[Eintracht Frankfurt vs Rangers on 18 May? 2022 - Who Will Win?]
Today will see the birth of the UEFA Cup champions, Eintracht Frankfurt vs Rangers.
Eintracht Frankfurt has not performed well in the Bundesliga this season, finishing in 11th place, but has shone in the UEFA Cup, winning 6, drawing 3, and losing 1 of their last 10 matches, and knocking out strong teams in succession to reach the final. At the same time, the team's attacking power is much higher in the UEFA Cup than in the Bundesliga, and it seems that the support of the fans on their expedition has given Frankfurt great moral strength.
Looking at the strength of the two teams, Frankfurt is slightly stronger and also has a bigger reputation, plus the team eliminated Barcelona, which is quite a bit higher in terms of image. But the Rangers are not bad either, not winning the SPL this season but only four points behind Celtic, a team that also knocked out Red Bull Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund. Coincidentally, the Rangers seem to have a way against Bundesliga teams, and this opponent happens to be a Bundesliga team again.
I think the 0.25 is based on the team's strength and reputation. Rangers are not bad, with a strong offensive and defensive team and previous experience of knocking out Bundesliga teams.
ClevPicks Prediction: Rangers +0.25
In this term's Europa League, no one has come out victorious against Eintracht Frankfurt. No Real Betis, no West Ham, or even Barcelona can match Oliver Glassner's side in 2021-22.
After ending the hopes of match favorites the Blaugrana, Eintracht Frankfurt made their trip worthwhile by beating West Ham 2-1 in the first leg of the semi-final before completing a famous trip to Europe at Deutsche Bank Park.
Aaron Cresswell was sent off in the 16th minute, and David Moyes was also sent off soon after, Rafael Borre's third goal of the game to make it 3-1 on aggregate Victory over the Hammers offers his side a chance to end a 42-year drought in Europe.
In its current form, Frankfurt only reached the furthest to the semi-finals in the Europa League before being knocked out by eventual winners Chelsea in 2018-19, but in its Europa League era, Die Adler made it through two rounds in 1980 final The race repelled German counterpart Borussia Mönchengladbach for their only continental crown to date.
Rangers reached their two-game final with a 3-1 win over Robbie Neilson's side at the weekend, and the victory represented their fourth win in as many games on the bounce.
Van Bronckhorst has also seen his side score at least two goals in all of these encounters, but having only conceded one unanswered goal in the last nine games might worry him a little. And unlike Eintracht Frankfurt, Rangers have been handed five defeats in the UEFA Cup in the 2021-22 season.
However, those five defeats have not stopped Rangers from dominating, and the prospect of becoming the first Scottish team ever to win the Europa League is one that Van Bronckhorst's history-making side has no intention of giving up.
Rangers may have lost 10 of their 14 European matches on Spanish soil so far, but Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund were both sent packing by the Scottish champions, who won the UEFA Cup 55 times this season, and Frankfurt would do well to look to them for some pointers. Their Bundesliga neighbors avoid suffering the same fate on the big occasion.