West Ham return to European motion for the primary time since their historic Convention League triumph as they host Backa Topola tonight.
The Hammers mechanically certified for the Europa League by profitable UEFA’s third-tier competitors on an unbelievable night time in Prague.
David Moyes’ facet made their followers’ goals come true by turning into European champions and they’ll now be aiming to make extra reminiscences.
The Premier League outfit are one of many favourites to win the competitors alongside Liverpool and Brighton.
They usually start the marketing campaign in opposition to Backa Topola having been drawn alongside the Serbian workforce plus Freiburg and Olympiacos in Group A.
West Ham vs Backa Topola: Tips on how to observe
This Europa League Group A conflict will happen on Thursday, September 21.
Kick-off on the London Stadium is scheduled for 8pm.
The sport will probably be broadcast dwell on TNT Sports activities 2.
Followers can watch the sport on tv or you may stream the match on the Discovery+ website or by way of the app.
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West Ham vs Backa Topola: Crew information
West Ham XI: Fabianski, Kehrer, Mavropanos, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Ward-Prowse, Fornals, Kudus, Paqueta, Benrahma, Ings.
Subs: Anang, Areola, Aguerd, Coufal, Johnson, Palmeri, Zouma, Soucek, Coventry, Cornet, Antonio, Mubama.
Backa Topola XI: Simic, Cvetkovic, Antonic, Dordevic, Petrovic, Radin, Dakovac, Tojic, Kuveljic, Stanic, Jovanovic,
Subs: Ilic, Jorgic, Vlalukin, Krstic, Mircevski, Pantovic, Vulic, Rakonjac, Cirkovic, Milovanovic, Sos.
West Ham vs Backa Topola: What has been mentioned?
West Ham legend Mark Noble is worked up by the Hammers’ upcoming Europa League marketing campaign.
Noble mentioned: “It’s a tricky group – however you have a look at the groups within the draw they usually’re all robust.
“It’s one thing to look ahead to and we’ve began the season nicely. We’ve obtained a prime workforce from Germany, a prime workforce from Greece and we’ve got to go to Serbia too, which is a extremely robust place to go and play.
“Whenever you play in Europe you see some actually nice atmospheres. The exhibits the followers placed on are unbelievable, and we’ve plucked some groups with unbelievable help.
“It’s thrilling – you need to play within the massive video games, you need to go the unbelievable cities and play the perfect groups. That’s why we’re on this competitors.”
West Ham vs Backa Topola: Match information
- Reigning UEFA Europa Convention League champions West Ham United gained 14 video games in European competitors final season (together with qualifiers), probably the most ever wins by an English workforce in a single season. Solely Atlético de Madrid in 2011-12 have ever gained extra in a season (17).
- Backa Topola are competing in main European competitors for the primary time of their historical past. They’re the primary debutant Serbian workforce since Borac Cacak in 2008-09, who misplaced 4-1 to Ajax within the UEFA Cup of their first match.
- That is the primary ever assembly between West Ham United and Backa Topola, and the Hammers’ first ever recreation in opposition to Serbian opponents.
- Solely two gamers scored extra Convention League objectives final season than West Ham’s Michail Antonio (6). Antonio additionally netted two Europa League objectives for the Hammers in 2021-22, with the Jamaican scoring 5 in his final 5 on the London Stadium in main European competitors.
- Backa Topola are the primary facet to face English opponents of their debut recreation in main European competitors since Estonian workforce FCI Levadia in September 2006, who misplaced 1-0 to Newcastle. The final facet to win of their first ever main European recreation in opposition to an English workforce was Trelleborgs FF in September 1994 in opposition to Blackburn Rovers, with Rovers additionally making their main European bow in that recreation.
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