Watford and Wolves lock horns at Wembley on Sunday afternoon with both sides looking to give their fans the ultimate day out in the Final in May. VAR incidents will be shown to fans inside Wembley this weekend, so will it cause controversy or will we see an entertaining game won by a bit of brilliance?
Watford vs Wolverhampton Wanderers – FA Cup Semi-Final 18/19
Where to Watch
Venue: Wembley Stadium
Date: 07 April 2019
Kick Off Time: 16:00 BST
Referee in Charge: Michael Oliver
TV Channel / Live Stream: You can watch the match live on BT Sport 2 and BT Sport 4K UHD. Live streaming is also available on the BT Sport app on your mobile or tablet device if you’re on the go during the game.
Watford vs Wolves – Form Guide
It’s been win, lose, win, lose, win lose of late for Watford. They’ve not drawn any of their last nine but they head into Sunday’s match on the back of a 4-1 hammering of Fulham. Their path to this stage of the FA Cup has been a win at Woking, a win at Newcastle, a win at QPR, and, most recently, a home win against Crystal Palace. The Hornets last met Wolves in the FA Cup back in 2008. They lost 4-1 that day.
Wolves have won on their last six trips to Wembley. Omen? Some would say so. Regardless of this little fact, they’re in decent form and have beaten Manchester United twice in the space of two weeks.
Their journey to this stage has been a little bumpier than Watford’s, but they’ve had some tough matches. It started with a home win against Liverpool. They were taken to a replay against League One Shrewsbury but came through that test to win away at Bristol City in the following round. Manchester United tried and failed in the previous round.
Team News and Predicted Line-ups
Roberto Pereyra and Isaac Success are in a race against time to make this one. They will both have fitness tests to see if they can play this weekend. Tom Cleverley will certainly miss out with a calf issue.
It’s a clean bill of health as far as Wolves are concerned. The only definite bit of team news is that John Ruddy will keep his place in goal ahead of Rui Patricio. Ruddy has played every game so far in the competition, so it’d be a bit unfair if he lost his place now.
Watford Predicted XI: Foster, Femenia, Mariappa, Cathcart, Holebas, Doucoure, Capoue, Pereyra, Deulofeu, Hughes, Deeney.
Wolves Predicted XI: Ruddy, Bennett, Coady, Boly, Doherty, Dendoncker, Neves, Jonny, Moutinho, Jota, Jimenez.
Latest Match Odds
It’s no surprise to see Wolves installed as favourites by the bookies to win this one. They’re priced at 6/4. Watford are the outsiders at a generous 2/1, with the draw available at odds of 11/5.
1-2. Watford won at Molineux back in October but Wolves are a much-improved team since then. They’re in great form and I think they’ll carry that form over to this FA Cup game. Deeney and co will give it a good go for the Hornets, there’s no doubt about that, but I think Wolves will edge it. Both sides won their respective league matches last time out, but it’s worth noting here that Watford have lost their last three away from Vicarage Road.
Wolves are a good enough price for me. We could look into total goals, scorers and both teams to score, but I think Nuno Santo’s side are a decent enough price to simply back them in the Match Odds market. They’re 6/4. Join me on the Wolves hype train.
Match Stats & Facts
- Wolves have won on their last six visits to Wembley Stadium.
- Wolves have lost just two of their last 14 matches in all competitions.
- Watford have lost their last three matches away from home.
- Watford have lost the last four matches played at Wembley.
- The Hornet's biggest FA Cup defeat was a 10-0 loss against Wolves in January 1912.
- Watford have won just one of the seven FA Cup meetings between the two sides – 3-0 in the fifth round in 1980.