Manchester City vs Watford Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
May 14, 2019
Wembley Stadium - FA Cup
After successfully defending their Premier League title at the weekend, Manchester City are looking to complete a unique treble on Saturday. Watford are the team standing in their way, as the teams collide in the FA Cup final at Wembley.
City have won all of the last 10 meetings between the teams, including a 3-1 win at the Etihad in March which followed a 2-1 victory at Vicarage Road earlier this season. The Blues have recorded a couple of big scorelines in their dominant run against Watford, including 5-0 and 6-0 victories at Vicarage Road in 2017.
Fernandinho remains a doubt for City after missing their run-in with a knee injury. There’s better news on Kevin De Bruyne though, who returned from a spell on the sidelines at the weekend. Claudio Bravo and Benjamin Mendy are both injured and miss out.
Sebastian Prodl and Domingos Quina are the only two players who are out of this game for the Hornets. The duo are both injured, although Jose Holebas is available after having his red card against West Ham on the final day of the season overturned.
Manchester City vs Watford Preview and Predictions
While City have been busy blowing away all comers in recent weeks, Watford have stumbled over the line. With the Blues gunning for a domestic treble after sewing up the Premier League and EFL Cup titles, there’s unsurprisingly a heavy favourite in this FA Cup final - and it isn’t the Hornets.
Watford did record a tremendous comeback in their last appearance at Wembley, seeing off a talented Wolves side in extra-time of their FA semi-final last month. Javi Gracia’s side have only beaten the Premier League’s bottom club Huddersfield since then though, losing each of their last three league games.
City’s form couldn’t be any different. The Blues won all of their last 14 league games to beat Liverpool to the title, becoming the first team to successfully defend the Premier League in 10 years. Pep Guardiola’s side survived a scare to come from behind and blow Brighton away 4-1 at the Amex Stadium on Sunday, and they have the quality to ease to another comfortable victory here.
Anything can happen in a final, but that doesn’t mean it will. City have been shocked before in this fixture, losing the 2013 FA Cup final to Wigan, but this Guardiola team is something very different to back then. The Blues are clear favourites at 1/5 for the win inside 90 minutes, and 1/7 to win by any method. Watford are 7/1 to lift the trophy, and 14/1 to take it inside normal time. The draw after 90 minutes is 6/1.
City to win and BTTS at 2/1
The Blues are the heavy favourites to beat Watford for an 11th successive time, but the Hornets have managed a goal in each of the last three meetings between the teams.
Sergio Aguero to score first at 3/1
The Argentine striker bagged his 30th goal of the campaign last weekend, and has been in superb form all season long.