Picks and Predictions for USL Championship Games on Saturday, June 18 (2022)

| June 16, 2022 11:54 pm PDT

Following an exciting batch of midweek fixtures, the USL Championship returns this weekend. On Saturday, June 18, the second tier of US soccer dishes up nine games for us to get our teeth into.

Today, I will be providing my USL Championship predictions for Saturday, June 18, along with a handful of top betting picks. Before we dive into those predictions and picks, let’s check out the schedule.

  • Detroit City vs. El Paso Locomotive
  • Loudoun United vs. Phoenix Rising
  • Tampa Bay Rowdies vs. Charleston Battery
  • Atlanta United 2 vs. Hartford Athletic
  • Louisville City vs. Orange County
  • RGV Toros vs. Pittsburgh Riverhounds
  • Colorado Springs Switchbacks vs. Indy Eleven
  • San Antonio vs. Oakland Roots
  • Sacramento Republic vs. LA Galaxy II

The top two in the Western Conference – Colorado Spring Switchbacks and San Antonio – are locked on 30 points. Both teams are in action on Saturday, but can either side break away?

Over in the Eastern Conference, Louisville City, Tampa Bay Rowdies, and Pittsburgh Riverhounds will all be looking to close the gap on first-place Memphis 901. The team from Tennessee is not in action this weekend.

Are you ready for Saturday’s USL Championship predictions? Let’s go!

USL Championship Predictions for Saturday, June 18, 2022

Allow me to take you through my USL Championship predictions for Saturday, June 18. I have decided to cover four standout matchups in detail. I will then share the rest of my predictions for the USL Championship games on Saturday.

Tampa Bay Rowdies to Beat Charleston Battery

Tampa Bay heads into Saturday’s clash against Charleston Battery on the five-game unbeaten run, having claimed four wins and one draw. Consequently, the Rowdies find themselves third in the Eastern Conference – three points behind first-place Memphis.

The Rowdies kicked off their hot streak with a 5-1 thrashing of Phoenix Rising before beating Pittsburgh 3-1. Following a 1-1 draw with Tulsa, they secured back-to-back victories over Louisville (1-0) and Miami (2-1).

At the opposite end of the standings, Charleston sits second from bottom – 18 points behind Tampa Bay. Having recorded just two wins in 13 league games this year, Conor Casey’s side looks set to suffer another defeat against the high-flying Rowdies.

Louisville City to Beat Orange County

Louisville went unbeaten across the opening ten rounds this season before suffering three losses in four games. Still, the Boys in Purple remain just two points behind Memphis in the East.

Despite their recent setback, Danny Cruz’s boys boast the joint-best defensive record in the conference. They are also the second-highest scorers, having netted 27 goals in 14 games (1.9 goals per game).

On the flip side,
Orange County occupies twelfth place in the Western Conference. Richard Chaplow’s men have failed to win any of their previous five outings and come into this clash on a three-game losing streak.

In my eyes, this matchup provides Louisville with the ideal opportunity to return to winning ways and get back on track.

Colorado Springs Switchbacks to Beat Indy Eleven

It’s safe to say that Colorado Spring has enjoyed a hugely impressive season up to now. Indeed, the Western Conference leaders have won ten of their 12 games in 2022 – including five of their previous six.

Hadji Barry (5 goals, 5 assists), Michee Ngalina (5 goals, 4 assists), and Elvis Amoh (6 goals, 2 assists) have all racked up 8+ goal involvements this year. So, it’s no surprise that Colorado Springs has scored 27 goals in 12 games (2.3 goals per game).

Despite playing one game more, Indy Eleven has nine points fewer than Colorado Springs. The Boys in Blue have been one of the most inconsistent teams in the USL Championship this season, so I can see them struggling to deal with the in-form Switchbacks.

San Antonio to Beat Oakland Roots

San Antonio heads into the weekend on a run of three wins in four games, having dispatched Miami (2-0), Rio Grande (3-2), and Monterey Bay (3-2) in recent weeks. As a result, they find themselves level with Colorado Springs atop the West.

When you look at the bigger picture,
the Texans have won seven of their previous nine USL Championship clashes. They also kept five clean sheets in the process.

By contrast, only one team in the West has picked up fewer wins than Oakland this year. The Roots have only managed to win four of their 17 matches, accumulating a league-high eight draws along the way.

You probably won’t be surprised to learn that I’m backing San Antonio to claim all three points this weekend.

More USL Championship Predictions for Saturday, June 18

  • Detroit City and El Paso Locomotive to Draw
  • Loudoun United and Phoenix Rising to Draw
  • Atlanta United 2 to Beat Hartford Athletic
  • Pittsburgh Riverhounds to Beat RGV Toros
  • Sacramento Republic to Beat LA Galaxy II

I can see both Detroit City vs. El Paso Locomotive and Loudoun City vs. Phoenix Rising ending in a draw. Detroit and El Paso are separated by a single point, while Loudoun and Phoenix are both in horrible form.

Elsewhere, I’m backing Atlanta United 2 and Sacramento Republic to win one home soil. I’m also backing the Pittsburgh Riverhounds to secure a road victory over Rio Grande.

Top USL Championship Betting Picks for Saturday, June 18

I have scoured the best soccer betting sites to find the top USL Championship picks for Saturday, June 18. Without further ado, here are my selections.

  • Atlanta United 2 vs. Hartford Athletic – Over 2.5 Goals (-125)
  • Louisville City vs. Orange County – Louisville City to Win (+100)
  • Sacramento Republic vs. LA Galaxy II – Under 2.5 Goals (-125)

This season, Atlanta United 2 has been involved in more high-scoring games than any other team in the Eastern Conference. Ten of their 14 games have produced three or more goals, so I can see them combining for the over 2.5 goals with Hartford.

While Louisville sits second in the East with 27 points, Orange County sits second from bottom in the West with 14 points. No prizes for guessing who I’m backing to win this clash!

Across all competitions, all of Sacramento’s past nine games have dished up under 2.5 goals. Unsurprisingly, I expect their clash against LA Galaxy II to be a low-scoring affair.

If betting on North American soccer is your thing, be sure to check out my MLS predictions and picks for Saturday and Sunday.

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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