Here’s where value lies in Championship top scorer race

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Championship top scorer: Tomer Hemed

With just three points separating second-placed Norwich City from Reading in eighth, the race for promotion from the Championship could be tighter than ever before.

Every contender will need their star strikers to hit the heights, so Ladbrokes News have cast our eye over the best-value picks to finish as Championship top scorer.

Ross McCormack (Aston Villa)

The 2013-14 Championship golden boot winner has netted an almighty 66 goals in the past three seasons, so it’s no surprise that Fulham and Villa have paid a combined £23m to bring him into the fold.

There’s no doubt he has the tools to unlock any defence in the division, having scored against 15 different Championship sides last season. After a slightly slow start to the campaign, the Scotland international burst into life with a wonderfully-taken equaliser against Nottingham Forest.

Now looks like the time to back the 30-year-old at 9/1, especially with Villa’s midfield sure to improve as the season goes on.

Tomer Hemed (Brighton & Hove Albion)

You don’t hit double figures in La Liga without having a real eye for goal, and that’s exactly what Hemed did at underdogs Mallorca, regularly netting against heavyweights like Real Madrid and Sevilla during his four years in Spain.

And he took absolutely no time to settle into life in England after switching Almeria for Albion, netting 17 times in the Championship last season. Two goals in as many games – including a thunderous strike against Reading – make him fantastic value at 25/1, especially with the Israel international being the Seagulls’ penalty taker.

Tom Bradshaw (Barnsley)

There were tears shed in Walsall when the 24-year-old swapped the Black Country for Barnsley this summer, following 20 goals in each of his last two seasons for the Saddlers. But their loss is the Tykes’ gain, with the Wales striker bagging two in his last four games.

Boasting a classy touch, as his stunning control and finish in the 4-0 win at Wolves highlighted, he’s now netted twice in his last four Championship outings, and is getting plenty of service up front for the league’s highest scorers, with 19 goals. At the huge price of 50/1, Bradshaw looks well worth a few quid.

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

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Dave Burin

Dave graduated with an MA in English Literature at Durham University, and worked in marketing before joining the Ladbrokes News team. A Man United fan and avid groundhopper, he’s also an ardent follower of Rugby League. You can usually find him at a ground near you, clutching a big cup of tea.