We have an unlikely final in the Europa League this year between Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt and Rangers, who hail from the Scottish Premiership.
Rangers lost their manager Steven Gerrard in the middle of the season to Aston Villa, but Giovanni van Bronckhorst has taken the reins and led the team to its first European Cup final in the last 14 years.
Both teams have had an impressive run to the final as they’ve combined to knock out Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund, RB Leipzig, and West Ham United.
Let’s dive into my best bets for what should be an intriguing Europa League final.
Europa League Winner Odds 2021-2022
Europa League Winner Odds are provided by Caesars Sportsbook and current as of Tuesday, May 17, at 2 p.m. ET.
- Frankfurt (-150)
- Rangers (+120)
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Europa League Winner Prediction 2021-2022
Frankfurt shocked everyone when they defeated Barcelona in the quarterfinals and then followed it up with an impressive win over West Ham in the semifinals. They currently are sitting in 11th position in the Bundesliga table, but a win on Wednesday will secure the side a spot in next season’s Champions League.
Rangers have been a tough team to figure out during this Europa League campaign, but they have played a lot better at home than on the road. The final will take place in Seville, so playing at a neutral site gives the edge to Frankfurt.
Rangers have failed to score in their last two Europa League away matches, so I’m backing Frankfurt to win this title.
Europa League Final Score Pick
Frankfurt 2, Rangers 0
Europa League Final Best Bets
Frankfurt to Win in 90 Minutes (+129)
As I stated before, this Rangers team fails to score away from home and Frankfurt has been on a roll. They definitely weren’t the Bundesliga team we expected to see in the Europa League final, but they are the most deserving team given their path and will lift the trophy on Wednesday.
Under 2.5 Goals (-135)
Both of these teams look to build from the back and have a bit of a defensive mindset.
I think Frankfurt is more likely to score first and will try to put a stranglehold on the game after doing so. They’ll be happy to sit back and try to counterattack, forcing a Rangers side that struggles to score goals away from home to attack them. I see this as a low-scoring game.
1st Half Goals: None (+170)
This is the longshot bet I’m going to take a chance on. I expect a low-scoring game and for both teams to come out slow in this contest, especially given the nerves of a grand occasion.
I am worried that a penalty kick could ruin this bet for me, but I’m expecting a scoreless first half to start this final.