Is West Ham vs FCSB on TV tonight? Kick-off time, channel and how to watch the Europa Conference League clash

West Ham will be looking to put the pain of the controversial 2-1 defeat by Chelsea behind them last weekend when they play their first game of the Europa Conference League group stage against Romanian side FCSB on Thursday night.

The Hammers thought they had earned a 2-2 draw against their London rivals when Maxwel Cornet found the net late on, but a VAR review inexplicably revealed Jarrod Bowen had fouled Edouard Mendy during the set-up, despite the goalkeeper from Chelsea had apparently just met a muddle of the situation and then feigned injury, although Bowen had had minimal or no contact with him.

The result leaves David Moyes’ men in the Premier League relegation zone at this early stage of the season, although their performances have more than justified that and they hope to return against an FCSB side struggling with their own domestic woes bouncing back – with just one win from their first seven games and ranked 13th out of 16 teams in the Romanian top flight.

West Ham reached the semi-finals of the Europa League last season and after significant investments in the summer will have serious ambitions to win the Conference League, with a group also including Anderlecht and Silkeborg ending their current focus after a 6-1 aggregate win over the Danish club Viborg in the group has qualifying round.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the group stage opening game.

When does West Ham play FCSB?

The game will kick off at 20:00 BST on Thursday 8th September. It will be played at the London Stadium in Stratford.

How can I view it?

It will be shown live on BT Sport 2 with coverage from 7:45pm. It will also be streamed live on the BT Sport website and mobile app for BT Sport customers.

Team News

David Moyes could stick with the back three he used against Chelsea at the weekend or return to a back four, although ultimately the line-up of the starting XI is likely to remain similar. Declan Rice’s two-game ban in European competition is over so he could join either Manuel Lanzini or Flynn Downes in midfield, provided Tomas Soucek is rested. Craig Dawson has returned to full training but may not start, while centre-back Nayef Aguerd is long injured and full-backs Aaron Creswell and Ben Johnson have serious doubts as they struggle with lingering muscle injuries.

Left-back Ionuţ Panţîru, midfielder Adrian Șut, winger Andrei Dumiter, defender Iulian Cristea and defensive midfielder Ovidiu Popescu are missing from FCSB with knee injuries. Andrea Compagno could keep his place at the top ahead of Bogdan Rusu and Ianis Stoica after scoring in their last game.

Expected Lineups

West Ham XI: areola; Coufal, Sweeper, Ogbonna, Palmieri; rice, lanzini; Cornet, Paqueta, Bowen; Scamacca

FCSB-XI: Tarnovanu; Pantea, Tamm, Dawa, Radunovic; Dulca, Edjouma; Cordea, Miculescu, Coman; Compagno

opportunities

West Ham: 1/5

Draw: 5/1

FCSB: 1.11

forecast

This is a competition West Ham are keen to win and although David Moyes could change teams they should be far too strong for their Romanian opponents. Westham 4-1 FCSB

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