Cardiff’s ex Red Devil among 3 for Championship Golden Boot

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It’s a testament to the strength of the Championship that the one type of striker the game rates the most – a 20-goal one – is readily available in the English second tier.

In the last two campaigns, there have been 13 instances of a frontman scoring 20 goals or more in a Championship season, with the Golden Boot winner pushing 30 strikes on each occasion.

With only three of the players to manage the recent feat no longer plying their trade in the toughest division in England, there should be a wealth of options for a Top Scorer punt this term. Here are our picks:

Troy Deeney – Watford @ 14/1

Of the crop of recent 20-goal men in this league over the last two seasons, Deeney is one of just two men to do it in both terms.

At double the odds of the other man to achieve the feat (market leader Jordan Rhodes) it’s the Watford man who is taken to continue his consistent net-finding in 2014/15.

Federico Macheda – Cardiff @ 20/1

A flurry of loan spells away from Manchester United since 2010 earned the Italian a reputation as the Azzurri’s answer to Fernando Torres.

The 22-year-old broke free from unwanted Nando comparisons at Birmingham in the latter half of last season, scoring 10 goals in 18 matches.

Now at Cardiff, one of the favourites for the title, a prolonged period of net-hitting can be expected.

Callum Wilson – Bournemouth @ 33/1 e/w

Should the former Coventry striker finish in the top four of the Championship’s scoring charts, Ladbrokes will pay out on each-way punts on him at quarter the odds.

Having scored 21 times in League One last season, the 22-year-old earned himself a move to the second tier this summer, with the league’s second highest scorers last term.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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