Rangers v Eintracht Frankfurt: £25m defender and Europa League top goalscorer - how the finalists compare

by 24britishtvMay 11, 2022, 9 p.m. 11
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Bookmakers have the Germans slight favourites but comparisons between the clubs show little to be given on either side, even down to their anticipated travelling supports heading to Spain both suggested to be similar in size for the showpiece in Sevilla’s Estadio Sanchez Pizjuan on May 18.

Both teams have eliminated so-called tournament favourites en route to the final – Rangers knocked out Borussia Dortmund in February only for Frankfurt to see off Barcelona 4-3 on aggregate in the next round after the Catalans assumed the mantle. Even in the semi-finals, RB Leipzig were tipped for the trophy but were overturned at Ibrox.

Now on neutral territory, the trophy is up for grabs.

What the stats say

Rangers squad is, on average, two years older than Oliver Glasner’s side but where the sides do differ, according to football data website transfermarkt, is squad value. The Bundesliga squad is worth around 50-percent more than their Scottish rivals, but their assets lie in differing areas. Glasner’s squad is valued by the site approaching £180m, while Rangers’ is just shy of £120m – a value led by loanee Amad Diallo and injured striker Alfredo Morelos.

Rangers’ attack is where the club holds highest value with the aforementioned pair plus Ryan Kent’s £11.7m taking the Scottish front-line towards a £51m rating under the transfermarkt metric. That will be up against a defence with an equivalent value of £53m, albeit one weighted, almost by half, by French centre-back Evan Ndika (£25.2m).

Frankfurt’s most valuable area is midfield where an array of riches spread between Japanese international Daichi Kamada (£19.8m), left midfielder Filip Kostic (£18m), Swiss Djibrill Sow (£15.75m) and the injured Jesper Lindstrom (£12.8m).

Rangers also have in their armoury the UEL top scorer, James Tavernier and, in Allan McGregor, one of the competition’s most experienced players.

Path to the UEL final and teams eliminated

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