Man City vs Watford : FA Cup Final 2019: Prediction, Man City vs Watford lineups, odds, live stream, TV channel and head to head
Manchester City have the chance to clinch an unprecedented domestic treble as they meet underdogs Watford in the FA Cup Final at Wembley later on today.
What: 2019 FA Cup Final
Who: Manchester City vs. Watford
When: Saturday, May 18, 2019
Where: Wembley Stadium
Time: 12 p.m. EDT
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Pep Guardiola’s side go into English football’s showpiece fixture on an enormous high having successfully retained their Premier League title with a 4-1 win over Brighton on the final day that meant Liverpool were forced to accept second place at the end of a captivating title race.
The Catalan, whose team also kept hold of the League Cup with a penalty-shootout win over Chelsea in February, will now be eager to win world football’s oldest knockout competition for the first time.
City are five-time winners of the FA Cup, but have not lifted the trophy since 2011, when they beat Stoke under Roberto Mancini. This year, they eliminated Rotherham, Burnley, Newport, Swansea and Brighton to reach the final once
Looking to stop City claiming a trio of major honours this term are a Watford side making their first FA Cup Final appearance since 1984, when they lost 2-0 to Everton.
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The Hornets have enjoyed a mostly successful campaign under Javi Gracia, though ended the Premier League season with three straight defeats and heavy back-to-back losses against Chelsea and West Ham – the latter costing them a top-half finish.
Watford had not won at Wembley since 1999 before substitute Gerard Deulofeu inspired them to a memorable 3-2 comeback win over Wolves in the semi-final.
Key City midfielder Fernandinho has been sidelined since suffering a knee injury in the Manchester derby on April 24, but hopes to feature after training with strapping during the week.
Kevin De Bruyne is in contention after appearing as a late substitute at Brighton following a hamstring issue, while Claudio Bravo (Achilles) remains a long-term absentee.
Benjamin Mendy recently underwent further treatment in Barcelona as he continues to struggle with the after-effects of his latest knee injury and will not be available until next season.
Man City XI (4-3-3): Ederson, Walker, Kompany, Laporte, Zinchenko, De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Silva, Bernardo, Aguero, Sterling
Watford received good news on Monday as Jose Holebas saw his appeal against the red card received on the final day of the season against West Ham for a last-man foul on Michail Antonio upheld by the FA.
Player of the Season Etienne Capoue returned to the midfield on Sunday after recovering from a groin injury, with only Domingos Quina (shoulder) and Sebastian Prodl (knee) now still absent.