Holt backed to carry on scoring

David Cuffley Norwich City skipper Grant Holt is among the top 10 strikers bidding to be the Championship's leading scorer - according to the bookmakers' pre-season odds.

David Cuffley

Norwich City skipper Grant Holt is among the top 10 strikers bidding to be the Championship's leading scorer - according to the bookmakers' pre-season odds.

Holt, who scored 30 times in all competitions in his first season with the Canaries, is a 16/1 shot with some bookies to bag the most goals as he moves up a division in 2010-11.

The 29-year-old has played very little football at Championship level, but is still seen as one of the major threats to opposing defences - whether or not he gets the opportunity to get off the mark at home to Watford tomorrow night.


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Holt's pre-season preparations have been badly disrupted by a thigh injury and his involvement against the Hornets has been put in doubt by a scheduled magistrates' court appearance in Shropshire tomorrow, relating to an alleged motoring offence.

Scotland international Kris Boyd, Middlesbrough's summer signing from Glasgow Rangers on a two-year contract, is the favourite to finish top scorer in the division with odds as short as 6/1 with some bookies. Cardiff's Michael Chopra is another leading fancy with odds ranging from 9/1 to 12/1.

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Holt is 16/1 with William Hill and Eurosport to top the goals table, but Coral and Ladbrokes make him 25/1.

Chris Martin, who struck 23 times last season in a profitable partnership with Holt, is 33/1 with William Hill, while Coral offer the same odds for new signing Simeon Jackson.

City's Oli Johnson is a 50/1 shot with William Hill, while Wes Hoolahan is rated 100/1 by Coral and Ladbrokes.

Ex-Canaries also figure prominently with Nottingham Forest's Robert Earnshaw a 20/1 shot with William Hill, who make former loan signing Leroy Lita, of Middlesbrough, 16/1.

t CHAMPIONSHIP TOP SCORER ODDS 2010-11

t Ladbrokes - Boyd (Middlesbrough) 8/1; Chopra (Cardiff), Maynard (Bristol City) 12/1; Sharp (Doncaster) 14/1; McDonald (Middlesbrough), Paterson (Burnley) 16/1; Fryatt (Leicester), Nugent (Portsmouth) 20/1; Holt (Norwich), Campbell (Leicester) Earnshaw (Nottm For), Folan (Hull), Lita (Middlesbrough), Whittingham (Cardiff) 25/1. Others include: Chris Martin (Norwich), Jackson (Norwich) 50/1, Hoolahan (Norwich) 100/1.

t Coral - Boyd 7/1; Chopra 10/1; Maynard, McDonald 14/1; Fryatt, Lita, Sharp 20/1; Holt, Earnshaw, Nugent, Paterson, Whittingham 25/1. Others include: Jackson 33-1; Chris Martin 40-1; Hoolahan 100-1.

t William Hill - Boyd 13/2; Chopra 11/1; Maynard 12/1; McDonald, Nugent 14/1; Holt, Fryatt, Lita, Sharp 16/1; Earnshaw 20/1; Folan, Paterson 22-1. Others include: Chris Martin 33-1; Jackson 40/1; Johnson (Norwich) 50/1.

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