As the clock ticks down to the kick-off time for the world’s oldest football competition, the FA Cup in England, history is also beckoning.
Should Manchester City win in what potentially looks a one-sided match, it will be a historic domestic treble.
The club has already won the English Premier League as well as the Carabao Cup. They will therefore be the first club to win an English domestic treble.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United famously won a Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup Treble in 1999.
Meanwhile, Liverpool won an FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Cup treble in 2001 under Gerard Houllier.
Those are different from domestic treble as they had continental flavours. However, no men’s team has won all three major domestic competitions in one season in England before (Arsenal Women have won the domestic treble in the past).
But Watford will be looking to cause a major upset in Wembley. If the Hornets, who finished 11th in the Premier League table, win a first ever FA Cup, they will earn a place in next season’s Europa League.
City won the English Premier League last week, finishing one point ahead of runners-up Liverpool, having beaten Chelsea on penalties in the Carabao Cup final in February.
Their last FA Cup triump was in 2011 when they beat Stoke City at Wembley. In the eight years since then, City have gone on to be crowned champions of England four times and won four League Cups.
“It is a cup final, anything can happen like a red card,” said Guardiola, who is seeking to win the FA Cup for the first time in his third season in charge at City.
“In one game, anything can happen. Normally the better team wins but a decision of the referee could make the difference.
“In the Premier League you have another chance and can be more relaxed, but this is completely different.”
The last team to win the Premier League and the FA Cup in the same season were Chelsea in 2010.