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West Ham vs Viborg: Europa Conference League preview

Qualification rounds in these sort of competitions have rarely been enjoyable affairs for the Hammers, in fact the club has never passed through a European play-off round to reach a tournament proper since group stages were introduced.

The name Astra Giurgiu no doubt still haunts many a West Ham fan after consecutive failures at the hands of the Romanians in 2015 and 2016, although David Moyes’ side showed last season that this could indeed be a new age of continental football in east London.

A two-legged showdown with Viborg, who finished seventh in last season’s Danish Superliga before winning a domestic play-off and knocking out the duo of Suduva and B36 Torshavn, stand between the Hammers and the Conference League groups.

Here are all the details ahead of kick-off…

Date, kick-off time and venue

West Ham vs Viborg is scheduled for a 7.45pm BST kick-off on Thursday, August 18, 2022.

London Stadium will host the match.

Where to watch West Ham vs Viborg

TV channel: The match will be televised on BT Sport 1 and Ultimate, with coverage beginning at 7.15pm.

Live stream: BT Sport subscribers will be able to watch the match online via the BT Sport website or app.

Live blog: You can follow all the action via Standard Sport’s live blog.

Declan Rice will be banned for the match

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West Ham vs Viborg team news

Declan Rice is suspended for both legs for his comments against the referee after West Ham were knocked out of last season’s Europa League semi-finals at Eintracht Frankfurt.

Likewise, Aaron Cresswell is banned for one game after his red card in that game and David Moyes serves a first-leg touchline ban for appearing to kick out at a ball boy.

Alphonse Areola, Flynn Downes, Maxwel Cornet and Gianluca Scamacca are all pushing for first starts since their permanent moves to the club this summer with changes likely.

West Ham vs Viborg prediction

The Europa Conference League play-off round tends not to be where you encounter the next European superpower in waiting, and West Ham can bag a confidence-boosting first win of the season on Thursday with relative ease.

A 2-0 West Ham win.

Head to head (h2h) history and results

These two sides have never met before.

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