Screen test poses Europa threat

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IF Hull City qualify for the Europa League group stages, Steve Bruce’s preparations for the all-important first tie will be shortened by more than 48 hours after Sky selected the home game with West Ham United for live transmission.

The Hammers will now travel to the KC Stadium on Monday, September 15 – just three days before the Europa League proper is set to get under way. Hull must negotiate two qualifying rounds, the first of which kicks off on July 31, to reach the group stage.

Two other home games have been selected by Sky – Stoke City (now Sunday, August 24, 1.30pm) and Spurs (now Sunday, November 23, 4pm).