Manchester City and Watford are set to battle it out at Wembley in the final of the 2018/19 FA Cup
Date: 18th May
Time: 18:00 CET
Venue: Wembley Stadium, London
Pep Guardiola’s side are aiming to become the first ever men’s club to complete the domestic treble in England, while Watford will be desperate for a first FA Cup in the club’s history.
Manchester City Team News
Here we go again! Focused until the end 🙏🏾🙌🏾 pic.twitter.com/fk7YLbndzD
— Fernandinho (@fernandinho) May 16, 2019
Manchester City are coming off a big win after sealing the Premier League title last weekend. The Citizens will be hoping to become the first side to lift all four English trophies in one season.
Even though Benjamin Mendy is available, Oleksandr Zinchenko is expected to start at left-back for Manchester City.
With Kevin De Bruyne back from injury, Bernardo Silva may be pushed into the offensive trio alongside Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero.
Ilkay Gundogan could keep his place in midfield ahead of Fernandinho, who has struggled with injury in the last few months. John Stones, Vincent Kompany and Nicolas Otamendi are in competition to start at centre-back alongside Aymeric Laporte.
Predicted Man City XI (4-3-3): Ederson; Walker, Kompany, Laporte, Zinchenko; D. Silva, Gundogan, B. Silva; Sterling, Aguero, Mahrez.
Watford Team News
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— Watford Football Club (@WatfordFC) May 17, 2019
Watford are about to play their second FA Cup Final and the first since losing to Everton in 1984.
Recent weeks have seen the Hornets struggle, however, Watford have had a good season under the management of Javi Gracia and the FA Cup run has been a deserved reward for their efforts.
Watford will undoubtedly cause City many problems with first and second balls, they will have no pressure upon them and for the first hour or so at least will be willing to run to the heavens and back in pursuit of their first ever trophy win.
Jose Holebas was sent off on the last day of the Premier League season and will miss Saturday’s FA Cup final through suspension. His absence is a blow for Watford, with Adam Masina set to deputise.
Kiko Femenía and Daryl Janmaat are in competition for a starting berth at right-back. The rest of the team should pick itself. Domingos Quina is the only injury concern for Watford ahead of their trip to Wembley this weekend.
Predicted Watford XI (4-2-2-2): Foster; Femenia, Kabasele, Cathcart, Holebas; Doucoure, Capoue; Hughes, Pereyra; Deeney, Deulofeu.
- The last time Watford and Manchester City went head-to-head in an FA Cup tie, the Hornets led 2-0 into half-time, Aguero scored a second-half hat-trick and the game ended Man City 4-2 Watford.
- City have won 13 of their last 15 meetings with Watford across all competitions, drawing the other two.
- Watford haven’t beaten the Citizens since a 1-0 second division victory in March 1989.
Fresh from sealing the Premier League title last weekend, City are the obvious favourites, but Watford’s progress to the final has shown they should not be underestimated.
Last 5 Matches
|Brighton 1-4 Manchester City||
Watford 1-4 West Ham
Manchester City 1-0 Leicester
|Chelsea 3-0 Watford|
|Burnley 0-1 Manchester City||
Watford 1-2 Wolves
Manchester United 0-2 Manchester City
|Watford 1-1 Southampton|
|Manchester City 1-0 Tottenham||
Huddersfield 1-2 Watford
Watford are likely to find openings against City, that much is certain. But even if they are able to find the net, City should have too much quality over their opponents.
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