Unbeaten Frankfurt Slight Favorites
Prior to the start of the UEFA Europa League tournament, Frankfurt and Rangers weren’t among the favorites to win the title. They weren’t even favorites to win their Round of 16 matchups. Now, the German side comes into Wednesday’s match as the slight soccer betting favorite to be crowned at +130. Not having lost any game (7-5-0) has a lot to do with that.
On the other hand, no matter what happens on Wednesday, the Rangers already rewrote history. The Scottish side is the first team to reach the UEFA Europa League Final despite losing its first two games.
As Michael Buffer would say: Let’s get ready to rumble.
Frankfurt’s Epic Journey
Once they realized winning the Bundesliga wasn’t possible, the Eagles focused all their energies on winning the UEL, especially after finishing the Group Stage with a 3-3-0 record. Three other teams advanced to the Round of 16 without losing a single game but only Frankfurt kept the pace.
After the Group Stage, the Eagles eliminated Real Betis (3-2), Barcelona (4-3) and West Ham (3-1). They were the betting online underdogs prior to the start of each series. The most impressive victory was at Camp Nou. At the 67-minute mark, Frankfurt was up 3-0. Barcelona did not manage to score until the last 10 minutes.
The duo of Daichi Kamada and Filip Kostic is one of the main reasons for Frankfurt’s success. Kamada is among the tournament’s top scorers with five goals while Kostic has three assists. Kostic also led the way in Barcelona with two goals.
Last weekend, Frankfurt drew 2-2 to Mainz 05 in the Bundesliga. Manager Oliver Glasner didn’t give rest to any player, thinking about keeping up the rhythm. The good news is that Rafael Santos Borre scored again. The Colombian is highly motivated after scoring in two of the team’s last three games.
As mentioned before, the Eagles are offering a +130 price. If you wager $100 bet on them and they win, your payout would be $230. That’s an incredible deal considering they haven’t lost and that they don’t have any major injury concerns.
Rangers: Stirring Comeback
Unlike Frankfurt, Rangers lost five games on the way to the Grand Finale. During the Group Stage, the Light Blues lost to Lyon and Sparta Praha. Later, they lost the second leg of the Round of 16, the first leg of the Round of 8 and in the semifinals.
That’s right, the Rangers came from behind in its last two series, proving we’re talking about a team that never gives up. After losing 1-0 to Braga in Portugal, the Light Blues won 3-1 at home in overtime. Later, after losing 1-0 to RB Leipzig in Germany, they won 3-1 at Ibrox Stadium.
It seems like playing at home has been crucial for the Light Blues. No need to panic as this game will be on neutral ground. Plus, James Tavernier is on fire. Believe it or not, the right back is the tourney’s top scorer with seven goals. He’s the main reason for you to consider including Rangers in your soccer picks. The Light Blues are offering a +210 price.
Unlike his colleague, Giovanni van Bronckhorst did give some rest to several players over the last two weeks. The Light Blues finished as the Scottish Premiership runners-up. Most recently, they defeated Hearts 3-1 with goals from Cedric Itten, Alex Lowry, and Cole McKinnon. Neither of them is a usual starter. That’s actually good news for the Rangers, because a deep roster and fresher legs can make a huge difference.
“It was very pleasing. It was the last game before the two finals, so I decided to change the team and give players some rest. I was really impressed by the win and the way we played,” said van Bronckhorst in an interview.
After facing Frankfurt, the Light Blues will face Hearts in the Scottish Cup Grand Finale.
Frankfurt vs Rangers Head-to-Head
- Previous Matches: 2
- Frankfurt Victories: 12 (111 goals)
- Rangers Victories: 4 (176 goals)
- Draws: 0
These teams collided for the last time in the UEFA Champions League semifinals of the 1959-60 season. Frankfurt crushed Rangers in both games — 6-1 at home and 6-3 on the road.
Overall, the Light Blues own a 20-18-20 record against German teams. As for the Eagles, they own a 4-1-1 record against Scottish teams.
Frankfurt vs Rangers Game Information
- Date: Wednesday, May 18th
- Time: 3 p.m. ET
- Location: Sanchez-Pizjuan, Seville
- Frankfurt vs Rangers Stream: fuboTV
Frankfurt vs Rangers Betting Lines
|Eintracht Frankfurt||-½ +130||+130||2½ -125o||1½ +115o
|Rangers||+½ -160||+210||2½ -105u||1½ +160o
Frankfurt vs Rangers Prediction
If there’s one thing these two teams made clear on their way to the final, it’s that they aren’t afraid to attack. Frankfurt scored in all its games when playing away from home, averaging 1.8 goals per game. The Rangers scored in four of its eight road games. The Light Blues’ best performance was at Signal Iduna Park, home of Borussia Dortmund, where they scored four goals. Therefore, I expect both teams to score, enough for the total to go over. Precisely, that’s my online gambling prediction.
Score Prediction: Frankfurt 2, Rangers 1