We’re eight weeks into the Premier League season, and the table is taking shape.
While Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool sit joint top of the league, it’s Eden Hazard who leads the way as the top scorer, with seven strikes from eight games.
But how about the race for the Grosvenor Goals Golden Boot?
Grosvenor Goals gives users the chance to win £1 million if their 10 chosen players are all first goalscorers in a given game week – meaning it’s not so much about how many goals in total a player scores, but how often they score first.
As the Premier League returns from the international break, we’ve crunched the numbers to see who tops the table in the race for the Grosvenor Goals Golden Boot.
Usual suspects top the table – but it can pay to be brave
After eight weeks of the season, we have a three-way tie at the top of the Grosvenor Goals table, with Eden Hazard, Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling all level on three first goals apiece.
It’s no surprise to see those three at the head of the list, given their goalscoring prowess, and they’ve all been regular Grosvenor Goals selections by users each week.
They are followed by a number of players on two goals from the regulars (Mo Salah, Romelu Lukaku) to some more surprising picks (David Brooks, Roberto Pereyra), with 13 players tied in fourth place.
There are a further 35 players who have all scored once, meaning in total, there are 52 players across the league who have netted the first goal of a game.
When playing Grosvenor Goals, it sometimes pays to be brave, as seen in game week three, where defenders Willy Boly and Ryan Bertrand were both amongst the first goalscorers that weekend.
Tottenham in pole position in the Grosvenor Goals title race
Tottenham may be down in fifth position in the Premier League, but there is something to cheer for Spurs fans. Mauricio Pochettino’s men sit top of the table in the Grosvenor Goals table, having opened the scoring in seven of their eight matches so far.
Kane’s three goals have helped, but he’s been backed up by strikes from Jan Vertonghen, Lucas Moura, Eric Dier – and an own goal by Watford’s Abdoulaye Doucoure.
Spurs lead by one goal from Chelsea, Liverpool and Man City, who are all on six goals – unsurprisingly, making the title challengers good candidates to back when picking Grosvenor Goals selections.
In total, all of the 20 teams have produced at least one Grosvenor Goalscorer, with five individual players from Wolves the most of any club. Cardiff and Newcastle are the unlucky sides who have just one opening goal to their names this season.
Big names failing to score first
When making Grosvenor Goals picks, it’s easy to think of star strikers like Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Callum Wilson or Josh King – but maybe it’s worth reconsidering.
Despite the trio having 11 goals between them this term, none of those have been first goals, meaning they don’t show up at all on the Grosvenor Goals table.
The player with the most Premier League goals without any first goals has been Fulham’s Aleksandar Mitrovic, meaning while Mitro has been on fire at Craven Cottage, he may not be the best Grosvenor Goals pick.
While Hazard, Kane and Sterling lead the way, there is one selection that has already got double their amount of goals.
‘No goalscorer’ sits top of the Grosvenor Goals table, with six 0-0s so far this campaign – meaning it could often be worth assigning one match a week as a bore draw.
As the season continues, it’ll be interesting to see who will continue being quick out of the blocks, and whether anyone could win a £1 million with Grosvenor Goals.