Neil McCann tips Watford as dark horses for FA Cup

Sky Sports pundit Neil McCann says that Watford should be considered dark-horses for this season's FA Cup.


Neil McCann has told Sky Sports News, broadcast on February 22 at 11am, that he feels that Watford can win the FA Cup this season.


On Saturday afternoon, Watford booked their place in the quarter-finals of the competition thanks to a 1-0 victory against Leeds United to add to wins that they had already secured against Newcastle United and Nottingham Forest.


The Hornets have been handed a tie away to either Arsenal or Hull City, but if the Gunners get the better of their Championship opponents in a replay, McCann would not necessarily rule out a surprise win for Quique Sanchez Flores's side.


The former Scottish international has said that he has been impressed with the way Watford have performed this season, and argued that Arsenal may place their priorities elsewhere, rather than fully focusing their attentions on retaining a trophy that they have won in the last two years.


McCann said: "I have liked watching Watford this season. I think they have had a real solid season but now, I think they are one of those sides who can have a right good run at the FA Cup.

"If Arsenal do beat Hull and they have to go to the Emirates, it will be a difficult game but the flip side is how will Arsenal be when that tie comes around?

"Will they have one eye on the league? I don't think they will beat Barcelona in the Champions League but I just have a feeling about Watford. I have always had it since early on in the competition.

"I like the manager, I like how he goes about his business and he has a team there who know how they play and how they work. It looks like they really enjoy giving everything for the manager and this might just be the competition for them."

Watford had been tipped as one of the favourites for relegation after securing promotion from the Championship last season, but they have effectively ensured that they will retain their top-flight status.

The Hertfordshire-based outfit sit in ninth place in the table, 12 points above the drop-zone.

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