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Five huge FA Cup final shocks to give Watford hope against Man City

Five huge FA Cup final shocks to give Watford hope against Man City
Thursday,May 16,2019

The FA Cup final is nearly upon us, as Man City face Watford at Wembley on Saturday. Pep Guardiola’s City are attempting to become the first English team to complete the domestic treble after wrapping up the Premier League title last weekend. On the other hand, Watford are playing in their first FA Cup final for 35 years as they attempt to get their hands on the famous old prize for the first time.


Unsurprisingly, City are overwhelming favourites to win their first FA Cup since 2011, 1/6 on with the bookies, with the Hornets 6/1 or 14/1 in 90 minutes. But as the FA Cup has proven in the past, the underdogs can never be written off, with plenty of encouraging shock final wins from the past to give Watford some hope. Here's what we think are the best five modern cup final shocks:


Everton 1-0 Man Utd 1995:


Maybe not quite on the same level as the shocks to come but a big upset nonetheless. Man Utd were fresh off the disappointment of finishing second to Blackburn in the Premier League, after winning the league and cup double the previous season. After escaping relegation on the final day in 1994, Everton managed a more comfortable 15th place finish but were still long odds to win their first piece of silverware in eight years. United were missing three key players including Eric Cantona and Andy Cole, and were punished by a Paul Rideout header which was enough to seal the win and Everton’s last major trophy to date.


Sunderland 1-0 Leeds 1973:


If you thought the bookies haven’t given Watford much of a chance, then Division Two Sunderland must have been completely written off against holders Leeds, who went on to win the top flight the following season. Ian Porterfield’s first half winner meant Sunderland became the first second tier team to win the FA Cup since 1931, and it’s only been achieved twice since. Watford, who finished eighth in the Premier League, should have nothing to worry about then right...


West Ham 1-0 Arsenal 1980:


West Ham followed Sunderland by beating another Division One powerhouse while failing to challenge for promotion in Division Two. Like Leeds, Arsenal too were the holders, and had appeared in the previous two cup finals, but Trevor Brooking’s goal after just 13 minutes proved to be the winner as West Ham lifted the FA Cup for the third time. It’s the last time a team outside the top flight have won the cup, and also the last time the Hammers have lifted a major piece of silverware.


Wigan 1-0 Man City 2013:


While City weren’t as dominating as they have been under Pep, Premier League titles in 2012 and 2014 proves they weren’t to be messed with. On the flip side, Wigan were competing in their first ever FA Cup final and were just days away from relegation. The Latics weren’t given a prayer but after Palo Zabaleta was sent off in the final 10 minutes, Ben Watson’s stoppage time goal sent the football world into shock mode, and completed one of the biggest upsets ever to become the first team to win the FA Cup and be relegated from the top flight.


Wimbledon 1-0 Liverpool 1988:


A similar matchup to this year’s final took place in 1988. The all conquering Liverpool side cruised to the sixth of their eventual seven league titles they won in a 10 year spell from 1980 to 1990, while Wimbledon had just completed their second season in Division One, having only been a Football League club for 11 years. But despite all this, the Crazy Gang stunned the Reds in what is widely regarded as the biggest shock in cup final history. Lawrie Sanchez’ looping header won it for the Dons, but not after Dave Beasant became the first goalkeeper to save a penalty in the cup final. There’s hope for Watford yet!


Do you agree with our five choices and order and should any of these give hope to Watford? Tweet us @i-poolsHQ or comment below with your views!


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