Championship golden boot betting 2011/12
Although there is still the majority of preseason to go, the Championship teams are starting to take shape and its time to start looking at making early bets. The Championship top scorer should be an interesting one this season, with 5 of last seasons top 10 scorers having left the division.
Championship golden boot odds
Danny Graham topped the scoring charts last season for Watford with an impressive 24 goal haul despite his side only finishing mid-table, and that is what earned him his move to newly promoted Swansea City, but with him and many others moving on from the division who is going to follow in Graham’s footsteps? Let’s start by looking at the players relegated from the Premiership who are among the favourites to take the crown.
Carlton Cole – 11.0 Coral
Carlton Cole is the current favourite for the top goal scorer and may well be a good bet at 11.0 with Coral. The former England international had a disappointing season last year, but could be an impressive player in the Championship if he can refind some form under Sam Allardyce. Cole has a good eye for goal but it still remains to be seen if he will stay at West Ham or move back to the Premiership.
Cameron Jerome – 21.0 Skybet
Another player relegated from the Premiership is Cameron Jerome, although his odds are a lot longer than Cole’s, there are several comparisons between the two. Like Cole, Jerome endured a fairly disappointing season last year, finishing with just 5 goals in all competitions. There have also been rumours of him leaving Birmingham before the start of the season. Jerome has scored some spectacular goals for Birmingham and if he can find some consistency this season then he could well be in the running for the top goal scorer award, and with odds of 21.0 available from Skybet, he is definitely worth an outside bet.
Craig Mackail-Smith – 17.0 William Hill
Among the other favourites for the top goal scorer award, is Brighton’s Craig Mackail-Smith. The striker made a big money move from Peterborough in the summer after an impressive season last year scoring 34 goals in all competitions as Peterborough were promoted from League 1. All eyes will be on Mackail-Smith, but he certainly has the talent and desire to impress, and odds of 17.0 from William Hill are not to be sniffed at.
Finally we’ll look at some of the players that performed well in the Championship last year and could well take the next step towards the top goal scorer award this season. Shane Long is one of those players, as the Irishmen scored 21 league goals last season and the striker is the current second favourite to impress again this year. Long has a great shot on him, is a good athlete and can take penalties, with these attributes it is no wonder he is priced as best as 11.0 with Skybet.
Another of these players is Luciano Becchio, who managed 19 league goals last season and is one of the few players from last season’s top scorer’s list still in the division. The target man is great in the air and will no doubt form the centre of Leeds United’s attack this season. Longer odds of 26.0 from William Hill may drift if the Yorkshire club strengthen their current squad and Becchio has a good start to the season.
Read our other Championship betting articles here – Championship winner betting and Championship relegation betting.
*Click here for all the latest odds on upcoming football matches