• September 27, 2021

Exclusive: Hammers face opening Europa League clash in Croatia

 Exclusive: Hammers face opening Europa League clash in Croatia


West Ham will kick-start their European tour with a trip to Croatia to take on Dinamo Zagreb.

The Hammers are competing in the Europa League for the first time in their history after finishing sixth in the Premier League last season.

West Ham have continued their good form into the 2021/22 season

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West Ham have continued their good form into the 2021/22 season

West Ham have continued their good form into the 2021/22 season and are undefeated after four Premier League games with two wins.

But David Moyes knows his side face a tough test against Zagreb – who overturned a 2-0 first-leg deficit to beat Tottenham last term.

Dinamo Zagreb v West Ham: Date and kick-off time

This Europa League Group H tie is due to take place on Thursday, September 16.

It is taking place at the Stadion Maksimir in Croatia and kick-off is at 5.45pm UK time.

West Ham will then host Rapid Wien at the London Stadium on Thursday, September 30 before welcoming Genk on October 21.

Dinamo Zagreb v West Ham: talkSPORT commentary

Full coverage will be live on talkSPORT 2, with our pre-match build-up starting at 5pm.

Alex Crook and Matt Holland will provide live commentary and to tune in, click HERE for the live stream.

We’ll also have all the action in our live blog that will run throughout the evening on the talkSPORT website.

David Moyes has taken West Ham to a European group stage for the first time

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David Moyes has taken West Ham to a European group stage for the first time

Dinamo Zagreb v West Ham: Team news

The hosts are expected to without first-choice goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic after he missed their 2-0 win over Sibenik on Saturday.

That means Danijel Zagorac will once again deputise, with Mario Gavranovic and defender Dino Peric also set to miss out.

For West Ham, Michael Antonio’s red card in the Premier League at the weekend will not prevent him taking part and he will lead the line.

But Irons boss Moyes may look to rotate other members of his squad ahead of a crunch clash with former club Manchester United on Sunday.

That could mean new signings Kurt Zouma and Alex Kral are both in contention to make their full debuts.

Alphonse Areola could also make his first start in goal with the likes of Lukasz Fabianski and Craig Dawson afforded a rest.

Tottenham crashed out of the Europa League to Dinamo Zagreb last season

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Tottenham crashed out of the Europa League to Dinamo Zagreb last season

What has been said?

Moyes admitted last month that he was relishing overseeing European football at West Ham after the group stage was drawn.

“I’m really excited,” he said.

“We watched the draw this morning to see it and watched the pots come out.

“The biggest thrill was to see West Ham in one of the pots, back in Europe…”

He added: “The players earned it with their performances throughout the season, which rightly merited a place in European competition.”





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