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What time is the FA Cup final THIS WEEKEND? Man City vs Watford – date and kick-off info, European qualification details, routes to the final
The Premier League rivals are set to go head-to-head for the historic trophy
Manchester City will take on Watford in the FA Cup final this season.
City beat Brighton 1-0 while Watford claimed a dramatic win over Wolves in the semi-finals to confirm the last two left in the historic competition.
Premier League champions City, who also won the Carabao Cup earlier this season, last claimed FA Cup glory in 2011 and were then beaten finalists two years later.
Watford, meanwhile, will be making just their second appearance in the final following their defeat to Everton in 1984.
This year’s tournament began way back on August 11 with the initial preliminary rounds and there have been shocks and twists aplenty since then.
Now we are just one game away from crowning the 2019 FA Cup champions and here’s everything you need to know about the showpiece match.
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FA Cup final: When is it and what time is kick-off?
The FA Cup final will be held at Wembley Stadium on Saturday, May 18.
The kick-off time for the match has been confirmed for 5pm.
It will take place the weekend after the final set of Premier League fixtures on Sunday, May 12 and two weeks before the Champions League final is held on Saturday, June 1.
FA Cup final: Does the winner gain European qualification?
The winners of the FA Cup will qualify for the group stage of the Europa League.
City are already assured of a Champions League spot for next season so if they win the cup, their Europa League group stage place will go to the next-highest ranked Premier League team not qualified for UEFA competitions.
FA Cup final: Routes to the final
City claimed a 7-0 win over Rotherham in the third round before smashing Burnley 5-0 in the fourth round.
They then saw off League Two side Newport 4-1 and came from two goals down to beat Swansea in the quarter-finals.
Gabriel Jesus’ early goal was enough to beat Brighton 1-0 in the semi-finals and book their place in the final, keeping their domestic treble dreams alive.
Watford beat National League South side Woking in the third round before then seeing off Newcastle and QPR.
They then dispatched of Crystal Palace in the quarter-finals and made the final thanks to a dramatic extra-time win over Wolves.