Manchester City vs Watford Betting Markets

17/05/2019

 

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It doesn’t get any bigger than a day out at Wembley. The chance to win a trophy in-front of 80,000 fans in England’s most iconic stadium. It’s a day that football fans up and down never stop dreaming of, from being kids, to adulthood.

Manchester City followers certainly know all about this feeling. In terms of FA and League cup action, they have reached Wembley six times in the last seven years, winning on four occasions. The former has been a thorn in their star-studded side though, as they haven’t won the competition since 2011.

Watford will be desperate for this run to be extended at the weekend, as the Hornets are bidding to get their hands on their first ever piece of cup silverware (league titles excluded). Fancy having a punt on the fixture? ActiveWins have picked out some FA Cup odds for this Saturday afternoon.

Half Time City 2-0 - 4/1

After sealing the Premier League at Brighton, the pressure is now off the Sky Blues. Pep Guardiola won’t admit it, but their goal for the season of retaining the title has been achieved. Heading into the weekend then, we expect the shackles and tension to be released from City, who have looked edgy in the last few weeks.

Despite the pressure, the Sky Blues are on a run of winning 21 out of their last 22 fixtures (including their penalty shoot-out win over Chelsea). Inevitably, they find themselves as the massive favourites against Watford, but at 1/4, there is little value to be found. Even at half-time/full-time, City are as short as 7/10.

Possession wise, Guardiola’s side will inevitably dominate the ball and carve more openings over the course of ninety-minutes. If they can take their chances early, it is likely that City will enter the interval with a lead. They scored two against Brighton in the first half last weekend and with less pressure on them, expect Vincent Kompany and co to be tighter at the back too.

Aguero and Bernardo Silva Both to Score - 5/1

If City are to prevail on Saturday, expect Sergio Aguero and Bernardo Silva to have a huge say in it. The former grabbed City’s equaliser at Brighton, and the Argentinian is certainly the man for the big occasion. With 32 goals this season, the clinical striker will be keen to end another successful campaign on a high.

From Silva’s perspective, he tends to flourish in most games, but most particularly against opponents that operate with a deep block. Cutting in from the right-flank onto that dangerous left foot, we are yet to see a defender keep the little magician quiet over the course of a full game.

Against West Ham, Watford struggled with the runners from out-wide, with the likes of Felipe Anderson and Michail Antonio running riot. Both players hit the woodwork, courtesy of two miraculous Ben Foster saves. It wasn’t just from the flanks where the Hornets struggled either. The Hammers also committed frontrunners from the middle and scored twice from doing so too.

Silva has the movement and dribbling to exploit such areas again this weekend, and we are expecting him to punish Watford in doing so. At 5/1, this double scorer delight looks to have some strong value.

Vincent Kompany Anytime - 9/1   

Captain Fantastic. This was the term used by Martin Tyler nearly two weeks ago when the Belgian rocketed a 25 yard screamer into the top right hand corner of Kasper Schmeichel’s net.

Vincent Kompany is set to captain City this weekend and it could well be his final appearance in doing so. Speculation continues to surround his contract renewal, but the Belgian will be focused nonetheless. He has a pivotal battle with Troy Deeney coming up, as the Englishman will be Watford’s main outlet, if they are to build any attacks into the final third.

The big occasion is not the only place where Kompany likes to thrive, but score too. His goal against Leicester came in an unfamiliar and surprising fashion, but you can never rule ‘Vinnie’ out of a big moment. A goal at Wembley to guide his beloved club to their first ever domestic treble? At 9/1 to score, we expect this to be a popular punt with fellow Citizens.

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