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.
Before the international break, the legendary World Cup winner correctly predicted three first goal scorers, with Bradley Dack, Sam Vokes and Eden Hazard all finding the net. Sir Geoff is hoping to add to that tally this weekend – here are his picks for another weekend of Premier League action.
Chelsea v Manchester United (Saturday, 12:30pm – Alvaro Morata)
Alvaro Morata scored in this fixture last year, and his direct, physical style of play can cause problems for the United backline. With Eden Hazard in arguably the form of his life, Morata should get less attention and more chances, and Sir Geoff thinks that is a recipe for goals.
West Ham v Spurs (Saturday, 3.00pm – Harry Kane)
Despite claims that Harry Kane has been in poor form this season, he still has five goals in eight games, and Sir Geoff believes Kane will continue to fire against an unpredictable West Ham. With Spurs looking to thrust themselves into the title conversation, Kane will be the talisman again.
Newcastle v Brighton (Saturday, 3.00pm – Glenn Murray)
Glenn Murray is tied with Harry Kane as the highest-scoring Englishman in the Premier League so far this campaign, and has often proved vital to Brighton. He scored the winner for them against West Ham last time out, and Newcastle are still winless. Murray has a knack of being in the right place at the right time for the Seagulls, and Sir Geoff tips him to score first at St James’ Park this weekend.
Bournemouth v Southampton (Saturday, 3.00pm – Josh King)
Josh King has four goals for the season, and he tore apart a good Watford defence in the last game before the international break. A quick forward who is a threat across the line, only four Norwegians have scored more in the Premier League than King, and Sir Geoff expects him to find the net again in a south-coast clash against Southampton.
Cardiff City v Fulham (Saturday, 3.00pm – Aleksandar Mitrovic)
Two of the promoted teams meet, and despite wildly contrasting styles of play, both sit at the wrong end of the table. Fulham have played some good football, and their focal point is Aleksandar Mitrovic. The big Serb has scored five goals this season for a Fulham side which catches the eye, but cannot secure results. Against Cardiff, Mitrovic will be expected to deliver again for the Cottagers and steer them to victory.
Wolves v Watford (Saturday, 3.00pm – Raul Jimenez)
Wolves have been one of the success stories so far this season with the newly-promoted team playing good football, getting strong results, and currently sitting in seventh place. Although they have only scored nine goals in eight games, lots of their attacking threat revolves around Raul Jimenez, who links very well with players around him. Sir Geoff expects him to open the scoring against a Watford team who have suffered back-to-back losses.
Manchester City v Burnley (Saturday, 3.00pm – Raheem Sterling)
Raheem Sterling has had a good start to the season, continuing where he left off for City in their title-winning campaign. He has four goals and two assists so far this term, and is an integral part of that free-scoring attack. City should pile plenty of pressure on to this defensive Burnley team, and Sir Geoff thinks he will score first.
Huddersfield v Liverpool (Saturday, 5.30pm – Roberto Firmino)
The vaunted Liverpool front three has not been as effective so far this season as last year, but this fixture against Huddersfield is the ideal time to turn it around. Roberto Firmino is the focal point of Liverpool’s intense pressure against a team in attack and as a first line of defence. So much of their play involves him and Sir Geoff expects him to be in the thick of the action early.
Everton v Crystal Palace (Sunday, 4.00pm – Cenk Tosun)
Cenk Tosun only has one goal so far this season, but Everton are slowly starting to click, and have scored five in their last two Premier League fixtures. As part of a good front four, the Turkish international leads the line well, and when firing on all cylinders he can help the Toffees to be deadly.
Arsenal v Leicester (Monday, 8.00pm – Jamie Vardy)
Jamie Vardy has a great record against the ‘Top Six’ and has scored six goals in his last seven games against Arsenal. With the Gunners defensive woes apparent, a pacy striker like Vardy is their worst nightmare. In a game that is likely to have a few goals, Sir Geoff tips Vardy to find the net first.