HEAD-TO-HEAD: West Brom vs Hull City - What can we expect from tonight's game?

We analyse the stats from West Bromwich Albion's and Hull City's starts to the season to see what we can expect from tonight's game.

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Hull City may currently be ahead of West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League table, but the stats suggest that they won't be for too long if their current displays continue.

The two sides meet in League Cup action tonight and it will be interesting to see how their league form translates into the cup. 

Although Hull have made a brighter start to the campaign than the Baggies, they have very similar statistics and, in-fact, Alan Irvine's men come out on top in one noticeable area. 

  GoalsOpp GoalsPossessionPassing AccuracyShotsShots againstTacklesMatches
Hull City 7 7 44.8% 78.026449643947% 50 91 98 5
West Brom 3 7 45% 78.184553660983% 57 50 95 5

Although the two sides share similar passing and possession statistics there is a vast difference between the amount of shots that both have allowed on their goal.

Although both the teams have conceded seven goals, the Baggies defence has been far sturdier and actually has not allowed opposition teams too many opportunities. 

Ben Foster has only had to face 50 shots on his goal, but Albion have been punished by the opposition's ruthlessness, whilst Hull have been far more fortunate. 

The Tigers have had to stand strong against a barrage of strikes - 91 in total - but they have come out unscathed so far. 

Whether they can continue to allow this number of shots on their goal throughout the season remains to be seen, but they will be encouraged by their ability to withstand heavy pressure. 

West Brom, also, will look at that stat with anticipation and know that it could be a good chance to start racking up the goals in the campaign.

Irvine's men have only netted three times in their first five games, with their lack of a clinical striker all too obvious, and the Scottish manager will be looking towards his front-men to step up to the plate as soon as possible.

Both these clubs may feel that they have a decent chance of winning the League Cup this season and, although Premier League survival remains the main objective, a long run in the tournament could be a real boost to their respective fan-bases. 

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