It is that time of the season again when two English teams with similar ambitions face-off in an epic clash at Wembley, on May 18. First-placed Manchester City will take on Watford in City’s final hunt for the FA cup.
The Yellow Army will be looking to thrash Pep Guardiola’s side who have shown the world what they are capable of. Manchester City have only lost 4 times in the past 37 matches, as opposed to their opponents who have lost 15 times.
One would think that Javi Gracia’s dream of taking the trophy is a little far fetched but what can we say? Everything can happen in football. We have seen small teams coming up from behind before, and crashing big opponents leaving us in utter disbelief. The question is, will the Hornets surprise City at Wembley or will they walk away with shame?
I would call this game a David and Goliath fight but what do you think?
I could be right or wrong, but the truth will be revealed on the D-day when the two clubs face each other.
The teams’ performance history, their current ranking standings, tactics and players’ desire to win are some of the factors that will determine who wins. We take a look at some of them to get a clue of what could happen in this season’s FA final.
Manchester City’s history
Manchester City are currently sitting at the top of the table with 95 points, a game away from the Premier League title. City are also a point above rivals Liverpool and a single wrong move could cost them in the pulsating title race. Pep Guardiola’s side have won all their last five games and will be going into the FA finals with high spirits.
Manchester City have shown an impressive performance this season and poses a threat to any opposing team that comes on their way. City defeated Leicester 1-0 in their last match on May, 6. Based on their past performance, Pep Guardiola’s side have a better chance of emerging victorious at Wembley.
The Hornets have struggled a lot in the EPL having managed only 14 wins this season.
Their below-par performance is likely to cost them when they encounter Man City. Watford who are currently in the 10th position have only won once in the past five matches they have played.
They suffered an embarrassing 3-0 defeat from the hands of Chelsea in their last match at Stamford Bridge on May, 5.
Watford’s current standing is a clear indication that they have no chance against Guardiola’s side, but anything could happen in that match. Javi Gracia’s side could pull off an upset against City and surprise their fans at Wembley. However, they will need to step up their game in order to stop the highly charged City players who will not hesitate to score goals.
Manchester City vs Watford h2h
Manchester City have beat Watford in the last 10 matches they have played against each other in the EPL. Watford lost 3-1 against Guardiola’s side in their last encounter in March after a hat trick from Raheem Sterling. City are currently first placed with 95 points in the Premier League while Watford is 10th with 50 points.
Judging from this history, Guardiola’s side have dominated over the Hornets in almost all occasions and it will be almost impossible for Gracia’s side to defeat them. City will be looking to continue on their winning streak when they meet their rivals.
Sergio Aguero to cause trouble
Manchester City forward, Sergio Aguero has been instrumental in the club’s success this season. Aguero’s skills and unique goal-scoring abilities have made him one of the best strikers in the EPL this season. The 30-year-old Argentine has scored 20 goals this season making him one of the favorites to scoop this season’s EPL Golden Boot award.
The presence of Aguero in the Wembley’s FA clash is an indication that Watford will have a difficult task stopping him from accessing their goal area. Javi Gracia will need to employ new tactics to prevent the striker from scoring.
Manchester City are the favorites to win
Judging from the above statistics, Pep Guardiola’s side have better odds of carrying the FA trophy on the D-day, based on their current form and past performances.
Watford are highly unlikely to withstand the lethal City due to their poor form. We will be waiting to see if City clinches the title or whether the Hornets will prove their critics wrong by beating Guardiola’s side. For now, we will sit back and watch as the event unfolds.
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