A run of 14 straight league wins helped Manchester City secure the Premier League title last Sunday, and they now have the opportunity to become the first side to complete the domestic treble. In the FA Cup, they have been in blistering goalscoring form, netting 3+ goals in four of their five matches this term.
Although known for their free-flowing football, City’s recent games have been uncharastically tight. They have scored two goals or less in eight of their previous 11 competitive matches, although Pep Guardiola’s side have been particularly robust in defence, keeping a clean sheet in seven of those eight low scoring games.
Watford have scored exactly two goals in four of their five matches on the way to Wembley this season (90 minutes only), although they have won just two of their previous seven competitive matches (W2, D1, L4). Additionally, Javi Gracia’s men have conceded the opening goal in six of those games, but did find at least one goal in response in four of those matches.
Watford are looking to end a run of ten straight defeats against City (in all competitions), conceding an average of 3.2 goals per game during that sequence.
Players to watch: Since 2012, Man City striker Sergio Agüero has scored 18 FA Cup goals – three more than any other player.
Gerard Deulofeu scored the winner in Watford’s semi-final victory, and nine of his 12 goals (in all competitions) this season have come in his last 13 games.
Stat attack: City have scored 15 of their 20 FA Cup goals this season during the second half.
City have scored four goals between the 45th-60th minute across the last two H2Hs.
Watford have received a red card in two of their previous six competitive matches.
Watford scored first in four of their five FA Cup matches this season.
Referee: Friend K. (Eng),
Venue: Wembley Stadium (London)