Frankfurt vs Rangers Odds: Europa League Final Preview
Eintracht Frankfurt Favorites Despite Rough Season in Bundesliga
Frankfurt vs Rangers in Surprise Europa League Final Matchup
In one of the more unexpected European finals in recent memory, Eintracht Frankfurt takes on Rangers for the UEFA Europa League crown on Wednesday in Seville. One side will hoist European silverware for the first time in over 40 years in what’s expected to be a close match. The Frankfurt vs Rangers odds list the Germans as favorites but at longer than even odds.
Europa League Final – Eintracht Frankfurt vs Rangers Game Info:
- Location: Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, Seville, Spain
- Date & Time: Wednesday, May 18th, 3:00 p.m. ET
- TV: Paramount+, fubo.TV, TUDN
This will be the first time these two clubs meet since way back in 1960! They contested the European Cup semi-final and it was a goal fest over two legs. Eintracht Frankfurt won 12-4 on aggregate but lost to Real Madrid in the final.
Tale of Two Competitions for Eintracht Frankfurt
- Form (All Competitions): D,D,W,L,WF
- Injuries and Suspensions: D Danny da Costa (Groin), D Evan N’Dicka (Muscle), D Martin Hinteregger (Hamstring), M Jesper Lindstrom (Hamstring)
Eintracht Frankfurt finished 11th in the Bundesliga this season, closing out their campaign without a win in their final nine league matches. If Frankfurt loses this match, they’ll be without European competition entirely next season but have a golden opportunity to qualify for the Champions League.
Frankfurt’s Bundesliga form has been drastically different from their Europa League form, as they’ve gone undefeated in 12 Europa League matches. The most remembered Eintracht Frankfurt highlights from this season will undoubtedly be from their Europa League campaign. Impressively, they’ve knocked off Real Betis, Barcelona, and West Ham as underdogs to reach the final.
Sealing qualification by defeating West Ham 3-1 on aggregate, Frankfurt is in their first European final since 1980. In the second leg vs West Ham, they kept a Europa League shutout for the first time since last September. They’ll be hoping for more of the same but could be missing starting defenders Evan N’Dicka and Martin Hinteregger. Oliver Glasner’s side can more than pick up ground at the other end with players like Rafael Borre and Filip Kostic.
Rangers Underdogs One Last Time
- Form (All Competitions): W,W,W,W,D
- Injuries and Suspensions: M Kemar Roofe (Knee), D Filip Helander (Foot), F Alfredo Morelos (Thigh), M Ianis Hagi (Knee)
Rangers finished second behind local rivals Celtic in the Scottish Premier League this season but it’s been a season to remember. They could win two trophies this week as they contest the UEFA Europa League final on Wednesday and the Scottish Cup final vs Hearts on Saturday.
Steven Gerrard left to coach Aston Villa midseason but Giovanni van Bronckhorst has done an excellent job. Rangers lost their first two games in the Europa League but have miraculously made the final. They’re the first team in Europa League history to pull off that feat after losing their first two. They’ve also knocked off some heavy hitters like Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig despite dealing with injuries to some of their top scorers.
Alfredo Morelos and Kemar Roofe accounted for 22 goals in the SPL this season but Morelos is out for the season and Roofe will be lucky to return from a knee injury by Wednesday. Often underdogs in the Europa League this season, the Frankfurt vs Rangers odds have the Scots as underdogs once again. Almost no one picked Rangers to defeat Leipzig in the semifinal but they managed an iconic 3-1 win in the second leg to win 3-2 on aggregate. One last upset here would give them their first European trophy for 50 years.
What to Watch For
These are both high-scoring teams that have no problems absorbing pressure and picking their spots. Rangers have averaged two goals per game in the knockout stage while Eintracht Frankfurt isn’t too far behind at 1.7 per game.
Eintracht Frankfurt are ½-goal favorites according to the latest Frankfurt vs Rangers odds but it’s Rangers who are seen as more likely to cover. Rangers +½ is currently priced at -160 and an outright win from the SPL’s second-place team is at +210. Don’t forget that Rangers won over Borussia Dortmund as +750 underdogs in February.
Finals are usually tough to predict goals-wise and the O/U total is set at 2½ with the over implied as more likely. Seven of the last ten Europa League finals have gone over 2½ but last year’s was an exception. The match finished 1-1 but Villarreal defeated Manchester United on penalties in 2021.
The clubs in the final have a lower profile than fans are perhaps accustomed to but that makes this match all the more critical for both of them. A win confers an automatic berth in the Champions League group stage, which neither team earned through their league position this season. So, this could be a tense, perhaps frantic, match that’s for the taking.Follow us on Twitter