Grosvenor Sport’s Million Pound Picks is here once again, and it’s back to the Premier League where £1,000,000 is ready and waiting to be won.
We hope you got on alright in last week’s FA Cup special. If you didn’t win, there’s no need to be upset… like Leeds at Crawley. Just climb back on the horse and go again, because you’re only 10 first goalscorers away from winning £1M.
As you should know by now, there’s £2,000 cash that MUST be won weekly. That goes to our best player of the week. Last week, someone took home the cash with four correct answers. This week, it could be you.
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This week, we’ve got a full Premier League schedule for you – COVID dependent. And it’s time for us to preview the games. So read on…
Midlands at midday
We start at Molineux, where Sam Allardyce’s honeymoon period – a 1-1 draw against Liverpool – looks like it might be over. A couple of heavy defeats and an FA Cup exit against Blackpool have followed, and things could get worse against local rivals Wolves. We can’t not go with the home side and Pedro Neto is our man. He’s grabbed a goal or assist in six of his last 10 – we’re fancying another of the former here. Call Dolly Parton because Neto is 9/5 with Grosvenor Sport to score any time.
Leeds, Leicester, London
All the L’s follow on Saturday, but we want you to take a W – so here are our fancies for the final four fixtures of the day.
The two games in the capital are West Ham v Burnley and the rearranged meeting between Fulham and Chelsea. The Hammers put out a good side but were lacklustre against Stockport on Monday night, while Burnley have improved recently and pushed Man Utd all the way in midweek before Paul Pogba’s second-half strike. A point would suit the Clarets down to the ground and No Goalscorer is our pick here. That’s 9/1 – or you can grab 12/5 on under 1.5 goals by using the Grosvenor Sport slider.
As for the Craven Cottage clash, we wouldn’t be surprised to see BTTS (17/20) land here. Chelsea’s recent form leaves a lot to be desired and Scott Parker will be up for this against his old club, but we’re picking Chelsea hitman Tammy Abraham to break the deadlock in West London.
Leeds versus Brighton should be a good one for the neutrals with two sides who like to play football The Right Way™, but this could be a great big Seagulls mess if the hosts start to pick them apart. This is a fixture that should favour BielsaBall and we’ll take star striker Patrick Bamford to get things rolling. He’s 21/20 anytime, 6/1 to score twice and 28/1 to take home the matchball.
Finally, two of the Premier League’s most impressive performers meet at the King Power. You probably can’t rule Leicester or Southampton out of this wide-open Premier League title race right now, but this could be Ralph Hasenhuttl’s revenge game after THAT 9-0 loss last season. Danny Ings is our pick to help the Saints go marching on.
They’ve done it! Sheffield Utd ended their horrific run of form with three points against Newcastle in midweek – a red card and a penalty helped them on their way, but a win’s a win. However, the celebrations could be short-lived with Tottenham rolling into the Steel City. Spurs have the quality to pick apart the Blades on the break and it makes sense to roll with Harry Kane here.
Small matter of Liverpool versus Man Utd next. An Anfield affair between the top two after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men moved to the summit with their Tuesday night win at Turf Moor. Aside from beating the Villa kids, Jurgen Klopp’s champions are badly out of form – now’s the time to find it.
This is so hard to call and we’ve taken a deep dive into the success of both sides in our Premier League blog, but for Million Pound Picks we’re leaning towards the hosts, and maybe it’s Mo Salah’s time to step up. A Kane and Salah anytime double pays 3/1 with Grosvenor Sport.
Man City are in fine fettle and a home win should be a formality, despite the threats that Crystal Palace possess. You can take your pick, but Ilkay Gundogan has been a threat of late with his runs from midfield – and he tends to take the spot-kicks. He’s 8/1 to score first.
Monday night football
We finish with Arsenal against Newcastle in a repeat of their FA Cup tie from Gameweek 18. That was comfortable for the Gunners and we expect more of the same. Emile Smith-Rowe got a mention in that preview and went on to score first, and he can repeat the feat at 10/1 to heap more misery on Steve Bruce’s Magpies.
OUR MILLION POUND PICKS
Wolverhampton Wanderers v West Bromwich Albion: Pedro Neto
West Ham United v Burnley: No Goalscorer
Leeds United v Brighton & Hove Albion: Patrick Bamford
Fulham v Chelsea: Tammy Abraham
Leicester City v Southampton: Danny Ings
Aston Villa v Everton: Richarlison
Sheffield United v Tottenham Hotspur: Harry Kane
Liverpool v Manchester United: Mo Salah
Manchester City v Crystal Palace: Ilkay Gundogan
Arsenal v Newcastle United: Emile Smith-Rowe
That’s your lot for this week. A reminder that you can change each of your Million Pound Picks up to five minutes before kick-off, but we do need all 10 submitted before the first deadline… 12:25pm on Saturday 16th January.
Take heed of our advice or ignore it if you dare. (You should probably ignore it). Now go make your Million Pound Picks and you could be knee-sliding on Monday night with one million pounds in your back pocket. Good luck.
*Stated odds correct at time of writing