Watford Wolves FA Cup semifinal preview
in the FA Cup
semifinal on Sunday at Wembley. Wolves and Watford are currently 7th and 8th and they are considered the best of the rest outside the top 6. Wolves have been particularly impressive this season after coming up from the Championship. Wolves are looking to make it into the first FA Cup final in 59 years. They have been on a good run in the competition where they beat Liverpool 2-1 in the first match of the tournament. They then struggled to get past Shrewsbury town and needed a replay in order to do so. This followed by playing Burton, who they also only narrowly beat them 0-1. Their quarterfinal match was against a rejuvenated Manchester United, however, Wolves were too good for them and won the game 2-1. They beat United again two weeks later when they played them last Tuesday which again ended 2-1 for Wolves.
Watford have also been having a great season under Javi Gracia and have already broken their highest ever points total with 6 games still remaining. Watford are looking to reach their first final since 1984, where they faced Everton and lost the game 2-0. Watford have been in good form recently and just beat Fulham midweek which effectively relegated them back to the Championship. Doucoure has been particularly impressive this season and has been the shield in front of the defence. However, he will have his hands full when he comes up against Wolves, as their midfield three of Neves, Moutinho, and Dendoncker have been unplayable at times this season.
There is a lot riding on this game because even though Manchester City will be favourites to win it if they beat Brighton, both Wolves and Watford have taken points from the top 6 sides this season. There is extra incentive for both teams because if Manchester City wins the FA Cup, then 7th place in the Premier League will get a qualification place for Europe. Therefore, it will be a physiological boost for whoever wins this game, especially since they have to play each other again at the end of the month.
Prediction Watford 1-2 Wolves.