RFS vs Hearts live stream, Thursday 15 September, 8pm
Hearts endured a chastening return to European action last week, suffering a 4-0 home defeat at the hands of Istanbul Basaksehir.
The Tynecastle crowd’s excitement was soon replaced with trepidation as the visitors dominated, racking up a comfortable win.
Captain Craig Gordon was powerless to keep the Turkish side’s waves of attack at bay, conceding three goals in the space of 15 devastating minutes in the second half.
Hearts will hope for some respite against less well-resourced opposition this week, but Latvian double winners RFS aren’t to be taken lightly.
Despite having just 24% possession away to Fiorentina, they started their own Europa Conference League campaign with an impressive 1-1 draw.
Antonin Barak put the Viola in front after the break but Andrej Ilic soon equalised to secure a famous result on Italian soil.
Ahead of Thursday’s game, Robbie Neilson admitted that Craig Halkett and Alan Forrest both face a race to be fit for selection.
The Jambos legend, who made more than 200 appearances for the club as a player, will be looking for a response from his team after such a humbling defeat last time out.
Classy playmaker Barrie Mackay and leading goalscorer Lawrence Shankland, signed from Beerschot in July, will be tasked with unlocking a stubborn RFS defence.
They currently sit third in the Latvian Higher League, seven points off top spot, having lost just four games so far this season.
Use a VPN to watch Europa Conference League football from outside your country
If you’re out of the country for a round of Europa Conference League fixtures, then annoyingly your domestic on-demand services won’t work – the broadcaster knows where you are because of your IP address (boo!). You'll be blocked from watching it, which is not ideal if you’ve paid up for a subscription and still want to catch the action without resorting to illegal feeds you’ve found on Reddit.
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UK TV rights
How to watch Europa Conference League live streams for UK subscribers
BT Sport is the place to go for coverage of the Europa Conference League.
US TV rights
How to watch Europa Conference League live streams for US subscribers
CBS and TUDN are the Europa Conference League rights holders.
Head back to our VPN advice so you can take advantage when you're out of the country.
Canada TV rights
How to watch Europa Conference League live streams for Canadian subscribers
Based in Canada? The way to watch Europa Conference League football in 2022/23 is with DAZN, which has exclusive rights to all the action.
Want in while you're out of Canada? Scroll back up and check out the VPN offers above.
Australia TV rights
How to watch Europa Conference League live streams for Australian subscribers
Stan Sport will be screening Europa Conference League games this season.
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New Zealand TV rights
How to watch a Europa Conference League live stream for New Zealand subscribers
Spark Sport are serving up Europa Conference League action this season.
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Sean Cole is a freelance journalist. He has written for FourFourTwo, BBC Sport and When Saturday Comes among others. A Birmingham City supporter and staunch Nikola Zigic advocate, he once scored a hat-trick at St. Andrew’s (in a half-time game). He also has far too many football shirts and spends far too much time reading the Wikipedia pages of obscure players.