Manchester City take aim at the domestic treble this weekend when they take on Watford in the final of the FA Cup. After securing the League Cup and the Premier League title, Manchester City will look to underline their credentials as one of the great English club sides of all time with victory over Watford, an achievement that would give Pep Guardiola an incredible 27-pieces of silverware in just 10-years of management with Barcelona, Bayern Munich and City.
Man City Searching For Domestic Treble
Manchester City kept their cool to lift the Premier League title and few would bet against them adding another trophy here to land the domestic treble.
Watford have done well to get this far but despite enjoying an excellent season overall, they’ve eased their foot off the gas over the past month since their semi-final triumph over Wolves.
They were leapfrogged in the table hosting West Ham on the final day, losing 4-1, leaving them with a disappointing bottom-half finish having spent most of the season challenging for seventh place.
A run of four defeats from six games has dismantled any sense of momentum, with their only victory over this spell coming by a narrow margin over relegated basement dwellers Huddersfield.
FA Cup Final Preview – Paul Dickov
Man City Form
City enjoyed their own 4-1 success on the final day at Brighton, which leaves them with an absolutely incredible record of W28-D1-L2 across all competitions since a Boxing Day defeat to Leicester, while even the stalemate was turned into a victory via penalties in the League Cup final versus Chelsea.
That spell includes a 3-1 triumph over Watford at the Etihad in March and in fact, they’ve won all eight fixtures with the Hornets since they were promoted back into the Premier League ahead of the 2015/16 season.
Six of these came by a margin of at least two clear goals as City racked up an aggregate score of 25-4, though three of those four strikes for the underdogs came in the last three head-to-heads as both teams found the net in each.
Both Teams To Score?
Both teams have actually scored in 10 of Watford’s last 12 outings, while Javi Gracia’s men have lost but found the net in five of their eight encounters with the ‘Big Six’ going back to the start of December – which also includes the 2-1 defeat in their other clash with the Citizens this term.
Outside of the top six, only Bournemouth and Everton managed to score more goals than them this term, though by the same token, only the bottom seven teams in the final standings shipped a greater number of goals as they’ve been an entertaining side to watch for the neutral.
The chances of goals are further improved should Man City’s key defensive midfielder Fernandinho fail to reach full fitness. The 34-year-old Brazilian is seemingly 50/50 for this clash after injuring his knee in the Manchester derby on April 24th, but he was absent the only time Pep Guardiola’s outfit have suffered back-to-back defeats this term as they went down 3-2 and 2-1 to Palace and Leicester respectively in December.
Meanwhile, he also missed that most recent head-to-head meeting between these two as City won 3-1 in March, while the return of Kevin De Bruyne from injury is only going to increase the chances of a high-scoring affair too.
In other team news, Watford will be relieved that Jose Holebas’ appeal against his sending off on the final day hosting West Ham has been successful, with the 34-year-old left back offering not just crucial experience at the back, but also a goal threat going forwards as he’s the Hornets’ joint-top assist maker this term and has chipped in with a few goals to boot.
FA Cup Final Betting Tips
Between 2006/07 and 2012/13, five of seven finals saw no more than one strike, even if a majority of these matches saw a mismatch in teams as a ‘Big Six’ side squared off against someone outside that elite group.
However, of the subsequent five finals, both teams have found the net in three and there were also more than three goals in over half these games too, with the only fixture that saw just one goal or less last seasons’ showpiece event between Jose Mourinho’s dour United and Antonio Conte’s (by that point lifeless) Chelsea.
City have only won this tournament once under current ownership, back in 2010/11, while they finished runners up in 2012/13.
However, they’ve won the League Cup regularly in recent seasons, lifting the trophy in four of the past six additions now, and it’s noticeable that they conceded in the only one against a non-Big Six team as they beat Sunderland 3-1.
Like that final, this one will of course take place on the big pitch of Wembley, which in terms of quality and size is more reminiscent of the Etihad than Vicarage Road.
Given both the last two head-to-heads on City’s own patch finished 3-1, we fancy a little punt on the correct score as well as the City win and both teams to score.
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