Irons v TSC – everything you need to know


The Hammers kick off their third Euro challenge on Thursday evening against a FK TSC team that are competing at this stage of the tournament for the first time in their history.

By finishing as Serbian SuperLiga runners-up last season, the club qualified for the UEFA Champions League for the first time, where they were beaten 1-7 on aggregate by Braga of Portugal to drop them into the Europa League group stage.

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TfL services to Stratford are expected to run largely as normal on Thursday with the Central, Jubilee and Elizabeth Line all scheduled to operate with a good service.

London Overground will be partially closed on Thursday evening, however, with no services westbound from Stratford to Camden Road after 11:45pm.

Overnight engineering works on the C2C line between London Fenchurch Street and Upminster will also affect footfall at Stratford station, with travellers advised to divert onto either the Jubilee Line or Docklands Light Railway to continue their journeys.

Click here to plan your journey on the Transport for London network, or here for National Rail services.

Thursday’s tie will be broadcast live in the UK by TNT Sports. More information on how to watch can be found by clicking here.

You can also follow the club’s live blog on their app and across their social channels.

There will be a moment of silence held prior to kick-off across all UEFA Europa League and UEFA Europa Conference League matches on Thursday 21 September, in memory of the victims of the tragic earthquake in Morocco as well as the victims of the floods in Libya.

The thoughts of everyone at West Ham United are with the people of Morocco and Libya at this difficult time.

Manager David Moyes will be hoping his team came through Saturday’s Premier League match with Manchester City unscathed.

The return to European football could give the manger the chance to rotate the squad, as the games begin to pile up as the season progresses.

One player definitely unavailable for the Hammers on Thursday is Edson Álvarez. The Mexican has a one-match suspension carried over from his time at Ajax which needs to be served, and therefore he will be unavailable at home to FK TSC Bačka Topola.

In FK TSC, West Ham United will welcome the second-oldest football club in the Serbian SuperLiga to London Stadium on Thursday evening.

Formed in 1913 as Topolyai Sport Club and owned by the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the side now known as FK TSC has gone through numerous iterations and name changes as history took shape.

While going through a series of name changes, the club played in the Yugoslavian and then Serbian Leagues following independence and was finally promoted to the SuperLiga for the first time in 2017.

Recent seasons has seen a level of success that FK TSC fans have previously not been familiar with. Promotion to the Serbian First League – the second division in Serbian football – was achieved in 2017, before a first-ever promotion to the SuperLiga in 2019.

The Serbian side find themselves in the Europa League group stages for the first time in their history, after qualifying for the Champions League third qualifying round by finishing second in the SuperLiga last season. Defeat to Basel in those games put FK TSC within the Europa League groups.

Under the guidance of head coach Žarko Lazetić, fans will be hoping for continued success for FK TSC.

Thursday’s match will be the first time the Hammers have met FK TSC in any competition.

However, it is also the first time that the Irons have played a side from Serbia too.

There are few links between the Hammers and Serbia, although young striker Luka Belic did join West Ham from Serbian side OFK Beograd in 2015. He now plays for Greek side AO Poros.

The match officials are:

Referee: Filip Glova (Slovakia)
Assistant Referees: Daniel Polacek and Peter Bednar (Slovakia)
Fourth Official: Michal Ocenáš (Slovakia)
VAR: Alejandro Hernández (Spain)
Assistant VAR: Dennis Higler (Netherlands)

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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