Which Championship striker will top scoring charts this term?
With the 2014/15 Championship campaign nearly upon us, we take a look at who the primary contenders are to finish top of the scoring charts at the season’s climax.
Last term, Ross McCormack rattled in 29 goals for an abject Leeds United side, leading to the Scot making an £11m move to recently relegated side Fulham.
McCormack is rated as second-favourite with Coral to repeat that feat at 9/1, behind the always prolific and last season’s runner-up, Jordan Rhodes, who is priced at 6/1.
The Blackburn Rovers hitman, who recently signed a new deal, is a reliable source of goals, having netted 25 or over in his two seasons at Ewood Park. He also boasts a career record of scoring 132 times in 244 league matches – more than one every other game.
Watford pair Troy Deeney and loanee Matej Vydra are firmly in the mix as well. Deeney has recorded 43 goals over the previous two campaigns, while Vydra bagged 20 in his last loan spell at the Vicarage Road in 2012/13.
With Watford having considerably strengthened this summer, it looks like boss Beppe Sannino is targeting a return to the top-flight for the Hornets. Both frontmen are available at 10/1 with Coral and, if Watford manage to fend off advances from the Premier League for Deeney, that has to be considered a tempting price.
However, being in the promotion hunt doesn’t always equate to having the leading marksman. Only one of the top six goalscorers last term went up with his club, and a further one of the six made the play-offs.
Burnley’s Danny Ings won his first shot at the English top-flight, but the man to suffer play-off heartache was Derby forward Chris Martin.
The 25-year-old nestled 22 efforts in 2013/14 season as Derby narrowly missed out at the final hurdle. With the Rams fully expected to be in the mix this time around, Coral believe the one-time Scottish international will play a pivotal role in firing them there, at 10/1.
Slightly further afield, two outside bets to think about are Cardiff City’s new signing Federico Macheda and Matty Fryatt of Nottingham Forest.
Italian Macheda has completed a permanent switch to the Cardiff City Stadium after multiple loan spells whilst at Manchester United. One of those spells was to a struggling Birmingham City last season, where he managed 10 goals in 18 appearances. With potentially more chances in the offing, Macheda could be a surprise package at 28/1.
One of Stuart Pearce’s first bit of business after becoming the new Forest boss was to bring in striker Fryatt from Hull City.
Fryatt has a solid reputation as a good scorer, and in his last full campaign in the Championship three years ago he netted 16 times in as many games. Although he has spent a few seasons in the wilderness at Hull, Fryatt definitely has the goals in him to lead Forest’s assault for promotion. Coral have him available at 40/1.