We take a look at the two dangermen involved in Saturday’s game between Brentford and Leeds.
The Bees host the tie, looking to claim their fourth win of the season and move into the top half of the table - a result that would take them above their Yorkshire-based opponents.
For Leeds, new boss Darko Milanic takes charge of his first game as head coach, looking to continue the run of four games without a defeat that Neil Redfearn oversaw. Having been appointed on Wednesday, his minimal time with the first-team squad will likely result in a similar line up to that experienced in recent weeks.
The star of the current team has been forward Souleymane Doukara, who has featured everywhere in attack, notably as either a winger or number 10, and he will be looking to impress the new boss at Griffin Park.
For either time to claim a result, their respective dangermen will have to be at the top of their games, and we take a look at who has had the best season so far in preparation for Saturday.
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Due to injury, Doukara has featured for less than half the amount of game time than Pritchard, but he has had a larger match winning impact despite his shorter spell on the pitch.
Pritchard has netted just one goal this season, whilst failing to register an assist, whereas Doukara has two goals and one assist to his name.
Despite the Leeds man’s better numbers, the profligacy of the Brentford team has brought Pritchard down, with his teammates failing to convert any of his 2.4 key passes played per game. Doukara has played just 0.8 per game but has still got an assist to his name due to the precise finishing of Mirco Antenucci.
Both forwards offer similar play when in control of the ball - winning 1.3 and 1.4 dribbles respectively - but it is the effectiveness of Doukara that shows his true quality.
Despite Pritchard having almost twice as many touches of the ball per game than his Leeds counterpart, he has had less impact with those touches. The Englishman gets heavily involved in play, but provides little in the way of match winning actions, whereas Doukara stays on the fringes of the game but is always effective with the ball.
It will be an interesting duel on Saturday between the two forwards, with both key men for their respective sides. Leeds are favourites for the tie, and if Brentford want to claim a result against the Yorkshire giants, they will be hoping that Pritchard can finally have the match winning impact that has been missing from his game this season.