Billy Sharp took this division apart last season as Sheffield United went to the title and it’s no surprise that punters have their eye on the leading lights of title contenders Blackburn and Wigan. Danny Graham scored seven goals in just 18 appearances at the Championship last season and he ought to take the beating in this market, having plied his trade at Championship or Premier League level since his time at Carlisle United.
Similar comments apply to Will Grigg, who knocked in 25 for Wigan two seasons ago when he played 40 games, and he should once again lead the line for the Latics. There’s nothing to put anyone off either of those two contenders and they look to be the most solid of the market leaders by a good distance, offering some rock solid each/way value. Grigg has a proven record at this level and ought to be seriously involved in the shakeup once again.
Another market leader with serious claims is Jermaine Beckford, who scored 18 goals in his last full season at this level and who has had a good pre-season which will help him an awful lot ahead of the season to come.
Conor McAleny was one of only two strikers able to match Billy Sharp and James Vaughan in goals per minutes ratio and he looks a fantastic addition to Uwe Rosler’s squad at Fleetwood Town. He scored 10 goals in 14 to help Oxford on their way to the playoffs and really ought to be going.
There’s plenty of value that can be found however, and it was a big surprise to see Scunthorpe’s Josh Morris at 66/1 following his seasonal season last year when he scored 20 goals to take third in the Golden Boot market at 150/1 whilst also assisting 19 times. That he stays in this division is a huge boost for Scunthorpe and he could now be more central as Graham Alexander is looking to put wingbacks into the team to boot.
2.5 pts each/way Will Grigg (14/1 Bet365)
1.5 pts each/way Conor McAleny (25/1 general)
1.5 pts each/way Josh Morris (66/1 general)