2020 USL Championship Final Expert Analysis - Soccer Betting

2020 USL Championship Final Expert Analysis – Soccer Betting

Written by on October 29, 2020

Okay MyBookie soccer betting nation, with the 2020 USL Championship final set for Monday, Nov. 1, it’s time to find out whether the Tampa Bay Rowdies or Phoenix Rising will come out on top when they brawl for it all. With both championship hopeful teams going all-out for the win, let’s find out which one is offering the best value against their USL odds.

2020 USL Championship Final | Soccer Betting Analysis

Tampa Bay Rowdies (10-3-3) Vs Phoenix Rising (11-2-3)

  • When: Monday, Nov. 1, 2020 at 7:30 PM ET
  • Where: Al Lang Stadium

Tampa Bay finished the regular season atop the group H standings with 33 points. The Rowdies scored 25 goals while limiting the opposition to a league-low 11 goals. Tampa Bay advanced to their first USL Championship Final since joining the league in 2017 by getting past Louisville City FC 2-1 on Saturday as Zach Steinberger and Sebastian Guenzatti scoed first half goals.

Phoenix finished atop the group B standings with 35 points. The Rising scored a league-high 46 goals while allowing just 17 goals defensively. Phoenix claimed its second trip to the USL Championship Final in the past three seasons by getting past El Paso 4-2 in a penalty shootout after their 1-1- finish in regulation time. The Rising have seen each of its three games this postseason go to extra time. Now, Phoenix wants to win it all after falling to Louisville City in the 2018 championship.

“Unless you’ve lost a final, you don’t know how bad that hurts,” goalie Zac Lubin said. “We prepared and did everything we could in 2018 and still came up short. The momentum we have is great but that’s not what is going to get us the win.”

Prediction

Phoenix would have hosted this championship affair but they lost that opportunity because of forward Junior Flemmings hurled a homophobic slur that was directed at San Diego Loyal midfielder Collin Martin.

Still, Phoenix has the most dangerous offense in the USL and they’re going to be hard to beat in this affair. No matter, I like Tampa Bay to get the huge upset win, seeing as how they have lost only once at home this season and have the league’s best defense.  The Rising have struggled throughout the postseason and just hasn’t been as explosive as they were doing to the regular season as things have tightened up at both ends of the pitch.

Tampa Bay has won three straight and four of five and their conference final win over an elite Louisville team has me convinced the Rowdies will get the season-ending win in the 2020 USL Championship final!

Pick: Tampa Bay 3 Phoenix 2


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