Hull City struggles in the EFL Championship continue after the Tigers were handed their third consecutive loss by Luton Town. The Tigers are 22nd in the league table with nine points in 14 games. With nine goals for and 20 goals against, Hull City are the joint least goalscorers in the league.
Hull City have the lowest expected goal rate in the division. Barnsley and Hull City have scored the same number of goals. The xG rate is 11.24 and the team averages 0.74 xG per 90. The Tigers scored four past Preston North End in the opening weekend of the season. Since then they have only scored in four matches and scored more than one goal on a single occasion. They have created an xG of 4.25 from the centre and this is the lowest in the league. Swansea City who are ranked second last have an xG of 5.74 from the centre.
The main struggle behind their low xG rate is the number of shots on target. The Tigers have attempted 140 shots this season. They average ten shots per match and 9.2 shots per 90. Their shot accuracy is 26.4 and the team has 37 shots on target. Hull City averages 2.6 shots on target per game and five of these shots on target came in the first game itself. The above viz shows the shot map of Hull City in the previous match. The Tigers attempted nine shots and only had one shot on target. Most of the shots were attempted from outside the opposition penalty area. The xG rate of the team was 0.44 and this is less than their average xG rate for the season.
Hull City have struggled to hit the target from inside the opposition box. The Tigers have attempted 72 shots from outside the opposition box. Out of these 72 shots, 19 have been on target. The shots attempted from inside the penalty box are 68 and the table shows that the team is ranked rock bottom for the shots on target from inside the opposition penalty box.
The Tigers do not have a renowned goal scorer in their team. Youngster Keane Lewis Potter and experienced Josh Magennis have scored two goals each and are the highest goalscorers in the league for Hull City. Keane Lewis Potter has four goal contributions this season. Mallik Wilks, Richard Smallwood, Tom Eaves and Andy Cannon are the other players who have opened their accounts on the score sheet.
Hull City have failed to find the goal-scoring touch. The Tigers started their campaign by scoring four goals and scored only five goals in the other 13 matches. Grant McCann will have to look at what changes he could make to improve the goal threat and he would like to make some additions in the transfer window.