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 World Cup hat-trick hero correctly predicted Richarlison would score first in Everton’s match against Brighton, while also successfully picking Callum Wilson to grab an opener against Manchester United in Saturday’s early kick-off. Here are his picks for another weekend of Premier League action.
Cardiff v Brighton (Saturday, 12.30pm – Glenn Murray)
Despite being defeated by Everton last week, Brighton sit comfortably in the middle of the Premier League table and that position is largely due to Murray’s six-goal haul. The 35-year-old has yet to find the back of the net away from the Amex stadium, but he’ll fancy his chances against a Cardiff defence which has conceded 24 goals so far this season – the third most in the division.
Huddersfield v West Ham (Saturday, 3.00pm – Marko Arnautovic)
West Ham showed signs that their summer recruits were eventually getting it together as they comfortably dispatched Burnley in their most recent outing. Felipe Anderson grabbed the headlines with two goals, but it was their influential Austrian forward who got them off the mark and Sir Geoff fancies him to do it again on Saturday. He scored in this fixture last season and could profit against the Terriers’ flimsy back four.
Leicester v Burnley (Saturday, 3.00pm – Jamie Vardy)
The Leicester forward hasn’t quite hit the heights of past seasons so far this term, but we all know how dangerous he can be and Burnley’s rear-guard are hardly brimming with confidence after shipping four goals against West Ham. The Englishman will hope to add to the three goals he has scored against the Clarets, especially since they haven’t kept a clean sheet since September.
Newcastle v Bournemouth (Saturday, 3.00pm – Matt Ritchie)
Newcastle finally got their first win of the season with a hard fought victory over Watford and Rafa Benitez and his players will be hungry to keep the winning run going against high-flying Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon. Ritchie has failed to score this season, but he has more goals against Saturday’s opponents than any other side in the Premier League and Sir Geoff is backing the Scottish international to open his account at St James’ Park this weekend.
Southampton v Watford (Saturday, 3.00pm – Danny Ings)
Ings has been the shining light in Southampton’s poor start to the season and, if they are to avoid the drop, he’ll need to continue finding the net on a regular basis. The on-loan Liverpool striker has four goals for Saints in this campaign and he could open the scoring here against a Watford side looking to bounce back after losing to lowly Newcastle last weekend.
Crystal Palace v Tottenham (Saturday, 5.30pm – Harry Kane)
England and Spurs’ main striker got in on the act during his side’s 3-2 over Wolves and notched up his sixth Premier League goal of the season in the process. The 25-year-old has a good record against the Eagles with three goals and two assists, including grabbing the opener in Tottenham’s win at Selhurst Park last season.
Liverpool v Fulham (Sunday, 12.00pm – Sadio Mane)
The Reds continued their unbeaten start to the season with a hard fought away point against Arsenal and Senegalese frontman Sadio Mane was unlucky to see his first-half effort ruled out for offside. The former Southampton forward broke a four-game goalless streak against Cardiff in Liverpool’s previous game and his pace and trickery could be too much for a Fulham defence which is yet to keep a clean sheet in the Premier League this season.
Chelsea v Everton (Sunday, 2.15pm – Eden Hazard)
Hazard showed no ill effects of the back injury which saw him sit out Chelsea’s win over Burnley when he came on for a superb cameo against Crystal Palace last Sunday. His manager Maurizio Sarri will be hoping he can pick up where he left off against an Everton side who have won three of their last four.
Arsenal v Wolves (Sunday, 4.30pm – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang)
Despite firing a blank against Liverpool, Aubameyang still sits atop the Premier League scoring charts with seven goals – an impressive feat given its his first full season in the division. Wolves have come back down to earth with a bump in recent weeks with three consecutive defeats and Sir Geoff sees the Gabonese striker opening the scoring at the Emirates.
Man City v Man Utd (Sunday, 4.30pm – Leroy Sane)
City bragging rights will be on the line on Sunday afternoon and with the blue side of Manchester nine points clear, Jose Mourinho will know a win holds extra significance. Manchester United have a decent record against City in recent years, with four wins in the last eight encounters, but Sir Geoff is backing lightning-quick winger Leroy Sane to grab the opening goal this time around. The German has looked back to his devastating best in the past few weeks with two goals in three games and is fancied to keep that run going.
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