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Barnes on how Watford can upset Man City

WATFORD, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Etienne Capoue of Watford celebrates with teammates after scoring his team's first goal during the FA Cup Quarter Final match between Watford and Crystal Palace at Vicarage Road on March 16, 2019 in Watford, England. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
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Liverpool and Watford legend John Barnes has revealed how Javi Gracia’s men can become the fifth side to upset Manchester City in this season’s FA Cup final at Wembley this Saturday.

The Hornets will be facing one of their toughest challenges in recent times as they battle to overcome a formidable Man City side fresh from winning the Premier League title.

Speaking on behalf of BT Sport, former Watford player John Barnes told JOE the Hornets can emulate the inspired performance of the Foxes at the Etihad.

“It’s a one-off so anything can happen,” Barnes said.

“Obviously Manchester City are overwhelming favourites, but if you look at the way Watford play, and you look at the way Leicester played against Manchester City whereby they had one up front and five in midfield, defended in numbers, defended deep, didn’t push too far forward, it took a fantastic shot from Vincent Kompany to win.

“I think that’s the way Watford have to approach the game and look to set pieces to maybe cause an upset,” Barnes explained.

Barnes went on to caveat this by acknowledging that City are huge favourites, dismissing any talk of complacency.

“Manchester City are overall favourites and they’re playing with a lot of confidence, they won’t play with complacency because will not let them get complacent,” he said.

“They can create history by being the first team in England to do so. So I expect Manchester City to win but anything can happen.”

A win for Man City will see them complete a historic domestic treble for the first time in the club’s history.