No Wembley woe for City


Saturday sees what is traditionally the biggest day in the English football calendar as Manchester City face Watford in the 138th FA Cup final.

Whoever comes out on top, history will be made, with City looking to become the first team to win the domestic treble while the Hornets hope to lift the trophy for the first time in their 121-year history.

City to win and both to score @ 17/10

The form of Pep Guardiola’s side has been frightening, winning 14 straight games to clinch the Premier League title, a run that stretched back to February 3.

Watford, meanwhile, have taken their eye off the ball since memorably beating Wolves 3-2 in the semi-finals, winning just one of their last six.

The omens are against them when you consider 1987 was the last time the Hertfordshire-outfit beat Saturday’s opponents and the last six meetings have seen a 21-3 aggregate scoreline in City’s favour.

It was 3-1 to Guardiola’s men in March at the Etihad and, with both teams to score bets reaping rewards in three of the last four finals, it could be a similar story this time around.

Sergio Aguero to score first @ 11/4

One man who loves the FA Cup is Sergio Aguero, with his tally of 18 goals three more than any other player since 2012.

The Argentine arrives at Wembley after netting in last weekend’s 4-1 win at Brighton and while he failed to pounce when these two clashed during the Premier League this season, he did grab four in their two meetings in 2017-18.

Another man worth checking on in the scorers markets is Gerard Deulofeu, with the Spaniard scoring twice after coming off the bench in that come-from-behind victory against Wolves.

With scares over a dead leg seemingly allaying, his 9/2 as an anytime scorer looks good considering nine of his 12 goals this season have come in the last 13 games.

Goal to be scored 46-60 min @ 23/20

Finally and those who like their statistics-based betting may fancy a goal just after the break.

City have netted four times between the 46th and 60th minutes in the last two meetings between these sides and to add to that, have scored 15 of their 20 FA Cup goals in the second half of games.

Either way, it seems the Citizens’ final to lose, 50 years on since Neil Young’s goal saw them beat Leicester 1-0 at Wembley.

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