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Europa League Football Prediction – Dinamo vs West Ham

Europa League Football Prediction – Dinamo vs West Ham

West Ham United will begin their Europa League campaign on Thursday, when they travel to Croatia to face Dinamo Zagreb. In anticipation of this European drama, here is our very first Europa League football prediction – Dinamo vs West Ham.

The Hammers earned automatic qualification after finishing sixth in the Premier League last season.

Meanwhile, their hosts were eliminated in the Champions League qualifying rounds.

Team News

Dinamo

  • Goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic is a doubt after missing the weekend game due to his injury, with Danijel Zagorac on standby.
  • With Dino Peric out, youngster Josip Sutalo could take the place of new signing Emir Dilaver at the back.
  • Meanwhile, captain Arijan Ademi made a timely comeback from injury on the bench over the weekend. And he should be ready to start in the Dinamo engine room.
  • Wing-backs Bartol Franjic and Stefan Ristovski were absent from the weekend’s victory but they may return here.

Dinamo Zagreb possible starting lineup: Zagorac; Lauritsen, Sutalo, Theopile-Catherine; Ristovski, Ademi, Misic, Franjic; Orsic, Petkovic, Ivanusec

West Ham

  • With a fully fit squad to choose from, David Moyes is likely to rotate. After all, he has fielded an unchanged starting XI in each of the league’s first four games.
  • New signings Alphonse Areola and Kurt Zouma are thus likely to arrive, and Nikola Vlasic could make his home debut.
  • Michail Antonio (the football news) would have earned a rest for this match. But because he is facing suspension from the Manchester United match (football prediction) this weekend, he may well start again.

West Ham United possible starting lineup: Areola; Fredericks, Zouma, Ogbonna, Johnson; Kral, Noble; Yarmolenko, Vlasic, Bowen; Antonio

Europa League Football Prediction – Dinamo vs West Ham

  • Dinamo Zagreb will face English and indeed London opposition for the first time since a memorable comeback victory over Tottenham. In the round of 16 last season, overcame a 2-0 away defeat to Spurs with a remarkable 3-0 home win courtesy of a Mislav Orsic hat-trick.
  • On the other hand, West Ham may reshuffle their deck after looking a little leggy against Southampton last weekend. But Moyes will still be confident in the squad depth he has built after a productive transfer window.
  • Following a shock defeat in Champions League qualifying to Moldovan outfit FC Sheriff, the hosts will expect to compete here. They reached the quarter-finals last year, and now, they will hope that home advantage is sufficient for them.

We see Thursday’s game finishing level in a result that will be relatively pleasing to both sides.

One this is for sure – it will undoubtedly be a closely-fought encounter.

Though Moyes may call on several squad players, West Ham’s front line should be able to escape with a result.

Our Prediction: Dinamo Zagreb 1-1 West Ham United

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