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.
After a return to Premier League action following the international break, Sir Geoff correctly predicted that Mo Salah would break the deadlock against Watford at Vicarage Road. Here are his picks for another weekend of Premier League action.
Man City v Bournemouth (Saturday, 3.00pm – Sergio Aguero)
Manchester City have been imperious this season, and their Argentinian striker Sergio Aguero has eight goals in 12 games. After a goalless display last week, Aguero will be itching to get his shooting boots back, and Bournemouth at home represents the perfect opportunity for that. With Gabriel Jesus carrying a slight knock, Aguero is likely to get the start, which means he should have chances to score first.
Leicester v Watford (Saturday, 3.00pm – Troy Deeney)
Deeney has only scored twice this season, but when he is on form he is a real handful for defenders. Leicester are hit and miss defensively, and Troy Deeney is no stranger to scoring against the Foxes, famously scoring a last gasp winner in a playoff semi-final back in 2013. The big forward hasn’t found the net since September for Watford, but Sir Geoff expects that to change on Saturday.
Crystal Palace v Burnley (Saturday, 3.00pm – Ben Mee)
Crystal Palace have struggled this year at Selhurst Park, having not kept a clean sheet at home since September against Newcastle. Burnley, coming off a poor run of results themselves, will be looking to bounce back in a big way. Ben Mee and his defensive partners haven’t enjoyed anywhere near the solidity they had last year, but Mee supplied a gorgeous assist to Sam Vokes on Monday night, and he could be a threat from set pieces against a shaky Eagles defence.
Newcastle v West Ham (Saturday, 3.00pm – Marko Arnautovic)
The giant Austrian has enjoyed a good season in front of goal for the Hammers this season, with five goals already, and he has reportedly caught the eye of Jose Mourinho and Manchester United. Newcastle, despite having strung three wins together, still look weak at the back, and Martin Dubravka was particularly suspect against Burnley last time out. Arnautovic could have a field day if West Ham can put in a complete performance.
Huddersfield v Brighton (Saturday, 3.00pm – Glenn Murray)
Huddersfield claimed a vital win last weekend, but Brighton come to town this weekend and Glenn Murray has been unstoppable for them this season. The 35-year-old striker has been in incredible form so far and, with seven goals in 13 games, there is even talk he should be in the England fold. He opened the scoring at the weekend, and Sir Geoff expects him to score first for the second successive Saturday.
Middlesbrough v Aston Villa (Saturday, 5.30pm – Jack Grealish)
Jack Grealish helped himself to a goal in the Second City Derby for Aston Villa against bitter rivals Birmingham in a 4-2 win. The local lad has two league goals to his name this season, and Sir Geoff is backing him to score first on Saturday against second placed Middlesbrough.
Southampton v Man United (Saturday, 5.30pm – Anthony Martial)
Anthony Martial has been in good form this season for the Red Devils, and has six goals in his last 10 league outings. He faces a Southampton side that have been incredibly poor this year, and conceded three to a Fulham team that previously couldn’t buy a goal. Saints have conceded 10 in their last three games, and Martial could really kickstart United’s season at St. Mary’s.
Chelsea v Fulham (Sunday, 12.00pm – Willian)
Chelsea suffered their first defeat of the season last weekend to Spurs, and in this West London derby Willian will be looking to bounce back in a big way. With Fulham struggling defensively, lots of pressure will be on the Chelsea front three to deliver, and the Brazilian is capable of the magnificent. Sir Geoff tips him to score his third of the season here.
Arsenal v Tottenham (Sunday, 2.05pm – Harry Kane)
This should be a thrilling north London derby, and both teams enter the game full of confidence and scoring for fun. Harry Kane has an unbelievable record against Arsenal, scoring seven goals in eight games against the Gunners, and he approaches this game in excellent form, having scored six goals in his last seven games for club and country. Arsenal still look defensively vulnerable, and the Spurs hitman should capitalise on that.
Liverpool v Everton (Sunday, 4:15pm – Richarlison)
The Merseyside derby rarely disappoints, and there is plenty of talent on display from both teams. Marco Silva has managed to get the best out of Richarlison, and playing him as a striker offers a unique problem for defenders, as he likes to drift wide. He has six goals for Everton this year, and has broken into the Brazil set up, scoring the winner in a recent friendly against Cameroon. One of the most exciting young players in the Premier League against one of the world’s best centre backs in Virgil Van Dijk should make for compelling viewing, and Sir Geoff backs Richarlison to score first in this fixture.