With the 2020 USL season rolling right along and teams across the league looking to make a push to reach the postseason, it’s time to find out who’s in action this coming week and which matchups are offering the best soccer betting value so you can set down your bets against their USL odds. Let’s get started.
2020 USL Championship Top Games of the Week, Highlights, and Predictions
Phoenix Rising FC (7-2-2) vs Las Vegas Lights FC (2-5-3)
- When: Friday, Sept. 11, 2020 at 9:30 PM ET
- Where: Casino Arizona Field
Phoenix is sitting atop the group B standings with 23 points. The Rising have scored a league-high 31 goals while conceding just 12 goals defensively. Las Vegas is in last place in group B with 9 points. The Lights have been limited to 15 goals while allowing 17 goals defensively. Phoenix comes into this clash riding the wave of a fantastic seven-game winning streak that includes a 2-0 win over Las Vegas on Saturday. Vegas has dropped two of three, including the aforementioned loss against Phoenix the last time out.
There’s no way Phoenix manages to lose this game to a club they just shutout the last time they met. Phoenix has a pair of genuine stars in league scoring leader Junior Flemmings (10 goals) and Rufat Dadashov (8 goals) and the pair will be more than enough to lead the Rising to the victory in this one.
Pick: Phoenix 4 Las Vegas 1
Pittsburgh Riverhounds (8-3-1) FC vs Hartford Athletic (6-2-1)
- When: Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020 at 6:00 PM ET
- Where: Highmark Stadium
Pittsburgh is in first place in Group F with 25 points. The Riverhounds have scored a league-high tying 31 goals while allowing just eight defensively. Hartford id in second place in group F with 19 points that have come on 18 goals scored and 15 goals allowed.
Pittsburgh has won three straight while not losing in their last five. The Riverhounds come into this matchup off a convincing 3-0 shutout win over New York on Saturday. Hartford has gone 1-1-1 over their last three games but managed to get past Loudon 2-1 on Saturday.
Pittsburgh thoroughly dominated Hartford in their 3-0 shutout win on Aug. 28 and the Riverhounds simply possess too much offensive firepower and too good of a defense, to lose to a Hartford team that is good, but not great. The Riverhounds are tied with a league-high six clean sheets and they could be looking at another in this affair.
Pick: Pittsburgh 3 Hartford 1
Sacramento Republic FC (6-1-3) vs Reno 1868 FC (8-0-2)
- When: Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020 at 9:30 PM ET
- Where: Papa Murphy’s Park
Sacramento is in second place in group A with 21 points that have come on 14 goals scored and eight allowed. Reno is sitting atop the group A standings with 24 points. Reno has scored 27 goals and conceded 10 goals defensively. Sacramento is on fire, having won five straight including a 2-1 win over Portland last Wednesday, but Reno has won four straight and comes into this affair off a resounding 7-1 win over Portland on Saturday.
I know Sacramento is playing their best soccer of the season coming into this matchup, but Reno has been consistently good all season long and I expect them to get the win in this one, though its’ going to be a knock-down, drag-out affair that ends in a one-goal finish. Reno ranks third in goals scored this season while Hartford is tied for 10t. In the end, Reno’s firepower will be just a bit too much for the Athletic.
Pick: Reno 2 Sacramento 1