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Conference League - Football: Matchday three preview

Matchday three of the Europa Conference League will take place on Thursday, with both Hearts and West Ham looking to boost their chances of reaching the knockout stages.

Hearts face a glamour clash with Serie A giants Fiorentina at Tynecastle, while West Ham will be looking to make it three wins from three in the group stage when they travel to Belgium to take on Anderlecht.

There are 14 other matches scheduled to take place in the Conference League on Thursday, with the likes of Villarreal, Nice and Irish champions Shamrock Rovers also in action.

Hearts looking to end home struggles


Hearts v Fiorentina


Tynecastle Park, Edinburgh


20:00, Thursday 6th October 2022

How to watch

BT Sport 3


Hearts 5/1, Draw 11/4, Fiorentina 8/13 

Hearts currently sit second in Group A after following up an opening defeat to Istanbul Basaksehir on home soil with a 2-0 victory in Latvia against RFS in their most recent European fixture.

That leaves Robbie Neilson's side two points clear of Thursday's opponents Fiorentina, who they will face twice in the space of a week, with the return fixture in Florence coming on 13th October.

This will be the first-ever meeting between the two sides and Hearts will have to reverse what has been a poor recent run on home soil if they are to take anything from the contest, as they have lost four of their last five at Tynecastle without scoring, including successive 4-0 defeats to Basaksehir and Rangers.

Another 4-0 defeat for the Jambos on Thursday can be backed at 22/1, but Fiorentina have hardly been pulling up trees this season, especially on the road, as they have failed to win any of their last 12 away fixtures across all competitions.

I Viola have also picked up just one point from their opening two Conference League fixtures, heaping the pressure on head coach Vincenzo Italiano, but with Italian clubs having only lost two of their last 16 meetings with Scottish opposition, Fiorentina will still expect to leave Edinburgh with all three points.

Hammers head to Brussels


Anderlecht v West Ham


Constant Vanden Stock Stadium, Brussels


17:45, Thursday 6th October 2022

How to watch

BT Sport 2


Anderlecht 11/4, Draw 5/2, West Ham 1/1 

West Ham sit top of Group B after winning their opening two fixtures against FCSB and Silkeborg, while they will head into their clash with Anderlecht on Thursday buoyed by just their second Premier League victory of the season against Wolves last time out.

The Hammers can move five points clear at the top of the group with victory in Brussels, which would further underline their 6/1 credentials to win the competition, although if were they to lose on Thursday, they would be replaced at the top of the standings by Anderlecht.

It certainly hasn't been all plain sailing for David Moyes' side in the group, as they have had to come from behind to win against both FCBS and Silkeborg, with the Anderlecht-West Ham half time/full time market perhaps appealing at 22/1.

Gianluca Scamacca has scored three times for West Ham in this season's Conference League, and after netting his first Premier League goal against Wolves, the Italian striker will fancy his chances of getting on the scoresheet again at odds of 7/4.

Anderlecht have taken four points from their opening two group fixtures, but their form domestically has been poor, with Felice Mazzu's side winning just one of their last six in the Jupiler Pro League.

Buoyed by their victory over Wolves last time out, 1/1 West Ham should have enough to come out of this game with all three points.

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Shamrock Rovers face testing Norwegian trip


Molde v Shamrock Rovers


Aker Stadion, Molde


17:45, Thursday 6th October 2022

How to watch

BT Sport 4


Molde 3/10, Draw 17/4, Shamrock Rovers 10/1 

Shamrock Rovers have taken one point from their opening two fixtures in Group F, following up a goalless home draw with Djurgardens by losing 3-0 to Gent in their most recent European outing.

Stephen Bradley's side now need to realistically win in Molde on Thursday to keep their hopes of reaching the knockout stages alive, with the Norwegian outfit having also collected just a solitary point in the competition to date.

Despite their relative European struggles, both sides are performing well domestically, with Rovers sitting five points clear at the top of the League of Ireland Premier Division standings, while Molde are a whopping 15 ahead of their nearest rivals in the Eliteserien.

Molde are certainly a team in form in Norway, as they are unbeaten in 19 domestic league matches, with 17 of those ending in victory, all of which suggests the Norwegian champions elect are good value at 3/10 to get the better of Shamrock Rovers at the Aker Stadion.

There are plenty more standout fixtures in the Conference League on Thursday, including at Ciutat de Valencia where Villarreal are 1/6 to make it three wins from three in Group C when they take on Austria Vienna.

In Group D, Nice are 19/20 to register their first win away to Slovacko, while in the same group Cologne will be looking to preserve their place at the top of the standings with a victory over Partizan Belgrade at the RheinEnergieStadion. The Bundesliga outfit are 2/5 to collect all three points in that one.

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