Can Rangers overcome Eintracht Frankfurt and claim their first Europa League title? Read on to inform your predictions for the 2021/22 Europa League final on Wednesday, 18 May.
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For the first time since 1960, Eintracht Frankfurt and Rangers meet in the Europa League – this time to battle for the 2021/22 title. Eintracht Frankfurt haven’t reached a European final since their Europa League title victory in 1980, while Rangers are hungry to finally secure the title after falling short back in 2007/08.
Can Rangers secure the title or will Eintracht Frankfurt raise the trophy for a second time?
Date/time: Wednesday, May 18, 2022 – 21:00 (CEST)
Venue: Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium, Seville
Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Rangers: Predicted line-ups
Eintracht Frankfurt: Kevin Trapp, Tuta, Makoto Hasebe, Evan Ndicka, Ansgar Knauff, Djibril Sow, Sebastian Rode, Filip Kostic, Jens Petter Hauge, Rafael Santos Borre, Daichi Kamada
Rangers: Allan McGregor, James Tavernier, John Lundstram, Connor Goldson, Calvin Bassey, Borna Barisic, Scott Wright, Ryan Jack, Glen Kamara, Ryan Kent, Joe Aribo
Europa League Final: A closer look at the odds
At odds of 2.350*, Pinnacle suggests the German’s have edged ahead as the favourites over the Scottish side. Rangers haven’t performed well in UEFA competitions for several decades, having only a single victory in a mere four appearances in the final – the last of which was back in 2007/08.
On the back of a strong season, Pinnacle traders have Rangers at 3.110* to beat the Germans.
But Rangers have had a strong season in the Scottish Premier League and cruised into the Europa League final with a comfortable 3-1 win over another German side, RB Leipzig. On the back of a strong season, Pinnacle traders have Rangers at 3.110* to beat the Germans.
Historically, the last European meetings between these two teams were high-scoring affairs, and between them there have been 42 goals scored during the 2021/22 Europa League. Pinnacle’s traders have Total Match Goals of Over 3 priced at 2.480*.
Europa League head-to-head record
How could anyone forget the last time these two teams met? Yes, it was way back in the 1959/60 European Cup semi-finals, but we saw a huge seven goals in what was a 6-1 victory for Frankfurt in the first leg. The second leg was an even bigger spectacle with nine goals scored as Frankfurt dominated in a 6-3 victory.
Europa League final: who has the edge?
These two clubs are both nursing injury concerns and losses ahead of the final. Eintracht Frankfurt lost Austrian defender Martin Hinteregger during their semi-final victory over West Ham and Djibril Sow, Rafael Santos Borre, Jesper Lindstrom, and Jens Petter Hauge are all in doubt to play in Spain.
Rangers will be hoping that star striker Kemar Roofe, who has been out since their Scottish Cup semi-final victory over Celtic, will be fully recovered from a knee injury that has taken longer to heal than hoped.
Frankfurt have looked the better outfit during the tournament with three wins from four during the quarter- and semi-finals, knocking out Barcelona and West Ham. Rangers spent their quarter- and semi-finals series recovering from first-leg defeats by striking enough goals during their second-leg victories.
Rangers do have the goal-scoring advantage with two more goals scored in the tournament than Frankfurt, and their defender James Tavernier has scored the most goals in the Europa League tournament with seven – all of which were struck during knockout rounds.
Looking at recent form, Eintracht Frankfurt’s 1-0 victory over West Ham in the Europa League semi-final is their only win in their last three matches. Rangers, however, have won two games from their last three outings which includes a 2-0 victory in their most recent match.
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