Derby welcome the Cherries to the Midlands, having remained undefeated in their last six Championship games, and currently sitting in the play-off places.
Their South Coast guests have not performed as well this season, although they are on a run of three games without defeat, winning three of nine and claiming 12 points.
Both clubs have been free scoring this season, with the Rams netting 17 in nine games, and their opponents registering three times fewer, and the ownership of potent strikers has aided their early starts to the season.
Chris Martin has five so far, whilst Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson, signed in the summer to replace Lewis Grabban has four, and both forwards will go head-to-head at the iPro Stadium looking to move up the table with a well-earned three points. With both teams also struggling to defend to a high quality this season, a high-scoring game is likely, so we take a look at whether Martin or Wilson will come out having made the bigger impact on Tuesday night.
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In the 4-3-3 that Derby set-up with, Martin is used in the central role, playing as a target man as a means to hold up possession for his teammates. Wilson is used as a much more traditional forward for Bournemouth, poaching chances when given the opportunity.
These differences in style account for a number of the statistical differences between the two, notably the touches accrued across the season. Despite playing just eight minutes less that Martin, Wilson has registered a staggering 190 less touches of the ball, with his play more focused upon taking chances as early as possible - something he is remarkably adept at.
He has scored four goals from 11 shots on target, registering a total conversion rate of 19%, a similar tally to Martin’s - five goals from 12 shots, converting 17% of his total shots.
As a target man, Martin also has a lot of creative output resting on his shoulders, and he has been unlucky yet to register an assist this season, with 12 key passes in nine games. With Wilson the highest player on the pitch for the Cherries, he is less focused on creating, and more willing to fight his way into goalscoring opportunities for himself - evident with his nine successful dribbles to Martin’s three.
The game on Tuesday promises to be an intriguing tie, with both teams set-up to play controlling football - Derby are the leading team for possession in the division, with Bournemouth in third - but with varying forms of attack to finish off goalscoring moves. Martin offers threat as both a scorer and a creator, whereas Wilson does little else except further his own goalscoring tally, and it will be interesting to see which style of forward play prevails at the iPro Stadium.