The UEFA Europa League Final takes place this week, with Rangers FC battling it out against Eintracht Frankfurt. Here’s why you should bet on Rangers.
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|UEFA Europa League Final
|Eintracht Frankfurt vs Rangers FC
|Wednesday 18 May, 15:00 EST
|Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, Seville
We all know that the appetite for soccer in the United States is growing rapidly. This is largely down to the recent growth of Major League Soccer, with some huge names heading to the States. I mean, David Beckham is one of the league’s representatives as Inter Miami co-owner, heads are bound to be turned.
However, despite the increasing popularity of the MLS, it always comes back to European soccer. Historically, European soccer leagues have been the heart of the sport. The world’s biggest names playing in their primes, cheered on by the most passionate fanbases in the land.
With the European soccer season drawing to a close, there are some big games remaining. One being the UEFA Europa League Final, Europe’s second-biggest final only behind the Champions League Final.
The good news is that you can bet on the Europa League Final in the United States!
So, let’s get into our Europa League Final preview and the 4 reasons why we expect Glasgow Rangers to lift that trophy on May 18.
UEFA Europa League Betting Odds
Before we get into the nitty-gritty of the Europa League Final and its two representatives, let’s check out the current betting odds.
The Europa League Final betting odds below are at BetMGM Sportsbook.
|Eintract Frankfurt Moneyline (To Win)
|Rangers FC Moneyline (To Win)
4 Reasons Why You Should Bet on Rangers FC in the Europa League Final
Based on the betting markets, Eintracht Frankfurt are slight favorites heading into this huge fixture. But we’re going to push for the other team here as we believe that Rangers have a great chance of lifting silverware on May 18.
Reason 1: League Form
Taking a look at the league form of the two teams heading into the Final, both tell a very different story.
Now, let’s not dismiss the obvious. The German Bundesliga that Eintracht Frankfurt compete in back in Germany is significantly better in quality than the Scottish Premiership, which Glasgow Rangers compete in. However, Frankfurt have really struggled this season in the Bundesliga.
Eintracht Frankfurt Bundesliga Form
Frankfurt haven’t won a league match since March 13. Since then, they have drawn five and lost three. Not great going.
Eintracht Frankfurt finished their Bundesliga season on Saturday in 11th place from 18 teams.
Rangers FC Scottish Premiership Form
Yes, Rangers’ league situation is considerably easier than Frankfurt’s. However, the story couldn’t be more different form-wise.
Rangers finished their league season in 2nd place. They have only lost two league fixtures in the calendar year – both to fierce Glasgow rivals, Celtic.
If you’re looking at the Europa League Final from a confidence point of view, we know which team will be heading into this matchup full of it.
Reason 2: The “12th Man”
The 12th man is a popular phrase used in the world of soccer. The term refers to the atmosphere a set of soccer fans can generate in order to affect the outcome of a match.
Soccer is played with 11 players on the field. Therefore, the 12th man – being a team’s fanbase – can give those 11 players on the field an edge over their opponents thanks to backing from within the stadium.
More than 100,000 Rangers fans are predicted to descend on Seville this week for the Europa League Final. As a result, the stadium is expected to be full of Rangers fans. Not just in the ‘Rangers section’ of the stadium, but also in the majority of neutral sections.
If you don’t believe us, just look at the sea of Rangers fans that travelled to Manchester in 2008 for the team’s most recent European Final.
What Does This Mean for Rangers?
Well, more Rangers fans than Eintracht Frankfurt fans within the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan will mean that an atmosphere will be generated similar to that of Rangers’ home games back in Glasgow.
This, combined with the known numbers watching in nearby bars and fan zones outside of the ground, will undoubtedly have a positive impact on the players who will be fighting to bring the Europa League home.
Reason 3: Rangers Have Already Knocked Out Two German Heavyweights
If there’s any team that Rangers FC would fancy their chances against right now, it would be one from Germany.
If we asked you what the biggest three clubs in Germany are, you would probably say:
- Bayern Munich
- Borussia Dortmund
- RB Leipzig
Well, Rangers have already knocked out #2 and #3 from that list.
In the last 32 of the Europa League, Dortmund were defeated 6-4 on aggregate by Rangers. The Glasgow outfit then defeated RB Leipzig 3-2 over two legs in the Semi Final, to book a place in Seville.
Again, adding confidence to the equation, Rangers really will feel that they can beat anyone right now. It’s worth noting that Frankfurt did knock out soccer giants Barcelona on the road to Seville. But that shouldn’t worry Rangers.
Reason 4: Experience to Match the Occasion
Ok, so on paper Rangers are sort of a ‘Moneyball‘ story. They have defeated opponents in previous rounds with budgets 10x the size of theirs.
But, looking at the two Europa League Final squads, there is some solid experience in the Rangers ranks.
Steven Davis has experience of playing in the Europa League Final back in 2008. The Rangers goalkeeper, Allan McGregor, was also in the squad that season. Both have a considerable number of appearances under their belts since then, with Davis now 37 and McGregor now 40 years old. This experience could prove vital in Seville.
Combine this with the overall European experience of the squad. Rangers have played qualifiers, group stage matches, and knockout matches on the road to the 2022 UEFA Europa League Final. Something which Frankfurt have not had to do.
If any team is experienced enough to cope with the Europa League Final, you could make a claim for it being Rangers FC.
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