Watford take on Wolves in the second of the 2019 FA Cup semi-finals on Sunday (April 7) in a match being shown live on BT Sport at 4pm
It’s a great chance for the manager of either club to write their name in the history books, with Wolves manager Nuno Santo looking to guide four-time FA Cup winner Wolves to their first FA Cup final since 1960. Meanwhile, Javi Gracia will be hoping to become the first manager to take Watford to a FA Cup final since 1984, where he could become the first ever Watford manager to win the FA Cup.
The two teams are separated by just one place and one point in the Premier League, so check out our stats, analysis and free tips for Watford vs Wolves.
Watford started their FA Cup run with three away victories, winning 2-0 at Woking in the third round, 2-0 at Newcastle in the fourth round, and 1-0 at QPR in the fifth round. They then beat Crystal Palace 2-1 at home in the quarter-finals.
Their Premier League form has been a bit up and down of late, winning four and losing three of their last seven matches. However, those defeats came against Liverpool, Manchester City, and Manchester United, whilst they’ve beaten Fulham, Leicester, Cardiff, and Everton.
Watford’s away form this season has also been quite impressive, as they’ve won nine, drawn six, and lost seven of their away matches in all competitions.
Watford have scored in eight of their last nine matches in all competitions, with only Liverpool keeping a clean sheet against them at Anfield. They’ve also only kept two clean sheets in that run against QPR and Everton.
Wolves have been the giant killers of the FA Cup this season, beating Liverpool in the third round and Manchester United in the quarter-finals. However, they needed some luck and a replay to beat Shrewsbury in round five and only managed a 1-0 win against Bristol City in round four.
Their league form has been a bit hit and miss too. Since the start of February, they have lost to Huddersfield and Burnley, drawn with Newcastle, Chelsea, and Bournemouth, and beaten Everton, Cardiff, and Manchester United.
Their away record this season in all competitions reads seven wins, seven draws, and six defeats.
Wolves have scored in 12 of their last 14 games, only failing to score against Huddersfield and Burnley. They’ve also only managed to keep three clean sheets.
Watford vs Wolves Head-To-Heads
Wolves were only promoted to the Premier League last season, so the only worthwhile head-to-head is the match played at Molineux earlier this season. Watford won that match 2-0 with two first-half goals.
However, the score-line doesn’t tell the full story as Watford dominated that match from start to finish, smothering the Wolves midfield. They could also easily have scored a couple more goals themselves.
Watford vs Wolves Team News
Wolves have no reported injury worries, but Watford haven’t been as lucky as they’ve definitely lost Tom Cleverley to a calf problem. However, their main worries are Isaac Success and Roberto Pereyra, and Javi Gracia will be especially hoping Pereyra is fit enough to play a part as he’s been a big part of Watford’s success this season.
Watford vs Wolves Verdict
Unlike Wolves, Watford haven’t been able to cut it against the top-six sides this season, but their unbeaten record against the rest of the Premier League stretches back until December.
The possible absence of Pereyra is a worry but, as Watford were so dominant in beating Wolves 2-0 earlier in the season, it’s easy to see a similar scenario here. That’s why it’s a surprise that the bookies have made Wolves the favourites, and their price probably reflects their recent two defeats of Manchester United rather than anything else.