Manchester City v Watford – Wembley Stadium at 17:00 GMT+1
Saturday night will see the conclusion of the FA Cup as Manchester City and Watford battle it out at the Wembley Stadium. It doesn’t come as a surprise that Manchester City are the heavy favourites to lift this season’s trophy. Pep Guardiola and his men will come into this match fresh from securing the Premier League victory once again, holding off Liverpool in one of the greatest and most intense title races in league history. Should City come out victorious in the match against Watford, they’ll become the first team in English football to cap a historic domestic treble.
Watford, on the other hand, are set for their second FA Cup final since losing to Everton in year 1984. The Hornets were able to play extremely well to get to this point in the competition, but there’s no doubt they’ve been having some trouble in the Premier League. It will definitely be interesting how this match plays out and how Javi Garcia and his men break their unpleasant form in what is the club’s biggest fixture in years.
– Manchester City retained the Premier League title with a massive 98 points, finishing just one point ahead of Liverpool.
– Key midfielder Fernandinho has been unavailable due to a knee injury and remains a doubt for the FA Cup final.
– Kevin De Bruyne is in contention after playing as a late substitute in the match against Brighton due to a hamstring problem.
– Benjamin Mendy recently went through treatment for his knee injury.
– Watford ended their campaign in the English top flight at the 11th spot.
– Domingos Quina and Sebastian Prodl will be unavailable for Watford due to respective shoulder and knee injuries.
PROBABLE FORMATION & STARTING XI
Man City: 4-3-3
Ederson, Kyle Walker, Vincent Kompany, Aymeric Laporte, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Bernardo Silva, Ilkay Gundogan, David Silva, Raheem Sterling, Sergio Aguero, Riyad Mahrez
Heurelho Gomes, Kiko Femenia, Christian Kabasele, Craig Cathcart, Jose Holebas, Abdoulaye Doucoure, Etienne Capoue, Will Hughes, Roberto Pereyra, Gerard Deulofeu, Troy Deeney
Sergio Aguero equalised during a match against Brighton on the final day of the Premier League season to secure Manchester City’s victory. He has been the main key player for City this season and has scored at least 10 goals against the Hornets in the past seasons.
Gerard Deulofeu was able to net a brace in the semi-final comeback when they went up against the Wolves and has added three more ever since. If Watford want to stand up against a side like City, they will need Deulofeu to be at his best on Saturday.
Man City v Watford: 3-1
Manchester City are on a fantastic run of 14 consecutive victories and will be bursting with confidence having been recently crowned as Premier League champions once again. Both sides will be desperate to secure the victory for very different reasons. Man City are looking to make history as the first ever team to complete an English domestic treble. Meanwhile, Watford will want to continue their impressive feat in the competition and prove they’re solidly up for the challenge of coming up against a formidable Manchester City.
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