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West Ham v Viborg FF live stream and team news: Hammers seek to make Europa Conference League but will be without key men – kick-off time, TV channel and how to follow


West Ham will be looking to take a big step towards the Europa Conference League group stage tonight when they host Danish side Viborg FF in their first leg of the play-offs.

The Hammers enjoyed a superb season in Europe last term, reaching the semi-finals of the Europa League before losing to eventual champions Eintracht Frankfurt.

Moyes’ West Ham take on Viborg FF this week
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They finished seventh in the Premier League and will now be looking to qualify for Europe’s third competition this term.

First, they face a two-man match against Viborg.

Jacob Friis’ Greens also claimed seventh place in the Danish Superliga last season and West Ham will be eager to avoid any slip-up against the minnows.

But they will be without boss David Moyes, who is serving a one-match UEFA ban after throwing a ball at a ballboy in the Frankfurt defeat.

West Ham v Viborg FF: Date and how to follow

This Europa Conference League play-off will take place on Thursday, August 18.

The match at the London Stadium is scheduled to start at 7:45 p.m.

It will air on BT Sport 1 with coverage starting at 7.15pm.

BT Sport customers can stream this live through the app using their mobile devices, tablets or computers.

Updates will also be live on talkSPORT throughout the evening.

To tune into talkSPORT or talkSPORT 2 via the website, click HERE for the live stream. You can also listen through the talkSPORT app, on DAB digital radio, through your smart speaker and on 1089 or 1053 AM.

West Ham v Viborg FF live stream and team news: Hammers seek to make Europa Conference League but will be without key men – kick-off time, TV channel and how to follow
West Ham can’t afford a mistake against Viborg FF but will be without Rice
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West Ham v Viborg FF: Team News

West Ham are likely to rotate their squad for this match ahead of Brighton’s visit to the Premier League on Sunday.

The Hammers could make their instant debut for Germany defender Thilo Kehrer, who completed his £10million move from Paris St Germain on Wednesday.

New signings Gianluca Scamacca, Flynn Downes and Maxwel Cornet could also make their debuts.

The east Londoners will be without captain Declan Rice, banned after accusing the Frankfurt referee of “corruption”, and left-back Aaron Cresswell, sent off.

Nayef Aguerd remains with an ankle injury while Angelo Ogbonna and Craig Dawson are not yet fully fit.

Alphonse Areola will likely start in goal and believes West Ham are set to do better than in Europe last season.

Goalkeeper Areola said: “We did something good for the first time with the club, and now we hope to do even better.

“We are competitors. When you compete in Europe, you want to win.

West Ham v Viborg FF live stream and team news: Hammers seek to make Europa Conference League but will be without key men – kick-off time, TV channel and how to follow
West Ham couldn’t reach a fairytale Europa League final last season
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West Ham v Viborg FF: What was said?

Former West Ham defender Winston Reid joined the Hammers from Viborg’s Danish rivals Midtjylland in 2010.

About the encounter he said: “Viborg is about a 45 minute drive from Herning, the town where Midtjylland play, so they were our rivals, as you say.

“Viborg have been an up and down club for a few seasons, but emerged a few years ago and are doing well now.

“When I was growing up they were a bit of a club and won the Danish Cup and played in Europe.

“It’s a big game for them and their players will see it as a chance to play against a Premier League team and potentially get some attention, a bit like when players from smaller clubs play against Premier League teams in FA Cup.”

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