West Ham United will aim to begin their UEFA Europa League campaign on a strong note when they face Dinamo Zagreb at Stadion Maksimir on Thursday. The UEFA Europa League is set to kick off on Thursday, with Matchday 1 of the group stage slated for this week. And West Ham United will be hoping to start their campaign on a positive note when they take on Dinamo Zagreb at Stadion Maksimir.
Dinamo Zagreb have been the case of varied fortunes in domestic football and Europe so far this season. The Purgeri have been largely imperious in 1. HNL, sitting atop the table following their opening seven games. However, in Europe, Damir Krznar are in the Europa League as they failed to make it to the Champions League via the playoffs route, losing to Sheriff Tiraspol in the final round.
West Ham United, on the other hand, are in the Europa League group stage courtesy of securing a top six finish in the Premier League last season. The Hammers have only played league football so far this term, and they are unbeaten after their first four outings, winning twice and drawing as many games to sit 8th in the standings.
Thursday’s fixture will be the first occasion wherein Dinamo Zagreb and West Ham United will clash with each other and ahead of the latest meeting between the two sides, The Hard Tackle takes a closer look at the encounter. Damir Krznar has a number of injury issues hampering his preparations ahead of the visit of West Ham United. On Thursday, the Dinamo Zagreb manager will be bereft of the services of three first-team players.
First-choice goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic continues to be sidelined; as are Dino Peric and Mario Gavranovic. However, captain Arijan Ademi is likely to be fit enough to start after recently making his recovery from an injury. In the absence of Livakovic, Danijel Zagorac will deputise between the sticks for Dinamo Zagreb, who will line up in a 3-4-3 formation against West Ham. The three-man central defensive unit will comprise of Rasmus Lauritsen, Josip Sutalo and Kevin Theophile-Catherine, with Stefan Ristovski and Francois Moubandje being deployed out wide.
West Ham’s momentum has slowed a little recently with back-to-back draws against Crystal Palace and Southampton, however, they remain unbeaten in four games and saw their squad significantly bolstered by the arrivals of Kurt Zouma, Nikola Vlasic and Alex Kral towards the end of the transfer window.
- 1 When is it and what time is kick-off?
- 2 How to watch Dinamo Zagreb vs West Ham Live Stream on TV and online?
- 3 What is the team news?
- 4 Where and how to watch Dinamo Zagreb vs West Ham live online
- 5 Match officials
- 6 West Ham possible line-up
- 7 Dinamo Zagreb possible line-up
- 8 Teams information
- 9 Kick-off
When is it and what time is kick-off?
The match will get underway at 5.45pm BST on Thursday 16 September.
How to watch Dinamo Zagreb vs West Ham Live Stream on TV and online?
Match: Dinamo Zagreb vs West Ham
Competition: Uefa Europa League
Date: September 16th
Kickoff: 12:45 pm ET
Venue: Stadion Maksimir, in Zagreb (Croatia)
Where to watch: Arena Sport (Croatia), ESPN, Fox Sports Mexico (Mexico), BT Sport (UK), CBS, TUDN Deportes (USA)
What is the team news?
West Ham have little in the way of injury concerns and Michail Antonio’s suspension after being sent off against Southampton has no bearing on his participation in Europe.
Where and how to watch Dinamo Zagreb vs West Ham live online
This match Dinamo Zagreb and West Ham is schedulled by Thursday September 16th at 12:45 pm ET and will be broadcast by Arena Sport (Croatia), ESPN, Fox Sports Mexico (Mexico), BT Sport (UK), CBS, TUDN Deportes (USA). You can check all the details here on VAVEL, with minute by minute and pre-match coverage 1 hour before kick-off in Croatia.
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (FRA)
1st Assistant Referee: Guillaume Debart (FRA)
2nd Assistant Referee: Benjamin Pages (FRA)
Fourth official: Amaury Delerue (FRA)
Video Assistant Referee (VAR): Benoît Millot (FRA)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee (AVAR): Mikael Berchebru (FRA)
UEFA Delegate: Iveta Bankova (BUL)
UEFA Referee observer: Fritz Stuchlik (AUT)
West Ham possible line-up
Areola; Fredericks, Zouma, Ogbonna, Johnson; Kral, Noble; Yarmolenko, Vlasic, Bowen; Antonio.
Head coach: David Moyes.
Dinamo Zagreb possible line-up
Zagorac; Lauritsen, Sutalo, Theopile-Catherine; Ristovski, Ademi, Misic, Franjic; Orsic, Petkovic, Ivanusec.
Coach: Damir Krznar.
Dinamo Zagreb have played 15 times this season, winning nine (Valur twice, Omonoia, Hrvatski Dragovoljac, Legia Warsaw, Gorica, Lokomotiv Zagreb, Osijek and Šibenik), drawing four (Rijeka, Legia Warsaw, Sheriff) and losing two (Slaven Koprivnica, Sheriff). West Ham, meanwhile, are undefeated this season, with two wins (4-2 at Newcastle and 4-1 at Leicester) and two draws (2-2 with Crystal Palace and 0-0 with Southampton).
Dinamo Zagreb and West Ham are in group H, the same as Genk (Belgium) and Rapid Vienna (Austria). All four clubs are aiming to win the competition for the first time. The duel between Croatians and Englishmen is at the Stadion Maksimir, in Zagreb, and is scheduled for 12:45 pm ET.