Manchester City and Watford will go head-to-head at Wembley Stadium on Saturday afternoon as they look to lift the FA Cup.

Pep Guardiola’s side will be looking to cap off an excellent season by completing a domestic treble, whereby Javier Gracia’s men will be looking to finish a wonderful campaign with some silverware.

The Citizens managed to ease past the likes of Rotherham United, Burnley and Newport County before being given a brief scare by Swansea City in the quarter-finals.

Guardiola’s side then managed to overcome a difficult Brighton and Hove Albion challenge in the last four to reach Saturday’s final.

And, according to the club’s official website, it would appear the Premier League champions could have one of their key men available for the encounter.

Fernandinho has been back in training ahead of the weekend’s game and is believed to be in contention.

“Fernandinho trained yesterday and today,” Guardiola told the club’s website, although he did reveal Benjamin Mendy would not play a part because of fitness concerns.

Watford have had to work hard to get to Wembley for the showdown with City on Sunday, having to overcome the likes of Woking, Newcastle United, Queens Park Rangers, Crystal Palace and an extra-time victory against Wolverhampton Wanderers in the semi-final.

And, Gracia will also have been handed a huge boost ahead of the meeting.

According to a match preview by Sky Sports, Jose Holebas has been made available for selection by the Football Association.

The defender was shown a red card in the Hornet’s final Premier League game of the season against West Ham United last weekend, however, that decision has since been overturned.

Gracia could look to use Gerard Deulofeu from the start after his heroics against Wolves in the semi-final, whilst he will also have to make a choice regarding who he has in goal.

Heurelho Gomes has played in every round of their FA Cup campaign this season and is expected to retire following its conclusion, whilst Ben Foster has been Watford’s main man between the sticks.

In terms of odds, City are overwhelming favourites at a price of 4/19 with BetUK.

Watford denying City the treble would be a major shock and this is replicated in the odds, with the Hornets an 11/1 outside bet.

For the suspense and drama of extra time, BetUK offer odds of 11/2 for the game to be a draw at the end of regular time.


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