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 1966 hat-trick hero correctly predicted that Michy Batshuayi and Troy Deeney would open the scoring for Crystal Palace and Watford last weekend. Here are his picks for gameweek 30 of the Premier League.
Crystal Palace v Brighton (Saturday, 12.30pm – Michy Batshuayi)
Michy Batshuayi has two goals in six appearances for the Eagles since his January loan move from Chelsea, and he opened the scoring last weekend at Burnley as Palace ran out 3-1 winners. The Belgian will get his first taste of the M23 derby this weekend as Brighton visit Selhurst Park, and Sir Geoff has backed the former Chelsea and Valencia man to break the deadlock.
Cardiff v West Ham (Saturday, 3pm – Felipe Anderson)
West Ham come into this one off the back of a 2-0 home win against Newcastle, so the Hammers will fancy their chances against Cardiff. Brazilian Felipe Anderson has nine goals this season, and will be keen to add to his tally on Saturday against the Bluebirds.
Huddersfield v Bournemouth (Saturday, 3pm – Josh King)
Josh King has four goals in his last seven appearances, and the Norwegian will be a handful for Huddersfield this weekend. The Bournemouth striker is on penalties for the Cherries, and scored from the spot against Wolves last weekend. Sir Geoff thinks he’ll be the one to score first at the John Smith’s Stadium.
Leicester v Fulham (Saturday, 3pm – James Maddison)
Brendan Rodgers endured a tough start to life at Leicester after witnessing his side lose in the last minute to Watford last Sunday. However, the former Celtic boss couldn’t have an easier first home game than Fulham. One of Rodgers’ main strengths is bringing the best out of young talent, and James Maddison should thrive under his guidance. Maddison got himself on the scoresheet against Fulham at Craven Cottage earlier in the season, and will be fancied to do so again this weekend.
Newcastle v Everton (Saturday, 3pm – Dominic Calvert-Lewin)
Everton will take confidence from their Merseyside derby draw with Liverpool last Sunday, and a 3-0 away win at Cardiff in the match before means shows they can cause Newcastle problems. Dominic Calvert-Lewin was on the scoresheet at the Cardiff City Stadium, and he is favoured to open the scoring at St James’ Park this weekend.
Southampton v Tottenham Hotspur (Saturday, 3pm – Harry Kane)
While Spurs have had indifferent results recently, they will be delighted to see their talisman Harry Kane back in amongst the goals since his return from injury. The England skipper has three in his last four matches, including a north London derby equaliser from the spot and a midweek goal against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League. Kane has already scored against Southampton this season, and Sir Geoff has backed him to do so again this weekend.
Manchester City v Watford (Saturday, 5.30pm – Sergio Aguero)
Sergio Aguero has been instrumental in helping City climb back to the top of the table, and the Argentinian has scored 11 goals in his last 10 outings – including two hat-tricks against Chelsea and Arsenal. Aguero scored four in two Premier League matches against Watford last season, and he’ll be the main threat for the Hornets in the late kick-off.
Liverpool v Burnley (Sunday, 12pm – Sadio Mane)
While Liverpool were spurned in their quest to go back to the top of the table last weekend, games against lower league teams this season has been their bread and butter so they’ll be confident of seeing off Burnley. Sadio Mane’s double against Watford a few weeks ago set the Reds on their way to a 5-0 victory, and he has been picked as the man to break the deadlock in Sunday’s lunchtime kick-off.
Chelsea v Wolves (Sunday, 2.05pm – Gonzalo Higuain)
Gonzalo Higuain has endured a tough start to life at Chelsea, but he ended a four-match spell without a goal when he broke the deadlock against Fulham last weekend. Chelsea host Wolves on Sunday, and Sir Geoff has picked the AC Milan loan star to open the scoring again.
Arsenal v Manchester United (Sunday, 4.30pm – Romelu Lukaku)
Manchester United continue to thrive under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s guidance, and a midweek win away to PSG will give them bags of confidence heading into this one. The Gunners were defeated 3-1 at the Emirates in the FA Cup against United in January, and face a tough test on Sunday afternoon. Romelu Lukaku has found his scoring touch against and has six in his last three outings, which is why Sir Geoff has backed him to score first on Sunday.