Eintracht Frankfurt versus Rangers pick
The Scots have brilliantly managed to reach the final, but that might be a step too far.
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Eintracht Frankfurt vs Rangers Prediction
Frankfurt favorite despite weakening Bundesliga form
Eintracht Frankfurt have won the Europa League before: they triumphed in 1980, beating fellow Germans Borussia Mönchengladbach on away goals in the final.
More recently, they reached the semi-finals three years ago but lost on penalties to eventual winners Chelsea. They are now in their first continental final since that triumph 44 years ago.
The Frankfurters didn’t have an easy way to the highlight in Seville. They went unbeaten in the group stage and led their group ahead of Olympiacos, Fenerbahce and Antwerp. In the round of 16, they defeated Real Betis before achieving their most impressive feat of the season: eliminating Barcelona, the overwhelming favorites to win the tournament, in the quarters.
Oliver Glasner’s side then secured their place in the final by beating West Ham United in the semi-finals.
Frankfurt has not lost a single game in the Europa League this season. Their form in the Bundesliga has slipped recently: they ended the domestic season without a win after eight games and fell from ninth to eleventh place. However, that was in large part due to Frankfurt turning its attention to Europe. Your eggs have been in the basket labeled Europa League for some time.
Frankfurt is the favorite to win the final on Wednesday. Amid the aforementioned Bundesliga winning streak, Glasner’s charges have beaten West Ham in their last four home and away games. They have scored in 100 per cent of their 12 Europa League competitions so far. And player for player, they probably have a stronger side than Rangers. Of course, that’s not always the decisive factor in football, but Frankfurt will be confident of victory in Spain.
The Rangers can’t count on the rough home crowd this time
The coronavirus pandemic has shown everyone the huge role crowds can play. When you watch a movie in the cinema, the plot is the same regardless of how the audience reacts. That’s not the case in football. Viewers can directly influence the result. Anyone who doubts that has never seen Rangers play in front of their own fans in Glasgow.
It is no exaggeration to say that without the Ibrox factor, Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side probably would not have made it to the final. The 123-year-old stadium is famous for its feverish atmosphere, especially during floodlit evening matches. The roaring crowd helped Rangers level their first-leg deficit and beat Braga and RB Leipzig in the quarter-finals and semi-finals respectively.
The Gers failed to retain the Scottish Premiership title this season. They started the season strongly while Celtic took a while to get going under their new manager Ange Postecoglou.
However, Rangers lost too many points in the second half of the season, losing to Aberdeen, Ross County, Dundee United and Motherwell, among others. However, reaching a European final means this has been a successful campaign for Rangers.
A win on Wednesday would make it one of the best in their history.
Back from Frankfurt to Edge in what could be a close encounter
There are two reasons why this could be a close encounter. The first is tactical. Frankfurt and Rangers have tended to prefer their opponents to have the ball in this competition; Of the 40 teams that took part in the knockout phase, they ranked 20th and 24th for possession. Both prefer to attack on counter and toggle. That said, we could see Rangers and Frankfurt trying to cede the ball to the other team, especially in the first half.
The other reason is the nature of the game. European finals are often a low-scoring affair because of the stakes (although, oddly enough, that’s more true of the Champions League than the Europa League). Still, Frankfurt and Rangers will both be determined not to make mistakes and that could result in a game’s slow burner.
For these reasons we considered less than 2.5 goals – but the bottom line is that the best bet is Frankfurt to win. Rangers have managed brilliantly to get this far but the fact that this game is being played at a neutral venue should help Glasner’s side more than Van Bronckhorst’s.
After all, Frankfurt have won five of their six European games away from home, compared to one in seven Rangers. They also have more game-changers in their ranks, while their counterattack prowess will no doubt come into play if they can score the first goal of the game. Count on Frankfurt to beat Rangers in the Europa League final on Wednesday.
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This is how you watch Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Rangers
|Eintracht Frankfurt vs Rangers information|
|teams||Eintracht Frankfurt versus Rangers|
|Location||Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, Seville, Spain|
|time||Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. EDT|