Three of the best FA Cup final matches at the new Wembley


The FA Cup final is back this weekend and it is between recently crowned Premier League champions Manchester City and 11th placed Watford.

Ahead of the match, we’ve had a look at the top three FA Cup finals that have been held at the new Wembley Stadium.

Manchester City are looking to become England’s first ever domestic treble, while Watford are looking for their first FA Cup trophy.

Will Pep Guardiola win another trophy to add to his prestigious management career, or will Javi Gracia’s men spoil the party and ruin City’s hopes of a treble?


Man City win to nil – 10/11
Goal in the first 15 minutes – 9/5
Over 4.5 goals – 3/1

Since the new Wembley hosted its first FA Cup final back in 2007, there have been some memorable matches, last-minute dramas and upsets, but which of these three matches was the most eye-catching?


The first final of the three was when Wigan Athletic caused an upset against Manchester City.

Wigan claimed the first major trophy in their 81-year history when Ben Watson's last-minute goal won the FA Cup final against the Citizens.

Roberto Martinez's side produced a performance full of attacking intent and verve to fully deserve this historic win against firm pre-match favourites City, who had Pablo Zabaleta sent off six minutes from time.


Substitute Watson, who had missed most of the season after breaking his leg in November, sent Wigan fans into ecstasy with a near-post header from Shaun Maloney’s corner in the final few minutes of stoppage time.


The following year produced yet another dramatic final at Wembley as Aaron Ramsey's extra-time winner ensured Arsenal ended their nine-year wait for a trophy as they came from two goals behind to beat Hull City.

The Gunners started as firm favourites but were stunned as goals from James Chester and Curtis Davies gave Hull a flying start inside the first eight minutes.

Santi Cazorla's superb free-kick put Arsenal back in contention before half-time and Laurent Koscielny scrambled in the equaliser after 71 minutes.

Arsenal v Hull City - FA Cup Final

Arsenal looked the stronger, superior team in extra time, and Ramsey, who was an absentee through injury for the latter parts of the season, completed the comeback with an instinctive strike with 11 minutes of the extra period left.

Agonisingly, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger waited 3,283 days to taste success after they last won the FA Cup against Manchester United on penalties in Cardiff in 2005.


Manchester United came from behind and survived Chris Smalling's sending off to beat Crystal Palace and win the FA Cup at Wembley through Jesse Lingard's extra-time strike.

United looked on course to end the season empty-handed as well as missing out on Champions League football when substitute Jason Puncheon's powerful far-post finish put Palace ahead with 12 minutes left.

It was harsh on United, who had hit the woodwork through Marouane Fellaini and Anthony Martial, but they responded within four minutes with a brilliant run from Wayne Rooney that ended with Juan Mata scoring from close range.

Manchester United v Crystal Palace - The Emirates FA Cup Final

United lost Smalling to a second yellow card for hauling back Yannick Bolasie in extra time, but Lingard took the trophy to Old Trafford when he lashed home a thunderous strike into the top corner from Damien Delaney's half-clearance after 110 minutes.

This was another day of FA Cup heartbreak for Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew, whose day will be remembered as much for his rather eccentric dance moves when Puncheon put his side ahead as well as a third final defeat.

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