Manchester City head to the capital city with the sole aim of becoming the first side in England to win a domestic treble as they play Watford in the 2019 FA Cup final match at the iconic Wembley this Saturday.
MCI vs WAT Dream11 MATCH PREVIEW:
Sir Alex Ferguson once described winning the Premier League, FA Cup, and the League Cup in a single season as “impossible”. For the English season demand a lot out of players throughout a single season which doesn’t entertain a winter break, likewise in other top European League. Most teams suffer the injuries during the so-called festive period where the games drop like the winter wheat, making the whole squad, no matter how big it is, almost unsustainable in all three competitions. Throw in the Champions League for the top teams, the domestic cup competitions become a matter of choice for the managers.
But Manchester City can achieve the unprecedented, something which the Liverpool of the 70s and 80s and the Manchester United under Sir Alex Ferguson couldn’t do.
Watford are the side standing between them and this historical achievement.
The Hornets have been punching above their weights for the most part of the campaign only to lose their momentum in the late in the season. The seventh-place finish was well within their grasp but two wins in the last nine league games cost them of this achievement.
The FA Cup Final match will be played between Manchester City and Watford at Wembley Stadium, in London. The ground has a capacity of 90,000.
The game will start at 09:30 PM (IST), on Saturday, May 18.
Sony Sports Network has the exclusive rights to broadcast FA Cup Final matches in India. Premier members can also enjoy the live action on the official SonyLiv App.
Recent form (Last six matches)
Manchester City – W W W W W W
Watford – L W D L L L
Injured – Claudio Bravo and Benjamin Mendy are out for Watford.
Suspended – None.
Doubtful – None.
Note: With Benjamin Mendy out injured, Oleksandr Zinchenko is expected to start at left-back.
Kevin de Bruyne is back fit now and should start in the midfield. It means that Bernardo Silva could move into the front three positions alongside Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero.
Probable XI: Ederson (GK), Zinchenko, Laporte, Kompany, Walker, Silva, Gundogan, Bruyne, Sterling, Bernardo Silva, Aguero
Injured – Domingos Quina and Sebastian Prodl are out for Watford.
Suspended – None.
Doubtful – None.
Note: Jose Holebas will be available for selection after his suspension was overturned following a red card against West Ham in the last league game of the season. Former Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley is also available for selection.
Probable XI: Gomes (GK), Femenia, Kabasele, Cathcart, Holebas, Capoue, Doucoure, Pereyra, Hughes, Deulofeu, Deeney
Potential Game Changers: Top fantasy picks and the points earned in the last three games
Ederson – 2, 8, 7.5
Bernardo Silva – 19.5, 5, 15
Abdoulaye Doucoure- 2.5
Roberto Pereyra – 7.5
Sergio Aguero – 18.5, 3.5, 9
Gerard Deulofeu – 4.5
Stats and facts:
Having already won the Premier League and the League Cup this season, Manchester City could become the first side to win a domestic treble in England.
Watford are making their first FA Cup final appearance since 1984 when they were toppled 0-2 by Everton.
IF Man City win the final on Saturday, they will become just the fourth English side after Arsenal (1992-93), Liverpool (2000-01) and Chelsea (2006-07) to win the domestic cup competitions.
Breakdown of both team’s stats (Season 2018-19)
Manchester City | Watford
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Bernardo Silva has had an exceptional season. His importance to the side was highlighted by the fact that Pep Guardiola especially mentioned him in his pre-match conference. He is one of the most potent players on City’s roster, whether it’s about setting the tempo for the counterattacking situations or an obdurate defense needs to be unlocked.
Most probably he will come up against Jose Holebas. Watford‘s no-nonsense defender is a tough guy and Silva has enough trickery up his sleeves to come out on top in this battle.
With Kevin de Bruyne fit and ready to start, Silva will be moving upfield, and that gives him more chances of affecting the game.
Take a look at his stats for the season.
Pep Guardiola’s former protege Gerard Deulofeu will be fired up for this game. He scored two outstanding goals in the semifinals against Wolves.
For sure, Watford won’t have a lot of the ball, but Deulofue will can cause a lot of the problem if he gets on the ball.
Defenders: Cathcart, Holebas, Walker
Midfielders: Bruyne, B Silva (C), Gundogan, Pereyra, Doucoure
Forwards: Aguero, Deulofeu (VC)
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MCI vs WAT Dream11 potential winner:
Manchester City are favorites to win the match.