Rangers vs Eintracht Frankfurt: Europa League final joy for Gers
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Rangers vs Eintracht Frankfurt: Europa League final joy for Gers

Kick-off: 2000, 18/05/2022

Stadium: Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan

TV: BT Sport

Rangers have already knocked two German clubs out of the Europa League and are rated a value bet to beat Eintracht Frankfurt in the final.

Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig both finished well ahead of Frankfurt in the Bundesliga table this term, so the Glasgow outfit have little to fear.

We reckon 2.3 for the underdogs to lift the trophy is tempting enough to be our first Rangers vs Eintracht Frankfurt prediction.

Rangers Odds

Rangers only just scrambled through their group but began the knockout stages with a superb 4-2 win in Dortmund, before drawing the second leg 2-2.

Red Star Belgrade and Braga were then accounted for before what looked a tough semi-final tie with Leipzig.

The Light Blues trailed 1-0 after the opening encounter in Germany but put in a stirring display to prevail 3-1 in the return fixture.

Goals from James Tavernier (his seventh in this competition), Glen Kamara and John Lundstram sent the Ibrox faithful wild.

Rangers are now chasing a second piece of major European silverware, having won the Cup Winners’ Cup 50 years ago.

Forward Scott Wright said: “These opportunities don’t come around all the time and you want to enjoy it and take it in while you can, but you obviously want to chase the next step.

“We want to win it, we don’t want to be there just to take part. We will go there to win. The confidence in the team is high.”

Sceptics will point out that Rangers have lost their last three away games in this competition and relied on support from their own fans at Ibrox.

However, that triumph over Dortmund in Germany remains fresh in the memory and is enough earn the Light Blues our vote in Seville.

Looking at the 5.75 for Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side to win in normal time and both teams to score.

Eintracht Frankfurt Odds

Frankfurt have had a disappointing domestic campaign but are clearly keen to make amends by emulating their 1980 success in this event, then known as the UEFA Cup.

Eintracht topped a pool featuring Olympiacos, Fenerbahce and Antwerp thanks to three wins and the same number of draws.

They needed extra-time to edge out Real Betis but then claimed a notable scalp in Barcelona, enjoying a memorable night at Camp Nou when winning the second leg 3-2.

The German outfit took a huge travelling army to that game and also when prevailing 2-1 at West Ham in the semis.

Their second-leg task was made easier when the Hammers had Aaron Cresswell sent off on 19 minutes and Frankfurt capitalised with a 1-0 success.

Winger Ansgar Knauff, who only joined on loan from Dortmund in January, told UEFA: “The last six months have been a dream come true.

“So many emotions, such a great run into the European final and the matches I have experienced here. Just incredible.”

Eintracht are unbeaten in this season’s tournament but that was only a second clean sheet in their last 20 Europa League matches.

In what has been a transitional campaign, they can be fragile at the back, so let’s add 11.0 for the Gers to win 2-1 to our Rangers vs Eintracht Frankfurt betting tips.

Additional stats

Player statistic

2nd half
    57' Goal Joe Aribo
    62' Yellow card Joe Aribo
Rafael Borré
(Assist: Filip Kostic)
Goal 70'    
    73' Yellow card Scott Wright
Penalty shootout

Match statistic

48
Possession
52
22
Total shots
14
4
Shots on target
6
12
Shots off target
5
6
Blocked shots
3
11
Corners
2
2
Offsides
2
18
Fouls
10

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