The fight for the Golden Boot in the Championship is really starting to heat up. The second tier tends to be an action packed division, and recent weeks have seen a flurry of goals for some of the top marksmen. With plenty of contenders to top the scoring charts, it’s turned into a pretty competitive betting market.
There are more than a few contenders, with eight players hitting 15 goals or more so far. However, who will finish up top of the pile by the end of April? We’re looking through all the main contenders, comparing their betting odds and assessing their chances of taking home the golden boot.
Billy Sharp – Sheffield United
An impressive hat-trick on Friday night sent Sheffield United’s Billy Sharp clear at the top of the scoring charts. He won the battle with Aston Villa’s Tammy Abraham, moving two goals clear of the Chelsea loanee. We’ve seen some impressive displays from Sharp this season, and he has hit top form of late as the Blades continue their push for a place in the top-two.
Sharp isn’t a player who tends to get a high number of chances per game, he just sneaks in and finds his moment to grab a goal. Aston Villa were too lax at the back on Friday, allowing one of the most clinical forwards in the division to find the back of the net. Other Championship sides surely won’t make that mistake. Despite that, the bookies are backing him to keep the goals coming – as favourite Sharp is now 9/4 with BetVictor to secure the Golden Boot in the Championship this season.
Tammy Abraham – Aston Villa
Aston Villa need goals in order to make the playoffs, as they raced back from 3-0 down to level up against Sheffield United. However, they only got one of those three goals through Abraham, who has now fallen short in the golden boot race. However, there’s still plenty for the young forward to be proud of heading into the final third of the Championship season.
Abraham has scored 0.8 goals per 90 minutes this term, while he tends to get over half of his shots on target. The forward has been a terror at this level since moving to Villa Park on loan, and he’s in fine form. He’s hit 16 goals in his last 15 matches, finding the net in eight straight home games. That form makes him an obvious contender to secure the golden boot, and he’s priced at 7/2 with bet365 to take it.
Teemu Pukki – Norwich
It was a great weekend for Teemu Pukki, who fired Norwich back to the top of the table. A brace against their bitter rivals Ipswich helped the Canaries to a 3-0 victory, with another predatory display. Yet again he pounced in the box, with all of Pukki’s goal so far coming from within 18-yards. His lethal finishing has added class to his new side’s frontline, and he cruised to more success against the league’s worst side.
Norwich have been the story of the campaign so far, topping the table after emerging as the surprise promotion candidates this season. This climb up the standings has come in part due to the impressive form of Pukki. Now he’s within reach of the golden boot, after moving onto 20 league goals for the season. At 16/5 with Paddy Power, he’s obviously a contender to overtake the two players above him.
Che Adams – Birmingham
The forward that we highlighted last weekend added another two goals to his tally in the weekend win over QPR. That success pushed him into fourth place in the scoring charts, leaving the Blues’ man just three strikes shy of the lead. He was seen as a real outsider, but with his club pulling off another high scoring win, Adams has to be in the mix.
With 19 goals from 34 shots on target, Adams is taking his chances. He has scored over 38% of his team’s goals in the league this term. The Blues create plenty, and with their playoff bid still alive we should see Adams continue his bid to top the scoring charts. After his latest double, he’s been cut down to 12/1 with BetVictor to win the golden boot.
Neal Maupay – Brentford
The only man on this list who didn’t score at the weekend is Brentford’s Neal Maupay. The striker has 17 goals to his name – 11 of which have opened the scoring for his side. He’s been hugely vital for the Bees, who have had an otherwise poor season. It was a campaign they started with high hopes, but questions over their leading forward.
Maupay has answered those questions and more. While he was seen as a weak link in their promotion bid, the Frenchman could be targeting a summer switch to the Premier League. He could still finish the season as the league’s top scorer, although he’s 10/1 with Betfair to top the scoring charts after falling five goals shy of the lead.