Wilson vs Gestede: Who will come out on top as Aston Villa travel to Bournemouth?

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Who will decide Bournemouth's opening day tie with Aston Villa; Rudy Gestede or Callum Wilson?

Wilson Vs Gestede

Callum Wilson and Rudy Gestede will be relied upon by their respective teams, Bournemouth and Aston Villa, in the new Premier League season. 

Plying their trade in the Championship last term, there was little to split the duo, who both scored 20 goals apiece. However, the competition will be taken to a new level when the 2015/16 top-flight campaign gets underway on Saturday.

With newly promoted Bournemouth hoping to cause an upset against Tim Sherwood's Aston Villa, the outcome of the tie could come down to the individual success of Wilson and Gestede.

Ahead of the weekend's match-up, HITC Sport have analysed the statistics to see who will come out on top.

While the duo may been inseparable based on their final goal tally, the fact Gestede made fewer appearances for Blackburn stands him in good stead to be the more efficient striker - based on last season's statistics, in any case.

Having averaged 0.51 goals per game compared to the 0.44 recorded by Wilson, while converting 16.67% of his total chances to the Bournemouth striker's 15.50% success rate, Gestede holds a marginal advantage in front of goal. 

Creatively, however, the tables are turned. Having completed 74% of his passes last term - to Gestede's 61% - Wilson is clearly the more competent when in possession.

This composure is mirrored in his ability to fashion chances for his teammates, as he proved regularly throughout the previous campaign.

Having recorded 1.42 key passes and 0.16 assists per appearance, he is superior in this key area. 

Nonetheless, Gestede, who is actually the most competent striker in the air across the entire Football League, holds a significant advantage when it comes to headed duels won.

Having found success in an average 9.21 aerial duels per appearance, he is unrivalled across England.

Meanwhile, the Aston Villa man also holds a surprise monopoly when it comes to his overall dribble success.

Wilson is a striker who opts to use his athleticism to force his way in behind opposition defences, and it is, therefore, somewhat of a surprise to see him fall short to Gestede in this regard - 38% to 45%. 

Gestede could be the player to make the difference as Bournemouth welcome Aston Villa to the Vitality Stadium today.

While Wilson is certainly a very talented player - and he is likely to take the Premier League by storm - the Aston Villa summer signing is showing all of the right qualities to be a successful leading man for the Midlands club. 

Having emerged victorious in five of the eight key areas assessed, the former Blackburn striker is the man to have in your Fantasy League team this weekend. 

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