West Ham United begin their second season in continental football on Thursday night when they host Steaua Bucharest in the Europa Conference at London Stadium.
David Moyes’s side has a fantastic run in the Europa League last season after reaching the semi-final of the competition before losing to eventual winners Frankfurt.
Steaua Bucharest is returning to the UEFA club competition group stage for the first time since 2017-18 as the Romania giants reached Europa League last 32 back then.
At a time when West Ham is occupying a spot in the Premier League relegation zone, FCSB finds themselves towards the bottom of Romania’s equivalent.
West Ham will be clashing with Steaua Bucharest for the third time as the London team lost 2-0 away from home and drew their home tie 0-0 in the 1999-2000 UEFA Cup second round.
The Hammers had the likes of Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard, Joe Cole, and Paolo Di Canio all playing for them but couldn’t get the job done.
West Ham had to overcome a qualification hurdle before making it to the Europa Conference League Group phase as they put 3 goals past their opponents, Viborg, in each leg of that doubleheader.
Hammers have scored in each of their last four matches and claim 2 wins in their last five fixtures.
West Ham United have 2 clean sheets in their last five games.
Steaua Bucharest bounced back in style as they recorded a 4-2 win in the 2nd leg and progressed 4-3 on aggregate against Norwegian club, Viking.
The Romania club managed to register just 2 away wins from their last six outings on the road in all competitions.
Steaua Bucharest have scored in each of their last 5 matches and conceded 2 or more in four of the same number of games.