Is this how West Ham will line-up in Europa League opener vs Domzale

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic

West Ham United travel to Slovenia for their Europa League third qualifying round first leg against NK Domzale on Thursday night.

West Ham's manager Slaven Bilic looks dejectedWest Ham's manager Slaven Bilic looks dejected

The Hammers have had a disappointing pre-season so far.

Slaven Bilic's struggles to sign a striker have been well documented while Aaron Cresswell and Manuel Lanzini have picked up knee injuries - with the former out for four months.

West Ham's Aaron Cresswell in action with Watford's Juan ParedesWest Ham's Aaron Cresswell in action

More injuries than wins in pre-season

They have won only one of their five games so far, a resounding 3-0 victory over German second tier side Karlsruher SC despite Slaven Bilic fielding some strong line-ups including the likes of captain Mark Noble, Cresswell, Michail Antonio, Andy Carroll, Gokhan Tore and impressive new signing Sofiane Feghouli.

While West Ham fans prefer it that way, though, with memories of Avram Grant's undefeated pre-season followed by relegation still raw in the memory.

The Hammers will make the trip to Slovenia for the first leg of their all-important Europa League third round qualifier against Domzale on Thursday night after the tie was switched from East London to give the Olympic Stadium time to be finished.

Picture Supplied by Action Images *** Local Caption *** 2008-07-30T205222Z_01_LJU03_RTRIDSP_3_SOCCER-CHAMPIONS.jpgThe club is managed by one-time Slovenia international Luka Elsner (yellow kit), a Domzale legend

What do we know about West Ham's Europa League opponents Domzale?

Founded in 1921, originally as SK Disk, Domzale are nicknamed Ravbarji (The Brigands) or Rumeni (The Yellows).

They play at Sports Park, Domžale which has a tiny capacity of just 2,813 but the tie will be played 10 miles away in the capital in a 16,000 seater stadium.

The club is managed by one-time Slovenia international Luka Elsner, a Domzale legend.

Domzale have won both the Slovenian League and the Slovenian Supercup twice and the Slovenian Cup once and like Shakhtyor Soliogorsk are more experienced in European competition than West Ham in recent years having played Europa League football in four of the last five seasons.

For any West Ham fans planning on travelling to Slovenia, the average cost of a meal there is under £6 per head while domestic beer costs £1.84 and imported beer £2.51 per bottle on average.

West Ham manager Slaven BilicWest Ham manager Slaven Bilic

Is this how Bilic will line-up?

On the pitch West Ham will need to be better prepared than they were at the same stage of the competition last year when they were sent crashing out by Romanian minnows FC Astra.

Cresswell and Lanzini are both out and star man Dimitri Payet is on extended holiday after he helped France to the final of Euro 2016.

West Ham have always said they will use the competition to blood a crop of exciting youngsters.

But they can't afford to take too many risks in the qualifiers, with the group stage the best place for those young stars to get a taste of first team action.

Having said that two of them could be involved, so is this how Bilic will set his side out for the game?

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