Watford vs Wolves FA Cup Predictions

FA Cup Watford vs Wolves
Watford vs Wolves FA Cup

The match is over.
Score: 3-2.

The FA Cup semi-finals are played this coming week as Watford face Wolves at the national stadium with the hopes of reaching the final against one of Brighton Premier League and EFL Cup holders Manchester City.

Predictions

This is a type of game that could be too close to call, especially given the size of the occasion. Both sides have enough quality to win this game in either normal time, extra time or penalties – it’s just a case of who turns up on the day.

Watford will probably be the underdogs for this game through no fault of their own – mainly due to Wolves’ performances in the Premier League this season – but that doesn’t mean they stand no chance of winning. In fact they’re probably closer than people give them credit for.

Wolves come into this game off the back of a tough loss away at Burnley before hosting Manchester United in a midweek round of Premier League action, while Watford only lost 2-1 to United last weekend before their game at home against relegation threatened Fulham.

On their road to Wembley, Watford have beaten Crystal Palace, QPR, Newcastle and Woking while Wolves have beaten Manchester United, Bristol City, Shrewsbury and Liverpool.

Wolves haven’t won in the Premier League since beating Cardiff 2-0 in early March with their last win in all competitions coming in the last round of the FA Cup against Man United.

So while Watford come into this game in better form and while Wolves will be seen as the slight favourites, it’s a hard game to predict. It would probably be smart to back a 2-1 Wolves win – in a game almost too close to call, small margins could make the difference.

Betting Tips

Wolves to win 2-1 may seem like the smart bet because it doesn’t go too far out on a limb to suggest a winner and it means that even if the game goes into extra time, it still won’t affect either team. This is among the best online betting odds for this round of FA Cup action, although the close nature of the score could mean that Watford are just as likely to pull it off. UniBet have a Wolves win, 2-1, as 8/1.

These are lengthy odds for an outcome which is more probable than they reflect. It’s likely that one side takes the lead early on before the opposition peg them back before the break, with a cagey second half settled by a late winner, with this bet rated at 23/5 by 888sport.

Statistics

Head to Head

These two sides have met many times across all competitions in the past but have only ever met once in the FA Cup. That meeting came in 2008 when Mick McCarthy’s Wolves went to Vicarage Road and beat Aidy Boothroyd’s Watford 4-1.

Stats

  • In the entire history of this fixture, Watford have won seven times, Wolves have won five times with nine draws being played out. The Hornets have scored the most goals with 30 while Wolves have scored 23.
  • The joint top scorers in this fixture are Marlon King, Tommy Smith and Andy Keogh, all tied on three.
  • This’ll be Watford’s first semi-final since losing to Crystal Palace in 2016 while for Wolves, this is their first semi-final since 1998, when they lost 1-0 to Arsenal at Villa Park.
  • If Watford were to win, it would be their first appearance in an FA Cup final since 1984. It would be Wolves’ first appearance since 1960.
By:Sam Watt

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