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EMIRATE FA CUP: Man City aim for treble against Watford

FA Cup By: Iseghohi Odianosen | 17/05/2019

Manchester City is aiming to win treble after winning the Premier League and the Carling Cup when they play Watford in the Emirate FA Cup on Saturday at the Wembley Stadium.

TEAMS NEWS:

MANCHESTER CITY:

The Premier League champions will be without Claudio Bravo for the clash against Watford while Fernandinho and Benjamin Mendy are doubtful for the clash.

WATFORD:

The Hornets will be without Portuguese midfielder Domingos Quina and defender Sebastian Prodl when they take on Manchester City in the Emirate FA Cup final on Saturday.

HEAD TO HEAD:

Manchester City eliminated Watford from the FA Cup in each of their previous three ties, winning 3-1 in 1996-97, 3-0 in 2012-13 and 4-2 in 2013-14. 

 The Hornets' only elimination of Manchester City in the competition was in the 1985-86 season in the fourth round.

Javi Gracia's men have lost their last 10 matches against the Citizens in all competitions, conceding 32 goals in those games. They are winless in 15 matches against the Citizens overall since a 1-0 win in March 1989 in the second tier.

Manchester City won 3-1 in the most recent encounter between the sides at the Etihad Stadium in March, with Raheem Sterling helping himself to a hat-trick, three months on from winning the reverse league fixture 2-1 in Hertfordshire.

RECENT FORM:

MANCHESTER CITY:

Pep Guardiola’s men have been in the form having won the Premier League and the Carling Cup and also in the FA Cup finals shows how good their form is.

Manchester City matched Liverpool toe to toe in the Premier League as they beat the Reds to the title to claim it for the second time in a row.

WATFORD:

Garcia’s men have done exceptionally well to get to the Emirates FA Cup final after a big victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers in the semifinals, Watford has been one of the Premier League modest team over the season, though not in the Europa slot they are assured of competition in the Premier League next season.

PREDICTION:

Manchester City 2-0 Watford

PROBABLE LINEUPS:

MANCHESTER CITY:

Ederson; Walker, Kompany, Laporte, Zinchenko; D.Silva, Gundogan, De Bruyne; Bernardo, Aguero, Sterling

WATFORD:

Gomes; Femenia, Kabasele, Cathcart, Holebas; Pereyra, Doucoure, Capoue, Hughes; Deulofeu, Deeney
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