Callum Wilson vs Glenn Murray: Will Bournemouth or Reading forwards have the biggest impact?

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Bournemouth host Reading on Tuesday evening, with Callum Wilson and Glenn Murray in match winning form.

Wilson vs Murray

Wilson has netted seven goals this season, having featured in every game for the South Coast club since his move from League One side Coventry in the summer.

Murray arrived to the Championship later than Wilson, having completed a half-season loan switch to the Madejski Stadium on September 1 from Crystal Palace, netting twice on his debut for the Royals in a 3-0 win over Fulham.

The Championship top scorer for the 2012/13 season, Murray was one of the key performers in Palace’s promotion to the Premier League, although, having suffered an injury in the play-off semi-final, the 31-year-old missed the opening months of their top flight campaign and has since failed to break back into the first-team set-up.

His move to the Royals offers him the chance to prove himself in a division that suits his abilities, and he will be looking to build upon his seasonal tally when Reading head to Dean Court on Tuesday evening.

  Mins PlayedGoalsShots per GameConversion RateDribbles per GameTouches per Game
Callum Wilson 1051 7 2 25% 1.2 33
Glenn Murray 584 3 4 11% 0.3 35

What can be seen from their seasonal statistics is how much more all-rounded Wilson is as a forward, completing more dribbles per game, and being more productive with the ball despite fewer touches. The 22-year-old is also much more consistent with his goal scoring, having half the amount of shots per game than Murray, but converting 14% more of his chances.

It is no surprise to see Wilson has scored more goals this season, with his tally of seven strikes coming in almost double the amount of minutes that Murray has played. And, having registered an impressive conversion rate of 25%, if Wilson was in a team who offered more attacking threat than the Cherries, he would arguably have a higher tally across the entire season.

Having recovered from a career threatening injury, Murray is still on the road to recovery, and he looks to be starting to find form. However, Wilson - currently third in the goalscoring charts - will surely have the largest impact at Dean Court on Tuesday, with the South Coast club looking to move into the top six of the Championship table.

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