Preview: West Ham United vs. Dinamo Zagreb

Preview: West Ham United vs. Dinamo Zagreb

West Ham United will look to wrap up the group stage of the Europa League in style on Thursday when they host Dinamo Zagreb, having the chance to finish undefeated.

While the Hammers have already secured qualification to the next round, a defeat could knock the visitors out, adding plenty of pressure onto this fixture.

West Ham United have relished playing in Europe this season, having been undefeated after the first five games, with qualification and the top spot getting wrapped up in the process.

The Hammers have only dropped points once in the competition which took place away at Genk when they shared the spoils with a 2-2 draw, but other than that they have been dominant.

Four wins earned them a place in the next stage, allowing their European journey to continue, meanwhile, the squad have continued their high level of performances in the Premier League.

David Moyes is keen to guide his team back into European competition next season and they head into Thursday’s match on the back of defeating Chelsea.

West Ham had to come from behind twice against the Blues in order to take all three points, with an 87th-minute goal from Arthur Masuaku securing the result.

On the other hand Dinamo Zagreb have only won once in their previous six fixtures across all competitions, meaning they head into this particular game with a lack of confidence.

Zeljko Kopic’s team have lost consecutively as they prepare for what could be a crucial European fixture as the need for points is high.

While they currently sit second in Group H, if Genk are able to secure a victory in their game, it would mean Dinamo Zagreb have to get at least a draw.

There is only two points separating the two teams right now and a victory would guarantee their qualification, although finishing top of the table is impossible.

They last faced West Ham on the opening game of the group and the Hammers were able to secure a comfortable 2-0 victory with goals from Michail Antonio and Declan Rice.

Therefore Dinamo Zagreb will need an improved performance this time around if they want to maintain their Europa League status this season without having to rely on other results.

West Ham United Europa League form:
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Dinamo Zagreb Europa League form:
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We say: West Ham United 2-1 Dinamo Zagreb
Even though West Ham United have already qualified for the next round, the squad will still be keen to win this and finish the group stage undefeated.

Coming off a strong Premier League victory, the Hammers should have enough quality and confidence to see them through, even though it will be a tough test.

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