West Ham United v NK Domzale

Hirscher ‘not sure if he’s ready for another year’

West Ham will be looking to overturn a 2-1 deficit from the first leg of their Europa League Third Qualifying Round clash with NK Domzale in the return match at the Olympic Stadium on Thursday.

The Hammers were undone by two Matic Crnic goals in the first-leg tie played at the Stadion Stozice in Slovenia last Thursday and are now fighting secure their spot in the play-off round and avoid a very premature end to their European adventure.

Slaven Bilic's side will be playing their first match at their impressive new stadium and the manager is hoping that despite not having a full complement of players to choose from, that his side will quickly adjust to their new surroundings.

Speaking to the club's official website, he said: "We have been talking about the new Stadium for a long time but now it is done and it is great that we have sold out Season Tickets. It is now up to us to play good and to keep the amount of people who are coming to watch hungry and motivated to watch us all the time.

"It will not feel like last year, but when we go out in front of 54,000 fans I am sure we will feel at home.

"We have to adjust to the new Stadium and there is no better way to adjust than to win a game. The wins reduced the time necessary to adjust and hopefully we will start on Thursday.

"The players are looking forward to it."

Bilic explained that a number of players aren't available for selection for this crucial tie.

Dimitri (Payet) is joining us later in the week and we will not have James Collins or Angelo Ogbonna available for the game. It is too early for them and they have not had the right amount of training.

"We are without a few injured players like (Aaron) Cresswell, but we have a good team and have been training hard."

"(Manuel) Lanzini is another blow for us. He was with us for the first part of the pre-season tour in America and then joined up with the Argentina team for the Olympics and got injured in a friendly game against Columbia."

He added: "We had a negative result in the first game and we know we will have to play better than what we did in the first leg.

"We have a job to do against a team who know how to play good football. Me and my staff knew that before the first game but I am confident we are going to play better than what we did in Slovenia and that we will beat them with the result that will see us qualify for the play-off stages."

Domzale coach Luka Elsner, who uses a number of techniques to inspire his players, is quietly confident his side can complete the job they started a week ago:

His ideas include screening motivational movies for his players to watch such as the film 300, which recalls the story of King Leonidas as he led 300 Spartans to a victory on the battlefield over the Persian "god-King" Xerxes, who had 300,000 soldiers in tow.

Elsner said: "We are an army, we need to stick together to even have a chance of competing. West Ham have so much quality that if we did not work as a group then we would not have had a chance.

"Like 300, we are small and outnumbered, but we do everything we can to hold our position. We use a lot of motivational stuff through the season. The mental side is huge. We want to be ready to fight on the field."

Crnic is surely the one to watch for Domzale in attack, while French midfielder Benjamin Morel is expected to continue to pull the strings for his side from the middle of the park.