All 16 teams in the field of the 2020 Championship Playoffs are hoping to emulate Real Monarchs SLC in lifting the trophy this November. | Photo courtesy Louisville City FC / Em-Dash Photography
Everyone will have their own theories and hunches when it comes to the direction of the 2020 USL Championship Playoffs. Do you believe in the destiny of Saint Louis FC to claim a title, or that this is the year Reno 1868 FC finally makes the playoff run its regular-season success has promised?
Going by the numbers, though, there are some clear tiers of contenders according to fivethirtyeight.com’s prediction model. Before we kick off the action on Saturday night, let’s take a look at what the numbers are telling us we might expect in this postseason.
Two-time USL Championship Final-winner Louisville City FC is on a six-game winning streak as it enters this year's postseason. | Photo courtesy Em-Dash Photography / Louisville City FC
The road to the 2020 USL Championship Final goes through Greater Nevada Field after Reno 1868 FC claimed the best record in the regular season in the Championship. | Photo courtesy David Calvert / Reno 1868 FC
El Paso Locomotive FC reached the Western Conference Final a season ago before falling in extra time. It will look to go at least one step further this season. | Photo courtesy El Paso Locomotive FC
FC Tulsa is back in the Championship Playoffs for the first time since 2017, but is on a three-game winning streak as it opens on the road in El Paso. | Photo courtesy FC Tulsa