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West Ham United v Dinamo Zagreb: How to watch the Europa League from anywhere in the world

West Ham United v Dinamo Zagreb
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West Ham United v Dinamo Zagreb, BT Sport, Thursday 9 December, 8pm GMT

West Ham will be looking to maintain their unbeaten record in the Europa League when they host Dinamo Zagreb on Thursday.

Some wondered whether the Hammers would be able to balance domestic and continental commitments this term, but they have done a fine job of it so far. David Moyes's men remain in fourth place in the Premier League following their come-from-behind victory over Chelsea (opens in new tab) at the weekend. We are approaching the midway point of the campaign and West Ham (opens in new tab) look like genuine top four contenders.

They are also going strong in Europe. West Ham have already booked their place in the round of 16 heading into matchday six. Their five games to date have yielded four victories and a draw, with West Ham scoring 11 goals and conceding just two. Moyes has decided to take the competition seriously but that stance has not adversely affected his team's form in the Premier League.

The Scot has tended to stick with a settled starting XI domestically, with fringe members of the squad granted an opportunity in the Europa League. Alphonse Areola, Andriy Yarmolenko, Mark Noble and Nikola Vlasic all started in the 2-0 triumph over Rapid Vienna last month. They will hope to be involved again on Thursday.

There are problems at the back, however. Having already lost Angelo Ogbonna to a cruciate ligament injury, West Ham are now without Ben Johnson, Aaron Cresswell, Kurt Zouma and Ryan Fredericks. Cresswell could be passed fit in time for this match, but West Ham would still be short of options in defence.

Dinamo Zagreb will hope to take advantage of those injury woes. The Croatian outfit are second in Group H at present and must avoid defeat to advance to the preliminary knockout round. They lost 2-0 to West Ham on matchday one and will be hoping for a more positive outcome at the London Stadium.

Kick-off is at 8pm GMT and the game is being shown live on BT Sport ESPN (opens in new tab) in the UK.

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Use a VPN to watch a West Ham United v Dinamo Zagreb live stream from outside your country

If you’re on holiday or just simply out of the country, your domestic on-demand services won’t work – the broadcaster knows exactly where you are from your IP address. Your access to the game will be automatically blocked, which is annoying if you’ve paid a subscription fee and don't want to use an illegal stream that decides to buffer at the worst possible moment. And that's where we recommend ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) (more on which below). 

All you need to do is get a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to get beyond such aggravations (assuming it complies with your broadcaster’s T&Cs). A VPN creates a private connection between your device and the internet, meaning suppliers can’t work out where you are and what you’re doing. The info going to and from is entirely encrypted.

There are plenty of options out there, including: 

ExpressVPN including a 30-day, money-back guarantee

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Greg Lea is a freelance football journalist who's filled in wherever FourFourTwo needs him since 2014. He became a Crystal Palace fan after watching a 1-0 loss to Port Vale in 1998, and once got on the scoresheet in a primary school game against Wilfried Zaha's Whitehorse Manor (an own goal in an 8-0 defeat).