Pick eight goalscorers for free, and you could be a massive £275k richer this weekend
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Paddy Power punter Aaron Churcher was on dream street last weekend. He’d correctly picked a goalscorer in the first six matches of Hotshot Jackpot, and Alberto Moreno had just had another defensive brain-fart and sliced down Theo Walcott in the box. Arsenal’s main penalty taker Olivier Giroud wasn’t on the pitch – surely Aaron’s pick Alexis Sanchez would step up to the plate…
Unfortunately we all know how the story goes.
Walcott stepped up (and missed), the Gunners scored three goals but Sanchez barely touched the ball, and to make it worse Eden Hazard – Aaron’s pick in the final leg on Monday night – duly found the onion bag. Meaning Aaron finished week one with 7/8 correct selections – and the one that let him down for £250k was a 6/4 chance to score anytime and could have taken a penalty.
Aaron should really be in Las Vegas now spending his winnings, but it wasn’t to be. Luckily however he has sent on his eight selections for this week’s Jackpot of £275k as he aims to go one better and live the dream.
Swansea v Hull, Saturday 3.00pm – Fernando Llorente
It’ll be a home debut to remember for the man who broke Swansea’s transfer record – £15.5m striker Llorente. The 0-0 is a tempting result in this clash between two sides likely to be fighting relegation in eight months time, but if I had to put money on a scorecast I’d go with 1-0 to Swansea with Llorente being the difference between the two sides.
Burnley v Liverpool, Saturday 3.00pm – Roberto Firmino
The Brazilian should have a few goals in this game. Philippe Coutinho would’ve been the first pick after his brace against Arsenal, but he came off in the second half and there are fears over a possible hamstring issue. Firmino didn’t get on the scoresheet at the Emirates but he looked decent. He’s going to be bang up for this and he will get a lot of goals this season.
Tottenham v Crystal Palace, Saturday 3.00pm – Christian Eriksen
This is probably the most difficult selection of the week. A Tottenham player is the way to go, but which one?! Harry Kane doesn’t look the same after Euro 2016, and although tempted by Vincent Janssen he’s not a guaranteed starter. Eriksen’s trying to get a hefty raise in his wages at the moment, and nothing quite swings a deal like getting a few important goals. Pochettino is wise enough not to put Kane on free kicks because he has this wizard in the squad.
Watford v Chelsea, Saturday 3.00pm – Eden Hazard
This selection speaks for itself. Eden Hazard is on his way back to his very best, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him have a better season than when he won 2014/15 Player of the Year. He’s on penalties as well which is an obvious plus.
I would probably have had his face tattooed on my back if he had won me that Jackpot.
West Brom v Everton, Saturday 3.00pm – Salomon Rondon
Salomon Rondon was different class in the Copa America for Venezuela. He absolutely bullied the Crystal Palace defenders last week, and even though Everton are going to be solid this year with new gaffer Ronald Koeman bringing in Ashley Williams from Swansea it’s always a tough first game for a new centre-back partnership. There’s a reason Rondon is being linked with Barcelona – He’s class!
Leicester v Arsenal, Saturday 5.30pm, Sky Sports 1 – Jamie Vardy
Arsenals defence was almost non-existent against Liverpool. There are plenty of goals in this game, but I can’t go for Alexis Sanchez after the trauma of last week – he’s even become the first player I’ve transferred out of my Fantasy Football Team too! I’m already thinking about betting on multiple Vardy parties this Saturday.
Sunderland v Middlesbrough, Sunday 1.30pm, Sky Sports 1 – Jermain Defoe
Like Hazard, this is self-explanatory. It should be a very tight game, and both teams will fancy their chances of getting a result. But the passionate home crowd at the Stadium of Light will be demanding a good start to the campaign and Defoe’s the most likely to deliver.
West Ham v Bournemouth, Sunday 4.00pm, Sky Sports 1 – Callum Wilson
The first Premier League game at the Olympic stadium and you would expect a home win, but there’s plenty of value in the upset on Sunday. Michael Antonio proved again how shaky their defence can be with an unconvincing performance at right-back against Chelsea on Monday night. Callum Wilson has looked good since returning from a long injury lay-off, and he’s going to be key to Bournemouth’s survival chances this season.