Manchester City will face Watford at Wembley Stadium, in London, in FA Cup – Final. Manchester City against Watford is always the match with big interest after their last matches in Premier League. Both teams made a hard work reaching the Final of The Football Association Challenge Cup. This tournament is the oldest known national football competition in the whole world. The Winner of the FA Cup will be qualified for UEFA Europa League, what is a very big motivation for Watford, as they finished 11th in the Premier League. Moreover, the FA Cup title holder will play in the FA Community Shield against Premier League winner, so if Manchester City will make a treble this season they probably will play against Liverpool in the “first final of the season”. But this time, Watford still have chances to compete City. Review our thoughts on this match here below.
Manchester City this season have all chances to take treble and next season start from the first final playing against Liverpool in Community Shield, as they will possible take all 3 main English Trophies. Moreover, they won already EFL Cup against Chelsea in the Final after the penalty shootout. The whole team and Pep Guardiola proved that they are strongest in England. After a confident win against Brighton, they finally took the Premier League Title. After very hard work and tough moments, they achieved the season’s goals.
On their way to Final, in FA Cup they met very different level teams. In 1/32 Finals they played against Rotherham and easily won 7:0 against them. Then, in 1/16 Final City played against Burnley, and also smashed them by scoring 5 goals and saving the clean sheet. In the next round, they won 4:1 against Newport Co. At Quarter-Final of the Tournament they first time had troubles, as they won in a very tough game by 3:2 making a comeback after losing 2:0. In Semi-final they faced Brighton and after Gabriel Jesus goal at 4th minute saved the result and finished the game with the same result.
The Citizens can be called the most attacking dangerous team as they scored this season in PL 95 goals and almost strongest in defense with 23 conceded goals. Sergio Aguero scored 21 goals and made 8 assists. Best goalscorers list joined young Englishman Raheem Sterling with 17 goals and 10 assists. Main squad players are fit and ready to play one more final match. Only Claudio Bravo and Fernandinho will miss this match due to injuries.
Watford played one of the best seasons in the last 20 years. They took the highest place in the league after 3 past seasons in PL as they finished 11th. Spanish manager Javier Garcia made a big job by taking the team to the highest level. However, they failed the end of the season as they won only 1 game in the last 6 PL matches. Of course, there were no chances to fight for getting into the top 6 places, but Watford competes with every opponent and showed that they deserved to be among respected teams.
Watford started their FA Cup path from confident 2:0 win against Woking. Then, they won against Newcastle in the 1/16 Finals also without any problems. In 1/8 Finals they faced Quins Park Rangers and in the tough game took victory by scoring the single goal of the match. Biggest work was made playing against Crystal Palace in the Quarter-Final, which finished with 2:1 result. Finally, the Semi-final was extremely surprising as they made a comeback against strongest rivals on their way and took a win after Deulofeu goal in extra time.
The Hornets also made a big work in the transfer window last summer and then this winter. They brought from Barcelona one of the squad leaders Gerard Deulofeu, experienced Ben Foster joined the team to help them. Moreover, they invested in several young players to grow some talents. As a result, Deulofeu becomes the best goalscorer of the squad with 10 goals and 5 assists. Troy Deeney scored 9 and made 5 assists also and took the second place. Unfortunately, the next match will miss Tommie Hoban and Domingos Quina due to injuries.
Manchester City won all 10 last games against Watford in all competitions. Since the 2013 year City scored 30 goals and conceded only 6.
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