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Sam Hendry with his best bets for the FA Cup final

Manchester City vs Watford – Saturday 3pm

Manchester City can become the first team in English football history to win a domestic treble with victory over Watford in the 138th FA Cup final.

Despite clinching a second straight Premier League title on Sunday, City have been dogged by negative headlines this week thanks to UEFA’s investigation into alleged breaches of financial fair play regulations.

But don’t expect that off-field uncertainty to have any bearing on their performance on-field.

Their run of 14 straight league wins saw them edge out Liverpool and they appear virtually unstoppable as Pep Guardiola bids for his 26th trophy as a manager.

It’s fair to say Watford’s focus has drifted slightly since beating Wolves in their semi-final at the start of April.

They’ve lost their last three by a combined score of 9-2 and a 2-1 win at Huddersfield is their lone victory since that day.

It’s not an ideal run of form to come into a final with – especially given who they’re up against – but it shouldn’t be difficult for Javi Gracia to raise his players game for this, their first FA Cup final in 35 years and only the second in their history.

City, though, beat Watford with ease the last time the sides met and are simply a vastly superior side. It’s 8/1 generally  for City to win 2-1 and 7/4 in places for a City win and both teams to score.

Raheem Sterling has taken most of the praise and awards from a City perspective this season, but for me Bernardo Silva has been their most important player coming up with big goals and performances in the prolonged absence of Kevin De Bruyne. The Portuguese playmaker is 3/1 with Betfair and Paddy Power to score anytime

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