Picks and Predictions for USL Championship Games on Wednesday, June 22, 2022

| June 21, 2022 4:15 am PDT

We have two midweek USL Championship games to bet on this Wednesday, June 22. Before we dive into my USL Championship predictions and picks, we need to examine the schedule.

  • Memphis 901 vs. FC Tulsa
  • New Mexico United vs. Rio Grande Valley FC

In the early kick-off, high-flying Memphis 901 welcomes FC Tulsa to Tennessee. Next up, Rio Grande Valley FC will aim to snap New Mexico United’s five-game winning streak in Albuquerque.

Without further ado, let’s get stuck into my predictions for USL Championship games on Wednesday, June 22.

Memphis 901 vs. FC Tulsa Prediction

Memphis 901 sits second in the Eastern Conference – 14 points clear of ninth-place FC Tulsa – after suffering just three losses in 14 league games this season.

A run of seven wins in eight games between mid-April and early June catapulted Ben Pirmann’s boys up the standings. Although they have taken one point from their past two outings, they remain one point behind first-place Louisville City.

The Tennesseans are the second-highest scorers in the East, having netted 28 goals in 14 games (2 goals per game). Phillip Goodrum (8 goals, 2 assists) has been supported by Laurent Kissiedou (5 goals, 4 assists) and Jeremy Kelly (4 goals, 6 assists) throughout the campaign.

Not only do they have the second-best offensive record, but they also boast the second-best defensive record. With the number 14 in the goals against column, Memphis should be more than satisfied.

By contrast, FC Tulsa has the second-worst defensive record in the East. Having conceded 29 goals in 15 matches, Donovan Ricketts’ men look set to struggle on Wednesday.

MOST GOALS CONCEDED – EASTERN CONFERENCE (2022)

  • Atlanta United 2 – 36
  • FC Tulsa – 29
  • Charleston Battery – 28
  • Loudoun United – 27
  • New York Red Bulls 2 – 25

To make matters worse for the Oklahomans, they have failed to win any of their last five USL Championship games. When you look at the bigger picture, they have lost seven of their previous 11 outings across all competitions.

You shouldn’t be shocked that I’m backing Memphis to extend Tulsa’s winless run to six games on Wednesday.

Prediction for Memphis 901 vs. FC Tulsa: Memphis 901 to Win

New Mexico United vs. Rio Grande Valley FC Prediction

Can anyone stop New Mexico United right now?

Zach Prince’s boys head into Wednesday’s clash on a five-game winning streak, having dispatched Charleston, Phoenix, Indy Eleven, Orange County, and Oakland. As a result, they find themselves third in the Western Conference.

The Black and Yellow scored 15 goals across the past five rounds (3 goals per game), thrashing Phoenix 7-0 along the way! Justin Portillo bagged a brace and an assist against Phoenix, taking his tally for the year to four goals and three assists.

But New Mexico isn’t just a one-trick pony. At the opposite end of the field, the team from Albuquerque has conceded the fewest number of goals in the West this season.

FEWEST GOALS CONCEDED – WESTERN CONFERENCE (2022)

  • New Mexico United – 10
  • Sacramento Republic – 11
  • San Antonio FC – 13
  • Colorado Springs Switchbacks – 16
  • Las Vegas Lights – 21

As for the Toros, they sit seventh in the standings – three points behind New Mexico. It is worth noting, however, that New Mexico has three games in hand over Rio Grande Valley.

Although the Texans have won seven of their 16 league matches in 2022, they have managed to register a solitary draw. That means only last-place Monterey Bay has suffered more defeats than Rio Grande’s eight this year.

Worse still,
RGVFC is the only team in the top seven with a negative goal difference. Wilmer Cabrera’s men have scored a respectable 23 goals this season, but they have also conceded 24.

I fully expect the hosts to clinch their sixth straight victory on Wednesday. After all, New Mexico is the most in-form team in the USL Championship at the moment.

Prediction for New Mexico United vs. Rio Grande Valley FC: New Mexico United to Win

Top USL Championship Picks for Wednesday, June 22

I have scoured the best soccer betting sites to find the top USL Championship picks for Wednesday, June 22. You can find my recommended wagers below.

Memphis 901 vs. FC Tulsa – Memphis 901 -1 Handicap+200
New Mexico United vs. Rio Grande Valley FC – New Mexico United to Win+200

Memphis 901 boasts the second-best offensive record in the East, while FC Tulsa has the second-worst defensive record. For that reason, I suggest backing Memphis with a -1 handicap. I can see the Tennesseans securing a high-scoring victory on Wednesday.

In my eyes, the odds for New Mexico to beat Rio Grande Valley FC are good enough as they are. The chance to double your money by backing a team on a five-game winning streak is an opportunity not to be missed.

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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