FA Cup Final 2019

Pep Guardiola’s side stand on the brink of an achievement once described as “impossible” by Sir Alex Ferguson after retaining their Premier League title and banishing Liverpool to second place with a 4-1 comeback win at Brighton on the final day of the top-flight season.City – winners of 14 straight matches – had already kept hold of the League Cup courtesy of a penalty-shootout victory over Chelsea in February and are favourites to win football’s oldest club competition for the sixth time on their first return to the final since being stunned by Wigan in 2013.

Opponents Watford, meanwhile, are set to compete in only their second-ever FA Cup Final and first since Graham Taylor’s team featuring the likes of John Barnes suffered a 2-0 defeat to Everton in the 1984 showpiece.

Despite a largely impressive season, Javi Gracia’s Hornets have hardly enjoyed the best preparation for Wembley, closing the league year with three successive losses that ultimately cost them a top-half finish.

They have lost their last 10 matches against City, shipping 32 goals in the process.

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