Kick-off: 1700, 18/05/2019
TV: BBC/BT Sport
Manchester City will aim to complete an unprecedented domestic treble by seeing off Watford in Saturday’s FA Cup final and are hard to oppose at Wembley.
The Blues have already wrapped up Premier League and EFL Cup triumphs and can boast eight straight top-flight victories over the Hornets from the past four seasons.
Javi Gracia’s side did grab consolation goals in both meetings this term, though, so 37/20 for them to score in defeat is our initial Man City vs Watford prediction.
A Look At Manchester City’s Betting Odds
City successfully defended their Premier League title when Sunday’s 4-1 win at Brighton kept them a point ahead of Liverpool.
That was a 14th straight success in that competition and Pep Guardiola now understands the significance of this opportunity.
The Spaniard said: “I’m not going to deny it is exhausting, but winning is so addictive and now we have the chance to win the FA Cup and a treble.
“No teams in England have done that before, so we have to challenge, compete and be focused on this game.”
The Blues have been less convincing in knockout matches this term.
They needed penalties to beat Chelsea in the EFL Cup final, had to come from 2-0 down to win at Swansea in this competition and only edged out Brighton 1-0 in the semis.
However, City still have to be rated a class apart here and Watford’s open style looks tailor-made for them.
Gabriel Jesus has started ahead of Sergio Aguero in all previous rounds, so he will be popular for first scorer bets.
For now, though, we’re going for the favourites to turn on the style and like 7/5 for Guardiola’s men to oblige and over 3.5 goals in the game from the Man City vs Watford odds.
Last Man City line-up: Ederson, Walker, Kompany, Laporte, Gundogan, B Silva, D Silva, Zinchenko, Sterling, Aguero, Mahrez.
Fernandinho is hoping to prove his fitness after a knee injury. Kevin De Bruyne could also feature after returning from a hamstring problem, but left-back Benjamin Mendy has been ruled out.
A Look At Watford’s Betting Odds
Watford’s Premier League campaign faded out with a whimper once they were out of the running for seventh place, with Sunday’s 4-1 home loss to West Ham being a third straight defeat.
Gerard Deulofeu did get on the scoresheet against the Hammers and insists anything is possible in a one-off game at Wembley, though.
He declared: “We have to be stronger. We have to be more aggressive, more angry. But it is one game against City and anything can happen.
“We know our characteristics – we will fight with all our heart and as hard as we can for the trophy.
“It is a final and we have the opportunity to reach Europe and make history. We will go full power in this final game of the season.”
There is little doubt the Hornets have been holding something back in the league of late and midfielders like Abdoulaye Doucoure and Etienne Capoue will provide the energy and enthusiasm to help them make their presence felt here.
Even so, the Blues just look too strong in all departments, including a star-studded bench to call on, so 10/1 for a 3-1 scoreline completes our Man City vs Watford betting tips.
That was the result when these teams met at Etihad Stadium in March, with Raheem Sterling hitting a hat-trick before Deulofeu pulled one back.
Last Watford line-up: Foster, Cathcart, Kiko, Holebas, Kabasele, Doucoure, Hughes, Capoue, Pereyra, Deulofeu, Deeney.
Watford will have Jose Holebas available after he had a red card against West Ham rescinded. Gracia has a decision to make in goal between Ben Foster and Heurelho Gomes, who has played every round of the competition so far.
Brighton 1-4 MAN CITY – Sergio Aguero, Aymeric Laporte, Riyad Mahrez, Ilkay Gundogan
WATFORD 1-4 West Ham – Gerard Deulofeu
Head-to-head: Man City 3-1 Watford, Watford 1-2 Man City, Man City 3-1 Watford, Watford 0-6 Man City, Watford 0-5 Man City, Man City 2-0 Watford
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