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FCSB vs West Ham: Europa Conference League match preview, predicted lineups, form quotes, injuries and how to watch
Everything you need to know about FCSB vs West Ham in the Europa Conference League.
When and where to watch FCSB vs West Ham
Our coverage from Romania gets underway at 7.30pm (KO 8pm) on Thursday 3 November, live on BT Sport 3.
FCSB vs West Ham match preview
West Ham come into their final fixture in the group stage of the Europa Conference League having already won their group with a 100% record.
That means Hammers' manager David Moyes has the luxury of resting players for the trip to Romania so they can be fully fit and ready to go against Crystal Palace at the weekend.
Moyes has already stated that he'll look to play some of the younger members of the squad against FCSB, so look out for some potential future stars getting a valuable taste of European football.
FCSB are bottom of Group B, having only managed two draws in the competition. They'll be looking for a famous win over a potentially weakened West Ham side, and managed a 2-2 draw against Belgian club Anderlecht last time out.
FCSB vs West Ham predicted teams
FCSB: Tarnovanu; Cretu, Radunovic, Harut, Tamm, Boboc, Dulca, Oaida, Olaru, Dumiter, Rusu.
West Ham: Areola; Johnson, Agured, Ogbonna, Coufal, Fornals, Coventry, Lanzini, Palmieri, Benrahma, Antonio
FCSB vs West Ham: Injuries and suspensions
Hammers’ goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski had to be subbed off during West Ham’s match against Manchester United at the weekend.
The Polish stopper is a doubt for the match against Crystal Palace at the weekend, so won’t be risked in Romania with Alphonse Areola set to be given the gloves.
Forward Maxwel Cornet is almost back to full fitness after missing eight matches with a leg injury. However, he’s unlikely to feature against FCSB.
Lucas Paqueta remain out too with a shoulder injury. The Brazilian faces a race against time to make it back to fitness for the World Cup.
FCSB’s right-winger David Miculescu is suspended for this match after picking up five yellow cards in the competition.
FCSB vs West Ham: Form guide
FCSB currently sit seventh in their domestic league, a long way behind league leaders FC Farul Constanta.
They had been on a good run of form with four wins in a row until they lost 2-1 at the weekend against FC Universitatea Cluj.
In Europe, FCSB are bottom of Group B and even a victory over West Ham won’t lift them off the foot of the table.
However, last time out FCSB did manage a credible 2-2 draw against Anderlecht.
West Ham’s form has been up and down. They lost 1-0 at the weekend against Manchester United having beaten Bournemouth the match before.
Juggling European football and the Premier League has probably hindered David Moyes’ team somewhat, but with just one more group game left and qualification as group winners already guaranteed the Scotsman will be even more focused on picking up points domestically.
Form (last 6 matches)
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He said what?!
David Moyes on the prospect of playing youngsters against FCSB in the Europa Conference League:
“I’ve got a really young group [in the Under-23s] and if I think there’s any of the boys ready to play…
“I’m watching Sporting Lisbon, a lot of teams play 18, 19-year-olds. So let’s see if they can stand up to it and show what they can do. There might be an opportunity for a few of them next week to get a game.”
FCSB vs West Ham: Last time they met
West Ham won the reverse fixture 3-1 back in September.
The visitors took a surprise lead through Romanian international midfielder Andrei Cordea in the first half, but struck back in the second 45 with goals from Jarrod Bowen, Emerson and Michail Antonio.
FCSB vs West Ham: Players to watch
22-year-old Conor Coventry is a product of the famous West Ham academy. He joined the club at just 10 years old and signed his first professional contract in 2018.
After loan moves to Lincoln City, Peterborough United and MK Dons, plus 28 caps for the Republic of Ireland’s U21s, Coventry is now back at the Hammers and looking to break into the first team.
He came off the bench to make his Premier League debut against Manchester City in August this year and played 83 minutes against Silkeborg last week, coming off for Declan Rice. He could start again against FCSB and get another chance to impress.