HEAD-TO-HEAD: Jordan Rhodes vs Matej Vydra - Blackburn and Watford stars face off

Jordan Rhodes of Blackburn Rovers

Premier League target vs ex-Premier League - which striker has impressed this Championship season

Head To Head Rhodes vs VydraWatford’s Matej Vydra enjoyed a remarkable first season in English football, winning the 2013 Championship Play of the Year award, and ending the season as the Hornets top scorer.

His form warranted a loan to the top flight, although he struggled with West Bromwich Albion last season, and he returned to Vicarage Road for this campaign.

His Watford side head to Ewood Park on Saturday, ready to face a Blackburn team containing one of the other attacking stars outside of the Premier League - Jordan Rhodes.

24-year-old Rhodes has scored an impressive 56 goals in 97 games since his arrival in Lancashire, having made his name with a better than one-in-two strike rate at Huddersfield Town. His form in the Championship has brought the interest of a number of top flight sides, although he once again shook off the vultures by signing a contract extension this summer, keeping him with Rovers until 2019.

This season has started no differently for Rhodes, having netted four goals in eight games, whilst Vydra has suffered since his return to Hertforshire, netting just twice this season for the Hornets, with off-pitch trouble meaning Watford have yet to start the season in earnest - despite sitting in the top-four.

However, with the injury of Troy Deeney, Vydra is set to lead the line at Ewood Park, and he will be looking to improve upon his start to the season.

  Mins PlayedGoalsShots On TargetConversion RateAssistsKey PassesTouchesAppearances
Jordan Rhodes 655 4 6 24% 1 3 233 8
Matej Vydra 439 2 3 20% 0 8 190 6

Despite Rhodes scoring two more goals than Vydra, both forwards have had fairly consistent seasons, recording just one shot on target every two games, and holding similar conversion rates across the early part of the campaign.

Both teams have been free scoring this season, with Rovers netting 14 in eight games - one less than the Hornets. Rhodes has managed to lay on one assist for his teammates from three key passes, whereas Czech international Vydra has played eight key passes, but has failed to register an assist. It is an impressive statistic for Vydra, but it shows little on his match winning impact due to the profligacy of his team mates.

What is evident from their respective touch count - 233 to 190 - is how the forwards play. Both poachers, they are known to sit on the edge of play and change the match with precise finishing, generally playing off a larger striker - Rudy Gestede and Troy Deeney respectively.

Rhodes has had fewer touches than any Rovers man to feature more than five times, whilst Vydra has had the fewest of any Hornet with more than six appearances to his name.

Both forwards will be looking to make the difference at Ewood Park on Saturday, but it is hard to imagine Vydra netting with the absence of Deeney. Having no large striker to play off reduces his efficiency, and when acting as the focal point of the attack, he offers little in the way of goalscoring threat. Whilst Watford may snatch a result in Lancashire, one would count on Rhodes being the more effective striker, leaving Vydra searching for his third goal of the season.

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