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Prediction: Eintracht Frankfurt vs Rangers

Verdict: Rangers To Lift The Trophy

Best Odds: 11/10

Bookmaker: Unibet

With all eyes falling on Spain in midweek, Rangers will face off against German outfit Eintracht Frankfurt on Wednesday night when they meet in this season’s Europa League final.

Eintracht Frankfurt

Starting with Eintracht Frankfurt, while the German outfit might have continued on a real Bundesliga struggle this season, the German outfit have shocked almost everyone across Europe. In the midst of what has been a stunning Europa League run, Head Coach Oliver Glasner is smelling the chance to make history on Wednesday night. However, while the one-time Wolfsburg boss might have seen his side come past the likes of West Ham and Spanish heavyweights Barcelona over the past month, they have largely struggled with their consistency. Last seen over the weekend having to settle for a sluggish 2-2 draw away at Mainz, the Eagles have managed to win just a pair of their last seven matchups across all formats. Despite showing some worrying issues at the back throughout the 2021/22 campaign, Glasner’s side have undoubtedly saved their best displays for the European stage and they should find the mood in their camp at a red-hot high.

Team News

Suffering a hamstring injury against West Ham in their semi-final showdown, key defender Martin Hinteregger is expected to miss out here.

However, despite picking up a knock over the weekend, Evan Ndicka has been given the green light to feature on Wednesday night.

Rangers

As for Rangers, while they might have been left hugely frustrated to have seen Celtic snatch their domestic crown last weekend, the Scottish giants are in the midst of a recent purple patch. Knowing that they’re just 90 minutes away from making their own piece of European history and booking a Champions League ticket for next season, Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side were last seen over the weekend putting in another impressive display. Eventually claiming a 3-1 victory away at Hearts, they have won each of their last four matchups across all formats. Likewise, while Eintracht Frankfurt might have also shocked many across Europe this season, Rangers have also picked up some heavyweight scalps. Putting in a famous display earlier in the month as they eventually claimed a 3-1 second-leg win against RB Leipzig at Ibrox, van Bronckhorst’s men have also come past the likes of Borussia Dortmund. Clearly enjoying their European showdowns against German opposition, Rangers will be desperate to keep up that trend here.

Team News

Rangers have confirmed that the duo of Filip Helander and Alfredo Morelos will miss out on Wednesday night.

Given a rest against Hearts last weekend, attacking talisman and former Liverpool starlet Ryan Kent will make his return here.

Key Factors to Consider

    • Despite their European success this season, Eintracht Frankfurt have won just a pair of their last seven matchups across all formats.
    • Including that famous 3-1 second-leg victory against RB Leipzig, Rangers have won their last four matchups across all formats.
    • Likewise, the Blues have seen five of their last six contests finish with both teams finding the net.
    • Frankfurt have also seen four of their previous six matchups finish in an identical outcome.
    • Six of Rangers’ last eight Europa League showdowns have seen over 2.5 goals by the final whistle.

    Conclusion

    On paper, we could be in for a hugely enjoyable showdown from Spain on Wednesday night. Shocking almost everyone across Europe as they clinched a famous 3-1 victory against RB Leipzig at Ibrox earlier in the month, Rangers have already picked up some notable German scalps. Eventually edging past Leipzig thanks to a 3-2 aggregate win on May 5th, the Blues also knocked out Borussia Dortmund thanks to another action-packed display. However, while Rangers will know that they face a stern test against an Eintracht Frankfurt side who stunned Barcelona at the Nou Camp last month, they should be confident of making European history here. In the midst of a four-match winning run and looking to sign off the 2021/22 campaign with a flurry, we’re backing van Bronckhorst’s men to clinch the Europa League title in midweek.

    Verdict: Rangers To Lift The Trophy

    Best Odds: 11/10

    Bookmaker: Unibet

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tom Dunstan


    Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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