FA Cup final kick-off time: What time does Manchester City vs Watford start today?

Watford have the creativity to beat Manchester City in their first FA Cup Final since 1984, according to former Hornets and City star David James.

The former England goalkeeper believes Watford can defy their tag as huge underdogs and shock the Premier League champions with the help of attacking talents such as semi-final star man Gerard Deulofeu.

Watford have lost all six of their meetings with Man City while Pep Guardiola has been in the opposing dugout, but the man who joined them in the year when they last reached the final says they can upset the odds.

James said: “City are one of the teams I’ve represented and I still have a lot of affection for them. But I grew up at Watford, so my heart is definitely with them.

“Watford are there on merit. Someone like Deulofeu – who I’ve loved ever since the first time I saw him when he first came to England – is capable of turning a game on one moment.

“It’s not just him either. There’s capability in that side to win the game, for sure.”

FA Cup final kick-off time: What time does Man City vs Watford kick-off?

The 2019 FA Cup final kicks off at 5pm.

It had traditionally kicked off at 3pm but moved to a later time in 2012 after negotiations with broadcasters.

Viewing figures significantly increased after the switch, so BT and the BBC requested to keep the later kick-off time when a new broadcast deal was negotiated.

James will be watching Watford’s first FA Cup final since 1984 from Hong Kong, where he is taking part in a seven-a-side tournament.

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He spent his first four years as a professional at Vicarage Road before appearing in the final for Liverpool, Aston Villa and Portsmouth during a 26-year career.

His visit to Wembley with Liverpool, when James and his team-mates wore cream Armani suits chosen by captain John Barnes, ensured the Reds made the headlines despite losing to Manchester United.

James admitted: “Our suits were mentioned more than our performance. John chose them as club captain.

“I made the initial call to Armani but he took control and did everything from then on in. I thought it was a great suit.

“If we’d won we’d have been the best dressed team to ever win the cup final, but unfortunately we didn’t.”

James made up for that failure by winning the FA Cup with Portsmouth in 2008, beating Cardiff with a first-half Nwankwo Kanu goal.

The 53-cap international sees parallels between Pompey and Watford, saying: “Portsmouth reminded me of Watford in the sense that it was a community club, and that was very evident when we got to the final.

Everybody was supporting Portsmouth. We’d already beaten Manchester United at Old Trafford in the quarter-final when they were heavily fancied to win, and then we were favourites because we were the only Premier League side left.

“Winning the final was just great, especially because it added to the FA Youth Cup medal I won with Watford 30 years ago – ironically against Man City.

“If Watford win the cup you know that pretty much the whole town will be there to celebrate.

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“What happens after in terms of getting into Europe and everything else is magical stuff, but the most impressive moment is always seeing the community share in the club’s success.

“It’s so special, and hopefully that’s what will be happening in Watford after Saturday.”

James spent two-and-a-half seasons at Man City before joining Portsmouth for £1.2 million in 2006.

Current Hornets keeper Heurelho Gomes is likely to make his final appearance for the club at Wembley, having deputised for regular stopper Ben Foster during the club’s run to the final.



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