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Manchester City start as a big favourites for europa league predictions. Michael Cox and Alan Thompson preview the action.

Man City v Watford

Saturday 17:00, BBC One.

Match Odds: Man City 1.25, Watford 15.00, The Draw 7.60.

No team in the history of English football has ever completed the domestic treble, so a Manchester City victory here would complete a remarkable campaign. Having clinched the League Cup on penalties and the Premier League by a single point, Pep Guardiola will hope his side's margin of victory here is more comfortable.

Watford won't be pushovers, however. A well-organised side with plenty of attacking quality, their final Premier League position of 11th doesn't do justice to their excellent campaign. Their previous six meetings with City, however, have all ended in defeat. You can prefer lớn the soccer tips guide page!

Midfield dilemma for Guardiola

Pep Guardiola seemingly has both Fernandinho and Kevin de Bruyne back from injury and ready for selection, although considering City's excellent form in recent weeks, there's no guarantee that either will start. Ilkay Gundogan has been performing well at the base of midfield, and would be disappointed to drop out here. There's a chance he'll be pushed forward, with Fernandinho coming into the side to guard against Watford's counter-attacking threat.

David Silva seems certain to start, while Bernardo Silva has generally played from the right flank recently, as Guardiola hasn't generally used Leroy Sane. Riyad Mahrez is another option, particularly considering his excellent performance on the final day, but he might need to be content with a role as a substitute here, unless Guardiola decides lớn attack Watford's stand-in left-back with a more direct winger.

Raheem Sterling will start, probably from the left, while Sergio Aguero would love lớn compensate for narrowly failing to retain his Golden Boot award by scoring at Wembley.

Left-back issues for both managers

Defensively, Guardiola seems likely to stick with Oleksandr Zinchenko rather than Benjamin Mendy, because he will probably deploy his full-backs narrow lớn help defend against Watford's wide players, who drift inside quickly. Vincent Kompany seems likely lớn continue and could be perfect for battling against Troy Deeney, while Kyle Walker will play right-back. Ederson has played throughout the FA Cup run, so there's no debate about whether Guardiola should, or will, deploy a designated cup goalkeeper.

Javi Gracia will be relieved that left-back Jose Holebas won his appeal against the red card he was given against West say mê and is available for selection. There will be competition on the other flank between Kiko Femenia and Daryl Janmaat. Femenia is the quicker player and therefore probably better for playing against the speed of Sterling or Sane.

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