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Manchester City v Watford Prediction & Betting Tips, 18th May 2019

15th May 2019 / lee
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Manchester City v Watford FA Cup Final Preview, 18th May 5.00pm

The Citizens will line up at Wembley on the weekend, the final leg of their attempted domestic treble for the season. Once again it has been so impressive from them and now with the pressure of the Premier League title race over they are going to be dialled in. Watford will be on the hunt for their first FA Cup title in what is just their second appearance in the Final. Read our Manchester City v Watford betting tips for more.

Manchester City v Watford Betting Odds*

Man City 1/5
Draw 6/1
Watford 10/1
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on May 14th, 2019 at 11:51 p.m.)

Manchester City News and Form

The Citizens won the final fourteen games of their Premier League campaign to get the title. Back in February, they collected the EFL Cup via a penalty shoot-out against Chelsea at Wembley. Now it’s back to business in the FA Cup for them. Across all competitions, Manchester City have won fourteen of their last fifteen games. The one loss in that sequence happened in the Champions League against Spurs.

If you want to look back a little further then the Citizens are W20 D1 L1 in their last 22 games in all competitions. The Citizens have conceded just the one goal in their last five games played now and it’s been something of a stellar campaign from them in the FA Cup. They opened with back to home wins over Rotherham and Burnley by a 7-0 and a 5-0 scoreline respectively. They then won at Newport in the fifth round. They did have to fight back from 2-0 down at Championship side Swansea in the quarterfinals.

On their visit to Wembley for the semi-final, they took on Brighton. Gabriel Jesus put City on the board in the opening five minutes and that was it. Brighton barely raised an attacking effort in the game and City booked their spot in the final. City have won the title five times before (their most recent in 2011) and have also finished runners up five times. The last time they were in the FA Cup final, they suffered a shock reverse as they were toppled 1-0 by Wigan in 2013. So it just goes to show that not everything goes their way every single time.

Manchester City v Watford Head to Head

The Citizens won both 2018/19 EPL league meetings
City have won their last ten games in all competitions against Watford
Each of the last five meetings have gone over 2.5 goals
Both teams have scored in each of the last three meetings
Man City are W3 D2 L1 against Watford from previous FA Cup meetings

Watford News and Form

The only previous FA Cup final that Watford have been in was back in 1984 when John Barnes was in the team and Graham Taylor was manager. They lost that game 2-0 against Everton. So it has been a long wait for them to get their second. The Hornets did not have the greatest of form down the final stretch of the season. They picked up just the one win (90 minutes) in their final seven games of the season. They lost each of their last three, conceding a total of nine goals in those games.

So have they ran out of steam at the wrong time? That will be the worry for them. They haven’t taken a clean sheet in any competition since a 1-0 win at QPR in the FA Cup back in February. That is twelve match run with no clean sheet for them. That’s not the kind of thing that you want to read about going into a game against Manchester City. The Hornets have put together a pretty stable campaign in the FA Cup it has to be said, for most of it anyway. They came through two away ties against Woking and Newcastle in the third and fourth rounds respectively, collecting a 2-0 win in each of those games.

They were back out on the road in the fifth round, coming through a tricky tie at Loftus Road against Championship side QPR. That was a 1-0 win for the Hornets. They then got their first home game in the quarterfinals, which helped them over the line in a tough battle against fellow Premier League side Crystal Palace, Watford taking a 2-1 win there. Then in their semi-final at Wembley against Wolves, with just over ten minutes left in the game, it looked as if their run was over. They were trailing 2-0 but a piece of magic from Gerard Deulofeu and a last minute penalty from Troy Deeney sent the game to extra time. Deulofeu won it for them in the 104th minute.

Manchester City v Watford Tips & Odds

Manchester City to win to nil at 5/6
Man City to win by a two-goal margin 3/1
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on May 14th, 2019 at 11:51 p.m.)

Who will win – Manchester City v Watford Predictions

Manchester City will be refreshed and recharged ahead of this FA Cup Final. Their league title chase was stressful and that’s behind them now. They have handled Watford twice already this season and there’s no reason to expect this outcome to be any different. Man City to win to nil.

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* All mentioned odds were valid at the time of writing. Betting odds are subject to fluctuations. Please check the current odds with the respective bookmaker!

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