The FA Cup Final, a fixture with so much history, rolls back around this weekend. On Saturday evening it will be Manchester City and Watford stepping out to face each other at Wembley. For Watford, this will be just their second ever FA Cup Final appearance, and they remain looking for their club’s first title. As for Manchester City, this is their chance to secure a domestic treble this season. The odds on Man City to beat Watford are as short as 1/5* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on May 16th, 2019 at 4:57 p.m.)
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* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on May 16th, 2019 at 4:57 p.m.)
After their tremendous Premier League title, Manchester City have one final challenge left in front of them this season. Are they going to be a relaxed unit when they step out at Wembley, that’s really the question? The chase of their title defence was mentally exhausting, but they handled it brilliantly winning their final fourteen games of the campaign.
So that pressure has been lifted, they have celebrated and now they have the chance to create even more history. Manchester City have won fifteen of their last sixteen games across all competitions (L1). It’s staggering form it really is. They have won 20 of their last 22 games in all competitions (D1 L1) when you look back a little bit further. The draw in that sequence was their EFL Cup penalty shootout success against Chelsea in February.
Manchester City are looking for their sixth FA Cup title. Surprisingly, for how much they have been at the forefront of English football. Their last FA Cup title was back in 2011 when they beat Stoke 1-0. That was their first FA Cup title since 1969.
That 2011 success over Stoke though was not their most recent FA Cup Final appearance. They went to Wembley as red hot favourites against Wigan in 2013. However, that game produced one of the biggest FA Cup final upsets for a long, long time as Wigan stunned them by coming up with a 1-0 win.
Manchester City took a 2-1 and a 3-1 win over Watford this season in the Premier League meetings. City’s dominance over the Hornets goes back much further than that though. The Citizens are on a ten-match winning streak against Watford in all competitions. That run started with a 3-0 FA Cup third round win over Watford in 2013. They met a year later in the fourth round, City banking a 4-2 win. From their six previous FA Cup meetings, Manchester City hold a W3 D2 L1 record.
The Hornets made their one and only appearance in the FA Cup final back in 1984. They went up against Everton on that occasion and suffered a 2-0 loss in the game. There was a bit of controversy there though. Everton’s second goal, scored by Andy Gray looked as if had been after a foul on the Watford goalkeeper Steve Sherwood, Gray heading the ball from his hands. After facing a winding-up petition in 2012, the club has come a long way since being saved.
The end of the season has not been a particularly easy one for Watford by any stretch of the imagination. They have won just one of their last six games in all competitions, losing four of those. They finished up the Premier League season with a three-match losing streak, conceding a total of nine goals in that sequence. Maybe they had one eye on their FA Cup because their struggles really started since their semi-final win over Wolves.
That semi-final was a thriller. They were 2-0 down at Wembley with just over ten minutes to go. A piece of individual brilliance from Gerard Deulofeu got them back in the game. Then their comeback took a step further as Troy Deeney converted a penalty in the 90th minute of the game. It was then Deulofeu who popped up with a winner in the 104th minute to complete the epic comeback which had looked so unlikely for so long in the game.
But can they shake off that slump in end of season form and find the right formula to find a way to stop Man City?
There is a great looking clash coming on the weekend from Vicarage Road in the Premier League between two sides who have made the strongest starts possible. Both have collected maximum points from their opening three games. Despite Watford’s great and somewhat unexpected start to the new season, it is Tottenham who will be kicking off on Sunday evening as the favourite for three points.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on August 30th, 2018 at 6:35 p.m.)
When you look at the fixtures that the two of these have played this season, then it is Tottenham who have had the tougher tests. The proof of that is basically in last Monday’s trip to Old Trafford to face Manchester United. Even though Spurs failed to find their gear in the first half of that game, they turned it on after the break to produce a 3-0 success in the game, pounding out a big advantage after the break.
In their two away games this season Spurs banked a 2-1 win at Newcastle and then that win at Old Trafford. In total they have scored eight goals and they have produced at least two goals per game so far this season. So they have the goals flowing from them and Harry Kane has had a great start to the season as well with two goals in his last two and he is the 5/2 first goalscorer favourite for this fixture* (Betting Odds were taken from August 30th, 2018 at 6:35 p.m.).
Lucas Moura has started with a bang though with three in his last two games for the club. Spurs posted a W10 D4 L5 record on the road for the season in the last campaign and it did fall away a bit at the end of the term. However, the Lilywhites have such strong form going against Watford because they have won nine of their last ten matches against the Hornets in all competitions which is a phenomenal run of head to head form.
Spurs got four points from their two games against the Hornets last season, but because Watford have started well we are going to have to consider both teams getting on the scoresheet in this fixture. Both teams to score is at 3/4 odds with bet365 but if you wanted to push it out you can take a Tottenham To Win & Both Teams to Score bet at 11/5 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from August 30th, 2018 at 6:35 p.m.).
After their great work at Old Trafford last weekend Spurs won’t want to slip up before they head into the international break. They will want that hot momentum to continue and they have scored at least two goals in each of their last four Premier League games. They are also actually on a five-match winning streak in the English top flight. So certainly the form and trends are there.
They should be pretty much as they were from last Monday on their trip to Old Trafford. Erik Lamela missed that could and is a doubt for the game. While Son Heung-Min is at the Asian Games with South Korea. So even though Watford, who have won three from three will be confident, Spurs may edge it. Watford’s wins have been against Brighton, Huddersfield and Crystal Palace. This will be their first real test.
If you are looking forward to another great Premier League weekend of football betting then there looks to be a great game on the way from Vicarage Road on Saturday. Watford v Stoke should see a close contest between the two of them in the top flight and Watford have lost just one of their last five games in the league now, winning three of them. So they are producing some form and they are unbeaten in their last four on home soil as well in the top flight.
The Hornets will likely enjoy their shot at getting three points on the board against the Potters. Stoke haven’t been showing much away form this season and could be there for the taking. The Hornets have won four of their last seven against Stoke, but then Stoke have actually won four of their last six trips to Vicarage Road. So this should be a good, close contest.
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