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 Mo Salah and Roberto Pereyra would open the scoring for Liverpool and Watford respectively last weekend. Here are his picks for another weekend of Premier League action.
Bournemouth v Manchester United (Saturday, 12.30pm – Callum Wilson)
Bournemouth have lost four of their last five against Manchester United in the Premier League, but Sir Geoff fancies the Cherries’ leading man to get the first goal in Saturday’s early kick-off. The Englishman scored twice in his side’s resounding 3-0 win over Fulham last time and he could be the one to profit with United’s defence still flattering to deceive. Wilson can be backed at 5/1.
Cardiff v Leicester (Saturday, 3.00pm – Harry Maguire)
These sides have never met in the Premier League and this will be the first fixture between the two since March 2013. Cardiff have had a tough start to their return to England’s top table with just one win so far, and with home games imperative to their survival hopes, they will try to make this as hard as possible for Leicester. The Foxes are known for their devastating counter attacks, but a set-piece could prove their best chance of breaking the deadlock and the England centre back may well be the man to do it. Maguire can also be backed at 18/1 to net the opening goal
Everton v Brighton (Saturday, 3.00pm – Richarlison)
A few eyebrows were raised when Everton paid £50 million for the Brazilian, but his four goals in eight games have silenced the doubters. He’s only scored once at Goodison Park so far and he’ll be keen to add to his tally against Brighton on Saturday. The Seagulls have just four points away from home so far and the forward can make it a long trip back down south for Chris Hughton and co. Richarlison can be backed at 7/2 to net the opener.
Newcastle v Watford (Saturday, 3.00pm – Andre Gray)
Two sides who have enjoyed contrasting starts to the season and Sir Geoff is backing Watford’s 27-year-old striker to continue Newcastle’s miserable run. The Englishman scored in both games against the Magpies last season and he could be the catalyst for another Watford away win. Gray is 13/2 to score first.
West Ham v Burnley (Saturday, 3.00pm – Felipe Anderson)
Felipe Anderson hasn’t quite hit the heights that were expected of him when he moved from Lazio for big money, but he did open the scoring in the Hammers’ last win against Manchester United. His pace and trickery could easily be too much for a Burnley defence which is the third worst in the league. Anderson is 6/1 to break the deadlock at the weekend.
Arsenal v Liverpool (Saturday, 5.30pm – Sadio Mane)
Liverpool’s front three are starting to get back to their best in the last two games, with Mane seemingly fully recovered from his hand injury. He has a very good record against the Gunners too with four goals in eight matches, including three in his last four. Arsenal were held against Crystal Palace last time and the Senegalese forward could help the Reds maintain their strong start to the season. It’s 9/2 for Mane to open the scoring
Wolves v Tottenham (Saturday, 7.45pm – Harry Kane)
Tottenham’s main man hasn’t scored in three league games, but he’s likely to get plenty of chances with Wolves’ attacking style of play leaving them open at the back. Nuno Espírito Santo’s side have suffered back-to-back league defeats and Sir Geoff thinks Kane could be the man to break the deadlock at Molineux on Saturday evening, and he can be backed at 3/1 to net the opener
Manchester City v Southampton (Sunday, 3.00pm – Raheem Sterling)
City overcame one of their toughest tests of the season against Spurs on Monday night, with Sterling once again at the forefront of everything. The diminutive winger was a constant threat and set up Riyad Mahrez for the decisive early winner at Wembley. He scored in City’s home win against Sunday’s opponents last season and could be the one to profit against Southampton’s shaky defence. It’s 7/2 for the winger to score first.
Chelsea v Crystal Palace (Sunday, 4.00pm – Willian)
Chelsea’s impressive start under Maurizio Sarri continued against Burnley with their Brazilian winger getting on the scoresheet. That was just his second goal of the season, but Sir Geoff is backing the Blues man to go back-to-back against Roy Hodgson’s team on Sunday, having opened the scoring in this fixture last season. The Brazilian is 5/1 to score first at Stamford Bridge.
Huddersfield v Fulham (Monday, 8.00pm – André Schürrle)
The former Chelsea striker has begun his second stint in London well with four goals in 10 games, including a goal in Fulham’s last away fixture. Both of these sides are desperate for a win after shaky starts to the Premier League season and the German can put the whites on the right path on Monday night. Schurrle is 13/2 to break the deadlock.