Premier League sides Manchester City and Watford are set to clash at Wembley on Saturday, with the pair playing for FA Cup glory.

The English champions are clearly overwhelming favourites for the game and should Pep Guardiola’s men prevail, it will confirm a domestic treble for the Etihad Stadium outfit.

However, Watford have had an excellent campaign under the stewardship of Javi Gracia and winning the FA Cup would be a dream for the Hornets.

Looking at the potential starting XIs of the respective sides makes for interesting reading.

City boss Guardiola has confirmed that Fernandinho is fit to feature and as such it would be a shock if the important Brazilian enforcer was not restored to the side’s midfield boiler room.

With Benjamin Mendy out through a lack of fitness, Oleksandr Zinchenko is likely to continue at left-back.

In attacking areas, Riyad Mahrez got the nod to play against Brighton on the final day of the season, but the Algerian will be pushed by plenty of other top-notch City options for a starting berth.

For Watford, Gracia has been successful this season by largely opting for continuity and trusting the same core group of players.

Jose Holebas is available to play after after his red card against West Ham rescinded, while Heurelho Gomes will seemingly start in goal as he has done in previous rounds.

Hornets skipper Troy Deeney will hope to ruffle City’s feathers in the final third and star Gerard Deulofeu has the ability to do the champions damage.

There looks to be a good chance of both sides scoring, with BetUK offering enticing odds of 11/10 for this to happen.

City scored four against Brighton on the final day of the Premier League campaign and odds of 47/20 for them to net the same or more could be a sensible bet.

If Watford are to win, Deeney will have to play a prominent role – BetUK have the Hornets talisman at long odds of 14/1 to score the first goal.

This should be an exciting and high-quality affair, with the potential starting XIs of each side below.

Predicted starting XIs

Man City (4-2-3-1): Ederson; Walker, Laporte, Kompany, Zinchenko; Fernandinho, D Silva; Sterling, De Bruyne, B Silva; Aguero

Watford (4-4-2): Gomes; Holebas, Cathcart, Mariappa, Femenia; Pereyra; Capoue, Doucoure, Hughes; Deeney, Gray


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