Manchester City set their sights on the domestic treble this Saturday when they face Watford in the FA Cup final at Wembley.
After locking down the League Cup and the Premier League title, City will look to achieve a feat this weekend that would make this team one of the best English club sides ever. Here are some of the best bets for this showdown.
After retaining their Premier League title when Sunday’s 4-1 win at Brighton kept them a point ahead of Liverpool, Watford will be desperate to ruin the party but, having won the last 10 consecutive matches against them, the Citizens are overwhelming 1/5 favourites with Grosvenorsport.com to enter the record books with another victory in the final.
In contrast, the Hornets finished their league season in disappointing style with three successive losses and are the 12/1 outsiders to win the competition for the first time in their history.
City’s knockout struggles
It should be noted, though, that the Blues have been less emphatic when it comes to knockout matches in this campaign. They required penalties to overcome Chelsea in the final of the League Cup, not to mention having to claw their way back from 2-0 down to win at Swansea earlier in this tournament and only just saw out Brighton 1-0 in the semi-final.
However, City are still head and shoulders above the Hornets both on paper and on the pitch and, with Gabriel Jesus having started ahead of Sergio Aguero throughout the competition, I fancy him for the first scorer market. He’s available at 7/2 to net first this Saturday.
I can’t see City being satisfied with the idea of a one-goal margin though, as they will be wanting to finish their season with a real bang, so I think there could be value in over 3.5 total goals at a price of 7/5.
Watford need to show early season form
Credit to Watford though, who have done well to get this far, but despite a more-than satisfactory season overall, they seem to have stalled a little over the last few weeks of the season since their semi-final triumph over Wolves.
They were usurped by West Ham on the closing day of the Premier League season, losing 4-1, leaving them with a disappointing finish in the bottom-half of the table after spending the majority of the season battling for seventh place.
If the Hornets of earlier in the season turn up they certainly have it in them to put up a good fight, and Grosvenorsport.com go 11/1 for them to take it to extra-time with the eventual outcome of a City win in those 30 minutes.