Manchester City vs Watford Preview, Predictions, Lineups, Team News

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Manchester City vs Watford
English Premier League, England
Date: Saturday, 18th May 2019
Kick off at: 17.00 UK Time
Venue: Wembley Stadium, London, England

Already winning two domestic titles, Manchester City are gunning for their third this weekend. Pep Guardiola’s side are looking to snatch this season’s FA Cup trophy as they face up against Watford at Wembley Stadium.

Manchester City vs Watford Possible Lineups

Here are the possible lineups for both teams as they prepare themselves for this weekend’s FA Cup final.  Let’s take a look at the potential lineups and formation that they could be setting up to help them getting that victory.

Manchester City

Expected Formation: 4-3-3

Probable Lineups: Ederson(g);Walker, Kompany, Laporte, Zinchenko(def);De Bruyne, Gundogan, D. Silva(mid);B. Silva, Aguero, Sterling(att).

Watford

Expected Formation: 4-4-2

Probable Lineups: Gomes(g);Femenia, Cathcart, Mariappa, Holebas(def); Doucoure, Capoue, Pereyra, Hughes(mid); Deulofeu, Deeney(att).

Recent Form

Before heading into this Saturday FA Cup final, both teams have already been involved in several other games. Let’s check out the latest results that they have been getting to have an idea about their current form.

Manchester City

Recent form in all competition (last five matches): WWWWW

Man City ending their season on a high as they won all of their last five fixtures. Those positive results pretty much helped Pep Guardiola’s side in securing another Premier League title this past weekend.

City’s last fixture was a convincing 4-1 away victory over Brighton and Hove Albion. The Premier League champion are certainly very keen on getting another victory.

Watford

Recent form in all competition (last five matches) :WDLLL

In contrary to their opponent, The Hornets haven’t been getting positive results recently. Javi Garcia’s side losing their last three games in a row and only grabbing one win during their last five.

Watford’s last game this past weekend was a disappointing 4-1 defeat from West Ham United. Garcia certainly hope his players will pick up their game on Saturday and take home the trophy.

Team News

Manchester City

Guardiola’s side doesn’t have too many injury problems ahead of this Saturday final. Benjamin Mendy and Claudio Bravo are the players who most likely won’t be available.

Kevin De Bruyne could be given the starting role, while Fernandinho might only be fit enough for the bench. Sergio Aguero continue to lead the front line for Man City with supports from Bernardo Silva and Raheem Sterling.

Watford

Garcia do has some concerns with injuries, but his main players will be available. Penaranda, Quina along with Prodl are the names who won’t be available on Saturday for The Hornets.

Watford are still counting on Gerard Deulofue and Troy Deeney’s duo up front for this match. Meanwhile, Roberto Pereyra along with Will Hughes are set to provide that attacking support from midfield.

Head to Head Records:

The last five meetings between both teams have been solely dominated by Man City as they will all of them.

Their latest matchup was on March 10, 2019 in the Premier League which was won 3-1 by City.

Match Prediction

City are set to keep playing their normal possession based attacking football straight from kick off. Playing at neutral ground won’t stop Guardiola’s side from trying to control proceedings from start to finish.

Watford won’t go down easily though as they’re hoping things will go their way in this final. Man City are favorite to win on Saturday, but final game can’t be easily predicted as anything can still happen.

Final Score: 2-0

 

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