The FA Cup final is one of the most beautiful occasions in English football, not only down to the fact that it’s a big domestic trophy that still garners huge interest worldwide, but also because of the countless shocks that can occur on the big day, as history has shown on many occasions.
Wimbledon beat Liverpool in 1988, Wigan defeated Manchester City in 2013 with Watford, the latest underdogs looking to shock the world, aiming to do the same against a Premier League powerhouse in the shape of Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City. It’s the Hornets first ever FA Cup final since 1984, when they lost 2-0 to Everton. City have reached the final 10 times previously- this will be their 11th attempt to lift the trophy, and the first time under Guardiola.
There are a number of betting offers available on the big game, which takes place at Wembley Stadium on May 18, with plenty of free bet no deposit offers for April. Manchester City are understandably strong favourites heading into the encounter at 1/6 (bet365), with Watford being priced at 4/1 (bet365) to pull off an unlikely win, and a whopping 12/1 to win in 90 mins. Stranger things have certainly happened in football, though. On the day, anything can happen.
Pep Guardiola’s side will be a tough nut to crack though and with their quadruple hopes well and truly alive, with odds on them lifting the Premier League trophy come the end of the season being priced at 4/7 (skybet) and the Citizens to also come out on top in the Champions League to add to their Carabao Cup success priced at 9/4 (bet365), Watford will certainly have a huge challenge on their hands against a side bursting with talented individuals.
As for the kits, this is a meeting of two sides who have alternative suppliers in the shape of humongous powerhouses Nike, who are tied to Manchester City, and Adidas, Watford’s kit supplier.
This is Manchester City’s last season wearing their delicious Nike kit, though, as news recently emerged of their massive long-term deal with Puma getting underway for the 2019/20 season, with many media outlets reporting that the deal could be worth a staggering £50million a year, more than double what Nike are currently paying, making it the third biggest in English football history behind Adidas’s sponsorship of Manchester United and Nike’s partnership with Chelsea. Puma Chief Executive Bjorn Gulden seemed highly satisfied with the deal, saying: “Man City is the best team in that league. They are very forward thinking and extremely analytical with the way they approach the game and the business.”
As for Watford and their kit, the Hornets have paired up with Adidas to create a slickly designed shirt which appears to have gone down well with their fanbase this campaign. Inspired from Watford’s previous club crest, the shirt features traditional team colours with a fresh, more modern look. It’s bold and certainly different, making a refreshing change from the template kits that seem to doing the rounds these days. You could perhaps argue there’s a distinct lack of red on the kit though, but with black and yellow being Watford’s main colours, it still has the look and feel of a Hornets kit, with four yellow and three black stripes gracing the front of the kit, with the sleeves being solid black and the back solid yellow. It’s Watford, that’s for sure.
Much like the game itself, it’s hard to pick a favourite kit out of the two but both certainly deliver in terms of design and quality. Whatever the result on May 18 at the world famous Wembley Stadium, players from both sides will feel the business wearing their respective kits and will be desperate to bring home one of the greatest, most prestigious prizes in domestic club football – the FA Cup.