Manchester City v Watford Predictions & Betting Odds – 18th May 2019

Citizens to ease to cup success

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Manchester City v Watford Betting Tips – FA Cup Final, 18th May 5.00pm

The domestic treble is still fully in sight for Manchester City. With the EFL Cup and the Premier League title in the bag, it’s all eyes on the FA Cup. After the exhausting league title defence completed, they may be a relaxed side at Wembley. Can Watford, who are in just their second ever FA Cup final, find a way to not only stifle the Citizens but  to challenge them? Read our predictions for Manchester City v Watford.

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.)

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Manchester City News and Form

What a run it was from Manchester City to retain the Premier League title. A fourteen match winning streak got them there. That was their second title of the campaign after having beaten Chelsea on a penalty shoot-out in the final of the EFL Cup in February. So now they shift full attention to the FA Cup. Manchester City have won fourteen of their last fifteen games in all competitions, the only loss in the sequence a costly one against Spurs in the Champions League.
 

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Digging back a little bit deeper into the form of the Citizens, then they are W20 D1 L1 in their last 22 games in all competitions. City have only given up the one defeat in their last five games in all competitions, and their form at times in the FA Cup this season has been spectacular. They opened with a 7-0 home win over Rotherham, before beating fellow Premier League side Burnley 5-0 at the Etihad. After a win at Newport in the fifth round, they found themselves 2-0 down against Swansea in the quarterfinals.

Not even that could stop them as they dug out a 3-2 win. That put them through to a semi-final against Brighton. Gabriel Jesus struck in the fourth minute of the game, the only goal of the game, as Brighton failed to mount any kind of attacking threat in the game. City are looking for what would be their sixth FA Cup title, the most recent of them coming in 2011. They have also lost five finals and the last time they were in the FA Cup final, they suffered a shock reverse as they were toppled 1-0 by Wigan.

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

 

Key-Facts – Manchester City v Watford

  • Man City have won 14 of their last 15 games in all competitions
  • Watford are without a clean sheet in twelve games
  • Watford have won one of their last six in all competitions

 

Watford News and Form

Watford will have a big day at Wembley, this being just their second ever appearance in the Final. Their first one was back in 1984 when they were managed by Graham Taylor and John Barnes was playing in attack for them. So it has been a while since their fans enjoyed a day like this. The worrying thing for their fans though is that Watford didn’t have a great end to the season. They picked up just the one win (over 90 minutes) in their final seven games of the season. They suffered a defeat in each of their last three, shipping a total of nine goals in the sequence of fixtures.

So that has to raise the question as to whether or not they have ran out of steam at the wrong time? The last time that they took a clean sheet was back at QPR in the FA Cup tie in February. That is no clean sheet in twelve for them now. Heading into a fixture against the mighty attacking threat that Manchester City bring, then that’s not something to instil a great deal of confidence. Watford have had a pretty strong FA Cup campaign really, most of it has gone smoothly. They opened with back to back away wins against Woking and Newcastle, posting a 2-0 success in both of those fixtures.

They showed good composure with a 1-0 win at QPR in the fifth round and then they were at home for the first time as they hosted Crystal Palace in the quarterfinals. That was a tough game, with the Eagles throwing down a great challenge. However, Watford got across the line with a 2-1 win. Then in their semi-final at Wembley against Wolves, with just over ten minutes left in the game, it looked as if they were about to crash out of the competition. A piece of magic from Gerard Deulofeu gave them late hope, before a last-minute penalty from Troy Deeney sent the game to extra time, Deulofeu winning 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.)

Manchester City v Watford Predictions

Manchester City to win: It’s hard to see a confident, buoyant Manchester City side not completing the job at Wembley. Watford are struggling badly at the back at the moment and that means that City should get chances. They may be even comfortable enough to get the win to nil.


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