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FA Cup final: Manchester City looks to make history, Watford aims to upset



Watford lost the last 10 matches against Manchester City in all competitions
Final of FA Cup FA Cup: Manchester City vs. Watford
Date: Saturday, May 18th Shooting: 17:00 BST
Live transmission from Manchester City against Watford in the FA Cup Final of the BBC One, including highlights, through the BBC Sport website and the application; live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live and local radio; live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

Manchester City may be looking for a historical home pitch, while Watford will try to cause great anxiety in the FA Cup final on Saturday at Wembley.

The city of Pep Guardiola has already won the Premier League and the Karabao Cup.

They will be the first male team to win the English home team if they beat Watford (17:00 BST).

If Hornets, who finished 11th in the Premier League, will win the first FA Cup, they will take the place in the Europa League next season.

Also, he will be the biggest shock in the final after Wigan beat City with 1-0 in 2013.

The final is live on BBC One and the reward starts with Football Focus at 13:00.

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First domestic high-pitched?

Manchester United's Sir Alex Ferguson famously won the Premier League, the Champions League and the FA Cup in 1999.

Meanwhile, Liverpool won the FA Cup, the League Cup and the UEFA trophy in 2001 under Gerard Hulier.

However, no male team has won all three major home games in a season in England before (Arsenal Women won the home highs in the past).

City defeated the league last week, finishing one point ahead of second-placed Liverpool after defeating Chelsea for fines in the Karabuo final in February.

Their last triumph in the FA Cup was in 2011 when they beat Stoke City at Wembley. During the eight years since then, the city has ranked four times as champions of England and won four league titles.

"It's the Cup Final, something can happen like a red card," Guardiola said, who wants to win the FA Cup for the first time in his third season in the cities.

"In one game, something can happen. Normally better team wins, but the judge's decision can make the difference.

"In the Premier League you have another chance and you can be more relaxed, but this is quite different."

The last team that won the Premier League and the FA Cup in the same season were Chelsea in 2010.

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Why Wigan gives hope to Watford?

The last team that won the FA Cup outside the "big six" was Wigan Athletic in 2013. Roberto Martinez's side was transferred from the Premier League a few days after defeating City 1-0 with Wembley.

Watford will have to pull off a move that is nearly as big as to upset the city, whose record Riyadh Magre costs 60 million pounds – the most expensive signing of the Hornets was Andre Gray for 18.5 million pounds.

Hornets, whose only previous appearance in the final ended with a 2-0 defeat against Everton in 1984, began his FA Cup with a 2-0 win in non-Ligue Woking in the third round.

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Watford finished 48 points behind the City at the table, but the head Javier Gracia, who organized the famous victory of the Spanish giants Barcelona in 2015 when he was in charge of Malaga, said: "All the experiences that help you.

"We will create chances and if you achieve what we did when I was in Malaga playing against Barcelona, ​​for example, we won 1-0.

"It was something that nobody expected, but it happened, and then you always have the chance to win and we have to work on it."

An incredible journey to Watford

Four years ago, Watford played like Blackpool and Rotherham in league matches. Two years ago they were thrown out of the Millennium FA Cup.

After achieving the club's record in the Premier League points in the first season according to Spaniard Grazia – the ninth managerial meeting for seven years under the Italian family Pozo, these are good times for Hornets fans.

"One thing I really want to point out to everyone is that this season is not our day in the sun," said chief executive and president Scott Duckbury for BBC Sport before Watford's final appearance in the FA Cup for 35 years.

"This is the beginning of what we want to do. We need to be and will compete here.

"We will not wait 35 years for another final cup."

Managers of Watford under Pozzos
Gianfranco Zola – July 2012-December 2013 (75 games)Quique Sanchez Flores – June 2015-May 2016 (44 games)
Giuseppe Sannino – December 2013-August 2014 (36 games)Walter Mazarry – July 2016-May 2017 (41 games)
Oscar Garcia – September 2014 (four games – left due to illness)Marko Silva – May 2017 – January 2018 (26 games)
Billy McKinley – September 2014-October 2014 (two games)Javier Gracia – January 2018 (60 games)
Slavisa Jokanovic – October 2014-June 2015 (36 games)

Why fans of Wolverhampton and Manchester United want a win on City

Wolverhampton fans will cheer on Guardiola's side, not just because Watford beat them in the semifinals.

If City wins Wembley after qualifying for the Champions League, then Wolves – as a team that finished seventh in the Premier League – will qualify for Europe for the first time since 1980.

They will enter the second qualifying round of the Europa League, which will be played before the start of the 2019-20 season in the Premier League.

That will see Manchester United, who finished sixth in the Premiership, qualified for the group stage of the Europa League, the first game to be played on September 19th.

But if Watford won the first major trophy in his history, that changes everything.

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Hornets, who played at the UEFA Cup in 1983, will qualify for stages in the Europa League and will miss Woolfs.

In that scenario, United will enter the second qualifying round, which starts on July 25th.

The problem with that?

They have to face Tottenham at 12:30 BST in Shanghai that day in the International Cup of Champions, the previous season's tournament.

VAR and the fourth floor

For the second consecutive season, the video assistant system (VAR) will be used during the final.

Kevin friend will be judging the match, and Andre Mariner will assume the role of judge as a video assistant.

If the match ends after a tie score of 90 minutes, 30 minutes extra time will be played. If the teams can not yet be separated, the penalty will decide on the winners.

If the final goes to extra time, both teams will be allowed to use the fourth substitution.

Wembley has 90,000 people, and the two clubs have allocated around 30,000 places.

The FA Cup this season started with 736 teams – 368 competed in an additional preliminary round in August.

Barnett, the last surviving club without a league, received over 500,000 pounds to reach the recurrence stage in the fourth round.

The BBC broadcasts the FA Cup matches on live television on the first lap, with Manchester United defeat in the fourth round over Arsenal, attracting the highest audience of 7.6 million to the BBC on Jan. 25.


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