West Ham look set for Denmark in the Europa Conference League after Viborg secured a comprehensive first leg win over B36 Torshavn.
The Hammers were drawn to play the winners of a tie between Viborg of Denmark and B36 Torshavn of the Faroe Islands in the UEFA Europa Conference League play-off round.
This season’s play-off round draw was made at the House of European Football in Nyon, Switzerland on Tuesday.
West Ham look set for Denmark in Europa Conference League after Viborg secure comprehensive first leg win over B36 Torshavn
And David Moyes’ Europa League semi-finalists discovered they will face one of two minnows in the shape of Viborg or B36 Torshavn.
The two sides faced their own two-legged third qualifying round tie for the right to play West Ham with the first leg in Denmark today and the second in the Faroe Islands next Tuesday 9 August.
Now it seems West Ham look set for Denmark in the Europa Conference League after Viborg secured a comprehensive first leg win over B36 Torshavn.
The Danes were heavy favourites anyway. But now they look all but confirmed as West Ham’s play-off opponents having thrashed B36 3-0.
Goals from Jakob Bonde Jensen, Clint Leemans and Marokhy Ndione killed the game within 52 minutes.
Of course anything can happen in football.
But it seems West Ham will be facing Viborg for the right to make the Conference League group stage proper.
West Ham’s play-off round first leg will be played at London Stadium on Thursday 18 August, with the return leg scheduled to be played in – most likely – the Viborg Stadium on Thursday 25 August.
It is better news for Hammers fans hoping to attend the away match as Viborg’s 10,000 seater stadium is twice the capacity of B36’s ground.
West Ham will have to make do without captain Declan Rice for both legs after he was banned for comments made towards the referee in the tunnel when the Hammers lost to Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League semi-final back in May.
Moyes will be absent for the home leg having also been handed a one-game European ban for volleying a ball at a ball boy in frustration during the same game.
Everything you need you need to know about Viborg FF
The club’s full name is Viborg Fodsports Forening.
Founded in 1896 – just under a year after West Ham – then Thames Ironworks.
They finished seventh in last season’s Danish Superliga.
Viborg play in green and white and are nicknamed ‘the greens’ and a shamrock is featured on the club’s crest.
The Viborg Stadium has a capacity of just under 10,000, all seated.
Viborg are managed by Jacob Friis and have only ever won one trophy in their 126-year history, the 2000 Danish Cup.
They beat Lithuanian side Suduva 2-0 on aggregate to reach this stage.
The club’s first ultra group was established in 2002, when a group of young adults established Fanatikos. In 2004 a new group, Shamrock Ultras, was born.
The currency is Danish krone and one English pound equates – at the time of writing – to 10kr.
The average cost of a local domestic pint of beer in Viborg is 40kr – around £4 (Numbeo).