FA CUP Final Preview - Manchester City vs Watford 19 May 19

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Match Day 37
Manchester City vs. Watford
Sunday, May 19th 2019
01:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Wembley Stadium

Manchester City: 
Last five matches form: W W W W W
Average goals per match (FA CUP): 4.00
Average goals against per match (FA CUP): 0.60
Top Scorer (FA CUP): Gabriel Jesus (3)

Last five matches form: W D L L L
Average goals per match (FA CUP): 2.00
Average goals against per match (FA CUP): 0.60
Top Scorer: Andre Gray, Etienne Capoue, Troy Deeney & Gerard Deulofeu (2)

This weekend sees the traditional culmination of the English domestic season as the FA Cup Final takes place at Wembley Stadium. One of the most famous single matches in world football, this year sees treble chasing Manchester City take on Javi Gracia's Watford.

This will be Manchester City's eleventh appearance in the final and - a little surprisingly - their first since 2011. They have a split record in finals to date with five wins and five defeats but are heavily favoured to win this one.

For Watford this will be just their second FA Cup Final appearance. Their only previous visit here resulted in defeat to Everton back in 1984.

Manchester City have won the past seven meetings between these sides including a 3-1 win at home and 2-1 success away in the Premier League this season.

Claudio Bravo and Benjamin Mendy are ruled out for Manchester City. Domingos Quina will miss out for Watford but Jose Holebas is free to start having had his final day red card rescinded.

Javi Gracia has continued to play a strong side in the closing weeks of the season in a bid to keep Watford's positive run of form going. Having lost their final three Premier League fixtures though, they are going to need to up their game massively here against the newly crowned Premier League champions.

Manchester City have now won 21 of their past 22 fixtures in all competitions. They have scored just the once in three of their last five though, and Watford will be hoping to keep this tight.

Pep Guardiola seems to have this high on his wish list and City can be expected to outclass Watford here, much as they have almost every other English side all season.

Prediction: Manchester City 3 - 1 Watford


Half time: 2 - 0
Full time: 6 - 0
Shots:  23 - 11
Shots on target: 11 - 2
Corner Kicks: 13 - 1
Possession: 70% - 30%

David Silva was booked for Manchester City, with referee Kevin Friend also taking the names of Abdoulaye Doucouré and Kiko of Watford.

Given the recent form of these two sides - not to mention the general class differential - this always looked like being a difficult afternoon for Watford, but few would have predicted it would end up quite so bad as this.

It was Watford who actually had the first big chance of the game when hitting City on the counter and Roberto Pereyra finding himself through on goal. He could only hit the outrushing Ederson though. And how City made them pay for that missed opportunity!

The opener arrived in the 26th minute. Raheem Sterling and David Silva, of all people, winning headers in the area, with the ball eventually dropping to Silva just to the left of the left corner of the six-yard box. The Spaniard hitting a low effort across goal which took a slight deflection on its way in to the bottom right.

12 minutes later the Premier League Champions were two to the good. A delightful ball from the excellent Bernardo Silva to pick out Gabriel Jesus arriving beyond the far left post. Jesus doing well to stab an effort on target past the stranded Heurelho Gomes. The ball already just over the line before Sterling made sure. 2-0 at the break.

The last thing Watford wanted to see was Kevin De Bruyne coming off the bench, and he promptly wreaked havoc. Firstly when adding a third in the 61st minute. Jesus played in down thel eft on the counter and feeding the ball across to De Bruyne. The Belgians fist touch taking him inside Gomes and leaving him with an empty net to slot into,

Seven minutes later it was four. Jesus played through by De Bruyne in the left channel. Excellent composure from then Brazilian frontman to wait his moment and slot home to the keepers right.

Nine minutes from time City scored the type of goal which has become the hallmark of their season. Brilliant work from Bernardo Silva once again to beat his man and race o the by-line down the left, before whipping in a low ball across the six-yard box. Sterling the man racing in from the back post to slot home.

Three minutes from time City became the biggest winners of a FA Cup final in over 100 years. Sterling latching on to a ball into the area again but seeing his effort well saved onto the post by Gomes. The England man was the first to the rebound though to prod over the line. 6-0 final score.

And so City become the first side to win the Premier League, League Cup and FA Cup in one season. This really is a special side.

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