Tony Cottee predicts West Ham v Rangers Europa League final
Sky Sports pundit Tony Cottee believes Rangers and West Ham will meet in the Europa League final, although he concedes Leipzig are favourites.
Rangers take on Leipzig in their semi-final and face a tough task of qualification after they were beaten 1-0 in the first leg in Germany.
But speaking before the first leg, Sky Sports pundit Cottee told MyBettingSites that he thinks Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side have done ‘fantastically well’ in Europe this year and he’s got ‘that feeling’ they’ll make it to the final.
“I think if you look at the four teams that are left in the tournament, and you look at respected leagues and their positions, you would have to say that West Ham and Leipzig are the two favourites to go through,” he said.
“Frankfurt have not been brilliant in the Bundesliga. Rangers have done fantastically well this year, they have done really well in Europe.
“But the Scottish league is not as strong obviously as the Premier League or the Bundesliga. But I’ve still got a feeling it will be West Ham-Rangers in the final. I don’t know why I’ve just got that feeling.”
An all British Europa League final would be quite something, between two of the biggest and most devoted fan bases in Britain too.
Both teams were beaten in the first leg of their ties but there is confident after their performances that they will be able to turn it around in the second leg to set up a dream clash.
Rangers would likely rather face West Ham too because they’d know exactly what time of game to expect with a very British style and they would welcome the physical side of the game.
It would be a spectacle for the Scottish game too, showing that the league isn’t as weak as many believe it to be and that Rangers are at the head of the table, despite Celtic’s domestic success this season.
Van Bronckhorst is still trying to win round all the fans at the club and a European triumph would be the ultimate way to do that, but he must turn it around in the second leg.
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