The Europa League has been dominated by English and Spanish sides in recent times, with each of the past 10 editions won by either Sevilla (four times), Atletico Madrid (twice), Chelsea (twice), Man Utd and Villarreal.
In fact, the last time a German side reached the final of Europe’s second-tier competition came back in 2009 as Werder Bremen finished runners-up, while Rangers suffered the same fate a year earlier.
Rangers have enjoyed ideal preparations as a weekend victory over Hearts left them with four wins on the bounce. Even more impressively, the result was achieved with the second string getting a chance, heavily hinting at how Giovanni van Bronckhorst will line up here.
For the most part the team picks itself, though Ryan Jack is an injury concern and could yet make way for Aaron Ramsey alongside John Lundstram and Glen Kamara in the middle of the park.
The biggest concern is in attack, with Alfredo Morelos sidelined and Kemar Roofe’s participation unlikely from the start, so Joe Aribo looks set to lead the line ahead of Fashion Sakala, with support from Scott Wright and Ryan Kent.
Eintracht Frankfurt rounded of their domestic campaign with an entertaining 2-2 draw on the road to Mainz, though it’s been a fairly disappointing season in the Bundesliga as they ended up in 11th place.
With nothing to play for in that fixture it was a bit of a surprise to see Oliver Glasner field a strong line-up, though he did turn to his bench early with this clash in mind.
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Glasner also has some injury concerns. Right-back Danny da Costa has struggled for game time with injuries and covid playing a role, while attacking midfielder Jesper Lindstrom is also unavailable with a hamstring complaint.
Centre-back provides the biggest headache however, with Martin Hinteregger a big loss after suffering his own hamstring problem, while Evan Ndicka is a doubt after being withdrawn early at the weekend.
Frankfurt are certainly a resilient team and difficult to overcome, with just three defeats from 16 appearances in all competitions since the start of March. Similarly, they’ve only won three of the past 13 and so we’d expect this to be another close encounter.
The German outfit are yet to taste defeat from their 12 Europa League games this term, downing the likes of Real Betis, Barcelona and West Ham to reach the final, as they found the net at least once on every occasion.
Clean sheets have been harder to come by however, with just two from those 12 games, and Rangers have done enough in Europe to suggest they should fancy their chances of registering on the scoreboard too.
The Gers will certainly hold no fear of German opposition having already knocked out Dortmund and Leipzig to reach this stage, with a combined 15 goals across those four games.
Five of the last seven Europa League finals have seen both teams register on the scoreboard, and with Rangers finding a way to cope without Alfredo Morelos in recent encounters, they should help play their part in what looks set to be an enthralling encounter.
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