Match Today: West Ham United vs Steaua Bucharest 08-09-2022 European Conference League
West Ham United will seek to start their Europa League campaign with a victory on Thursday night when they host the Romanian side Steaua Bucharest.
West Ham kick off their Europa League quest at home on Thursday night with what appears to be a win-win opening test against Romanian side Minos FC Steaua Bucharest. Europe 2022/23 as one of the favorites to win the second edition of the tournament.
The Romanian side sold star midfielder Florin Tanasi - who was the club's top scorer last season with 20 goals - to UAE club Al Jazira last month. Since then, right winger David Miculescu has moved into his position and has not endured the same level of productivity.
West Ham United vs Steaua Bucharest
The Hammers had a slow start to the Premier League season and are currently in the relegation zone.
However, they could consider themselves unlucky as they did not score any points after their controversial 2-1 loss to Chelsea on Saturday due to a VAR error. Meanwhile, FC Steaua Bucharest are looking to make their mark in their Europa League debut.
for conferences after being eliminated in the preliminary round last season. However, progressing from this group will be difficult given that they have partnered with West Ham and Anderlecht.
Grigoras Panti and Resto Radonovic will act as full-backs and will take on the task of preventing his compatriots from bombing forward. Meanwhile, Malcolm Edjuma is set to be partnered with Marco Dulka in the double midfield pivot.
Steaua Bucharest vs West Ham United
Thursday's match will be only the third clash between West Ham and Steaua Bucharest.
The two teams previously met in a two-legged Europa League knockout match in 1999, with Romania winning 2-0 in the first leg and drawing 0-0 in the second. West Ham United have lost only one of their last six home matches in European competitions.
The Hammers have won each of their qualifying matches by two goals. Steaua Bucharest has not won three of its last four matches in all competitions, and they have remained so for four of their past six trips.
West Ham have won only twice in their last 10 home games in all competitions however, they will get another chance here, with Florenel Koeman and Andrei Cordia providing support from both sides, with the latter taking the top scorer title this season with four goals.
After scoring on his debut mid-last week, Andrea Compaño, who arrived in the summer, may hold his place mid-attack.