Sharp Shooter: QPR man leads the way for Championship strikers

The biggest game of the weekend is definitely Chelsea hosting Liverpool, but the lack of form from both sides mean they should be avoided for Ladbrokes’ *Sharp Shooter promotion.

Jose Mourinho’s men are currently languishing in 15th, while the Reds have only scored nine times in the league all season.

Therefore, it makes more sense to look towards the Championship to find some real gems to back for first goalscorer.

Brentford vs QPR: Charlie Austin to score first @ 9/2

Austin’s declaration of loyalty will have pleased all associated with the R’s, particularly as he is the club’s top scorer with seven.

Chris Ramsey’s side have the joint best attack in the league, their 22 goals are only matched by fellow Londoners Fulham, while they’ve only failed to score in three of their 13 games.

QPR’s 26-year-old striker has scored three first half goal this season, and his proclivity of finding the net early should help him against the Bees.

Birmingham City vs Wolverhampton Wanderers: Benik Afobe to score first @ 9/2

Another key man who remained loyal to their club despite interest in the summer was Wolves’ Benik Afobe, who is leading his team’s scoring charts with six.

Forming a strong partnership with Adam Le Fondre has helped him continue his solid performances from last season, and the potent pair are responsible for half of their side’s goals this season.

The Blues are coming into this game off the back of a 2-0 loss to Hull City, and seeing as both those goals were conceded within 36 minutes, it may be enough to help Afobe cause some damage to the Wanderers’ high-flying rivals.

Preston North End vs Bolton Wanderers: Daniel Johnson to score first @ 13/2

The five goals scored from midfield by Johnson are one of the key reasons that North End were able to lift themselves out of the relegation zone earlier in the month.

He’s been more deadly in front of goal than any of the strikers involved in this match, even Emile Heskey, and has opened the scoring twice in the Lilywhites’ last six ties.

The Trotters are firmly rooted to the bottom of the table and Johnson should be able to set his team up to make things even worse for their Lancashire rivals.

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Dan Ross

After a brief stint as a commentator, Dan took his passion for football into writing and went on to gain an NCTJ in sports journalism. A lifelong Walsall fan, he's followed the Saddlers through the highs, getting to Wembley for the first time ever last season, and the lows, namely relegation to League Two in 2006.