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FA Cup final explainer: All you need to know

FA Cup final explainer: All you need to know
Everything you need to know about the 2019 FA Cup final between City and Watford…

When is the game?

City take on Watford at Wembley Stadium on this Saturday -18 May - kick-off 5pm.

Is the game being screened live in the UK?

Yes, the match will be screened on BBC 1, BBC iPlayer and on BT Sport 2.

You can find out where you can watch the game around the world via our global TV listings page.

Will VAR be used?

Yes – VAR will be in operation for this game.

Who is refereeing the game?

Kevin Friend will officiate the 2019 FA Cup final.

He is joined by assistant referees Constantine Hatzidakis and Matthew Wilkes fourth official Graham Scott and reserve assistant referee Edward Smart.

Andre Marriner will be the video assistant referee for the match. Marriner will be joined at Stockley Park by the assistant VAR Harry Lennard.

Which end are City fans housed and how many tickets did we get?

The City fans will be in the East Stand at Wembley – the same as we were in the semi-final against Brighton and in the 2016 Capital One Cup final against Liverpool.

City were allocated a total of  30,364 seats - all of which have bow sold out.

What happens if the game is drawn?

Should the game end in a draw after 90 minutes, 30 minutes extra time will be played. If the teams still cannot be separated, a penalty shoot-out will ensue.

How many subs can be used?

Seven subs will be named for either side, three of which can be used during normal time and a fourth can be used if the game goes to extra time.

Who is this season’s top scorer in the FA Cup and who is City’s record FA Cup scorer?

Newport County’s Padraig Amond has the most FA Cup finals with five.

City’s top scorers are Gabriel Jesus and Phil Foden with three goals each – City need one more goal to become the highest scoring team in an FA Cup season. The Blues are currently level with Chelsea on 20.

City’s record FA Cup goal-scorer is Fred Tilson, who scored 22 goals in 28 ties, with Eric Brook next on 19 goals from 41 FA Cup matches. Sergio Aguero has 18 goals in 20 appearances.

What is City’s record against Watford like in the FA Cup?

City and Watford have met six times in the FA Cup, with the Blues winning three, drawing two and losing once.

Overall, City are unbeaten in the last 15 games against the Hornets, winning 13 and drawing two with an aggregate of 41-6 in goals.

The last defeat came in 1989.

If City win, who takes the European spot?

Should the Blues triumph, the Europa League place will be allocated to the highest Premier League side outside of the top six clubs to have already qualified - therefore, Wolves would benefit from a City victory.