Picks and Predictions for USL Championship Games on Saturday, July 9 (2022)

| July 7, 2022 11:57 pm PDT

The USL Championship action continues this Saturday, July 9, with a whopping 12 clashes on the schedule. Thanks to the high volume of games, there is no shortage of USL Championship betting opportunities to take advantage of.

Before we jump into my USL Championship predictions for Saturday, let’s check out the fixture list.

  • Pittsburgh Riverhounds vs. Miami FC
  • Hartford Athletic vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies
  • Indy Eleven vs. Detroit City
  • Charleston Battery vs. Birmingham Legion
  • Louisville City vs. New York Red Bulls II
  • FC Tulsa vs. Atlanta United 2
  • Memphis 901 vs. Phoenix Rising
  • New Mexico United vs. Rio Grande Valley
  • El Paso Locomotive vs. Colorado Springs Switchbacks
  • San Diego Loyal vs. LA Galaxy II
  • Orange County vs. Monterey Bay
  • Sacramento Republic vs. Oakland Roots

It’s top against bottom in the Eastern Conference, as high-flying Louisville City hosts struggling New York Red Bulls II. Over in the West, we have an all-California showdown between San Diego Loyal and LA Galaxy II to enjoy.

Read on to unearth my USLC predictions for Saturday, as well as my recommended betting picks.

USL Championship Predictions for Saturday, July 9

Here are Saturday’s USL Championship predictions. First, I will take an in-depth look at three standout matchups. I will then share the rest of my USCL predictions for Saturday.

Detroit City to Beat Indy Eleven

Indy Eleven heads into Saturday’s clash against Detroit City on a four-game losing streak. Following defeats to Colorado Springs, San Diego, Miami, and Pittsburgh, Le Rouge has dropped to eighth in the Eastern Conference.

When you look at the bigger picture, Trevor James’ men have managed to win just two of their past nine outings – registering one draw and five losses. During that period, they conceded 19 goals (2.1 goals per game).

On the flip side, Detroit sits fifth – nine points clear of Indy. The Boys in Blue have only lost two of their previous nine encounters, picking up three wins and four draws along the way.

Only three sides in the East have conceded fewer goals than Detroit this year. Boasting one of the meanest backlines in the league, Detroit shouldn’t struggle to overcome off-form Indy Eleven.

Louisville City to Beat New York Red Bulls II

Louisville occupies first place in the East after suffering just three defeats in 17 games. At the opposite end of the standings, the Baby Bulls find themselves rock bottom with a solitary win to their name in 2022.

As a result, LouCity holds a mammoth 30-point lead over RBNY II. There is no bigger gulf between two teams in the entire USL Championship.

The New Yorkers are on a 15-game winless streak, having recorded three draws and 12 losses since their last victory. By contrast, the Boys in Purple head into this clash on a run of four wins in five matches.

With all that in mind, you probably won’t be surprised to learn that I’m backing Louisville to cruise to a comfortable victory on Saturday. At the end of the day, LouCity is on a totally different level to RBNY II right now.

San Diego Loyal to Beat LA Galaxy II

San Diego Loyal is one of the USL Championship’s in-form teams at the moment. Indeed, only two teams have picked up more points across the past five rounds.

Thanks to recent victories over Hartford, Indy Eleven, Orange Country, and Colorado Springs, Landon Donovan’s boys sit third in the Western Conference. They are also the top scorers, having netted 41 goals in 18 games this season (2.3 goals per game).

Meanwhile, LA Galaxy II occupies seventh place. Although Yoann Damet’s men are four places below the Loyal, they trail their Californian rivals by seven points.

It is also worth noting that Damet’s men have suffered twice as many defeats as San Diego this year. If everything goes to plan on Saturday, Donovan’s boys should come away with all three points in the bag.

More USL Championship Predictions for Saturday

  • Pittsburgh Riverhounds to Beat Miami FC
  • Tampa Bay Rowdies to Beat Hartford Athletic
  • Birmingham Legion to Beat Charleston Battery
  • FC Tulsa and Atlanta United 2 to Draw
  • Memphis 901 to Beat Phoenix Rising
  • New Mexico United to Beat Rio Grande Valley
  • El Paso Locomotive and Colorado Springs Switchbacks to Draw
  • Orange County to Beat Monterey Bay
  • Sacramento Republic to Beat Oakland Roots

I’m backing Pittsburgh, Memphis, New Mexico, Orange County, and Sacramento to win on home soil this weekend. Elsewhere, I’m confident that Tampa Bay and Birmingham will taste victory on their travels.

I can see both FC Tulsa vs. Atlanta United 2 and El Paso Locomotive vs. Colorado Springs Switchbacks ending in a draw. Tulsa and Atlanta are separated by just four points, while El Paso leads Colorado Springs by six.

Best USL Championship Betting Picks for Saturday, July 9

It’s time to go over the top USL Championship picks for Saturday. If you like the look of my USLC picks, why not head over to the best soccer betting sites to lay down some wagers?

Pittsburgh Riverhounds vs. Beat Miami FC – Pittsburgh Riverhounds to Win+100
FC Tulsa vs. Atlanta United – Over 3.5 Goals+130
Memphis 901 vs. Phoenix Rising – Memphis 901 to Win-110
Orange County vs. Monterey Bay – Both Teams to Score-149

You can’t go wrong with the odds for the Pittsburgh and Memphis wins. I really like the look of the Riverhounds’ price, given that they have won each of their previous two outings.

Tulsa and Atlanta have played a combined total of 38 USLC games this year, 20 of which have produced over 3.5 goals. Since each of Atlanta’s past four games have dished up over 3.5 goals, this is destined to be a high-scoring encounter.

In my eyes, the BTTS wager is the best bet for Orange County vs. Monterey Bay. Both teams have scored in 15 of Orange County’s 18 league games this season (83%), while Monterey Bay has the worst defensive record in the West.

Ben Morris
Ben Morris

Ben is a sportswriter and tipster who specializes in soccer. Currently based in the UK, he has traveled all around the world watching – and betting on – his beloved sport.

Alongside his regular soccer content, Ben publishes blogs and picks for cricket, Formula 1, Aussie rules, darts, and various other sports.

Ben is a diehard fan of Nottingham Forest and England, so he hasn’t had much to cheer about in recent years!

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