4 teams which are the favorites to win the Europa League
From year to year, the Europa League has only gotten more prestigious. There are better players, better teams and more money going around.
It gets taken more seriously by coaches and players, as the smaller clubs can prove that they are good enough to beat the big guns, while the top clubs can qualify to the CL through this way.
In this year, the level of squads is better than ever. Teams like Milan, Inter, Marseille, Sevilla, and Leverkusen have already dropped out. Of the remaining 8 competitors (Slavia Prague, Chelsea, Napoli, Arsenal, Villarreal, Valencia, Benfica and Eintracht Frankfurt), everyone can kick his opponent out. This article gives an insight into the 4 favourites of the competition and why they are able to win it all. The four most likely clubs are ranked into a top 4 list, where number one is the biggest favourite.
#4 Eintracht Frankfurt
Frankfurt turned from a team that was thought to drop out in their group, to a favourite to win the competition. In a group containing Marseille, Lazio and Apollon Limassol they dominated and did not drop any point, scoring 17 and conceding only 5 times.
In the next two rounds “Die Eintracht” was able to kick out Shakhtar Donetsk and Inter Milan, both excellent teams as well.
The only German left in Europe is probably the most dangerous team offensively, having two excellent strikers in Sebastien Haller and Luka Jovic, who are able to beat every defence that faces them.
They are also on a very good form, not only in the Europa League, as exemplified by them having not lost since December. Another thing which makes them so dangerous is the fantastic support the team gets from their fanbase. An example are the 13,500 people that followed them to Milan, where the fans again produced a great atmosphere and created a big corteo.
Frankfurt’s biggest weakness is their lack of experience. Neither the players nor their coach have a lot of experience on such a big stage. The pressure might be too much for the young players and could force them into errors, which they normally would not do. It is also possible that one of the remaining top coaches could outplay the system of Adi Hütter and therefore beat them tactically.
Another problem might be, that the fans are known for firing pyrotechnics, which the UEFA are known to punish with matches behind closed doors.