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West Ham vs Viborg FF: Live stream, TV channel, preview and how to watch the Europa Conference League clash on BT Sport
West Ham play Danish outfit Viborg FF for a place in the Europa Conference League group stages, with the first leg exclusively live on BT Sport.
The first leg from the London Stadium will be shown exclusively live on BT Sport as the Hammers look to build a lead ahead of the return leg next week.
David Moyes will be looking to mastermind another European run after they reached the Europa League semi-finals last season, losing to eventual winners Eintracht Frankfurt.
When is West Ham vs Viborg FF?
Our coverage from the London Stadium gets underway at 7.15pm (8pm KO) on Thursday 18 August, live on BT Sport 1.
The match is also available to live stream on the BT Sport app or right here on bt.com/sport - full details below.
How to watch West Ham vs Viborg FF on your mobile
Watch on the go with the BT Sport app with a link to the live stream available at the top of the homepage when our coverage gets underway.
With the enhanced video player featuring an interactive timeline and multi-camera functionality, the app truly offers the most-immersive viewing experience available.
How to live stream West Ham vs Viborg FF on your laptop or TV
West Ham vs Viborg FF is available to live stream here!
Follow the link above or access the live stream via the bt.com/sport home page when our broadcast begins at 7.15pm.
With access to in-game stats, real-time table changes and more, our matchday page will enhance your viewing ever further.
If you're at home, you can watch all the action BT Sport 1 via BT TV, or BT Sport large screen app, which is available on most smart televisions.*
*BT Sport customers can download the BT Sport app on PS4, Xbox, Apple TV and Samsung Smart TVs (2015 models onwards). To watch the action, follow the link at the top of the homepage.
West Ham vs Viborg FF match preview
After coming agonisingly close to Europa League glory, West Ham will have to settle for the Europa Conference League this season after finishing seventh in the Premier League.
Danish side Viborg FF stand between them and a place in the group stages, which will be drawn on Friday 26 August.
Defeat at the City Ground was particularly galling after Said Benrahma had a goal controversially ruled out and Declan Rice spurned a glorious chance from the penalty spot.
Moyes bemoaned his side’s lack of cutting edge after the defeat. “It’s the final pass, the finish. We are trying to get the next bit,” he said.
Speaking ahead of Thursday’s match, he insisted the Europa Conference League is a great opportunity for the club.
“We finished seventh in the league last year and the fact people are talking about Europe is good.
“There are so many teams in the league who would shake your hand and thank you for European football.
“It is a great thing for West Ham. We have a play-off, and we want to get through.”
They already have work to do to match the last two season’s top-seven finishes and will again have to juggle a packed schedule should they overcome Viborg as expected.
Thursday’s opponents defeated B36 Torshavn of the Faroe Islands to set up the West Ham clash and are fourth in the Danish Superliga after five matches, winning three and losing two.
They beat second-placed Silkeborg on Sunday with goals from Jay-Rot Grot and Christian Sorensen, but will be without two players for the first leg because of visa issues.
Nigerian winger Ibrahim Said and Gambia forward Alassana Jatta not travelling because of entry rules for non-EU citizens following Brexit.
The visitors will be hoping they are catching West Ham at a good time, with Rice, Moyes and Aaron Cresswell all suspended for various indiscretions in last season’s Europa League.
New signings Gianluca Scamacca and Maxwel Cornet could both feature as West Ham look to ease the goalscoring burden on Michail Antonio.
BT Sport pundit Joe Cole has tipped West Ham to make their mark in the competition after their memorable Europa League run last season.
“If West Ham can go to the latter stages and win it, that changes the history for the club. It’s a great opportunity,” he said.
West Ham vs Viborg FF predicted team news
West Ham predicted line-up:
Areola, Coufal, Zouma, Kehrer, Johnson, Soucek, Downes, Cornet, Lanzini, Benrahma, Scamacca.
Viborg FF predicted line-up:
Lund, Anyembe, Zaletel, Burgy, Sorensen, Bonde, Gronning, Leemans, Said, Grot, Lonwijk
What if I can't watch the game live?
No problem. A highlights package of the clash will be made available to all shortly after the game on both the BT Sport app and bt.com/sport. We'll also publish in-game clips throughout the 90 minutes.
There will also be several opportunities to watch the match in full on TV and online after the event. For more information on the latest listings, check out our TV Guide.
What other live football does BT Sport show?
The Premier League campaign got off to a flyer on BT Sport, and there’s plenty more to come in the next few weeks.
Headlined by a cracking Merseyside derby at the start of September, our TV picks for the first eight gameweeks include a full midweek round of fixtures that will see every team feature across the BT Sport network.
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