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.
Here are his picks for another weekend of Premier League action.
Brighton & Hove Albion v Everton (Saturday, 15:00pm – Richarlison)
Outside the top six, it could be argued Everton are the best of the rest. Within this busy period, managers will call upon their strength in depth to get results and, in this case, Marco Silva has more quality at his disposal. The Toffees have a good record against the Seagulls and should get the win here with Richarlison expected to open the scoring.
Fulham v Huddersfield (Saturday, 15:00pm – Tom Cairney)
This game could be dubbed as a relegation ‘six pointer’ as both teams continue to struggle at the bottom of the table. In what is a must win for Fulham, the home crowd need to get behind the Whites and Sir Geoff Hurst thinks captain Tom Cairney will step up to the plate and lead by example by getting on the scoresheet.
Leicester v Cardiff (Saturday, 15:00pm – James Maddison)
After two games against top sides in Chelsea and Man City, Leicester host a Cardiff side they’ll be confident of beating. James Maddison appears to be an inspired signing from Norwich after settling into the Premier League nicely and Sir Geoff tips him to open the scoring.
Tottenham v Wolves (Saturday, 15:00pm – Harry Kane)
The last time these two met, Tottenham came close to squandering a three goal lead as Wolves gallantly brought the score line back to 3-2. At home, however, Spurs should feel more comfortable and Harry Kane should get plenty of chances to add to his tally this season.
Watford v Newcastle (Saturday, 15:00pm – Salomón Rondon)
This match sees two Spanish managers go head to head as Watford take on Newcastle. Under Benitez, the Magpies look organised at the back and remarkably, they’ve picked up more points on the road than they have at home this season. Rondon looks a good signing and Sir Geoff thinks he’ll break the deadlock.
Liverpool v Arsenal (Saturday, 17:30pm – Roberto Firmino)
Football fans are given a Christmas treat here as Liverpool host Arsenal in the standout fixture of the week. Since he’s joined the Merseyside club, Jurgen Klopp is yet to lose to Arsenal and Sir Geoff thinks that run will continue with Roberto Firmino opening the scoring in what has the makings of an enthralling encounter at Anfield.
Crystal Palace v Chelsea (Sunday, 12:00pm – Alvaro Morata)
Chelsea look to enter 2019 pushing for a top four place. Amid constant speculation surrounding his future at the club, Alvaro Morata needs to start hitting form if he wants to stay at Chelsea and prove himself as one of Europe’s top strikers. He scored in this fixture the last time these sides met and Sir Geoff believes he’ll repeat the feat by scoring first.
Burnley v West Ham (Wednesday, 14:15pm – Felipe Anderson)
Burnley continue to struggle while West Ham under Pellegrini appear a much stronger outfit and could target a Europa League place. Since he signed in the summer, Felipe Anderson has adapted to the Premier League superbly and considering Burnley’s leaky defence, the Brazilian should get opportunities to score. He scored against the Clarets in the reverse fixture this season at the London Stadium, so he’ll be keen for a repeat of that win and his goal scoring exploits in this one.
Southampton v Man City (Wednesday, 19:30 – Raheem Sterling)
Southampton fans will hope for a better viewing this time round having lost 6-1 in their meeting at the Etihad earlier this season. England starlet Raheem Stirling scored a brace in that game and Sir Geoff thinks Man City will take the lead again here at St Mary’s with the winger expected to produce the goods.
Man Utd v Bournemouth (Thursday, 19:45 – Romelu Lukaku )
Bournemouth have never won a match at Old Trafford as they take on Manchester United away from home. Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku has been the victim of criticism from the United fans and he’ll need to improve if he is to start in this side. Sir Geoff thinks he’ll bounce back in this game and put the Red Devils in the lead.