Team news and stats ahead of Dinamo Zagreb v West Ham in Thursday’s Europa League group stage; Kick-off at 5.45 p.m.
West Ham The summer newcomers Alphonse Areola, Kurt Zouma and Alex Kral could make their debut for the club in Zagreb.
Club captain Mark Noble, Ryan Fredericks, Issa Diop, Manuel Lanzini and Andriy Yarmolenko could all be minutes on their feet in Croatia.
Defender Arthur Masuaku (knee) remains the Hammers’ only injury concern.
Dinamo Zagreb will be without goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic, Danijel Zagorac should replace him. Striker Mario Gavranovic and defender Dino Peric are also missing, but captain Arijan Ademi is back.
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- Dinamo Zagreb and West Ham United have never faced each other in European competition before. Zagreb have already played 17 games (including qualification) against English opponents in Europe and lost 11 of these games (S3 U3), despite the fact that they beat Tottenham 3-0 against English opponents last season in the Europa League.
- West Ham have previously met only one Croatian opponent, beating NK Osijek 6-1 overall in the first round of the UEFA Cup in September 1999.
- Dinamo Zagreb are unbeaten in their last 13 UEFA Europa League group matches (9 wins, 4 losses), won their last four in a row and conceded just one goal in their last eight games.
- West Ham have not participated in any major UEFA non-qualifying competition since the 2006/07 UEFA Cup (losing 4-0 overall to Palermo in the first round) and have not won any of their last four UEFA games of this type Cup between 1999 and 2006 without scoring all four goals. The last team they met were Croatian opponents NK Osijek, who won 3-1 in 1999 with goals from Paul Kitson, Neil Ruddock and Marc-Vivien Foe.
- West Ham coach David Moyes has not played in European competitions since 2013/14 as manager of Manchester United and led them to the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League before losing to Bayern Munich. He played his last game in the UEFA Europa League in February 2010, when Everton lost 3-0 to Sporting Lisbon in the second leg of the last 32 and fell 4-2 overall.
When are the group games of the Europa League?
Matchday 1: September 16, 2021
Matchday 2: September 30, 2021
Matchday 3: October 21, 2021
Matchday 4: November 4, 2021
Matchday 5: November 25, 2021
Matchday 6: December 9, 2021
All important dates of the Europa League
Round of 16: March 10 & 17, 2022
Quarter finals: April 7-14, 2022
Semifinals: April 28 & May 5, 2022
Final: May 18, 2022 (Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium, Seville)