Hammers to face Astra Giurgiu in play-off round


West Ham United will face Astra Giurgiu of Romania in the UEFA Europa League play-off round.
After beginning life at London Stadium with a 3-0 victory over NK Domzale – a result that gave Slaven Bilic’s men a 4-2 aggregate success in the third qualifying round – Friday’s draw pitted the Hammers against a team who they faced in Europa League qualifiying last term.

The draw provisionally gives the Hammers a trip to the southern Romanian city of Giurgiu for the first leg, with the return game at London Stadium taking place a week later.
With a two-legged tie standing between West Ham and a place in the Europa League group stages, they will be looking to join Manchester United and Southampton in representing England in the competition proper.
The Hammers are no strangers to taking on Astra Girugiu, having been knocked out by the Romanian side in Europa League qualifying last term.
Astra went on to win their domestic league, but were defeated in the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round by FC Kobenhavn, placing them in the Europa League play-off round.

The play-off round tie will be played on August 18 and 25. Full fixture and ticketing details will follow shortly.