On a busy Thursday night, Manchester United and Arsenal start their Europa League campaigns, while West Ham and Hearts are in action on matchday one in the Europa Conference League.

After making a fine start to the season with five wins from their first six Premier League games, the Gunners (5/1 – Europa League Outright) sit top of the table but now switch their focus to Europe when they take on Swiss side FC Zurich in the 17:45 kick-off.

This match has been moved to St Gallen due to an athletics meeting at Zurich’s normal Letzigrund Stadium home and that should help Mikel Arteta’s side get off to the perfect start in Group A (Zurich 11/1, draw 11/2, Arsenal 2/9).

Arteta is likely to rotate his squad for the tie with Eddie Nketiah, who has scored in the last two games he’s started in the Europa League, hoping to earn a recall but Emile Smith Rowe, Mohamed Elneny, Thomas Partey and Reiss Nelson are all still absent.

United, meanwhile, have cast off their early-season worries and made it four wins on the spin when they beat Arsenal in the top flight on Sunday, so they too will be confident of an opening group victory when Spanish side Real Sociedad visit Old Trafford at 20:00 (United 4/7, draw 3/1, Sociedad 5/1).

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Erik ten Hag is being tipped to make changes with Cristiano Ronaldo expected to make his Europa League debut, while summer signing from Real Madrid, Casemiro, is in line to make his first start for the Red Devils.

Sociedad, who have won two, drawn one and lost one so far in La Liga, were knocked out of the Europa League at the round of 32 stage in 2020-21 by United, who are 11/2 to win the competition this season.

In the Europa Conference League, West Ham kick-off at 20:00 at home against Romanian side FCSB, and David Moyes’ side are expected to start with a victory against opponents who are badly out of form and struggling with injuries to key men.

The Hammers are 1/5 to win their Group B opener, the draw is 11/2 and an away victory is 14/1.

FCSB have won just one of their seven domestic league games so far this season and are without defenders Ionut Pantiru, Ovidiu Popescu and Iulian Cristea, while midfielder Adrian Sut and centre-forward Andrei Dumiter are also absent for the visitors.

Like Arteta and Ten Hag, Moyes will make changes in Europe with back-up goalkeeper Alphonse Areola set to start, while Maxwel Cornet and Angelo Ogbonna should also come into the XI.

Ben Johnson, Nayef Aguerd and Aaron Cresswell all remain out through injury, Tomas Soucek is a major doubt with a foot injury and, while Gianluca Scamacca and Craig Dawson are both back in training, neither are expected to start.

Hearts, who were last involved in European group stage competition in 2004, host Istanbul Basaksehir in Group A at 17:45 and are 11/4 to start with a win. The Turkish side are 21/20 for victory and a draw is 12/5.

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