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.
In game week five, the legendary World Cup winner correctly predicted Wolves’ Raul Jimenez would score first against Burnley and Romelu Lukaku would open the scoring for Man United against Watford. Sir Geoff is hoping to add to that tally this weekend – here are his picks for another weekend of Premier League action.
Fulham v Watford (Saturday, 12.30pm) – Troy Deeney
Troy Deeney has had a strong start to the season, netting twice and generally being a handful for opposition defenders. Fulham haven’t kept a clean sheet this season in the Premier League and facing somebody with the experience of Deeney could prove a handful for them.
Burnley v Bournemouth (Saturday, 3pm) – Josh King
Josh King also has two goals already this season, and looked dangerous against Leicester, grabbing an assist to go with his penalty. Burnley look sluggish after last season’s success, and Bournemouth’s front three could run riot.
Cardiff v Manchester City (Saturday, 3pm) – Sergio Aguero
Manchester City will look to continue their unbeaten start to the season here, and somebody who could excel is Sergio Aguero. He scored a hattrick against Huddersfield, and Cardiff play a similar style to that. Despite not finding the net in the last three games, he has picked up two assists in his last two games, and would be expected to find the net here.
Crystal Palace v Newcastle (Saturday, 3pm) – Matt Ritchie
Matt Ritchie is yet to find the net so far this season, but is an eager attacking player who regularly finds himself in threatening positions. Against an Eagles team that looks to attack with its full backs, particularly Patrick van Aanholt, Ritchie should get a lot of space in dangerous areas, with Sir Geoff backing him to open the scoring.
Leicester v Huddersfield (Sat, 3pm) – James Maddison
James Maddison has made an exceptional start to his Premier League career, and is already establishing himself as the heartbeat of this Leicester side. He scored his second of the season from the spot last weekend, and should find plenty of space in the final third against The Terriers.
Liverpool v Southampton (Saturday, 3pm) – Sadio Mane
Sadio Mane has been Liverpool’s star so far this season, with a return of four goals from five games. As the Senegalese prepares to face his old side, Sir Geoff expects him to continue that form and open the scoring against The Saints.
Manchester United v Wolves (Sat, 3pm) – Romelu Lukaku
Romelu Lukaku netted his fourth of the season against Watford, and averages a goal every 96 minutes so far this campaign. Wolves play an elegant style of play, but Lukaku loves to bully centre-halves so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him give Conor Coady and Willy Boly nightmares.
Brighton v Tottenham (Sat, 5:30pm) – Harry Kane
Harry Kane has had an unremarkable start to the season by his standards, despite breaking his August drought. However, the sheer quality Kane possesses means any sniff of a chance could lead to a goal, and against Brighton Sir Geoff expects Kane to find his shooting boots again after a few quiet weeks in front of goal.
West Ham v Chelsea (Sun, 1:30pm) – Marcos Alonso
Marcos Alonso has had an excellent start to the campaign, rampaging forward from his left back role, and already has four assists to go with a goal against Arsenal. Against a West Ham team that has struggled defensively, Alonso could have free reign of the left flank, as well as possessing a dangerous set piece, and Sir Geoff thinks he will open the scoring at the London Stadium.
Arsenal v Everton (Sun, 4pm) – Alexandre Lacazette
With Unai Emery’s team starting to take shape, the responsibility of leading the line has fallen on Lacazette’s shoulders. An excellent finisher from inside the box, Sir Geoff fancies him to score against an Everton team that was poor defensively last week.