Matchday 2 of this season's Europa Conference League is drawing into view with a full set of fixtures as Hearts and West Ham's games are both away from home, so are unaffected by policing priorities ahead of Queen Elizabeth II's funeral on Monday. 

Read on for previews of the Hammers' trip to Silkeborg IF and Hearts visit to RFS, as well as how to watch any of this Thursday's other matches.


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RFS vs Hearts, 7.30pm (KO 8pm) on BT Sport 1 - Live stream

Hearts' first appearance in the group stage of a European competition for 18 years got off to a sobering start against Istanbul Basaksehir, as the Turkish side put four past Robbie Neilson's men without reply at Tynecastle. 

Peter Haring could have given the hosts the lead when his header was cleared off the line, but on 26 minutes Hasan Ali Kaldirim's thunderbolt punished the Jambos, who had failed to clear their lines on several occasions. 

Alarm bells must have been ringing for Neilson when Youssouf Ndayishimiye was left unmarked to head home from a corner midway through the second half and former Roma and Fulham striker Stefano Okaka then weaved past some weak challenges before firing in for number three via a deflection off Stephen Kingsley, and another unfortunate ricochet for Hearts brought up the fourth on 82 minutes. 

It would be hard to imagine a much worse performance to open your campaign, so a visit to Latvia capital Riga to play RFS may help arrest a run of three straight losses in all competitions. 

However, RFS became just the second Latvian side in history to reach the group stage of a European competition - after Ventspils qualified for the Europa League in 2009/10 - and will certainly be no pushovers, as they are currently on a 10-match unbeaten run. 

Last season saw Viktors Morozs' men win the Virsliga, the country's top flight, for the first time in history, and they sit third this season, seven points off leaders Valmiera, with their campaign having started in March and ending in November. 

Their Europa Conference League bow saw them cause a shock as they came from behind to hold Fiorentina to a 1-1 draw, the team's top scorer Andrej Ilic smartly sliding home his 19th of the campaign (and scoring his 20th at the weekend in a 3-0 win over Spartaks Jurmala). In short, this will be no easy task for Hearts. 

Silkeborg IF vs West Ham, 7.45pm (KO 8pm) on BT Sport 2 - Live stream

West Ham may have made a sluggish start against FCSB (formerly known as Steaua Bucharest), but they stormed back in the second half through a Jarrod Bowen penalty, Emerson Palmieri's close-range strike and Michail Antonio's clincher. 

After a slow start to the season, this win continues an encouraging run of form for the Irons, who ran Chelsea extremely close earlier this month and took a point off Tottenham just before that, having claimed their first three points of the campaign during the last weekend of August against Aston Villa. 

Following the postponement of their weekend clash with Newcastle, due to Queen Elizabeth II's passing, they head to Silkeborg IF as heavy favourites to continue their positive spell, with summer signings including Maxwel Cornet, Thilo Kehrer, Emerson Palmieri and Lucas Paqueta all getting minutes under their belt. 

This Conference League campaign represents Silkeborg's most meaningful European foray. 

SIF, as they are often known, claimed the 1996 Intertoto Cup and won the Danish Cup five years later, but progress to the knockout stage of Europe's third-tier competition would be hugely significant in what is just their fourth season back in the Danish top flight - the Superliga - where they currently sit fourth in the 12-team division. 

Unlike West Ham, Silkeborg played at the weekend, beating AGF 1-0 to end a run of four games without victory in all competitions. 

Managed by former Aston Villa centre-back Kent Nielsen, their most well-known player is probably Nicklas Helenius, who enjoyed a difficult one-season spell at Villa Park before returning to Denmark, where he has enjoyed much more success and finished as the top scorer in last season's Superliga with 16 goals. 

Thursday's other Europa Conference League fixtures

Gent vs Shamrock Rovers: 5.30pm (KO 5.45pm), BT Sport 3 - Live stream

Apollon Limassol vs Dnipro-1: 5.45pm KO - Live stream

AZ Alkmaar vs Vaduz: 5.45pm KO - Live stream

Djurgardens IF vs Molde: 5.45pm KO - Live stream

CFR Cluj vs Sivasspor: 5.45pm KO - Live stream

Slavia Prague vs Ballkani: 5.45pm KO - Live stream

Pyunik vs Slovan Bratislava: 5.45pm KO - Live stream

Zalgiris vs Basel: 5.45pm KO - Live stream


Istanbul Basaksehir vs Fiorentina: 7.45pm (KO 8pm), BT Sport 4 - Live stream

FCSB vs Anderlecht: 8pm KO - Live stream

Hapoel Be'er Sheva vs Villarreal: 8pm KO - Live stream

Lech Poznan vs Austria Vienna: 8pm KO - Live stream

Koln vs Slovacko: 8pm KO - Live stream

Partizan Belgrade vs Nice: 8pm KO - Live stream