Saturday 18 May, kick-off 5pm
Wembley Stadium – FA Cup Final
Premier League champions Manchester City are looking to complete a domestic treble as they take on Watford in this FA Cup final prediction. The Hornets have struggled for form in recent weeks, but do they have what it takes to upset the odds and shock Pep Guardiola’s side at Wembley in this Man City vs Watford prediction?
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What’s the story with Man City vs Watford?
Is the FA Cup final on TV? Yes, it’s being shown live on BBC and BT Sport.
What happened last time? Raheem Sterling banged in a hat-trick as City cruised to a 3-1 win at the Etihad in March. The Blues were three up inside an hour, before Gerard Deulofeu pulled one back for Watford.
What are the Man City vs Watford odds? Manchester City are the heavy favourites at 2/9 in your FA Cup final predictions, while Watford are available at 14/1 with Betfred. The draw after 90 minutes is 6/1 with the same bookmaker, who are offering £30 in free bets when you sign up here. With extra-time and penalties possible, City are 1/7 to lift the trophy, with Watford at 6/1.
Remember that time…City thrashed Watford 6-0 on their own patch? Sergio Aguero hit a hat-trick as the Blues stormed to a big win at Vicarage Road in September 2017. The result came less than four months after City won 5-0 in the same fixture the previous season. Fancy another big City victory on Saturday? The Blues are 19/1 with Betfair to win 5-0 in your football score predictions.
Team news and form
Last six: WWWWWW
Kevin De Bruyne is available for these Man City v Watford predictions, after making his return from injury off the bench last weekend. The Belgian walks into the Blues line-up when fully-fit, but whether he’s 100% remains to be seen. The same goes for Fernandinho, who’s battling to play on Saturday following a knee injury. Benjamin Mendy and Claudio Bravo are both out.
Last six: LWDLLL
Jose Holebas has been cleared to play in this FA Cup final prediction after having his red card against West Ham overturned. Domingos Quina and Sebastian Prodl aren’t expected to feature at Wembley though, after failing to recover from injuries. Apart from those two, Watford boss Javi Gracia has no new fitness concerns ahead of this massive fixture.
Man City vs Watford prediction, preview and betting tips
Unsurprisingly, Manchester City start the FA Cup final as huge favourites. The Blues successfully defended their Premier League crown on Sunday, reaching 98 points in the process. That’s almost double the 50 points Watford amassed across a season that petered out towards the end. The Hornets have a wonderful opportunity to finish the campaign with the biggest of bangs though in this Man City vs Watford FA Cup final prediction.
Despite going behind at Brighton on Sunday, City’s quality shone through as they cantered to a 4-1 victory to become the first team to retain the Premier League title in a decade. The Blues won 14 games in a row to pip a wonderful Liverpool side by a point. Guardiola’s side have won 21 of their last 22 fixtures in all competitions, including their EFL Cup final penalty shootout victory over Chelsea.
That gives the Citizens the chance to wrap up a unique domestic treble in this Man City v Watford prediction. The Hornets are hardly trying to stop them from a position of strength though. Gracia’s side lost their last three Premier League fixtures and ended up in the bottom half of the table. That’s disappointing considering they were going for seventh and a place in Europe not too long ago.
Watford can of course still qualify for the Europa League with a win on Saturday. They’re very unlikely to get it though. City have won each of the last 10 meetings between the sides, including two FA Cup victories. The Blues have smashed in 32 goals to Watford’s six in that time. However, the Hornets have scored in each of their last three games against City, which is why we’re backing both teams to score odds at 6/5 with Betway.
City to win and BTTS is 2/1 with the same bookmaker, which looks like a solid FA Cup final prediction. There’s been 38 goals in the last 10 fixtures between the teams, and 22 in the last five. With that in mind, over 3.5 goals is 11/8 with Betfred in your Man City vs Watford betting tips. Those odds rise to 6/4 with the same bookmaker with the Blues as the winners. We’re backing a third 3-1 win for City in four games against Watford at 10/1.
Man City vs Watford first goalscorer predictions
Raheem Sterling has scored five times in his last three games against the Hornets. That includes his hat-trick earlier this season. The England international is on 23 goals for the season, and is 21/5 with 888sport to open the scoring. He’s 54/1 to net first in a 3-1 City win, and 25/1 to bag another hat-trick against Watford. Sergio Aguero meanwhile is 14/5 in the first goalscorer odds, after reaching 30 goals for the season last weekend. It’s 44/1 if City go on to win 3-1.
Gerard Deulofeu made the difference in Watford’s FA Cup semi-final at Wembley last month. He came off the bench to score twice as the Hornets came back from 2-0 down against Wolves to win in extra-time. The Spaniard is out at 20/1 to break the deadlock this weekend. Those odds rise to 145/1 if City come from behind to win 3-1. Or, with a 1-0 Watford victory priced at 33/1, Deulofeu is 141/1 to net the game’s only goal.
Both teams to score
Man City to win and both teams to score
Raheem Sterling to score first
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Oli is a passionate football man, who despite being the wrong side of 30, still turns out every week for his beloved Trafford United. Also a Manchester United supporter, Oli is an experienced writer with a strong background in the sports betting market.