Matej Vydra vs Britt Assombalonga: Watford and Forest forwards key in Championship race

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Watford and Nottingham Forest face off in the Championship on Tuesday night, with both sides chasing the Championship title.

Assombalonga vs Vydra

The striking duo have excelled in the Championship this season, with former Watford man Assombalonga leading the goalscoring charts with nine strikes in 12 games, and current Hornet Vydra with five in 10.

The pair spent one season together at Vicarage Road, with the young academy prospect graduating to the first-team in 2012, the same year that Vydra moved to Hertfordshire on his original loan move from Udinese. Assombalonga ended up making just four league appearances before he departed the club at the beginning of last season, joining Peterborough United for one season, then making the step up to Forest at the start of this campaign.

Whilst the 21-year-old was struggling to break into the Hornets first-team, Vydra was helping to lead the club to the 2013 Play-Off Final, scoring 20 goals in 41 games and earning a loan-switch to Premier League side West Bromwich Albion.

His spell in the top flight brought a return of just three goals in 23 games, and he left the club in the summer, agreeing to return to Vicarage Road, and he currently leads the scoring charts for the league leaders.

Forest and Watford face off in Hertfordshire on Tuesday evening, with the Hornets keen to create a six-point gap between themselves and Stuart Pearce’s side, who fell to their first league defeat of the season on Saturday. Having been joint-top of the table heading into last weekend, defeat at Cardiff knocked them off their perch, and they could be well down in the title race come the end of Tuesday.

For either team to achieve victory, the goalscoring prowess of their respective stars will be key - and a high scoring game is expected.

  Mins PlayedGoalsShots per GameConversion RateDribbles per GameTouches per Game
Britt Assombalonga 1080 9 3.1 24% 0.6 28.7
Matej Vydra 798 5 2 25% 1.5 38.6

Despite scoring fewer goals than his Forest compatriot, Vydra has actually been the better performer this season. After a poor start, which brought a return of just one goal in his first five games following his return to Watford, he has since scored four in six, whilst also registering an assist, as he filled in the void left by injured captain Troy Deeney.

He has fewer shots per game than Assombalonga, but holds a slightly higher conversion rate, and he completes almost one more dribble per game than the Forest man. Assombalonga is arguably a better poacher, touching the ball on average 29 times per game and still finding the back of the net nine times, but, with Forest currently struggling - they are on a run of five games without victory - he is not working hard enough for the good of the team to make up for bad service.

Vydra has been praised this season for the return of a work ethic absent during the last few months of his first spell with the Hornets, and he has consistently been dropping deep to help his teammates when under pressure; something that can be seen as he wins more tackles and interceptions per game than Assombalonga.

  Tackles per GameInterceptions per Game
Vydra 1.2 0.3
Assombalonga 0.1 0.1

It promises to be an exciting game at Vicarage Road on Tuesday, with both clubs vying for promotion to the Premier League this season. Watford are in the best run of form at the current time, but Forest have proven themselves over the course of the season as a strong team when playing to the best of their abilities. If either team wants to claim the victory, the respective managers will be looking for the attacking threats on show to perform - and it might just be Vydra who comes out on top.

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