Louisville City FC is favored to earn its third consecutive victory in the USL Championship Final by predictive website fivethirtyeight.com. | Photo courtesy Em-Dash Photography / Louisville City FC
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Louisville City FC will enter Sunday’s 2019 USL Championship Final as a solid favorite to earn its third consecutive league title, with fivethirtyeight.com rating the two-time defending champion a 64-percent chance to lift the trophy at Lynn Stadium after facing Western Conference champion Real Monarchs SLC.
After securing its third consecutive trip to the Championship Final in dramatic fashion on Saturday afternoon against Indy Eleven, Louisville will look to add to a postseason winning streak that sits at 11 games overall when it welcomes the Monarchs. Holding a 33.3 SPI rating on the predictive analytics site, LouCity currently ranks No. 396 in the site’s world rankings ahead of clubs like Liga MX’s FC Juarez and Major League Soccer’s Montreal Impact, which earlier this year won the Canadian Championship to earn a place in the 2020 Concacaf Champions League.
The Monarchs sit with a 32.2 rating after their victory against El Paso Locomotive FC to sit in 410th place in the overall rankings, also placing it ahead of the Impact and last-place Liga MX club Lobos BUAP. Real will have to overturn not only Louisville’s remarkable postseason home winning streak – LouCity has never lost at home in the USL Championship Playoffs, going 12-0-0 in its history – but the Championship Final history that has seen the visiting side fall in every previous edition.
After earning victory on the road previously this postseason against 2019 Regular Season Title-Winner Phoenix Rising FC when it was a 26 percent chance to advance, however, the Monarchs will be hoping to spring one more surprise.
Kickoff on Sunday night is set for 7:30 p.m. ET, with live coverage on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes in the United States.