Well done, everyone. You made it through another dismal International break. Not only were you subjected to boring football, unknown countries you can’t point out on a map and Daniel Sturridge incessantly volleying the ball at the back of defenders’ legs, you also missed a week of Hotshot Jackpot.
It’s almost the weekend and that means you have a chance to win £250k on this round of the Jackpot. Zlatan Ibrahimovic let 70% of punters down last time out after failing to find the net after what felt like 3,587 shots on goal versus Stoke.
ARSENAL v SWANSEA: THEO WALCOTT
Yep, it may feel a little strange to read that name, but hear me out. Prior to Arsenal’s last league game against Burnley and *that* fumbled controversial goal, Theo Walcott had bagged five goals in seven games, striking twice in their 2-0 win over Basel in the Champions League.
He is The Gunners’ joint top goalscorer on five goals, level with Alexis Sanchez. The Chilean would have been my first choice here, but after playing for his country on Thusday morning, there is a chance he may not feature. Arsene Wenger has confirmed Olivier Giroud is still out for their game against Swansea with toe-ache or something.
Although Walcott was subbed off for England, he has been bagging goals for fun and looks the obvious choice.
BOURNEMOUTH v HULL: CALLUM WILSON
Both Wilson and Josh King found the net in The Cherries’ last league game against Watford and either would be decent selections here. Wilson is more likely to start the game, meanwhile Hull have conceded double the amount of goals they have scored this campaign. (Conceded 14, scored 7)
WEST BROM v TOTTENHAM: HEUNG-MIN SON
Ah, Spurs. Wasn’t it just great to see them humble Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City last time out? Pat on the back for the lads!
Just one point behind league leaders City, Pochettino has Son to thank for plenty of that. He has found the net five times in six matches in all competitions, despite not starting in their opening three games! He’s also going to help us net £250k, so he’s just an all-round good egg.
STOKE v SUNDERLAND: JERMAIN DEFOE
A battle of the bottom two, with both sides yet to find a Premier League win. Stoke held Manchester United to a draw last time out, but are sweating at the moment as they wait to hear whether Joe Allen is fit after picking up a hamstring injury on International duty.
Jermain Defoe has scored four goals in seven so far this campaign, peppering 21 shots at his opposition despite his side’s struggles. He also takes the penalties and should be rested after a little time off.
CRYSTAL PALACE v WEST HAM: CHRISTIAN BENTEKE
We all know he scored the fastest goal in World Cup qualifier history for Belgium in the week, but he is also on red-hot form for his club. He will be raring to go after his international hat-trick, against a West Ham which look to be falling apart at their new home. He should be a banker to make it four this season on Saturday.
MIDDLESBROUGH v WATFORD: TROY DEENEY
Watford came back from behind twice in the last round of league matches, drawing 2-2 with Bournemouth. Deeney bagged the first of their comeback goals and also found the net the last time these two sides met, in April 2015 in the Championship.
If you’re still in with a shot at landing the £250k Jackpot prize, he’s the man you want in your selections here.
SOUTHAMPTON v BURNLEY: CHARLIE AUSTIN
Saints will luck to retain their unbeaten streak here – they have not lost a game since the 10th September against Arsenal, losing just two so far this campaign. Austin has surprised us all, bagging five goals for his side.
Burnley have conceded six goals in their last two away matches so Saints’ top goal scorer looks the safest option here!
LIVERPOOL v MANCHESTER UNITED: ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC
There’s a good chance I might be a maniac for including last week’s villain, but although Liverpool have arguably looked the best team going forward, their defence leaves a little to be desired. They are yet to keep a clean sheet in the Premier League, and if there is a man who can exploit that, it’s Zlatan. He towers over both Nathaniel Clyne and James Milner, at 6”5 to their 5”9 which could provide a real threat in set pieces.