Sky Bet Championship Golden Boot contenders: Who will win the race?
Last Updated: 04/05/18 4:39pm
Matej Vydra and Lewis Grabban are neck and neck for the Sky Bet Championship Golden Boot heading into the final weekend.
Here, we take a look at the runners and riders ahead of the penultimate weekend of the season...
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Matej Vydra, Derby - 20 goals
Matej Vydra is favourite to win the award due to Derby's final game of the season at home against Barnsley. The forward has struck 20 times so far this season and will be hoping to fire his side into the play-offs with a couple of goals at Pride Park on Sunday.
"I have never won a Golden Boot or anything like that before in my career," said Vydra. "But I have said before that it isn't about my statistics, goals and assists, it is about the team winning. If I can score goals and the team wins matches, especially these important ones, it would be amazing for me."
Sky Bet odds: 10/11
Lewis Grabban, Aston Villa - 20 goals
Grabban has notched his total for two teams while on loan from Bournemouth, having spent the first half of the season at Sunderland. He managed an impressive 12 in 19 games for the struggling Black Cats, and has since gone on to net eight times for Villa. They face a tough trip to Millwall on the final day of the season.
"It's been a good season for me on a personal level, scoring goals for Sunderland and I've really enjoyed my time at Aston Villa since joining in January," said Grabban. "But if I'm being honest, I'm not a player that's motivated by personal awards or anything like that. My focus is all on Villa and trying to get this club back to the Premier League."
Sky Bet odds: 6/4
Bobby Reid, Bristol City - 19 goals
Reid's switch to a more attacking role this season has paid dividends for himself and Bristol City as he's managed 19 goals in 45 appearances. His form has slightly dwindled in the latter part of the season, but he still has the chance to end the campaign with some personal silverware if he can hit a few past Sheffield United on Sunday.
"It would be a massive achievement for me, my family and the club," said Reid. "It's something I've never thought of before, winning a golden boot. A lot of hard work has gone in and I'm just enjoying the process."
Sky Bet odds: 6/1
Leon Clarke, Sheffield United - 18 goals
Clarke's previous best second-tier total was eight for Sheffield Wednesday almost 10 years ago, making his 18-goal haul already a remarkable total for the veteran striker.
His tally was boosted by an incredible November which saw him score nine times in four games, including all four in a victory over Hull and a hat-trick in a 5-4 defeat against Fulham. The Blades head to Bristol City in their final game.
Sky Bet odds: 28/1
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