finds them only three points above the Terriers and the relegation zone. Salomon Rondon has three goals in his last five matches, and his aerial threat from set-pieces could prove to be important in this match.
Tottenham v Burnley (Saturday, 3.00pm – Harry Kane)
Harry Kane could well be in for another prolific season of scoring, and with Spurs’ Champions League knock-out place now secured, the frontman will be high on confidence going into this weekend’s game against a Burnley side who have won just one of their last 10 in the Premier League. He has been enjoying quality service from midfield all campaign and Burnley’s leaky defence could provide the England international with some low hanging fruit this Saturday.
Watford v Cardiff City (Saturday, 3.00pm – Roberto Pereyra)
With goals against Brighton, Crystal Palace, Wolves and Huddersfield so far this season, it’s fair to say Roberto Pereyra enjoys a run-out against sides lower down the Premier League table, which could spell bad news for 14th-placed Cardiff. The Welsh outfit may have won three of their last five but Watford have more than a point to prove after succumbing to a last minute equaliser against Everton last time out, and Pereyra is the man Sir Geoff chooses to open the scoring.
Wolves v Bournemouth (Saturday, 3.00pm – Diogo Jota)
Diogo Jota clinched his second goal in the same number of games before setting up a dramatic winner in the dying seconds at St James’ Park in Wolves’ last fixture. The 22-year-old certainly comes good when it counts and was last season’s top goal scorer when Wolves took the Championship by storm. He could get the first goal on Saturday against a Bournemouth side whose flying start to the season has ebbed in recent weeks.
Fulham v West Ham (Saturday, 5:30pm – Felipe Anderson)
Felipe Anderson netted his fifth goal in six games in what is turning out to be a rather successful inaugural campaign in English football. After early struggles saw him score just once in his first ten games, the Brazilian is now really shining under Manuel Pellegrini’s new and more attacking set up. The Hammers boss will be particularly pleased with this return and Anderson could open the scoring here against a Fulham side still in disarray.
Brighton v Chelsea (Sunday, 1.30pm – Eden Hazard)
It has become clearer than ever that when the Belgian plays well, the Blues play well. He seems to switch it on when his side need him most, assisting both goals in the win over City, scoring the opener in the 1-1 draw with Liverpool and providing the assist for Alonso’s winning goal against Arsenal at the beginning of the season. This coastal outing on Sunday to over-achievers Brighton is a potential stumbling block, meaning we could see Hazard turn up here to give his side the lead with the first goal of the afternoon.
Southampton v Arsenal (Sunday, 1:30pm – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang)
The Gabon International has been superb for Arsenal this season and currently sits joint top of the Premier League’s scoring charts, making him a shoe-in to get the first goal against Southampton on Sunday. It’s his first full season as a Gunner and he has been consistently involved in the goals, managing to also chalk up three assists. He will be looking to pull away from Mohamed Salah, who is also on 10 for the season, in the hunt for the Golden Boot.
Liverpool v Manchester United (Sunday, 4.00pm – Mohamed Salah)
Salah’s goal in midweek to put his side through to the Champions league last-16 will surely put him on a high going into Liverpool’s clash with Manchester United this weekend. While it’s never easy to predict exactly how many goals we will see in this fixture, it is certainly a good shout that the Egyptian could be the man to get the first as he looks to help his side maintain their unbeaten record in the Premier League this season.