Gameweek 17 Preview

It can get hard to keep track of what day it is during that period between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, but there is one thing you can be sure of… and that’s Million Pound Picks.

That’s right. Grosvenor Sport’s free-to-play game is back following two festive gameweeks over the Christmas period. If you want to begin 2021 with a bang, there’s no better way than with £1M – the prize on offer for correctly guessing 10 Premier League first goalscorers.

If you don’t get all 10, don’t panic. Because there’s a £2,000 cash prize for our best player of the week, and a £10 free bet for everyone who gets three or more correct.

In a rare occurrence, we’re kicking things off on a Friday to get all the Premier League games in. Ready to find out who we’re backing? Let’s go.

Friday Feeling

First up, two games on New Year’s Day. Everton v West Ham is the first of your Million Pound Picks matches and with the Toffees fresh from a break, a narrow home win seems the play here. And why not opt for the main man, Dominic Calvert-Lewin. Next.

Jack Grealish lit up Old Trafford with a beauty in this fixture last year and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him do so again. But with Man Utd in fine fettle, we’re rolling with another midfield star – Bruno Fernandes.

Fantastic Four

Another chance for Marcelo Bielsa’s impressive Leeds to flex their muscles against some Premier League heavyweights. Mourinho’s men have stuttered of late, but Spurs should have too much to offer here… We’re picking Harry Kane to break the deadlock.

Wilfried Zaha in action for Crystal Palace
Wilfried Zaha has doubled his 2019/20 goal tally already this season

Wilfried Zaha is red-hot right now with eight goals in 14 matches including a stunner against Leicester last time out. The hapless and winless Sheffield United are next in the firing line. The winger is 4/1 with Grosvenor Sport to score first against the Blades.

For all Brighton’s good play, they haven’t been rewarded with the points – and Wolves have hardly been banging in the goals. If your expecting New Year’s fireworks here, forget about it – we’re taking this as our No Goalscorer option.

And Arsenal’s relegation worries have been eased with back-to-back wins inspired by French forward Alexandre Lacazette. It’s as easy as un-deux-trois to stick with him against a West Brom side that just lost 5-0 at home to Leeds. Lacazette anytime plus a Gunners win is available at 17/10.

Sunday League

Burnley have picked up points recently thanks to the aerial prowess of Ashley Barnes, Ben Mee and erm… Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Chris Wood was denied by a wonder-save last time out, but he will fancy himself when Fulham come to town.

Harvey Barnes is on a hot streak right now and with Newcastle feeling generous all year round when it comes to allowing shots, the attacking midfielder will have plenty of chances to add to his recent strikes against Man Utd and Crystal Palace – he’s 6/1 to do just that.

Harvey Barnes celebrates for Leicester City
Harvey Barnes has scored twice from outside the box in his last two outings

And then it’s a case of the Sunday blues with Chelsea and Man City facing off. Chelsea’s form has dipped since topping the table and their record against sides in the top half isn’t cause for optimism. We’ll take the reliable Raheem Sterling.

Last but not least

Monday 4th January. Back to work, right? Yuk. Well, this could be the game that makes you a millionaire.

Despite being held by WBA, Liverpool still look too good for everyone. And that means we’re picking a Red, and we’re going for one of the Southampton old boys. Sadio Mane.

OUR MILLION POUND PICKS

Everton v West Ham United: Dominic Calvert-Lewin
Manchester United v Aston Villa: Bruno Fernandes
Tottenham Hotspur v Leeds United: Harry Kane
Crystal Palace v Sheffield United: Wilfried Zaha
Brighton & Hove Albion v Wolverhampton Wanderers: No Goalscorer
West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal: Alexandre Lacazette
Burnley v Fulham: Chris Wood
Newcastle United v Leicester City: Harvey Barnes
Chelsea v Manchester City: Raheem Sterling
Southampton v Liverpool: Sadio Mane

That’s our Million Pound Picks made. Now, over to you.

You need to submit your selections by 5:25pm on 1st January. But remember that you can change your picks up to five minutes before each kick-off if your player isn’t in the starting XI, or even if you’ve just had a change of heart.

So Happy New Year, and the very best of luck.

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