Pep wary of Hornets threat

Manchester City head coach Pep Guardiola is wary of the one-off nature of his side's FA Cup final showdown with Watford at Wembley on Saturday.

The Citizens are hoping to complete a unique domestic treble, having already won the League Cup and successfully defended their Premier League title this season.

However, Guardiola is well aware of the threat that the Hornets could pose, despite Watford having finished in the bottom half of the league table following a run of three consecutive defeats at the end of the campaign.

He told BBC Sport: "Watford and Wolves are the best teams outside of the top six. With Javi Gracia, he is an experienced manager and I think he is an excellent guy, an excellent manager and knows exactly what to do.

"They have huge talent up front, many physical players, good on set-pieces and this is a final, we know what can happen.

"We believe a lot in ourselves and we will have to find the antidote to beat them.

"It is a cup final, anything can happen, like a red card. They can prepare for the final better, they can make a strategy we did not expect. In one game, anything can happen."

City have won the last ten meetings of the two sides, with the two league clashes earlier this season finishing 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium and 2-1 at Vicarage Road.

The Citizens are 1/10 to lift the FA Cup on Saturday and are 2/9 to win in normal time, with the men from Manchester 5/1 to secure a 2-0 victory in 90 minutes.

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