The Championship Top Scorer race is, just like its title race, even more competitive and unpredictable as the Premier League with any amount of clubs that can challenge for the title and any amount of strikers to fire those challenges – or two in a division where multiple double figure goalscoers can be found on one side.
Wolves used that to great effect like season with Benik Afobe landing 13 goals in 21 league starts and Nouha Dicko landing 14 despite spending two months on the sidelines and if the pair stay fit then they should be close to the top of the charts. Jordan Rhodes has scored 29, 25 and 21 over the past three seasons and regardless of who he plays for, looks another contender who is sure to go close again although bookmakers have cottoned onto his chances.
Chris Martin scored 20 two years ago and was set to pass that tally before hamstring trouble meant that he missed 17 of the last 18 games from February onwards. If staying fit in a Derby side that is one of two co favourites for the title, and one that has also added presence out wide in Andreas Weimann, then he looks to have as strong a chance as any of the major favourites. Ross McCormack scored 17 goals in a pretty functional Fulham side last year but there’s a question about whether they improve or stay the same and that doesn’t make him value at the current quotes.
When Burnley were last in the division Sam Vokes scored 20 goals and with Danny Ings now at Anfield he will surely be the targetman for Sean Dyche this season. His well taken goal on Saturday suggested that he was over his long injury that ruled him out of so much of last season and he looks to have been ignored at a big 33/1 with Hills.
Middlesbrough need to add to their attacking options but Christian Stuani, who scored 16 goals for Espanyol in La Liga last season, surely has the quality to lead their charge for Promotion regardless of who comes in to head Aitor Karanka’s side.
Another new import, Marco Mathias of Sheffiled Wednesday, was outscored only by Jackson Martinez, Rodrigo Lima, and Jonas Goncalves in the Primera Liga and if bringing that form and talent to the Championship, should found himself scoring plenty of goals. Darryl Murphy must be mentioned, having won this award by 6 goals last year, although that was 14 more than his previous best. The 16/1 Paddy Power dangle tempts but not any of the other prices on offer.
2 pts each/way Chris Martin (14/1 Paddy Power, Bet365)
1 pt each/way Sam Vokes (33/1 Stan James, 25/1 general)
1 pt each/way Christian Stuani (25/1 Bet 365, Bet Victor)
1 pt each/way Marco Matias (66/1 Bet Victor)