So, the Premier League action ended last weekend with Man City landing another title – that was added to their League Cup win from back in February, but can they land the domestic treble with the FA Cup their next target.
Manchester City will take on Watford, who will be playing in their first final since losing to Everton in 1984. City will be looking to win the FA Cup for the first time since the 2010-11 season, but with just five successes in this competition they are still miles off Arsenal’s haul of 13 FA Cup wins.
Let’s take a look at the main head-to-head stats ahead of the FA Cup Final……………………..
Saturday 18th May 2019
Manchester City v Watford 20:00
- Met earlier this season, Man City 3-1 Watford, Watford 1-2 Man City
- Met in the FA Cup 6 times, Watford 1, Draws 2, City 3
- Man City have won their last 10 vs Watford
- Man City are unbeaten in their last 15 vs Watford
- The last 5 head-to-heads went OVER 2.5 GOALS
- 4 of the last 5 head-to-heads went OVER 3.5 GOALS
- Both teams scored in the last 3 head-to-heads
- Man City have scored 21 goals in their last 6 vs Watford
- 8 of the last 10 head-to-heads went OVER 2.5 GOALS
- Sergio Aguero (Man City) has scored 6 goals in the last 5 head-to-heads
- Raheem Sterling (Man City) scored a hat-trick in their last head-to-head
- Man City have scored at least 2 goals in ALL their last 10 vs Watford
Surprisingly, Man City last won the FA Cup back in 2011, but they will be hoping to put that right this Saturday as they face Watford – a win for City will also see them land the domestic treble after having already won the league title and League Cup.
Watford’s last appearance in the FA Cup final was back in 1984, when they lost to Everton.
The outright betting gives the game a very one-sided feel to it, with City at 1.12 and Watford 6.00, while the 90mins match betting has a similar look with City 1.20 the draw 7.00 and Watford 11.00.
If you do think the game might require extra-time then the game to be decided in extra-time is on odder at 11.00, while it’s 15.00 for a team to win on penalties.
The sides also met earlier this season in the league, with those games ending in 3-1 and 1-2 wins for City, while the Premier League champions also come here having won their last 10 vs Watford, and are unbeaten in their last 15 vs the Hornets.
If the recent head-to-heads are also anything to go by then it should be a final that produces goals. Why? Well, all of the last 5 clashes went OVER 2.5 GOALS – back this at 1.50 – while 4 of the last 5 head-to-heads saw 4+ goals – back this at a better 2.25.
Watford have at least scored in recent games against Man City, so that will give them hope. The Hornets have netted in both league clashes this season, while both teams have scored in the last three clashes. You can back both teams to score at 2.10.
City’s Raheem Sterling netted a hat-trick in the last head-to-head so the England winger is a man to have on your radar at 2.00 (anytime), or 5.00 (1st). Sergio Aguero has also done well when playing against Watford, which is bad news for Watford fans – he’s netted 6 goals in his last 5 vs Watford – he can be backed at 3.75 (1st) or 1.66 (anytime).
In terms of Watford players to note – Gerald Deulofeu – has scored 12 goals this season so will be popular at 21.00 (1st) or 7.00 (anytime), while Troy Deeney is still banging the goals in for Watford (11 this season) so he might appeal too at 17.00 (1st) or 5.50 (anytime).
All-in-all, it looks like being an uphill task for Watford, especially with City on for the domestic treble. Watford have done well in scoring against City this season, but they’ve also conceded at least 2 goals in all their last 10 against the Citizens and that that would be a worry.
BEST BET: OVER 3.5 GOALS @2.25
Recent FA CUP WINNERS
2018 – CHELSEA 1-0 Manchester United
2017 – ARSENAL 2-1 Chelsea
2016 – MAN UTD 2-1 C Palace (extra-time)
2015 – ARSENAL 4-0 A Villa
2014 – ARSENAL 3-2 Hull (extra-time)
2013 – WIGAN 1-0 Man City
2012 – CHELSEA 2-1 Liverpool
2011 – MAN CITY 1-0 Stoke
2010 – CHELSEA 1-0 Portsmouth
2009 – CHELSEA 2-1 Everton
2008 – PORTSMOUTH 1-0 Cardiff
2007 – CHELSEA 1-0 Man Utd
2006 – LIVERPOOL 3-3 West Ham (Liverpool won on pens)
2005 –ARSENAL 0-0 Man Utd (Arsenal won on pens)
2004 – MAN UTD 3-0 Millwall
2003 – ARSENAL 1-0 Southhampton
2002 – ARSENAL 2-0 Chelsea
2001 – LIVERPOOL 2-1 Arsenal
2000 – CHELSEA 1-0 A Villa